CompositeNews news archive: May 2005

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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May 3, 2005 - The M.C. Gill Corporation Group of Companies celebrates the first flight of the Airbus A380 as one of the U.S. suppliers that produced components for the world's largest passenger aircraft. The A380 completed its first test flight in Toulouse, France marking a milestone in aviation history...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Dublin, Ohio, May 5, 2005 - European watercraft can now have award-winning gel coat protection and be more environmentally considerate thanks to the introduction of Ashland's AME(tm) 6000 T35 premium marine resin. Introduced by Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc.,...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Dublin, Ohio, May 5, 2005 - Color selections are no longer limited thanks to innovations linking the Instint(tm) color service system with Maxguard(r) NP premium low-emission gel coat base, says Ashland. Introduced by Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., Maxguard...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, May 3, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc., a composite materials products technology company, and its operating division, RS Technologies (RS), announced that RSI has entered into a license and supply agreement with Armor Utilities Structures Pty Limited (AUS) of Sydney, Australia. AUS will introduce and supply RStandard(tm)...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - A 2-day VIP Programme, July 7-8, 2005 is organized by EPTA for the Composite Industry Executives. The VIP's will take part in an exclusive and exciting programme that relates to the composite industry. Visits will be taken to the Central Institute for Aerospace Technology at...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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Dallas, May 6, 2005 - Peerless Mfg. Co., announced completion of the acquisition of certain composite louver technology and assets from Ebert Composites Corp. of Chula Vista, California. In addition, Peerless has obtained a license for specific know- how pertaining to composite materials from Ebert. This composite louver technology extends...

Sunday, May 01, 2005

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Nagoya, Japan, May 1, 2005 - In the corner of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries aerospace plant, a key piece of Boeing's future is taking shape. The Mitsubishi group of technicians is testing assembly procedures for the revolutionary wings - made of carbon fiber-based composites, not aluminum - that will carry...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Dublin, Ohio. May 5, 2005 - Derakane(tm) and Derakane Momentum(tm) epoxy vinyl ester resins  are now available in Europe from Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. Ashland purchased the Derakane technology and business from Dow Chemical Company in November 2004.  ...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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West Paterson, N.J., May 5, 2005 - Cytec Industries Inc. announced that it had incurred a net loss for the first quarter of 2005 of $6.5 million or $0.16 loss per basic share on net sales of $564 million. Excluding special items, net earnings were $38.9 million or $0.89 on...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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May 9, 2005 - A full month of closed molding training programs at Skagit Valley Community College, Oak Harbor, Whidbey  Island, WA is planned for the period between Mid-May and Mid-June 2005 Composites One, in cooperation with GRPguru in infusion, Andre Cocquyt, is organizing a whole month of instruction about...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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May 6, 2005 - Objectives of the AVK-TV Innovation Award + Deadline is May 31?  encouraging new industrial solutions with composites and thermoset moulding compounds?  demonstrating the achievements of our industry in environmental protection ?  encouraging university work in the field of composites and thermoset moulding compounds ?  providing motivation...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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Montreal, May 6, 2005 -- Beluga Composites Corporation announced today that it has acquired Panox Petroleum Products Inc. of Montreal, Canada. On April 25th, 2005, the company entered into a definitive agreement with Panox Petroleum Products Inc. ("Panox"), a Canadian corporation based in Montreal, whereby Beluga acquired all of the...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Covington, Ky., May 4, 2005 - Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., has agreed to divest its Scandinavian affiliates' distribution business to GRP Materials Supplies Limited (GRPMS), part of UMECO plc. The sale - which includes property, inventory and other...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, May 5, 2005: Resin Systems Inc., a composite materials products technology company, through its operating division, RS Technologies (RS), is pleased to announce that RS has received an order for the initial shipment of 18-metre (60-foot) RStandard(tm) modular composite transmission poles to Midlite Powerline Construction Ltd. for installation...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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May 4, 2005 - About 150 new jobs are expected to be created as Dielectric Solutions LLC expands manufacturing operations and moves into a larger building in Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 2002 by three former PPG Industries employees, Dielectric Solutions LLC is an advanced materials company that produces reliable thin-filament...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Marlborough, Mass. & Oscoda, Michigan, May 4, 2005 - Kubotek USA announced that Phoenix Composite Solutions, LLC (PCS) of Oscoda, Michigan has committed to standardizing on Kubotek KeyCreator(TM) (formerly CADKEY(r)). The advanced aviation composites innovator located on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (now Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport), is replacing their...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Toledo, Ohio, May 4, 2005 - Owens Corning today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005. For the first quarter, the Company posted net sales of $1.402 billion, an increase of 16% compared to net sales of $1.209 billion for the same period of the prior...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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Los Angeles, May 3, 2005 - To meet stringent European Union environmental directives, Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed a family of bromine-free, one- and two-component epoxy syntactics along with high-performance epoxy laminating systems. These were introduced at the SAMPE Exhibition in Long Beach. The new Epocast(r) flame-retardant epoxies are formulated...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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Walpole, Mass., May 6, 2005 - A lightweight, low cost composite stabilizer manufactured by Fiber Innovations of Walpole, MA using Braiding and RTM processes recently flew on the Bell Helicopter MAPL (Modular Affordable Product Line) demonstrator aircraft. The one-piece, constant section horizontal stabilizer was designed to provide significant cost...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - At this year's SAMPE tradeshow (Long Beach, CA, 3-5 May) Hexcel's stand was organized around the company's key markets of aerospace, wind energy, automotive and recreation. AerospacePart of the aerospace display will be a Fan Cowl built by Goodrich to demonstrate the use of Hexcel's new...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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May 6, 2005 - For over 20 years, Courage Comp?tion's prototypes have been successfully competing against those of global OEMs in LMP1 and LMP2 races.  Yves Courage, founder of the Le Mans Sarthe-based manufacturer, set the goal of designing 100% of the vehicle content excluding the engine.  Software simulation...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation (CTC - Bulletin Board: CPTCQ or CPTC), a leading developer of high-performance composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution lines, today announced that it plans to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.  The filing, made voluntarily today...

