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Development of composites in South Africa

The South African composites market is relatively mature and offers good potential for composites manufacturing. The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster (MBCC) is a strategic entity for the composites industry at both national and regional levels. Andy Radford, managing...

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TRB develops fire-resistant biocomposite door leaf

The carbon fiber-reinforced biocomposite sandwich panel features a 100% recycled foam core and has been designed for light weight and fire resistance. TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd. (TRB; Cambridgeshire, U.K.) has developed a new carbon fiber-reinforced biocomposite...

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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...

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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...

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3D PRINT AND COFFEE

Innovator and owner of Provolution in Port Elizabeth, Sean Poole, who was recognised at the National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards, hosted by the Cluster in November last year, earlier this week installed a 3D printer at a coffee shop in Walmer, to get...

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IOM3 Competition

The Cluster encourages our members and friends to alert young people (under 28) to the IOM3 prestigious Young Persons’ Lecture Competition aimed at young scientists and engineers in the disciplines of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging, Clay Technology and Wood...

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Collaboration partner to the Durban Chemicals Cluster

Opportunity The Composites Cluster, as a collaboration partner to the Durban Chemicals Cluster brings to your attention the following opportunity: The Durban Chemicals Cluster Business Accelerator, supported by Ferro Coating Resins, Ferro Dispersions and NCS Resins...

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A carbon fibre composite propeller for a passenger ship

The sea trials for a composite propeller one metre in diameter took place at Lorient, France on 19 March 2018. The propeller served to drive the passenger ship Le Palais, with a capacity of 286 passengers, between Lorient and Brest at a speed of 21 knots.  The ship is...

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The Wood-Plastic Composites Market

According to the Sawmilling SA website, a new study from India-based global market research firm Markets and Markets, “Wood Plastic Composite Market Global Trends & Forecast to 2021”, The wood-plastic composites market is projected to reach US$5.84 billion, at a...

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Composite Skills Training Breakthrough

R15-MILLION DTI PILOT PROJECT UP-AND-RUNNING It took a while to stick, but South Africa’s biggest ever composite training programme is finally up and running with the first 15 recruits enrolled in August at the Composites Training Academy (CTA) in Cape Town. “It...

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Carbon Fibre Super Car

Lamborghini introduced an even more powerful, faster and pricier version of the exotic V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador at an event in California on Thursday night. Called the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, its engine is tuned to produce as much as 770 horsepower. It can...

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Composites floating trophy for displaying innovation

Outstanding nominations which reflect world-class composite innovation have been received for the National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show from November 7-9. Category E is the "Composites floating...

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