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Invitation to participate in the outward selling mission to Vietnam and Indonesia

Invitation to participate in the outward selling mission to Vietnam and Indonesia

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites interested companies to apply to participate in the Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Vietnam and Indonesia. The Mission forms part of the dti’s objective of growing exports of South African value-added products and services in high growth markets in Asia. the dti has planned a programme of activities which will include trade seminars, mini exhibitions, business-to-business meetings,  business site visits and an opportunity to visit AutoExpo, from 12 to 15 June 2019.
This invitation is open to South African manufacturers and exporters of Automotive Components.
Dates for the events:
1.    Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh: 11 to 12 June 2019
2.    Indonesia, Jakarta: 14 to 15 June 2019

CLICK HERE to download the invitation

LM Wind Power manufactures longest wind turbine blade

LM Wind Power manufactures longest wind turbine blade

The 107-meter-long blade has been designed for GE’s Haliade-X 12-megawatt offshore wind turbine.

LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business (Kolding, Denmark) has announced that it has manufactured a 107-meter-long wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France factory. The LM 107.0 P, the first wind blade to be manufactured that is longer than 100 meters, will now proceed with post-molding finishing touches before undergoing rigorous testing and validation to demonstrate its ability to withstand more than 20 years of operation offshore, the company says. The blade has been designed for GE’s Haliade-X 12-megawatt offshore wind turbine, said to be the world’s most powerful wind turbine to date.

“The LM 107.0 P is one of the biggest single-components ever built. This is an amazing achievement not only for LM Wind Power and GE Renewable Energy, but for the entire wind industry,” says Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P project director at LM Wind Power.

“This achievement was made possible by our team of highly passionate people developing technology and manufacturing processes, to revolution yet again the offshore wind industry with ever-larger and more reliable rotor blades — thus capturing more wind and ultimately delivering an even lower levelized cost of energy!” says Alexis Crema, VP, offshore, at LM Wind Power.

Source | Composites World

WVU researchers win Delmonte Award for composite infrastructure system

WVU researchers win Delmonte Award for composite infrastructure system

Researchers from West Virginia University (WVU, Morgantown) have been awarded SAMPE North America’s Delmonte Award for Excellence for their patented NextGen Multifunctional Composite System for infrastructure innovation.

The NextGen Composite System is a three-piece invention created by Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering, and doctoral candidate Praveen Majjigapu. It consists of filler modules, reinforcing dowels and composite materials, and it is said to enable buildings and bridges to resist heavier loads while providing significant shock absorption, and moisture and fire resistance.

The system, designed to impact the material, manufacturing and design markets, uses sustainable materials, high-precision manufacturing techniques, optimized design strategies, cost-effective construction and rehab techniques, and minimally intrusive nondestructive evaluation methods.

“These new composites technologies are paving the way for numerous structural applications in infrastructure, aerospace, defense, automotive, marine, furniture, recreational and other industries,” says GangaRao. “In addition, these developments/inventions are leading to reduced maintenance while providing pleasing aesthetics both in structural and non-structural applications.”

GangaRao and Majjigapu’s NextGen System also won the Most Creative Application Award in the design category at CAMX in October 2018, and Majjigapu finished third when he presented the system at the Collegiate Inventors Competition in 2017.

The SAMPE Delmonte Award for Excellence was established by John Delmonte in 1981. It is intended to encourage outstanding contributions in the field of materials and processes throughout the world; to acknowledge major achievements by honoring distinguished individuals in the field of materials and processes; and disseminate those technical achievements among the members of the materials and processes community.

WVU is the second university to win the award in its 38-year history. Stanford University was the first in 1991.

“I am especially grateful to SAMPE for elevating the importance of applicability of this invention through this recognition and equally grateful to WVU for providing opportunities to advance this work to field installation level,” says GangaRao.

“Dr. GangaRao and I would like to thank Professor Ever Barbero for agreeing to serve as a nominator for this award application,” Majjigapu says. “We would also like to thank the staff and students of the Constructed Facilities Center who extended help on this project.” Barbero is a SAMPE Fellow.

