CompositeNews news archive: August 2005

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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August 3, 2005; 11:04 AM  Unprecedented Shuttle Repair a Success Space Center, Houston -- A spacewalking astronaut gently pulled two potentially dangerous strips of protruding filler from Discovery's tile belly with his gloved hand Wednesday, successfully completing an unprecedented emergency repair. Astronaut Stephen Robinson said both pieces came out easily...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Crescent City, Calif., Aug. 4, 2005 - A new space vehicle to carry crews to the International Space Station moved closer to realization yesterday when Transformational Space Corporation LLC tested its parachute landing system by dropping a replica into the Pacific Ocean. NASA chose Transformational Space Corp. ("t/Space") in September...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Madison, Wisconsin, Aug 4, 2005 - A discovery reported in the August 5 issue of Science could speed the design of materials that approach the hardness of diamond yet remain supple enough to be worked like metal. In a massive computer simulation involving 128 computer processors and nearly 19 million...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Houston, August 4, 2005 - Significant Year Over Year Improvement in Revenues, EBITDA and Earnings per Share - Highlights: * Revenues for the second quarter of 2005 were $3,339.5 million, an increase of 21% as compared to the same period in 2004. * Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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August 4, 2005 - Tom McCreery, Program Manager, Special Projects Office, DARPAProgram Goals:? Develop two types of lightweight, transportable barriers that barricade:o building entrances (doorways, windows, hallways, etc) against enemy troop passageo 2-lane bridges against light truck passage ? Barriers need to be lightweight (30lbs - building; 150lbs - vehicle),...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Rockland, Maine, August 02, 2005 - Though not final, North End Composites is planning to acquire a facility of 377,000-square-feet for its boat building operations, 10 times what it has now. The industrial park facility and land property are listed at $2.7 million, with Coldwell Banker SoundVest Properties. A closing...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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August 1, 2005 - The Missile Defense Agency 2005.3 SBIR Solicitation is now available for preview.  This is an opportunity to contact the topic authors prior to the opening of the solicitation for proposal submission.    You can access the topics in this solicitation as well as the topics for other...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Atlanta, GA, August 4, 2005 - Quickparts, the leading provider of rapid prototypes and low-volume custom manufactured metal and plastic production parts, today announced the availability of 5 new materials across the company's rapid prototyping line: Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The five...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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August 1, 2005 - BAE Systems has been awarded a three-year contract worth up to $2.8 million from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research to develop an advance armor solution for Marine Corps ground combat vehicles. The program will focus on developing an advanced system by exploring and refining...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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Toledo, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2005 - Owens Corning reported financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2005. For the second quarter, the company posted net sales of $1.590 billion, an increase of 10.3%, compared to net sales of $1.441 billion for the same period last year. For the...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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London  UK, August 3, 2005 - Researchers are being encouraged to turn their innovative ideas into commercially marketable products by ?25m in Government funding launched today through the Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund (PSRE). Aimed at bringing blue-skies research and the latest developments in technology and innovation to commercial success,...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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New Castle  DE  USA, August 3, 2005 - DSM Somos(r), a leading developer of stereolithography (SL) resins for the rapid prototyping industry, has gathered tooling experts from around the country to take part in a Rapid Tooling Round Table-a 6-month development initiative designed to drive further advancements in rapid tooling...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Houston  TX  USA, August 2, 2005 - A way to build steel bridges cheaper and quicker has been developed by engineers at the University of Houston.  [Know the competition vs FRP bridge decks , rebar and stay in place forms] Associate Professor Todd Helwig and Assistant Professor Reagan Herman, both...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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Boulder  CA  USA, August 3, 2005 - CLR Photonics, Inc. recently unveiled WindTracer(R) to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market.  Making its UAV market debut at the 2005 UAV Air Demo, WindTracer provided wind data onsite, in real time, for the operators of the UAVs. The 2005 UAV Air Demo was...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Jacksonville  FL  USA, August 2, 2005 - Armor Holdings, Inc. , a leading manufacturer and distributor of security products and vehicle armor systems serving military, law enforcement, homeland security and commercial markets, announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the domestic assets of...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Auburn Hills  MI  USA, August 1, 2005 - Dow Automotive has pioneered an innovative technology in the development of structural foam inserts (SFIs) to support vehicle body stiffness and handling performance attributes on a variety of vehicle types. Betafoam structural polyurethane foam is molded into pre-formed geometries and, when...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Dallas  TX  USA, August 1, 2005 - Stelax Industries Ltd. announced that Stelax, Inc. has delivered Nuovinox (tm) stainless steel clad rebar for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MIDOT) M43 - Sebewa Drain bridge reconstruction project outside of Sunfield, Michigan. [Know the competition - to FRP composite rebars] Nuovinox distribution...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Minneapolis  MN  USA, Aug. 2, 2005 - Stratasys will sell "Tango" material for PolyJet process in North America. Stratasys introduced a line of photo-polymer modeling materials with rubber-like properties for the Eden333 PolyJet(TM) Rapid Prototyping Systems. The material will allow users to create prototypes of flexible end-products. The material line,...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 2, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc., a composite material products technology company, through its operating division, RS Technologies, announced that its Calgary facility has completed installation of automated filament winding equipment, capable of supporting commercial production demand for its RStandard(TM) composite products. Initial trial runs of...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Westborough, Mass., Aug. 4, 2005 - American Superconductor Corporation reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 ended June 30, 2005. Revenues for the first quarter were $12.2 million, a 4% decrease from revenues of $12.7 million for the same quarter a year ago.  The net loss for...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2005 - Core Molding Technologies, Inc. announced results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2005. The Company recorded net income for the second quarter of 2005 of $1,735,000, or $.18 per basic and $.17 per diluted share, compared with $1,310,000, or $.13...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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Montreal, Aug. 3, 2005 - Beluga Composites Corporation, a leading Manufacturer of underground flammable-liquid storage tanks - says that it owns the only technology in the world which has earned both of the Underwriters Laboratories UL 1316 and ULC-615-S certifications for fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) composites underground storage tanks...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Raleigh NC  USA - Aug. 1, 2005--Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2005, reporting record net sales, net earnings and earnings per share. Notable items for the quarter were:-- Earnings per diluted share of $1.30, up 41%-- Net sales...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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August 3, 2005 - One-third of urban bridges in the United States are "structurally deficient or functionally obsolete," according to the recent Infrastructure Report Card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (as determined by the State DOTs along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Engineers at North Carolina...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Winona, MN, August 4, 2005 - CPI, Composite Products, Inc. of Winona, Minnesota has become licensed by PlastiComp, LLC to employ the patented Pushtrusion(SM) technology in its molding operations.  CPI is a leading molder of composite materials and will use the Pushtrusion technology to injection mold long glass fiber reinforced...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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Rome, Aug. 3, 2005 - Alenia Aeronautica and The Boeing Company have signed a formal agreement that defines a major role for Finmeccanica in the 787 Dreamliner program. The Finmeccanica company has been awarded an initial order of components for 150 aircraft valued at approximately US$1.1 billion. This is one...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 4, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc.(RS), a composite materials products technology company, has acquired approximately one half of a European Union company ("EUCo"), which company will pursue market opportunities in the EU and adjacent former eastern bloc countries for the sale of RS's Version(TM) resin and...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Washington, DC, August 1, 2005 - While the United States remains a world  leader in materials research and development,  competition from new materials R&D centers  worldwide could weaken the nation's position  in this field, says a new report from the  National Academies' National Research Council.   The federal government should define ...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Research Triangle Park, NC,, Aug 1, 2005 - Reichhold, Inc. announced that it will convert some of its reactor capacity in the company's Newark, New Jersey plant away from coatings products to the production of unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) for FRP composites applications. "Considering the over-capacity in the alkyd resins...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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August 1, 2005 - When the San Gabriel Valley Water District discovered solvent-contaminated water in the Baldwin Park-Covina area of Southern California, officials turned to U.S. Filter/Westates Carbon, of Santa Fe Springs, CA. to supply all the equipment for the stage 1 treatment system.  U.S. Filter/Westates Carbon in turn came...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Warren  RI  USA, August 2, 2005  - TPI Composites, Inc. announced that the Company was awarded a $4.5 million development contract by the U.S. Army to design and build three composite High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). The contract was awarded in conjunction with AM General Corporation, the vehicle's manufacturer....

