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Bloodhound LSR announces high speed test dates

We’re delighted to announce that Bloodhound LSR and the Bloodhound team will be going to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in October 2019 for high speed testing. The plans were confirmed at a press conference on 9th July by Bloodhound LSR CEO Ian Warhurst: “I’m thrilled...

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Michelin, GM develop airless wheel prototype

Michelin (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and General Motors (Detroit, Mich., U.S.) recently developed a prototype of their airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles, called the Michelin Uptis Prototype. The wheel, expected to be ready for production by 2024,...

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COMPOSITES ON UK MISSION

The Cluster's organised small delegation visit to the Advanced Manufacturing R&D Centre in Sheffield as well as the Composites Centre in Bristol is around the corner. With the view to establish deeper ties and  business opportunities, the Cluster has arranged to...

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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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