Source | Composites World

Reflections on JEC World 2019

Reflections on JEC World 2019

It’s Thursday, March 14 as I write this. It is the last day of JEC World 2019, and the show ended just more than three hours ago. It has been, as usual, an eventful three days at the world’s largest composites trade event. Also, as usual, JEC has provided a valuable opportunity to see and speak with people from a variety of segments of the composites industry supply chain, including materials suppliers, fiber suppliers, machinery manufacturers, fabricators and OEMs. In this way, JEC provides a rare chance to chase down rumors, see new technology, reconnect with friends and colleagues and otherwise take the “pulse” of composites manufacturing.

By journalistic standards, I should spend several days away from JEC before I attempt to put the show in perspective, but those same journalistic standards also demand that I adhere to deadlines. So, here is my in-the-show, sleep-deprived, partially baked take on what JEC World 2019 tells us about the state of composites manufacturing today.

Aerospace: There is, perhaps, no end market that is at once so full of promise and yet so unsettled as the aerospace market. With the Boeing 787, 777X and Airbus A350 in production, and with the A380 heading toward retirement, the entire aerospace supply chain is looking to the future, and the next aircraft programs to be developed by the two big primes. The question is not if composites will be employed on next-generation aircraft, but what kind, where and how (will they be fabricated)? Complicating matters is the fact that Boeing and Airbus are following different M&P paths that converge and diverge, depending in part on the application, material strategy, manufacturing strategy and manufacturing volume.

All eyes now are on Boeing, which is expected to announce — maybe at the Paris Air Show in June — the New Midsize Airplane (NMA, or, 797), a single-aisle, mid-range plane designed to take the place once held in the company’s aircraft portfolio by the now-retired 757. Assuming the NMA becomes reality, where in its design might composites be used? If the 787 and 777X are an indicator, then it will have AFP-made, autoclave-cured wings and fuselage structures. However, if Boeing decides to mature its composites M&P, it might consider increased use of thermoplastic composites as well as vacuum-infused structures. However, you can’t talk about the NMA without also considering the 737, which many people suggest could be redesigned as part of a broader NMA-737 development effort. If that happens, the NMA could be used as an M&P stepping stone to the 737 reboot.

For its part, Airbus appears to be waiting for Boeing’s NMA announcement to make a decision of its own about putting an extended A320 on the drawing board. And if that occurs, Airbus has R&D efforts in place that seem to signal that the company is more willing to consider use of thermoplastic composites in fuselage structures and infused materials in wing structures.

Automotive: The autocomposites waters are even muddier. If, at one time, you envisaged an automotive industry awash in composites structures, you can wake up. It’s not happening. Plainly, there is too much inertia amongst automotive OEMs for them to adopt composites, even if it makes sense from a lightweighting or even cost perspective. In automotive, the customer rules, and unless customers start demanding the advantages conveyed by composites, adoption will be incremental. That said, the electric vehicle market offers parts and applications heretofore unseen in the automotive world that could, easily, be dominated by composites. The poster child for this, at JEC, was the composite battery enclosure, which was everywhere at the show and offers unmatched weight, strength and FST properties. Also highly visible at the show were composite leaf springs, pressure vessels and lift gate systems.

Finally, I cannot let go unnoticed an impressive proliferation at JEC of manufacturing automation systems designed to minimize labor, reduce errors, boost productivity, speed throughput and increase quality. These systems covered everything from cutting and kitting to filament winding to ply placement to nondestructive inspection.

Keep an eye out in the magazine and at CompositesWorld.com for full reports on new products and technologies introduced at the show, as well as highlights from our coverage in Paris.

Au revoir.

Source | Composites World

SAERTEX, Scott Bader to partner on fire protection material system

SAERTEX, Scott Bader to partner on fire protection material system

SAERTEX has announced a strategic partnership with Scott Bader on an international level (their South African operations are also both members of the MBCC) for the production and distributionof the SAERTEX LEO system, fire protection line of materials combining multiaxial noncrimp fabrics and a specifically designed resin system.

SAERTEX and Scott Bader announce partnership to provide customers on the world market with consultancy and fast availability of fire-protection materials for the production of composites.

Source | SAERTEX GmbH