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China Edit – March 2021

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

China Edit – March 2021
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Eagle-inspired robot flies by flapping its feather-covered wings

Eagle-inspired robot flies by flapping its feather-covered wings

Researchers at Guangxi University in China and Chinese firm Bee-eater Technology built a carbon fibre skeleton linked with aluminium joints and some 3D-printed plastic parts.
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Coal mining hub Shanxi leads the nation’s green movement
Major breakthroughs have been made in key core technologies in some fields: Coalbed methane synthetic diamonds, carbon-based semiconductor materials, high-end carbon fiber, Jinhua furnace and other technologies and products have become global front runners.
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Researchers develop improved recycling process for carbon fibres

Researchers develop improved recycling process for carbon fibres

The United States, Japan and China lead the world in carbon fibre manufacturing. The researchers hope to increase the capacity of the Australian industry and work with manufacturers of wind turbines and commercial aircraft, as well as producers of sporting goods, and the construction, automotive and ship-building industries.
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Polestar sets an example in reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions

Polestar’s production center in Chengdu. Photo credit: Polestar
Polestar’s production center in Chengdu. Photo credit: Polestar

The factory has no industrial water discharge and is adopting a circular approach to deal with waste, including the recycling of its waste carbon fiber material and reduction of landfill waste. In the future, the plant which makes the Precept will also be powered by 100% renewable electricity to achieve carbon neutrality.
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Wutopia Lab creates dreamlike minimalist forest in Huzhou

Wutopia Lab creates dreamlike minimalist forest in Huzhou

One of the only non-white features in the landscape is the Bonfire. Lifted on a pedestal of circular steps, this red and black cone was woven by robotic arms using 5,954 metres of fluorescent carbon fibre, creating a warped mesh that is intended to evoke flames.
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The high-speed revolution
The most remarkable achievement has been in China which only opened its first 115km line linking Beijing with Tianjin in 2008. By the end of 2020, China’s high-speed rail network had reached 37,900km, including the world’s longest continuous high-speed line, the 3422km railway linking the port of Lianyungang with Urumqi.
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