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Creating a new UK supply chain
Tuesday, 31 March 2015

alt The Sigmatex Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) has been awarded £3.8 million in funding through the UK government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. 

The LX consortium will address the lack of capability in the automotive sector to manufacture composite components at high volumes of scale in the UK by connecting the key elements of designing, manufacturing and creating capacity for production. 

The strategic cooperation led by Sigmatex also involves Caparo Advanced Composites, Cranfield University, Expert Tooling and Automation, Granta Design, Group Rhodes, LMAT, Surface Generation, and Tilsatec, with support from Axillium Research and Axillium Lightfellows. Three UK-based automotive OEMs will work closely with the LX manufacturing and technical partners.    Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Avoiding trial and error with thermoplastics

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

article thumbnailResearchers at the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, Netherlands, believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough that will allow for the wide-scale use of thermoplastic...

Lighter suspension with GFRP

Thursday, 26 March 2015

article thumbnailOwens Corning has contributed to the development of the first composite material coil springs for automotive suspension systems that have been patented by Sogefi, headquartered in Milan, Italy, and...


Germany behind on e-mobility

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

article thumbnailBMW notes that wherever governments offer tangible incentives for e-mobility, the registration figures for its composites-intensive BMW i3 are soaring. “We can see a clear connection between sales...

Bayer acquires thermoplast maker

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

article thumbnailBayer MaterialScience has concluded the takeover of Thermoplast Composite GmbH (TCG) a manufacturer of thermoplastic fibre composites based Langenfeld, Germany. The takeover gives Bayer access to...