Friday, May 06, 2005

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Everett, Wash., May 6, 2005 - Boeing Company has selected JAMCO Corp. to provide flight deck interiors - including a stowage area, linings and the stowage consoles near the seats - and the flight deck door and bulkhead assembly for the all-new 787 Dreamliner. These awards are in addition to...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Ann Arbor, Mich. May 4, 2005 - A new type of fiber-reinforced bendable concrete will be used for the first time in Michigan this summer-and University of Michigan scientists hope that their new material will find widespread use across the country. The new concrete looks like regular concrete, but is...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Covina, CA, May 9, 2005 - SAMPE '05, the premier Materials and Processing (M & P) industry conference and exhibition, ended last week at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.  Nearly 4,200 material & processing industry professionals attended the 11 tutorials and 280 papers presented in sessions,...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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Southfield, Mich., May 2, 2005 - Since the late 1960s, groundbreaking technologies from GE Advanced Materials have helped the automotive industry build best-selling vehicles offering world-class performance, style, safety, reduced costs, weight, and emissions. These GE technologies have also contributed to significant fuel savings for the consumer. Through science, GE...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Seattle, May 5, 2005 --Order includes 18 firm 787-8s, plus options, rights for 50 more - Northwest Airline will be first in North America to bring 787 into revenue service  Boeing and Northwest Airlines, Inc. today announced the airline's order for up to 68 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Northwest will use the...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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San Diego, May 4, 2005 - UCSD structural engineers together with a team of industry and university partners will develop and evaluate blast mitigation technologies to harden buildings and bridges against terrorist bomb attacks through a new $7.5 million federal contract. More than 40 tests will be performed over the...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Westborough, Mass., May 12, 2005 - American Superconductor Corporation, a leading electricity solutions company, reported financial results for fiscal 2005 and the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2005. Revenues for fiscal 2005 increased 41% to a record $58.3 million from fiscal 2004 revenues of $41.3 million.  The net loss for fiscal...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio, May 12, 2005 - Core Molding Technologies, Inc. announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005. Net income for the quarter was $1,956,000, or $.20 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $545,000, or $.06 per basic share and $.05 per diluted share,...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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May 11, 2005 - Thanks to a manoeuvre performed on 10 May 2005 at 20:20 CET, ESA flight controllers have successfully completed the deployment of the first boom of the MARSIS radar on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. After the start of the deployment of the first 20-metre boom on 4...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Melville, N.Y., May 12, 2005 - Park Electrochemical Corp. announced the appointment of John C. Weidner as the president of Neltec Europe SAS, Park's high-technology printed circuit materials business unit located in Mirebeau, France. Mr. Weidner has over thirty years of management and engineering experience in the advanced composite industry. He...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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May 5, 2005 - Chelton Radomes is pleased to provide to 21Net the high performance radome integral to its live commercial service on the Paris - Brussels HST operated by Thalys. Supported by the ESA (European Space Agency), 21Net's innovative technology combines three key elements:  a bi-directional antenna on the roof...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 11, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc., a composite materials products technology company, and its operating division, RS Technologies (collectively, RS), announced that RS has received an initial order for a full container load of its proprietary Version(tm) resin from Polymate, Inc., a South Korean distributor, which...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Minneapolis, May 12, 2005 - Stratasys, Inc. announced it has maintained its market leader position in terms of units shipped within the rapid prototyping (RP) industry, according to the recently issued Wohlers Report 2005. Published by Wohlers Associates, Inc. and released this week at the annual Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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May 10, 2005 - Operating profit in Teijin's synthetic fibres business grew by 15% to ?10.52 billion last year, up from ?9.14 billion the year before. Net sales, including intersegment sales, increased by 13% to ?341.79 billion. Sales of textile fibres were hampered by flagging consumption in the domestic market and...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Washington DC, May 9, 2005 - In the brave new world of advanced materials, the key words are stronger, lighter, faster, smarter and safer. "Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance," a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, showcases the latest precision-engineered materials as if they were fiber art....

