#SUSTAINABILITY

Armacell extends PET foam core operations to China.

Armacell’s fourth PET foam extrusion line globally is designed to meet growing demand for PET foams across the Chinese composite market.

Virgin Galactic, NASA sign space agreement

The Space Act Agreement (SAA) represents a partnership between Virgin Galactic and NASA for the development of high-speed, and environmentally sustainable, aviation technology.

Kontek Ion Exchange Systems Deionize Water for Recycling

The Rekon's applications include raw water purification, softening and deionization, wastewater recovery and recycling, polishing and targeted ion recovery.

Clean Sky 2 program publishes 2019 report

Clean Sky’s 2019 report highlights innovative technologies like a thermoplastic fuselage barrel, digitization of aircraft maintenance and more. 

Midwest Air Products to Display Range of Pollution-Control Products

Products are designed to solve environmental control problems and include corrosion-resistant PVC air pollution control equipment.

Veolia Water Technologies Helps Optimize Resources

Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to industry sustainability.

RS Technologies establishes new composite utility pole production facility

The 237,000-square-foot production facility in St. George, Utah, U.S. will enable increased production capacity for the Canada-based company.

US Ecology Provides Green Solutions for Finishing Shops

US Ecology uses specialized recycling methods such as recovering metals from liquids and solids.

Propulsion

Save the Environment, Drive a Jeep?

Making a case for adding green credentials to off-road performance

Batteries

Lotus Aims to Revamp EV Ownership Models

Partnership with British utility promises new charging infrastructure and smart grid tech

BHC's Range of Precision Cleaning Solutions Designed for Sustainability

BHC's Aquavantage aqueous detergents enable improved parts cleaning and degreasing, broad material compatibility and is said to reduce costs.

Developing new solutions for noise, vibration and harshness

Several recent IACMI partner projects focus on technology innovation related to challenges in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicle design.

ITHEC 2020 finalizes technical program

Agenda includes emerging technologies, welding, a panel discussion and the new Advanced Thermoplastic Composite 3D Printing Forum.

Commercial-scale carbon fiber recycling comes to Tennessee

Accepting carbon fiber waste materials now, Carbon Fiber Recycling will recycle 2,000 tons of carbon fiber waste per year at its Tennessee facility. 

Sherwin-Williams Launches Powdura ECO Coatings Using Recycled Plastic

Sherwin-Williams has launched a line of powder coatings that uses a polyester resin comprised of 25% pre-consumer recycled plastic (rPET). 

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.

Quality

Cummins, Tula Test Cylinder Deactivation Tech in Diesels

In this case, it’s mostly about reducing emissions—but fuel economy gains still add up

Fuel Cells

Volvo Group, Daimler Team Up on Fuel Cell-Powered Big Rigs

Can trucks save the hydrogen-based technology after a tepid response to fuel cell cars?

Business

GM Expands Renewable Energy Program in Michigan

Solar and wind sources will generate 100% of U.S. facilities by 2030 

Trelleborg launches eco-friendly, dust-free tooling board

The TC760X tooling board flakes rather than chips during machining for a cleaner, dust-free cut, and reduces the amount of airborne particles released.

Materials & Lightweighting

ZF Partners with Detroit Sewn on Face Masks

Essential protection for essential workers

EuCIA adds new glass fiber data to Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association’s Eco Impact Calculator is a free life cycle assessment tool to calculate a composite part’s ecological footprint.

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

When the greatest share of a product’s environmental impact comes from producing its feedstock, selecting the right material is critical. For 3D printing and manufacturing in plastic, biopolymer could be the first step toward a more sustainable model.

Hybrid

McLaren Eyes Synthetic Fuels

Can the carbon-neutral technology eventually become a viable alternative to electric vehicles?