Chantiers de l’Atlantique reveals 66-meter, all-composite SolidSail mast

A technological feat, the large carbon fiber mast prototype targets the Silenseas sailing liner and sailing cargo ships for up to 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.  

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Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli adopts Siemens Xcelerator portfolio for America’s Cup composite yacht

Critical digital tools and services increase design complexity, improve manufacturing repeatability and accelerate development for composite racing yacht construction, in and out of season.  


Norco Composites awarded new contracts, recruits to bolster workforce

High demand for Norco’s composites expertise in the defense, aerospace and subsea markets has led to the company’s investment in 10+ new workers and specialist training programs and facility developments.  


SeaBioComp project develops biocomposite demonstrator products for marine applications

Prototype products explore thermoplastic polymers, natural fibers and 3D printing technologies to effectively reduce the use of fossil-based materials in the marine sector.  

Carbon Fibers

Diab Divinycell HM foam lightweights Mayla 44 electric powerboat

Ultra-high-performance powerboat achieves high weight reduction with carbon fiber sandwich construction of the deck, internal structure and the complete hull surface.  
#trends #layup

World’s largest center console with single-skin hull

World’s largest center console with single-skin hull

Navy RHIB concept goes commercial in the new HydraSports Custom Sueños high-performance offshore fishing boat.
#outofautoclave #marketing

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Brødrene Aa delivers carbon fiber catamaran to serve as transport through the Saronic islands

The Aero 1 Highspeed, operating under Attica Group, features an aerodynamic and energy-efficient design for passengers and cargo in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  


JEC World 2022, Part 3: Emphasizing emerging markets, thermoplastics and carbon fiber

CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan identifies companies exhibiting at JEC World 2022 that are advancing both materials and technologies for the growing AAM, hydrogen, automotive and sustainability markets.

Energy Storage

JEC World 2022, Part 1: Highlights in sustainable, digital, industrialized composites

JEC World 2022 offered numerous new developments in composites materials, processes and applications, according to CW senior editor, Ginger Gardiner, most targeting improved sustainability for wider applications.
#hydrogen #repair


InfraCore develops composite helideck for 85-meter seagoing patrol vessel

Nominated for the JEC Innovation Awards 2022, the FRP deck has undergone rigorous impact and hydrocarbon fire tests, proving that it is robust enough to resist a helicopter crash.


Composites end markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2022)

Boat sales remain high during the pandemic, with carbon and glass fiber still in high demand. 3D printing, biomaterials and recycling move forward while hydrogen propulsion grows rapidly with the pursuit of zero emissions.
#sourcebook #feature #multitudeofmarkets

Glass Fibers

Pultron Composites advances marina construction with innovative GFRP waler

The waler incorporates a GFRP thru-rod and nut system, delivering high flex and fatigue resistance and increased environmental and aesthetic longevity. 


Adapting composites 3D printing to evolving needs

Continuous fiber printing pioneer increases print cell options, size, hybridization and simulation capability for expanded applications.


PRF Composite Materials announced as material supplier for ThrustWSH 

ThrustWSH aims to set a new water speed record with an innovative, composites-intensive hydroplane design, targeting a 2025/26 run date.  

Additive Manufacturing

Massivit 3D wins IBEX Innovation Award for additive composite tooling system

The Massivit 10000 provides automated, high-speed tooling for composite materials manufacturing, finds foothold in marine industry.    

Glass Fibers

Aeler fiberglass shipping containers enhance transport insulation, payload, visibility

Unit One container is capable of transporting more cargo, reducing maritime transport emissions by 20% and incorporates embedded sensors for tracking and monitoring.


Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering to demonstrate fuel cell-applied ship operation

KSOE’s shipbuilding sector, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, alongside Shell, Doosan Fuel Cell, HyAxiom and DNV, is to build, design and integrate fuel cells into ship systems.  


Hexcel HexPly M9.6 prepregs receive type approval for marine use

Third-party certification guarantees lightweight composite quality, performance and consistency for more sustainable marine vessels.  


HAV Hydrogen to introduce containerized H2 system for ships

The standalone, scalable power supply is an option for newly build vessels, or those not already prepared for a conventional retrofit installation below deck, fast-tracking H2 fuel use. HAV notes future opportunities for composites.  


Urban Air Mobility

JEC World 2022 preview: Hexcel

Hexcel is presenting a wide range of high-performance composite solutions for the automotive, marine, wind, recreations, aerospace and UAM markets at its JEC World booth next week.


JEC World 2022 preview: Gurit

A comprehensive spectrum of Gurit’s prepregs, structure core materials and adhesives for wind, marine, industrial and transportation will be featured.

Glass Fibers

Ilium Composites chopped strand mat demonstrates compatibility, sustainability and durability

Chopped strand mat (CSM) under the ULTImat range of reinforcements protects against osmosis and chemical erosion for maritime and relevant constructions while delivering smooth surface finishes.


Hexcel introduces G-Vent technology for thick, OOA marine structures

Hexcel marine prepregs are available with G-Vent integrated, enabling out-of-autoclave processing with reduced time, cost and autoclave-comparable porosity for highly loaded masts and foils without debulking.


Sika presents Adekit A236 two-part structural adhesive 

The two-part, high-performance polyurethane adhesive targets large composite bonding in marine applications and recently won a 2021 IBEX Innovation Award.

Glass Fibers

CAMX 2021 exhibit preview: Gustav Gerster GmbH & Co. KG

Gustav Gerster’s TechTex corner reinforcements and resin distribution tape optimize the structure of composite components.