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Seattle WA, May 9, 2005 - Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) today completed contracts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 30 Next-Generation 737-800 passenger airplanes, agreements worth $5.3 billion at list prices. JAL also has options for 20 more 787s and 10 more 737s.  Japan Airlines sees the 787 Dreamliner...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Grand Forks ND, May 10, 2005 - Cirrus Design is planning a monumental expansion at its Grand Forks plant that could create more than 350 new jobs in the next three years, the company said Monday. The total project cost is $12 million, most of which would come from low-interest government...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Irvine CA, May 9, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation (CTC)  announced today the launch of the Power Line Analysis Tool, called PLAT(TM), the utility industry's most comprehensive comparative line analysis tool. Developed and engineered internally by CTC, the Windows-run software program is designed to provide Power Utilities with a disciplined and...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Irvine CA, May 10, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation, a leading developer of high-performance composite core for electric transmission and distribution cables, today announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with a subsidiary of the Babcock International Group (Symbol: BAB:LN), Eve Group Limited (Eve), a leading supplier of engineering...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Palo Alto CA, May 10, 2005 - The growing sophistication of aircrafts in both military and civilian segments is compelling researchers worldwide to innovate novel materials that reduce weight, maximize fuel efficiency and maintain aerodynamic balance for aircrafts. If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end-users and...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 10, 2005 - Dynetek Industries Ltd. today reported results for the three-months ended March 31, 2005. Conference call information is provided below.  Financial Highlights  -  Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was $6.9 million an increase of $0.9 million or 15% from the comparable...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Van Nuys  CA, May 9, 2005 - Easton Sports today unveiled a new material technology that will forever change the sport of baseball. After years of research and development Easton has teamed up with Zyvex to introduce CNT: carbon nanotube technology, an advancement that will revolutionize composite design and elevate...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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McAfee, Kentucky, May 9, 2005 - Terry Gordon comes by his interest in storm shelters naturally. At the age of 13, he saw what a tornado could do. Since 1989, he and his wife, Sue, have been living in the area of northern Mercer County sometimes referred to as "tornado alley."...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Brussels, Belgium, May 4, 2005 -- The program of the world's leading convention and exhibition for filament winding of composite materials Filament Winding 2005 is now complete.  The convention program will feature 17 papers from presenters from eight different countries. Main topics will be new materials and processes, design and...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Evendale, Ohio, USA - May 9, 2005 - The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team's (FET) F136 program is marching towards its System Design and Demonstration (SDD) contract by completing all performance, operability and aeromechanical testing of its Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) and Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) engine variants. The...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Evandale OH, May 11, 2005 - The world's most powerful jet engine, the GE90-115B, is celebrating one year of outstanding performance powering the Boeing 777-300ER.                                        On May 10, 2004, the first GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft entered service for International Lease Finance Corporation's customer Air France. Today, 17 GE90-powered 777-300ERs are flying...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Lexington SC, May 11, 2005 - Glassmaster Company announced plans to build a line of boats for the 2006 model year.  The Marine Division will be formed as Glassmaster Marine LLC, 100% owned by the Glassmaster Company.  Glassmaster Company built over 40,000 boats during 32 years from 1958 to 1990....

