Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

BLOG Interview with Mr. Shantanu Banerjee from Coats Plc.. Meet the company at booth 5/D26 @COMPOSITES EUROPE show

September 15th, 2015 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Fiber, Manufacturing | No Comments »

Q: Please introduce yourself.  What are your responsibilities within your company Coats Plc.?

A: As President of Speciality at Coats, I am responsible for growing the business in all of the key regions around the world in which we operate and also the innovation and technological developments of this dynamic part of our company.

Mr. Banerjee

Mr. Shantanu Banerjee, President, Coats

Q: What makes Coats Speciality unique?

A: Coats focuses on offering solutions through customer-led innovation.  From bedding to fibre optics to composites, our product offerings are constantly evolving; enhancing existing products as well as partnering with customers to explore new areas of opportunity.  In fact, 35% of what we make today did not even exist five years ago.

We have a global footprint with employees across six continents and sites strategically located around the world including the US, Turkey and China.  They are each equipped with technology which, combined with our quality specifications, ensure our products remain consistent no matter where in the world they are produced.

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Q&A with Tom Margraf, Director of Engineering SPINTECH.

September 20th, 2013 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Automotive Industry, Business, Consumer, Defense, Manufacturing, Tooling | No Comments »

Q: Please introduce yourself. What are your responsibilities within your company…?
A: My name is Tom Margraf, I am the Director of Engineering for Smart Tooling, a division of Spintech LLC. based in Dayton, Ohio (USA).

Q: Could you give us a quick overview of your company…?
A: Spintech LLC. provides revolutionary shape memory polymer technologies for composites manufacturing and structural repairs in aerospace, energy, automotive, defense, and consumer Markets. Our patented Smart Tooling product line
allows us to provide companies with configurable, reusable tooling solutions for fabricating composite parts with complex geometries and/or trapped features that drastically reduce manufacturing labor and capital costs, while dramatically
increasing production rates.




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Interview with Frederic Dietze, young innovative exhibitor @ COMPOSITES EUROPE 2013 in Stuttgart

August 29th, 2013 | By Angela in Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Technology | No Comments »

You can meet WeightWorks engineering at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2013 – 17th to 19th September –  in hall 6 booth G23. This is our interview with Frederic Dietze.

1. CE: Please introduce yourself. What are your responsibilities within your company WeightWorks engineering?

Frederic Dietze: My name is Frederic Dietze, founder and CEO of WeightWorks engineering

2. CE: Could you give us a quick overview of your company WeightWorks engineering?

Frederic Dietze: We are a young and motivated startup from the lake of constance which is specialised in efficient prototyping and manufacturing small series in fibre-composites using our own, innovative and patented mold making process.

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Interview with Maximilian Hacker, owner of BRComposites at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011

Oktober 17th, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Boatbuilders, Business, Composite production, COMPOSITES Forum, Construction Industry, consulting, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, General, Innovation, Sports industry, Technology | No Comments »


Maximilian Hacker is 25 years old and the owner of BRComposites. He absolved his training as procedural mechanics of plastic and rubber technology, specialized in fibre composites.

 Activities previous to his self-employment:

  1. Fischer & Entwicklung Landshut
  2. Pilatus Aircraft Schweiz
  3. Company with Formel 1 experience   (company name is not mentioned because of legal reasons)


MH: Maximilian Hacker

CE: Please introduce yourself. Who are you and what is your responsibility at BRComposites?

MH: BRComposites has exists for two years now. We are a young and very innovative company with a continuous strong growth. Furthermore, we think that  well-trained employees and to the original rules of craftsmanship are very important.

I am proud to say that we are already training employees. In my opinion there is still a lack of skilled workers in the composites industry.

We develop and offer individual production to our customers. Productions up to 10,000 standard parts are easily possible. In this way the volume of production is growing. Our production is done without autoclaves and everything is hand-made.
















CE: So how did you experience the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 show? What are your impressions?

MH: This is the first time for BRComposites as an exhibitor at the COMPOSITES EUROPE. Actually we have been planning the first exhibition in 2016. At least that has been the conclusion of a family dinner. However, by coincidental, I got a phone call from the COMPOSITES EUROPE team the next day. During this conversation I received information about a funding possibility through BMWi. Because of the funding possibility and the sponsoring by Jost Chemicals, which is a close partner, we decided to book a booth for the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011.

Mr. Hacker was reacting spontaneously when we asked him about his feelings as participant of the CE 2011. He was euphorically describing the exhibition as gigantic. The company had a huge success, a great number of good meetings and contacts. The booth was constantly busy because so many visitors were interested in their products. In his opinion, the exhibition service and the whole organisation was very commendable.

We closed the interview by talking about the presentation of innovations brought by BRC.

BRComposites presented flexible carbon protectors which is already used e.g. by the v. The jacket (have a look at the picture) in the background is specially made for extreme mountainbikers and is equipped with flexible carbon protectors. All visitors have been wondering what kind of material this is. However, we could not get any detailed information.

Thank you so much for the interesting and open conversation with Mr. Hacker.

Expansion of renewable energies creating boom in composites

August 31st, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Architecture, Business, Construction Industry, Design, Electronics, Engineering, Innovation, Technology, Wind Energy Industry | No Comments »

Done and dusted. The German government’s decision to withdraw from nuclear energy has also paved the way for the development of renewable forms of energy. The proportion of electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to rise to at least 80 percent by 2050. Wind energy is planned to play a major role in this. Last year the sector contributed 7.9 percent to the total amount of electricity generated in Germany.

