Posts Tagged ‘Essen’

Moving to Essen – last time!

September 11th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Business | No Comments »

Today the whole COMPOSITES EUROPE Team moved to the Essen exhibition center.

 Setup our office during the show and care about exhbitors starting build up their boothes.

I have a good feeling for the next two days. I think we are good organised and exhbitors welcome!


A high-altitude wedding – but one that needs the correct epoxy resin-polyurethane ratio to last!

Juni 28th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Composite production, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Wind Energy Industry | No Comments »

Every movement must be just right when the blade and rotor hub of a wind turbine are married together at a dizzy height.  Because screwing the rotor blade onto the rotor hub 100 metres above the ground represents a major bonding technology challenge. Heavy-duty threaded bushes are bonded into the fibre-reinforced flange on the blade holder of each blade – and the bond must be absolutely rock solid.

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Neumayer III – Material requirements in the permanent ice.

Juni 8th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Aerospace Industry, Allgemein, Architecture, Business, Exhibitors, Marine | No Comments »

Neumayer Station III, shortly Neumayer III, named after the geophysicist Georg von Neumayer, is a German polar research station of the Alfred Wegener Institute in the Antarctic.  It is located on the Atka Bay on the 200-meter-thick Ekström Ice Shelf.

Combining economical viability and the efficient use of resources

Mai 20th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Resources | No Comments »

Sustainability and questions it raises regarding the effects materials, products and processes have on the environment is a major current topic and one that influences all aspects of business.  The automotive and electronic industries have already implemented current regulations on recycling and CO2 emissions. Demands on the use of sustainable materials and products in the building industry amongst others are now gaining pace too.

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Environmentally friendly and cost-reducing: fiber-reinforced composites are setting trends in lightweight design for the trucking industry – Part2

Mai 18th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Automotive Industry, Trucks | No Comments »

Sustainability and energy efficiency: What does the future look like for international freight traffic? What new approach can freight forwarders and logistics specialists adopt, so that they are able to transport their clients’ large loads under favorable conditions? How can such an approach ensure high environmental standards? The solution lies in lightweight design for trucks and freight containers, where fuel consumption and transport costs are reduced, CO2 emissions are lowered and climate friendliness is increased.

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Biopolymers – Europe needs to catch up, Germany investing

April 18th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Biocomposites | 1 Comment »

Following double-figure annual growth rates posted in recent years, the global economic crisis put the brakes on the rapid growth of wood-plastics-composites (WPCs) in 2009. But only temporarily as, according to the AVK (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) experts, these materials have the potential to act as substitutes for glass fibres and, thanks to their specific areas of application, can help open up entirely new markets.  In 2007 the WPC market volume for Europe as a whole was 120,000 tonnes. In contrast to many markets which are already saturated, there is potential for strong growth here.

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With composites and nanotechnology to the world championship

März 12th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Business, Sports industry | No Comments »

The latest innovation from Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH of Basle is a one-piece hockey stick.  It is manufactured from a new ductile modified highly modern artificial resin system, known as Read Full Post

Multi-axial multi-ply fabrics reinforce skis and snowboards

März 10th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Sports industry | No Comments »

Fibre composites for the sports and leisure sectors are also one of the main features from 14 to 16 September 2010 at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair, at which numerous exhibitors will also present solutions for sporting applications.  


One of these is Saertex GmbH & Co. KG from Saerbeck.  The company produces so-called non-crimp multi-ply fabrics.  These are characterized by Read Full Post

With composites at the Olympics – Fibre composites optimize sports equipment

März 8th, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Business, Exhibitors, Innovation | 1 Comment »

The 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver consisted not only of a fight between athletes but also a contest between materials. 

Light, strong, flexible – these are the requirements that must be provided by sports equipment. 

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From lakes to the ocean – Composites conquer the naval industry

Februar 2nd, 2010 | By Thorsten Holtz in Boatbuilders, Marine | No Comments »

2009 was also a difficult year for the processors of fibre composites.  According to the information given by the Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK), the demand for and the production of duroplastic SMC and BMC components was determined by market developments in the main automobile and electronic applications. 

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The “Envirez” material from Ashland Performance Materials is used in boatbuilding (Photo: Ashland).

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