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, UK,  May 5, 2005 - Imhotep has expanded again thanks to investment, awards, and winning another grant. They have moved to a new, larger, environmentally friendly unit in the Sherwood Energy Village, an eco-friendly development built on the former colliery site in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, UK which was recently...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Nevada, May 9, 2005 - A British team's bid to break the world speed record for an electric car was abandoned - because it wouldn't start. Mark Newby and Colin Fallows' home-made, torpedo-shaped vehicle suffered three false starts in the Nevada desert. They hoped their 'e=motion' car would be the first to...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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New York NY, May 9, 2005 - Rolex Atlantic Challenge 2005 In 1905, the New York Yacht Club's transatlantic race saw that era's most advanced yachts competing for the Kaiser's Cup. From a start line off of the entrance to New York harbour on May 21, 2005, the Rolex Transatlantic...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Mojave, CA, May 10, 2005 - Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites workers are preparing for the first flight tests of the Boeing-built X-37, an unmanned aircraft designed to test technologies for future spacecraft. The X-37 will be carried aloft and launched by Rutan's White Knight turbojet, the same aircraft used to launch...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Manchester UK, May 10, 2005 - The 16-year-old is already a Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder at swimming, an outstanding runner and triathlete and will take part in the SB7 100m breaststroke at the Paralympic Workd Cup in Manchester this weekend. Not bad for a young man who, at...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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Morristown, NJ, May 2, 2005 - Honeywell announced today that the U.S. Navy has selected mooring lines made with its Spectra(R) fiber to help ensure the safety of its crews against line failure, reduce overall line weight and improve the longevity of the ropes. The Navy is procuring the Spectra-based ropes...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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May 11, 2005 - A new generation of sport catamaran was announced today which will be showcased with an exciting grand prix series during some of the in-port stopovers for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005 06. The class, which will appear as the Volvo Extreme 40, is a strict one-design catamaran...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Englewood, Colorado, May 11, 2005 - Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Type Certificate (TC) to Adam Aircraft for the A500 Centerline Twin. "We are very pleased for our team who worked so hard for this TC," said Adam Aircraft Chairman and CEO Rick Adam. "I am also very...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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May 11, 2005 - In a 1st Qtr message to shareholders, RS Technologies (RS), the operating division of Resin Systems Inc. (RSI), reviewed its operations and outlook in the composite material products industry.   RS provides engineered solutions that are developed for its proprietary input materials, equipment and processes.  The foundation...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Providence RI, May 10, 2005 - Abaqus Inc., a leading provider of software, technology and services for advanced finite element analysis (FEA), today announced a new add-on capability for the Abaqus(r) software suite called VCCT for Abaqus. The new Abaqus software is a comprehensive implementation of the Virtual Crack Closure...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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May 11, 2005 - Already widely engaged in the manufacture and sale of thermoplastic polyimide, a super-engineering plastic which extremely excels in heat-resistance, abrasion resistance, cleanliness and moldability, Japan's Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI) has decided to launch a new grade of dust-reducing, high-antistatic nanocomposite consisting of thermoplastic polyimide and carbon...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Seattle, May 12, 2005 -- Boeing and Ryanair, a leading European low-cost airline, completed the airline's previously announced order for 70 Boeing 737-800 airplanes, worth US$4.6 billion at list prices, plus options for up to 70 more.  Ryanair shareholders ratified the agreement today.  "This order affirms Ryanair as the model...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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May 11, 2005 - Thomas Sheffer, Program Director for the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT), notes that they are funded by the Department of Defense to solicit for new technologies that address critical national defense needs.  The CCAT mission is to find new technologies, fund their development and...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Irvine, California, May 12, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation (CTC)  (Bulletin Board: CPTCQ), a leading developer of high-performance composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution lines, today announced that American Electric Power, the nation's largest electricity generator and one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, has...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 9, 2005 - Revolutionary Reflex(tm) tri-hull design is a "... major breakthrough in fast marine hull forms..."  Backed by a U.S. patent for its revolutionary Kevlar tri-hull design, Hamilton's Reflex Advanced Marine Corp. (RAM), now has a twin turbocharged diesel-powered 40-foot patrol boat undergoing sea trials...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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May 12, 2005 - Ambulance chiefs in London are evaluating a new generation of lightweight carbon fibre composite bodies as part of their latest, ?2-million order for Mercedes-Benz accident and emergency units. London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is leasing 65 Sprinter 416CDIs, all of which have automatic transmissions and powerful common-rail...

Sunday, May 08, 2005

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Dubai, Emirates, May 8, 2005 - Emirates, the fast-growing Gulf airline, is set to launch Airbus's new A350 with an order for up to 50 aircraft to be announced at the Paris Air Show next month. The Emirates deal, worth up to $6 billion (?3.2 billion) at list prices, will be...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Dayton OH, May 10, 2005 - For the University of Dayton and its Research Institute, the $22.5 million Ohio Third Frontier award announced today for a Wright Center of Innovation in polymer nanotechnology research will put the "crowning jewel" in the university's multi-tiered effort to help bring an emerging technology...

Saturday, May 07, 2005

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Orono, Maine, May 7, 2005 - The University of Maine, forging a new relationship with the U.S. Army, announced Friday a $6.2 million research contract to develop and construct buildings and bridges with wood and synthetic composites. The military is looking for prefabricated, lightweight, portable buildings and reinforced tents that would...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Bennington, Vt. May 11, 2005 - A Bennington company will spend the next 7-8 years molding front fenders for the Chevrolet Corvette. Representatives of General Motors met on the 10th with officials from Vermont Composites and Vermont state officials to announce the deal for 14,000 Corvette fenders. Composites GM Jim Sharkey says...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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May 12, 2005 - U.S. demand for reinforced plastics composites is projected to increase nearly three percent yearly to 4.2 billion pounds in 2009. This will create a market for 2.7 billion pounds of resin and 1.5 billion pounds of reinforcements.  Advances will be promoted by continued material and technology...

Friday, May 13, 2005

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West Chicago, Illinois, May 13, 2005 - Bulk Molding Compounds, Incorporated (BMCI) today announced that it has acquired the assets and operations of Rodgers Engineering Corporation (REC), a manufacturer of custom thermoset polyester molding compounds and a custom molder, on May 9, 2005. The acquisition included REC?s bulk molding compound...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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Houston, May 16, 2005 - Resolution Performance Products LLC, a leading worldwide manufacturer and developer of epoxy resins, today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2005.  The first quarter 2005 results include total revenues of $313 million, operating income of $30 million and EBITDA of $44 million. ...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 17, 2005 - ZCL Composites Inc. has been awarded a four year contract by Wilson Fuels, one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, for the supply of fiberglass tanks and related products for use in its operations across Canada. This contract is in effect through March...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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Fort Worth, Texas, May 16, 2005 - Workers at Lockheed Martin joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's 35-foot-wide carbon-fiber composite skinned and metal structure wing to the aircraft's fuselage on Monday, uniting three of the F-35's four major sections -- the forward fuselage, the center fuselage and the wing.  The...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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May 18, 2005 - Hobas Tapo joint venture in the form of closed joint stock company is expanding its exports. Hobas-Tapo began in the year 2000 and is part of Hobas Rohre GmbH. Pipes of Hobas technology are made via centrifugal casting using quartz sand and calcium carbonate (70%), unsaturated...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

