RPC Pipe Systems acquires European organisations Fibrelogic Pipe Systems collaborate on recycling RPC PIPE Systems Pty Ltd – a joint venture between RPC Technologies Pty Ltd and Nuplex Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd – has acquired Fibrelogic Pipe Systems, creating a leading player in the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe market in Australia. Fibrelogic has a manufacturing and support licence with Amiantit (including the Flowtite brand) and manufacturing facilities in Lonsdale, South Australia. RPC Pipe Systems will be headquartered in Lonsdale and will acquire Fibrelogic’s business and assets on a cash free and debt free basis. RPC Technologies Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia, manufactures composite products for the industrial (water and waste management), transport, defence and mining, and oil and gas sectors in Australia and overseas. The Fibrelogic acquisition signiﬁcantly increases the company’s composites
capacity and capabilities and improves its product oﬀering within the piping and industrial markets, explains Tony Caristo, Managing Director, RPC Technologies Pty Ltd. Nuplex Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Nuplex Industries Ltd, New Zealand, is a manufacturer of adhesives, construction products, paper and composite resins in Australia, and a distributor of raw materials and speciality chemicals. Nuplex’s composites business will have a long term supply agreement with RPC Pipe Systems. According to Nuplex CEO Emery Severin, the company sees opportunities for growth for GRP pipes used in water, infrastructure and mining applications in Australia. RPC Technologies; www.rpctechnologies.com Fibrelogic Pipe Systems; www.ﬁbrelogic.com
THE EUROPEAN Composites Industry Association (EuCIA), the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Composite Recycling Services Company (ECRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the issues of recycling and sustainability of composites in Europe.
composites industry members to develop solutions for composites recycling. “It brings together industry players in the composites value chain under a common platform to deﬁne and decide on common strategies for the industry while highlighting our commitment to sustainability of this sector.”
The agreement has two main objectives: the establishment of a Sector Group under EuCIA, and integrated into EuPC, which will operate as a recycling and sustainability platform for the composites industry; and fostering cooperation on recycling and sustainability at the European level, while enforcing the common voice and position of composites industry on environmental issues.
The three organisations recently issued the position paper Glass Fibre Reinforced Thermosets: Recyclable and Compliant with EU Legislation. This discusses current recycling technologies for glass reinforced composites and describes the advantages of the cement kiln route. It concludes that: “Following the outcomes of the recycling technologies developed so far, the European composites industry considers the cement kiln route to be the most sustainable solution for waste management of glass ﬁbre reinforced thermoset parts.”
”The cooperation agreement supports the European composites industry on recycling by having one voice,” says Fons Harbers, Chairman of ECRC, a consortium founded in 2003 by
Offshore wind in Europe a £2 billion/year opportunity for composites A REPORT commissioned by The Crown Estate, UK, and undertaken by BVG Associates, concludes that £2 billion will be spent annually on the manufacture of composite wind turbine blades for oﬀshore wind farms in Europe by 2020. The report, Oﬀshore Wind: Opportunities for the Composites Industry, also shows that annual composites demand in this market will reach 100 000 tonnes a year by the end of the decade.
The report highlights the potential for the UK composites industry in wind turbine component development and manufacture. As well as in blade manufacture, the report highlights other areas where composites can be used in oﬀshore wind farm components, the manufacturing processes employed, and the technological and the market drivers. Although there are limited prospects of new blade manufacturers entering the market (as most large-scale
turbine manufacturers make their own blades), there are signiﬁcant opportunities throughout the supply chain in areas such as: • tooling supply and manufacturing support; • material and sub-component supply; • research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of processes and materials; and • blade inspection and repair.
“The wind industry has a need for new technologies that may be in development in parallel sectors,” notes Julian Brown, Associate Director of consultancy BVG Associates. “The high level partnership between Boeing and Vestas Wind Systems demonstrates the synergies that exist.” The report is available on the BVG Associates website. BVG Associates; www.bvgassociates.co.uk