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The China Edit – December 2020

The China Edit is a monthly curation of business news and reports which have a direct impact on the Chinese – and global – composites industry.

The China Edit – December 2020
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ChangChang’e 5 robotic probe plants China’s national flag on moon’s surface
Designers spent more than one year selecting and testing ideal materials, and finally picked a new type of composite material that can resist the harsh conditions on the moon.
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Siemens Gamesa attracts interest from Asian groups
Among the interested parties are China’s Shanghai Electric Group and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp, who are said to have approached Siemens Energy AG, which controls the turbine company with a 67% stake.
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Aramco seeks to expand global footprint in chemicals with focus on India, China
Aramco recently started using glass fibre reinforced polymer composite rebar in concrete for reinforcement instead of steel. “This was used in a pilot in some of our projects and we are seeing good results,” said Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser.
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Next BMW 3 series may exclusively launch in China
The model designation is based on the “i3 Sedan” construction. As reported, BMW has decided to give the i3, which has been built since 2013, another battery update and to continue building the carbon fibre model until 2024. Until then, the obvious model name for the electric 3-series would be blocked.
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China’s low-tech exoskeleton suits could be surprisingly useful
“Thanks to the usage of carbon fiber materials, the exoskeleton weighs only about 4 kilograms, and it is very durable despite possible rough usages in high-altitude, mountainous regions, the developer said, noting that to counter the extreme cold and wear-and-tear issues, the equipment does not contain any plastic,” the Global Times reports.  
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Cooling electronics efficiently with graphene-enhanced heat pipes
The results, which also involved researchers in China and Italy, were recently published in the scientific Open Access journal Nano Select.
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Why do so many 2021 bikes cost upwards of £10,000?
The lockdown in China and other countries interrupted the manufacture and movement of everything. Steel, chemicals, carbon fibre and finished components. Maybe purchasing managers also reduced or cancelled orders. Then we had good spring weather and furlough payments so people rode bikes and bought new ones. Demand was surprisingly strong and it drained the supply chain so companies competed for product and prices rose.
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