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Grand Forks BC, Canada, May 19 2005  - Grand Forks residents like Tonni Nielsen are still dealing with toxic, unsellable land, thanks to leaks from Chevron underground fuel tanks more than 20 years ago. Almost immediately after the pump was turned on at PW-1, people knew something was wrong....

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Leicester  UK, May 18, 2005 - Taylor Hobson has introduced the Surtronic 25-the latest addition to its long-standing line of Surtronic roughness checkers for structures such as FRP composites.  The battery-powered device is completely portable, extremely flexible, and easy to use.  It offers a range of features including fast measurement...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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Moscow, May 16, 2005 - Russia is to be the principal partner for the United States' Boeing corporation in designing the new Boeing 787 Dremliner, Boeing international contacts vice-president and regional president for Russia and the CIS Sergei Kravchenko said at the Dreamliner show presentation on Monday. Hundreds of Russian...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Vicenze, Italy, May 17, 2005 - Meeting Next week - A new wave of innovation is moving in the field of polymeric composite materials due to the introduction of nanocomposites. With the aim to spread the knowledge in this area, the Department of Management and Engineering - University of Padova...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - GE Energy, the power generation and wind technology unit of General Electric Co., says that it expects wind energy revenue to grow to more than $2 billion in 2005, up from $500 million in 2002. GE Energy has received orders and commitments for 2005 that total...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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May 18, 2005 - Pultrusion process is difficult to manage due to many possible variations: e.g. thermal drifts or reactivity changes. Heat flux sensors provide a neat signal for continuous process control and helps to produce a material with a constant cure level. On the contrary to temperature sensors, Themoflux...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - China Fiberglass Co's subsidiary, Jushi Group Co, will invest jointly with Germany's P-D Group Co. in glass fiber project. The planned facility is to have a capacity of 50 million square meters of fiberglass fabric annually. The reported investment is $57 million, with a 50/50% joint...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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London UK, May 18, 2005 - Northern Ireland businesses have the opportunity to turn ideas into commercial success with the latest ?100 million competition of the Department of Trade and Industry's pioneering Technology Programme. The Technology Programme aims to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of a knowledge...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, May 17, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc., a composite material products technology company, and its operating division, RS Technologies announced that RS has received a three year, multi-million dollar purchase order from Inline Fiberglass Limited ("IFL") of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to supply IFL with its Version resin which...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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May 17, 2005 - Two U.S. senators have proposed legislation that would likely hobble the development of offshore wind projects in the United States, including the one currently proposed for Nantucket Sound (Cape Wind). Sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and John Warner, R-Va., the ''Environmentally Responsible Windpower Act'' would...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Washington DC and Warren MI, May 18, 2005 - The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) today unveiled new composite hoods for the M35A3 1/2-ton truck and HMMWV. In addition, TARDEC, in partnership with TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc., released three new prototype seat belt restraint...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

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Bloomington  MI, May 19, 2005 - The Kaiser-Frazer Owner's Club will have its Midwest Convention in Bloomington Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. Kaiser-Frazer produced 750,000 passenger cars from 1947 to 1955 that also boasted numerous innovations, said Lowell Fideler of Bloomington, host of the convention. Kaiser-Frazer cars had...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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May 18, 2005 - Sydsvenska Kemi AB (SSK), the parent company of the Perstorp Group, controlled by the Industri Kapital 2000 Fund, today announces the sale of Vyncolit NV and Vyncolit North America Inc (Vyncolit), to Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd (Sumitomo Bakelite) for a cash sum of SEK 856 million....

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - Neville Kahn, Trevor Birch & Ian Brown were appointed Joint Administrators to Acordis UK Limited following an application by the directors of the Company. [Administration is a form of operation comparable to insolvency or bankruptcy in America.] Acordis is a ?90m turnover business employing 475 employees. ...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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Baltimore  MD,  May 16, 2005 - Forty 6-foot-tall decorated crabs will hit the streets of Baltimore today, and with their fiberglass composite pincers thrust into the air, they might resemble the crustacean version of baseball fans doing the wave. Or the Village People performing "YMCA." The crabs, scheduled to be...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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May 17, 2005 - The Audi A4 DTM Edition is about to be launched: Audi partners will be taking orders for this special model developed by quattro GmbH from 20 May onwards. The Audi A4 DTM Edition is a throwback to Audi's successes in the DTM championship: in the 2004...

