Category Archives: Glass-Reinforced Composites

PlastiComp Expands Proprietary CFRP Compounding

PlastiComp, a compounder in Winona, Minnesota, is boosting capacity of an interesting, proprietary process to make long-fiber, carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pellets. The additional, higher-volume carbon fiber pultrusion line [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, PEEK, polypropylene

Treated Glass Bubbles Slash Weight on New Corvette

Don’t write off glass thermoset composites as weight-saving automotive body panels. A new version called TCA Ultra Lite from Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is in production on the [..]

Automotive, Compression, Design, Filler, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Green, North America , ,

Stock Price of Thermoset Molder Suddenly Rockets

The sleepy business of molding reinforced plastics for truck hoods and other components at Core Molding Technologies (CMT) of Columbus, Ohio, is suddenly attracting a lot of interest [..]

Compression, Glass-Reinforced Composites

Lightweighting Will Be Major Theme At NPE

One of the major themes at NPE2015 in Orlando, Florida, next month will be technologies that enable lightweighting, particularly for transportation applications. In the large booths of the [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Insert Molding, North America, Polycarbonate, polypropylene, Reinforcing Material , , , , , ,

GMT Molding Replaces Steel Assembly In Mustang Seatback

GMT, a granddaddy of thermoplastic composites, has had slow market penetration since its commercial roll-out by PPG Industries and GE in the 1970s and 1980s. There was some [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Compression, Design, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, Reinforcing Material , , ,

German Auto OEMs Take Lead with CFRP

If you wonder where the German car companies are going with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), keep an eye on their investments. BMW just announced acquisition of a 15.2% [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Design, Europe, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Injection Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , , ,

TOP 10 MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES AT K2010: NO. 4

No. 4 First invented by Wallace Carothers at DuPont in 1935, nylon (polyamide) was hot again at K2010. DuPont and BASF both introduced new nylons with better heat [..]

Automotive, Europe, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Injection Molding, North America, Polyamides , , , , , ,

TOP 10 MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES AT K2010: NO. 9

NO. 9:  Lomold of  Capetown, South Africa, and the Chuan Li Fa Machinery Works Co. of Taiwan introduced “3-D LFT”, a long-(glass) fiber thermoplastic (LFT) injection-molding process using [..]

Africa/MidEast, Glass-Reinforced Composites, Industrial, Injection Molding