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Kimya features Kimya PC-FR 3D filament for the transportation sector

Flame-retardant polycarbonate filament reaches EN45545 certification and meets REACH and RoHS standards for production of parts in railway, automotive, electronics.  

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Voith H2 storage tanks made with in-house towpreg winding

Plug & Drive H2 storage system displayed at IAA Transportation 2022 uses 700-bar tanks for heavy-duty commercial and construction vehicles.

Mass Transit

Plastic Omnium supports development of Safra Hycity hydrogen-powered buses

Passenger transportation retrofit specialist will receive Plastic Omnium’s Type IV high-pressure hydrogen vessels, fuel cell systems, and technical and product launch support.  

Mass Transit

Röchling launches sustainable vacuum forming materials for railway structures

Röchling’s Maywoflamm plus RC and Maywoflamm NFPA RC can be manufactured using up to 70% recycled material, making it possible to increase sustainability in customer applications.

Mass Transit

Ballard Power and Wisdom Motor Co. partner to accelerate adoption of fuel cell commercial vehicles

As part of the collaboration, the companies plan to introduce and demonstrate a double-decker fuel cell bus in Hong Kong this year.  

Recycled carbon fiber on the rails

Recycled carbon fiber on the rails

Aiming to increase the cost-weight viability of carbon fiber-reinforced composite structural components in railway vehicles, a prototype rail bogie prominently features recycled carbon fiber.
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INVENT GmbH demonstrates sensor network for structural monitoring on composite railcar structures

Patented DuraAct technology uses piezo-ceramics to detect damage in Deutsche Bahn train side skirts as part of faWaSiS research project.
#ndi #SHM #repair


Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

For February 2020, the Composites Index contracted slightly with a reading of 49.7.

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IRT Jules Verne, Airbus and Fives launch MADRAS automated textile deposition line for WING project

Goal is full-scale testing of large, complex shape preforms at 5-6 times faster speeds for future aircraft.
#sustainability #airbus

Mass Transit

National Composites Week: How composites protect us

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here’s a look at some of the ways composites keeping us safe.  
#f-35 #braiding


Combining plastics and composites for Class A parts without tools

Plastics Unlimited’s patented TEC process cuts secondary finishing and meets multiple demands for medium-volume parts.
#infrastructure #discontinuousfiber #cuttingtools

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Virgin Hyperloop One presents technology to U.S. Congress

Virgin Hyperloop One working to grow roster of state and federal partners who support certification and regulatory investment in hyperloop.
#regulation #sustainability

Mass Transit

AVK presents its 2018 Innovation Awards

The 2018 AVK Innovation Awards were presented at the International Composites Congress (ICC) on Nov 5, chosen from more than 50 submissions.
#sheetmoldingcompound #layup #carbonnanotubes

Mass Transit

H2Bus hydrogen-electric bus launches in Europe

The eight-meter minibus demonstrates the viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology in transit vehicles, complete with Loop Energy eFlow technology and hydrogen storage tanks.

Mass Transit

Hexagon Purus selected for contracts in global hydrogen bus market

Orders for Polish bus OEM and New Flyer play a role in delivering Type IV hydrogen cylinders to fuel cell vehicles in Europe and North America.


TRB Lightweight Structures contributes composite bodyshell design to passenger train demonstrator

The Revolution VLR (Very Light Rail) passenger vehicle serves to simplify existing rail networks and reopen historical lines, while adhering to rigorous rail and sustainability regulations.

Mass Transit

Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Porterbrook work together to develop hydrogen in rail for U.K.

Multiple developments are aimed to support government goal to remove diesel-only trains by 2040 and achieve net-zero rail by 2050.

Mass Transit

Autonomous, electric shuttle retrofitted with CRP Technology Windform materials

Advanced 3D printing production process and Windform composite materials used to manufacture the required motor cover and washer reservoir flap valve components, account for Olli 2.0’s pod-like shape.
#trends #electricvehicles

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Hyundai Motor Group plans to popularize hydrogen by 2040

Hyundai plans to convert all new commercial vehicle models — featuring fuel cell electric or battery electric powertrains, as well as the application of fuel cell systems — by 2028. 
#hydrogen #sustainability



Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Mass Transit

TFP highlights basalt veil and intumescent fire protection materials

Technical Fibre Products’ basalt veil is ideal for high-temperature performance, and its Technofire fire protection materials extensively protect underlying structures from heat.

Carbon Fibers

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​
#regulation #workforcedevelopment #sustainability


JEC World 2019 preview: Cobra

Cobra International will present its expanded capacity and increased capabilities for large composite components for multiple industries at JEC World 2019.


New SAERTEX products offer fire protection

The company has released two new products in the area of fire protection for composites, SAERTEX LEO Coated Fabric and SAERcore LEO.


JEC World 2018 preview: Aliancys

At the upcoming JEC World 2018 trade show, Aliancys (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) will be presenting several new product innovations.