Friday, May 13, 2005

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Parsippany, N.J., May 13, 2005 - Cadillac(R) Bicycles announced the unveiling of six bicycle models, marking the introduction of this premium automobile brand to the bicycle market. The Cadillac brand -- synonymous with superior quality, style and comfort -- has a rich history of producing innovative, timeless designs and versatile,...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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May 17, 2005 - A U.S. company has launched a unique roll-aboard suitcase called 'Henk' for the luxury premium market The bag is claimed to be the world's most expensive suitcase, with prices starting at more than Lbs10,000 ($20,000). Steve Baldacci, who is the managing partner of Henk Premium Goods...

Friday, May 20, 2005

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Austin, Texas - May 20, 2005- A new resin-coated copper (RCC) composite dielectric material for cost effective, high-performance organic chip package substrates will be the topic of a paper presented by 3M Electronics at the 55th annual Electronic Components and Technology Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The technical conference...

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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New York, May 22, 2005 - The fiber art exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is a convergence of design, science and technology including advanced materials. "Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance," a new exhibition at the museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, showcases the latest precision-engineered materials. Gossamer...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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Chicago, May 24, 2005 - A Japanese trade organization is organizing a North American advanced robotics business development and research mission to Nagoya and Osaka. Extraordinary growth of the Japanese advanced robotics industry will be on display for the July 9-16 mission being organized by the Japan External Trade Organization...

Monday, May 23, 2005

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May 23, 2005 - Contract research organization D'Appolonia SpA is proposing an Ecoland project to develop new land transport materials and methodologies for recycling and recovery of polymer composites. Also, the "Recyclable Structural Composites for Land Transportation" project would address disassembly and recycling methodologies, environmental life cycle assessments and development...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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May 25, 2005 - Cayman Islands designer and engineer Julian Lee has received a United States patent on a weather-resistant Resistor Dock of structural stainless steel, glass composites, aluminium and plastic planks. "These materials are used because pressure treated lumber that has arsenic and other elements are being replaced the...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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May 25, 2005 - Machinists at Boeing Co.'s factory in Wichita, Kan., have rejected a five-year contract offer from Onex Corp., the Canadian company that has made an offer to purchase Boeing's facilities in Wichita and Oklahoma. Rejection of its final offer could scuttle the deal. Officials said 57 percent...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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May 25, 2005 - Performance Fibers Inc. of Colonial Heights, Va., will highlight its commitment to providing material solutions to customers at the Techtextil international trade fair June 7-9 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Performance Fibers exhibit in booth D19 in hall 4.1 will use the theme "Solving Problems One...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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Dearborn MI, May 25, 2005  - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is helping manufacturers gain a competitive edge through its brand-new Emerging Technologies Forums and has scheduled "The Next Industrial Revolution: Molecular Nanotechnology and Manufacturing"  forum during the SME Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2005 from  7:30a-5p, at...

Friday, May 20, 2005

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W. Conshohocken, Pa., 20 May 2005 - A 2002 questionnaire sent to members of ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials proved to be the catalyst for a pair of newly approved standards in 2005. D 7136 is the Test Method Measuring the Damage Resistance of a Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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Winona, Minn., May 25, 2005 - PlastiComp (tm) LLC of Winona announced that the company has acquired full ownership and all rights to the Pushtrusion (sm) Technology from Woodshed Technologies Inc. Terms were not disclosed. Woodshed Technologies, also of Winona, originally conceived,  engineered and patented the process. "This marks...

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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May 22, 2005 - The acquisition by Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. of Vyncolit N.V. and Vyncolit North America Inc., brings together the complementary resources and skills of two accomplished leaders in the engineering phenolics market. Sumitomo Bakelite is the world's largest producer of phenolic moulding compounds and one of the...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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May 24, 2005 - Advanced Products Corporation (APC) announced the purchase of a majority interest in Advanced Machine & Stretchform International, Inc. (AMSI), located in Gardena, California. Advanced Products Corporation is a holding company whose goal is to establish a major design and production capability for the next generation...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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May 26, 2005 - Canadian investment company Onex Corp. said it plans to move ahead with its $1.2 billion purchase of the Midwest facilities of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, despite the rejection of a contract offer by machinists working at the Boeing factory in Wichita, Kan. Onex expects the deal...

Friday, May 20, 2005

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May 20, 2005 - On the opening day of the WINDPOWER 2005 Conference, AWEA's small wind turbine committee unveiled the results of its Small Wind Industry Market Study, which forecast sales of nearly 13,000 small wind turbines in 2005 totaling nearly 14 MW of installed capacity across the country and...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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May 24, 2005 - Acer and Ferrari have unveiled the latest Ferrari branded laptop. The Acer Ferrari 4000 is a complete upgrade both inside and out on the 3200 and 3400 models presented over the past two years. The top of the laptop has been made from carbon fibre and...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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May 26, 2005 - The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed a $441 billion defense budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 that cuts funds from two of Boeing Co.'s top Army programs and makes major changes to Navy shipbuilding. The House, in an attempt to control rising...

