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EU launches strategy for leadership in advanced materials sector

28th Feb 2024

The European Union (EU) aims to lead in advanced materials, vital for the green and digital transition. A new strategy will align research and investment, enhancing competitiveness and reducing critical material dependencies. Actions include boosting innovation, investment, and skills development, with a €500 million Horizon Europe partnership...

STFI to showcase lightweight construction innovations at JEC World

24th Feb 2024

STFI will showcase lightweight construction innovations at JEC World, including a hemp-based snowboard with recycled carbon fibres. VliesComp project partners aim to reintroduce recycled materials into various solutions, such as a lightweight end shield for electric motors. STFI will also present bast fibres for reinforcement, extracted from hemp.

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Newly established Rivertex Australia gets Gavin Hodgins as MD

13th Apr 2023

Rivertex Technical Fabrics has founded Rivertex Australia Pty Ltd, with Gavin Hodgins as managing director, to strengthen its presence in the Australian and New Zealand markets. The company has also joined the Specialized Textiles Association and will attend the SuperExpo 2023. At the expo, Rivertex Australia will showcase its sustainable product...

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Europe’s Ahlstrom launches new FibRoc solution for plasterboard market

20th Jan 2023

Europe-based fibre solutions company Ahlstrom has launched FibRoc plasterboard that is a protective and durable solution for high-performance plasterboard applications. This solution is a combination of glass, synthetic, and natural fibres. It is designed to offer dimensional stability and protection in application areas and reduce environmental impact.

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US’ Owens Corning’s sales rise 16% to $2.6 bn in Q2 FY22

29th Jul 2022

Owens Corning, a global building and construction materials leader headquartered in the US, has reported net sales increase of 16 per cent to $2.6 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2022. The company’s adjusted EBIT margins climbed to 20 per cent and adjusted EBITDA margins increased to 25 per cent in the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

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WSU researchers use disposable masks to make durable concrete

4th May 2022

Researchers have demonstrated the idea of incorporating old masks into a cement mixture to create stronger, more durable concrete. In a paper published in the journal, Materials Letters, a Washington State University research team, showed that the mixture using mask materials was 47 per cent stronger than commonly used cement after a month of curing.

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Scott Bader expands Crestabond structural adhesives to North America

7th Mar 2022

Scott Bader has announced its Canadian site, based in Drummondville, will begin manufacturing Crestabond structural adhesives in 2022. The expansion of its Crestabond production to Scott Bader ATC will allow Scott Bader to meet the growing demand for its high-quality MMA primerless structural adhesives within the North American market.

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IFAI tent expo displays innovations in tents and equipment at US

3rd Feb 2022

Hundreds of tents and rental professionals gathered at the recently held IFAI tent expo at Daytona Beach. Members of the Tent Rental Division and other industry professionals met in person for the first time in two years, driving near-record attendance at this year’s event. Tent Expo is a leading show for the tent rental and supply industry.

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Germany’s Fibrolux supplies 16 km of custom fiberglass pultrusion

1st Feb 2022

Fibrolux, a German leader of pultruded composites and a pultruder in Europe, has completed its largest civil engineering project. Fibrolux has supplied more than 16 km of a large-scale custom fibreglass pultrusion that enabled the refurbishment of the 1 km Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Bridge in Torun, Poland with double width pedestrian and cycling walkways.

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