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Our new website hosts a variety of additional and updated features, which we invite you to explore, as well as a fresh look. Further, the site’s launch coincides with a busy time for the advanced materials industry and has resulted in a great deal of content being added in the days leading up to its first appearance, with the promise of much more to follow.

Check our continually updated news column, for instance, to discover:

Where BMW will be using carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in the chassis of its 2016 7 Series, the first time the material has been used extensively in the body-in-white of a truly mass-produced vehicle;

Why Zoltek feels the need to double the capacity of its carbon fibre plant in Jalisco, Mexico, to 5 kt a year by April 2016;

Who is working with the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering to develop low-density metal matrix composites;

What technology lies behind the polyetheretherketone-like phthalonitrile resin developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory;

How carbon nanotubes are being used to heat and cure composite structures, negating the need for autoclaves.

In addition to our news coverage, the site will soon host in-depth feature articles covering the latest developments in the production of composites, ceramics and plastics, among others. 

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As the market for carbon fibre-reinforced composites seems poised for spectacular growth in the next decade, close attention is being paid to how best to recover post-use the valuable fibres and fabrics they contain, according to Adrian  Wilson.

There has been a notable rise in the number of companies supplying new nonwoven products as the basis for lightweight composite components for the automotive and construction industries, according to Adrian Wilson.

The use of strong, lightweight carbon fibres could enable carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption and environmental impact of their vehicles, but currently such materials are prohibitively expensive. Innovations in production and conversion will be vital if carbon fibres are ever to be used in mass-production applications, says James Bakewell.