Friday, May 20, 2005

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May 20, 2005 - GE Energy announced that it has received orders and commitments for 2005 that total 2,400 MW of new wind power capacity worldwide. These projects represent an anticipated increase in revenue of 300% over its first-year wind operations in 2002. From $500 million in revenue in 2002, GE...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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May 25, 2005 - Sometimes architecture can create much more than a roof over your head and this five-level, floating dwelling for six people is a perfect example of how a living space can define a new kind of living. Jelly-fish 45 is 9 metres wide, 15 metres high -...

Monday, May 23, 2005

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May 23, 2005 - The Long Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic (LFRT) Composite Market in Europe is growing 10-20% per year, where the automotive industry is today the primary driver for composites growth. Virtually all OEMs continue to industrialize a broad range of LFRT based applications throughout their platforms at a...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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May 25, 2005 -- Zoltek Companies, Inc. announced that it has been notified by The Nasdaq Stock Market that Zoltek is now in full compliance with Nasdaq's periodic filing requirements based on the filing of the Company's Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2005.  As a result, Nasdaq has...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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May 26, 2005 -- Boeing and Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC), representing its three Japanese 787 structure partners -- Fuji Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- have signed formal contracts detailing their work agreements for the all-new 787 Dreamliner. The companies have been working together...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

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May 19, 2005 - US Airways and America West Airlines announced a long-anticipated merger today that the companies said would create a financially strong business using fewer employees but giving consumers more travel choices. The chief executive officers of US Airways Group Inc. and America West Holdings Corp. promised that Philadelphia,...

Monday, May 23, 2005

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May 23 2005 - Airbus is expected to launch orders for its brand new A350 aircraft, being developed to compete against rival Boeing's 7E7 Dreamliner. Airbus is confident more than 100 orders for the A350 twin-jet will be announced at the Paris Air Show next month. "This is an all-new aircraft....

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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May 26, 2005 - The world's leading manufacturer of wind power systems has decided to build two new technology centres - one in Aarhus, one in Asia - as part of the company's R&D activities. To cement its leading global market position, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer Vestas now...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 31, 2005 - Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today said the airline has increased its firm orders for the 787 Dreamliner to 10 airplanes by exercising purchase rights obtained with its initial order announced Feb 4. The airline is the first 787 customer to exercise purchase rights...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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Lake Forest  IL, May 31, 2005 -  Brunswick Corporation announced today that it has acquired Triton Boat Company, L.P., a leading producer of fiberglass bass and saltwater and aluminum fishing boats. Triton will remain based in Ashland City, Tenn. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Earl Bentz, Triton's founder, will...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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New Castle, DE, May 31, 2005 - DSM Somos(r) has kicked off a 6-month development initiative, using a round table format, to promote the commercial usefulness of composite stereolithography (SL) resins for rapid tooling applications.   Initial emphasis will be on injection molding tools. The round table met for the first time...

Friday, May 27, 2005

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Dublin OH, May 27, 2005 - An agreement that will expand Ashland Distribution's product offering has been reached with SP of Magog, Quebec effective May 19, 2005. Ashland Distribution, a division of Ashland Inc., was granted North American distribution rights for all products from SP including the company's flagship structural...

Monday, May 30, 2005

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May 30, 2005 - Airbus said yesterday there is an "inherent threat" that jobs will go at its factory in Deeside unless the Government rubber stamps an application for almost ?400m of state aid. Airbus employs 13,000 people at Broughton, Deeside to make all the wings for its aircraft. It wants...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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May 31, 2005 - Composite Pipes Industry L.L.C. (CPI) Oman, a member company of the Amiantit Group, has been awarded two contracts by Petrol Development Oman (PDO) for a total of 101 kilometres of glass reinforced epoxy (GRE) pipes worth more than $11 million as declared by CEO Eng. Fareed...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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Dearborn, Mich, May 26, 2005 - Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to extend interim access to $30 million of its debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing through June 30, 2005. As previously announced, interim access to the DIP...

Friday, May 20, 2005

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Fort Collins, Colorado, May 20, 2005 - Scion Industries, the North American distributor for Rohacell(tm) core structures, recently announced their plans to produce the wing assembly for Excel-Jet Limited's newest single engine light jet, The Sport Jet in just over a month. "It only takes a small number of people...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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El Segundo CA, May 26, 2005 - Australian firm Hawker de Havilland (a Boeing company) has signed a $70 million, long-term agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation to produce composite parts and subassemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter center fuselage, a major section of the aircraft being developed by Northrop...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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May 26, 2005 - Fleissner GmbH will be exhibiting its machine and process developments for new generations of technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil, Frankfurt am Main/Germany on June 7-9, 2005. Fleissner will display new applications for new products for all areas of technical textiles/nonwovens: Architecture/ Building/Construction, Geotextiles: bonding lines...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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May 31, 2005 - Vought Aircraft Industries says it has successfully tested its first enhanced (CFRP composite) wing for the U.S. Air Force's new RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, produced by Northrop Grumman. The tests, similar to those conducted previously on the RQ-4A configuration, are designed to simulate forces...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

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Westminster, CA, May 11, 2005 - Noran Engineering, Inc. announced that the Minardi Formula 1 Race Team of Faenza, Italy has completed an intensive six month evaluation program and has selected NEiNastran finite element analysis software for the future design and analysis of its race cars.  Minardi revealed that...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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May 31, 2005 - The Vestas Group has received an order for 36 units of V90-3.0 MW wind turbines for an offshore project to be located 10 - 18 kilometres off the Dutch coast at Egmond aan Zee. The project is a turnkey project and will be supplied by Vestas...