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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August 2, 2005 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) patrol innocuous-looking skies and silently report back streams of strategically important data, video, and images from locations around the world. But observing Earth from afar is not just about battlefields and spy missions, the type usually done by expensive and heavy craft...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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August 4, 2005 - Toray Industry?s Carbon Fiber, Composites Segment Gains, While Overall Textiles Profits Fall. Operating income in Toray's Fibers and Textiles segment fell in the first quarter of the current fiscal year in spite of strong overall sales increases. The company's Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials businesses posted...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Traverse City  MI  USA, August 2, 2005 - At the auto industry's annual Management Briefing Seminars, OC(TM) Automotive is unveiling AcoustiMax(TM) substrate, a new light-weight glass-mat composite material for vehicle interiors that provides improved structural and acoustical properties in applications such as headliners, trunk liners, door modules, seat backs and...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Irvine, California, August 8, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation (CTC - OTCBB: CPTCQ), a leading developer of high-performance composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution systems, today released comments of its Chairman and CEO, Benton Wilcoxon, on the new energy bill waiting to be signed into law by President...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Dayton  OH  USA, August 8, 2005 - Someday, Ohio could be "the heart of it all" for making state-of-the-art automobiles, aircraft, biomedical devices and electronics. Researchers here believe the region has its best hope of generating new jobs through the emerging field of nanotechnology - the science of constructing new...

