SPE Automotive Guest Editorial: Will Carbon Fiber be Ready to Join the 54.5-mpg Battle?

Lindsay Brooke’s guest editorial “Will Carbon Fiber be Ready to Join the 54.5-mpg Battle?” on the SPE Automotive Division’s Blog is worth reading.


Momentive To Support the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research

Momentive To Support the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research

The Center, at Western University in London, Ontario, aims to combine partners’ technology for lightweight automotive solutions.

Quickstep Introduces its Resin Spray Transfer Technology (RST)

Quickstep Introduces its Resin Spray Transfer Technology (RST)

Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep announces that it is fast-tracking commercialisation of its patented Resin Spray Transfer (RST) technology for the global automotive industry. This new technology, developed in Australia , was partly funded by an AusIndustry Climate Ready Grant.

See JEC Composites News for details.

JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Awards Program Winners

JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Awards Program Winners

Ten companies and their partners will receive awards at the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, October 2-4, 2013.

The latest crop of winners will be recognized at an Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. on the exhibition floor of the JEC Americas exhibition. The Event is open to all visitors, and will be hosted by Gene Lavanchy, one of the Boston’s most recognizable news anchors.

JEC launched the Innovation Awards Program in 1998 with the goal of spotting, celebrating and promoting the very best new innovations in composites. Since then, the Program has involved 1,600 businesses, and rewarded 177 companies and 433 partners for their leading contributions toward advancing composites technology and enhancing value for end-users.

JEC President and CEO Mrs. Frédérique Mutel explains: “The Americas remain a global center of innovation, and a beacon players who wish to compete and thrive in the largest worldwide composites market, which totals $34 billion in annual revenues on a global worldwide composites market of $98 billion. JEC’s Innovation Awards Program continues to be recognized as a driving force for new and highly competitive composites innovations, both in this important region as well as globally, with submissions from top companies from around the world.”

JEC considered applications from many different international companies for recognition in ten competitive categories, including Safety, Supply Chain, Design, Fibers, Process, Green Solutions and Multisectorial. Also, this year JEC Americas is introducing three new award categories: Innovation Spreading, Electric Vehicle and Pipes and Water Management, to reflect the expansion of the composites industry into new markets.

Along with these 10 trophies, and as part of JEC dedication to fostering future generations of composites professionals, the first JEC Americas Student Award will also be delivered during the ceremony, rewarding the best student thesis on the composites field. The winner is to be announced soon.

The 2013 Innovation Awards Program is actively supported by JEC Magazine and Aviation Week.

Ten Companies Recognized at the 2013 JEC Americas Innovation Awards:

Supply Chain: Gascogne Laminates
Intelligent release liners dedicated to manufacturing of prepregs
R&D, Design: Hanyang University
Specially developed beam element with composite cross-sections
Fiber: Innegra Technologies
Series of hybrid yarns for use in composites applications
Green Solutions: TSE Industries Inc.
Environmentally friendly, cost-effective high performance polyurethane resin for filament winding applications
Process: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT)
Integrated process chain for automated and flexible production of fiber
Electrical Vehicle: Invenio S.A.
Solar car built with carbon fiber
Multisectorial (Trucks/Trailers, Aeronautics, Marine, Civil Engineering, Oil & Gas): Advanced Telescopic Technologies Inc.
Multi-stage composite telescopic hoist
Pipes & Water Management: Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Calanese
A specific pipe for water infrastructures and oil & gas operations
Personal Safety: Go Composites
    All composite anchors for personal fall arrest systems
Innovation Spreading: FS Cruing Diamond/FS Tool
Tooling solution that thoroughly evacuates hot dust particles produced during cutting operations

More information: www.jeccomposites.com