Friday, May 27, 2005

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May 27, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, DC, and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) have announced a US$70 million, five-year agreement to develop lightweight, high-strength materials that increase fuel efficiency by reducing vehicle weight, but without compromising safety. The DOE says that it...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Houston, Texas - May 4, 2005 - Aker Kvaerner has been awarded two out of the 14 Spotlight on New Technology awards at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The Spotlight on New Technology, first introduced last year, is a program that serves as a stage to highlight the most innovative...

Monday, May 09, 2005

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Quakertown, Pa, May 9, 2005 - Fabric Development Inc. has been named by Pratt and Whitney as their Minority Owned Business of the Year, specifically citing Fabric Development's work in the development and production of the engine blade containment system for the GP7000 engine. These containment systems are extremely...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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May 24, 2005 - When the long-awaited Highway 151 bypass around Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, opens later this year, vehicles traveling northbound will cross DeNeveu Creek on a bridge like no other in the country. Externally, the bridge looks identical to its adjacent twin. However, internally, the concrete deck reinforced...

Friday, May 27, 2005

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Joliet, Illinois, May 27, 2005 -  Companies will jointly manufacture and sell Formica frpSelect(tm) decorative wall product - Kemlite Company, Inc. a Crane Co Company and Formica(r) Corporation announced an agreement between the two companies to jointly manufacture, market and sell "Formica frpSelect," a decorative wall panel. Technology innovations"We're excited to...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc. made a dramatic announcement April 26 that it had filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. As one of the two largest suppliers of GFRP composites to the auto industry, this is not pretty. It surely puts further...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - You may be interested in knowing that recently the History Channel's "Back to the Blueprint" program prepared a documentary on the retrofit with CFRP composites of the historic Fox Tucson Theatre. Dr. Mo Ehsani advised us that about 20 minutes of this half hour show...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - Show [Special Report by Steve Loud,Editor] - At the end of March, Martin Marietta Composites, Inc., displayed its first FRP composite platform trailer and new tipper transfer trailer at the Mid-America Trucking Show. At the same time and again at JEC Composites in Paris in early April,...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - Show [Special Report by Steve Loud,Editor] - The newly designed tipper trailer is a monocoque design making the trailer lighter than the previous design that incorporated sub frame rails. Primarily built out of FRP composites, the trailer features reinforcements of stainless steel and aluminum in areas...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - [Special Report by Steve Loud,Editor] - Transonite Defined - Transonite is a pultruded 3-D, reinforced composite "sandwich" panel consisting of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate skins and a foam core. Today the top and bottom face skins are glass fiber multi-axial reinforcing fabrics supported by and tied...

Monday, May 02, 2005

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May 2, 2005 - [Special Report by Steve Loud,Editor] - The Transonite Manufacturing Process and Testing - To begin the pultrusion process, varying layers of engineered (multi-axial) fabrics are pulled together to produce the desired top and bottom skin laminate thicknesses. Foam block is inserted between the top and bottom...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - [by Roger Renstrom, Correspondent] - Long Beach, California - Seemann Composites Inc. is developing a one-quarter-scale composite advanced hydro sail concept for the U.S. Navy?s Virginia class fast-attack submarine. ?The full size (hydro sail) will be about 80,000 pounds (of fiber reinforced plastics ? FRP composite)...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - [By Steve Loud, Editor] - At the 2005 COBRAE Conference on Bridge Engineering held at EMPA in Dubendorf, Switzerland, near Zurich, March 30-April 1, 2005, Dr. Sung Woo Lee, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor in Civil Engineering, Kookmin University reviewed their FRP deck...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - [by Steve Loud, Editor] - The U.S. Army has awarded the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture (JV) in Tucson, Arizona a $95 million contract for Javelin Anti-tank Weapon System production. The contract is for 120 command launch units and 1,038 missiles. Javelin is currently in full-rate...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - Anteon Corp., Fairfax, Va. and Universal Technology Corp., Dayton, Ohio - Are being awarded a $99 million contract to provide Materials Technology support to the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Research Site Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, WPAFB. The contract seeks a...

Monday, May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 - Selsam Wind Turbines - While the size of conventional wind electric generator blades maintain huge dimensions and continue to incur a variety of objections regarding siting, an alternative approach to blade array design is quietly taking place in Fullerton, California. Instead of having...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Marysville, Ohio,  May 10, 2005 - The Ohio Department of Development today announced grants of $34 million to accelerate the growth of Ohio's polymer and advanced materials industries. The grants will be used to establish two Wright Centers of Innovation (WCIs). The centers will focus on developing new high-growth technologies...

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