The energy policy of the German government includes giving greater support to offshore wind farms. The remuneration for this power is to be raised to 15 cents per kilowatt hour. Operators of onshore wind turbines will continue to receive up to 10.2 cents per kilowatt hour. 0.5 cents are paid for power from new wind parks if the old equipment went online before 2002. The new turbine should also deliver twice the amount of power than the old one.

Example of how the crystal structure could be used in the rotor blade of a wind turbine. (Photo: Wüstefeld)

Example of how the crystal structure could be used in the rotor blade of a wind turbine. (Photo: Wüstefeld)

These factors therefore represent healthy prospects for the future of the wind power sector. The manufacturers of fibre-reinforced composites are also expecting to benefit from this development – because modern wind turbines are inconceivable without glass and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics. The organisers of the international Composites Europe (CE) exhibition, to be held from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Stuttgart, recognised this early on and are giving the industry the platform it deserves. Well-known producers and processors of fibre composites for the wind energy sector and the relevant machine producers and suppliers get together each year at the event.

But it is not only the presence of the big names which makes a visit to the exhibition so worthwhile. Jens-Hagen Wüstefeld from Starnberg, for instance, has developed a crystalline structure as a lightweight construction element. It yields an 85 percent reduction in weight, lower manufacturing costs, outstanding rigidity and design flexibility in comparison to a solid material. Starting out with a geometric concept, he made a three dimensional lattice from triangles, similar to a crystal structure. Any forces applied to such a symmetrical grid are distributed optimally to adjacent surfaces and edges.

These lightweight elements can be manufactured to any scale, from any materials and in any form – including those appropriate for wind turbines. The resulting reduced weight of the tower would allow the foundation to be simplified. And the lower weight of the rotor would result in lower bearing loads and therefore reduced wear and greater efficiency in the entire turbine. The reduced amounts of materials required would also reduce production costs. Individual segments can easily be joined together, simplifying both transportation and erection.

Car makers competing in CFRP race

August 22nd, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Technology | No Comments »

Audi, too, has now joined the race. Following BMW’s deployment of SGL Carbon and Mercedes‘ use of Toray, Audi has now entered into a partnership devoted to the development and fully automatic production of carbon fibre-reinforced materials. In the future, Audi’s reputation as a pioneer of lightweight construction will not be based exclusively on its use of aluminium. Vehicles containing the new material will be marketed under the „ultra“ label.

In collaboration with the machinery manufacturer Voith, the Audi engineers are setting up the industrial-scale manufacture of fibre-reinforced materials for the series production of cars; their main goal is to develop a fully automatic process chain. With series production their ultimate target, both partners are devoting themselves not only to the creation of processing engineering and mass production methods for conventional fibre-reinforced plastics but also to the development of new and innovative high-tech materials.

Audi R8 GT Spyder are made from CFRP (Photo: Audi)

The long flap of the folding top cover and the large rear side panels of the Audi R8 GT Spyder are made from CFRP. (Photo: Audi)

To date, Audi has only used CFRPs in its high-priced super sports cars such as the Audi R8 GT Spyder. The long flap of the folding top cover and the large rear side panels of the recently launched 560 PS version of the sports car are made from CFRP. The material is also used in the modified front spoiler, in the fixed rear spoiler and in the new rear bumper. These components account for total weight savings of 5.5 kilograms.

„Low-fat vehicles“ featuring fibre composites will also be highlighted at the international Composites Europe (CE) trade fair, to be held from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Essen. The BMW partner SGL Carbon will be there to demonstrate its expertise. The company supplies the carbon fibres for the Megacity Vehicle. This is the first time in which CFRP parts have been used in large-scale series production. This takes the company a step closer to producing affordable lightweight vehicles suitable for mass production based on fibre composites – putting BMW a nose ahead in the technology race. This is shown by the efforts of the rivals who are doing all they can to catch up. Take Audi, for example: it has set up an interdisciplinary carbon fibre research unit at its Neckarsulm plant aimed at adapting the CFRP technology processes for use in series production. The sister marque Lamborghini has also set up a research unit for carbon fibre technologies at the new Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

Composites giving the Airbus wings

August 2nd, 2011 | By Angela in aerospace, Allgemein, Business, Composite production, COMPOSITES Forum, Innovation, Technology | 1 Comment »

Airbus is outstripping Boeing. At the world’s largest aviation trade show held recently at Le Bourget near to Paris, the competition between the two largest aircraft makers for the custom of the airlines dominated the news coverage. The Europeans attracted 730 orders (418 of which were binding) to a total value of roughly EUR 50 billion whereas the Americans „merely“ posted 142 orders (58 of which binding) worth EUR 15 billion.

The Airbus A320 NEO is to be launched in 2015 and consumes 15 percent less fuel than the current model (photo: Airbus/Fixion).

The Airbus A320 NEO is to be launched in 2015 and consumes 15 percent less fuel than the current model (photo: Airbus/Fixion).

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Innovative Process for manufacturing Carbon Composites

Juni 1st, 2011 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Exhibitors, Innovation | No Comments »

When I first met Arwed on our Composites Show in Stuttgart 2007 we had some nice chat about his new developments about car rims made of carbon.

A few weeks ago we met each other again and he told me that development went well but he had some challenges regarding german law for using rims on
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COMPOSITES CHINA: Premiere in July 2011

Mai 31st, 2011 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Allgemein, Construction Industry, General, SHANGHAI, Technology | No Comments »

After the success of COMPOSITES EUROPE, the European Trade Fair and Forum for Composite Materials, Technology and Applications, the trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions is launching a new event in Asia.

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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.