Friday, August 05, 2005

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August 5, 2005 - Luxury car maker Aston Martin has bucked the slump in car sales with a remarkable 448 per cent increase in sales so far this year. The Gaydon-built cars, which start at around ?100,000, also saw an astonishing increase on the same period last year of 626...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Carson City  NV  USA, Aug 9, 2005 - US Global Nanospace, Inc. announced the sale and delivery of 10 radomes to Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., completed last month, and the receipt of new orders from Agusta Aerospace Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of AgustaWestland, for 12 radomes with...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 8, 2005 - ZCL Composites Inc. announced results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2005. Revenue increased by 31.4% to a record first quarter $8.3 million from $6.3 million last year. Net income for the quarter increased to $244,000 from $72,000 last year. Basic and...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Schenectady  NY  USA, August 9, 2005 - John Akitt has joined the board of directors of Cyclics Corporation. Mr. Akitt began his association with Cyclics as an advisor early in the company's history and later became an investor in March, 2004. Cyclics manufactures the new high performance polyester, CBT(r) resin....

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Sierra Vista  AZ  USA, August 9, 2005 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has taken a significant step toward modernizing the U.S. Army's fleet of Hunter unmanned systems by conducting the first engineering flight of an enhanced, multi-mission variant of the current RQ-5A air vehicle called the MQ-5B. The 66-minute check-out flight...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 2005  - Alcan Inc. reported second quarter income from continuing operations of $208 million or $0.56 per common share versus $285 million or $0.77 per common share a year earlier and $208 million or $0.56 per share in the first quarter of 2005.(x) Operating earnings...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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Washington  DC  USA, August 4, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that its wind turbine design codes--termed FAST and ADAMS--can now be used for worldwide turbine certification. Through a joint effort by the NREL and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) of Hamburg, Germany,...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 8, 2005 - Smith Fibercast's Z-Core(r) centrifugally cast piping system is the world's most corrosion-resistant fiberglass pipe, says the company. Capable of handling high concentrations of corrosive acids (including 98% concentrations of sulfuric acid), alkalis, and solvents, the Z-Core piping system exceeds the corrosion resistance of stainless...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Orlando, Florida, Aug. 8, 2005 - LRM Industries, LLC today announced a joint development agreement with E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company ("DuPont"). LRM and DuPont have executed a joint development agreement to explore the utility of TPF(TM) technology in a variety of applications. The current agreement covers specific...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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Newport News, Virginia, August 11, 2005 - Northrop Grumman reached its first construction milestone in the life of the new-generation aircraft carrier, CVN 21. The company cut one of the first pieces of steel, a 15-ton plate for a side shell unit of CVN 78, the first ship of the...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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Winona, MN, August 11, 2005 - PlastiComp(tm) LLC CEO, Steve Bowen, announced today the appointment of Paul Ness as the company's Chief Financial Officer. In making the announcement, Bowen said, "Paul is a proven veteran in this industry and comes to us fully prepared and equipped to immediately assume all...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut, August 10, 2005 - Application engineers from Henkel Corporation, a leading supplier of adhesives including the Loctite(r) brand, will deliver two technical presentations at the 2005 Assembly Tech Expo at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago on Wednesday, September 28.  Both presentations will take place as part...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Seattle, WA, August 9, 2005 - SP Systems, a leading composites technology supplier, will launch a new core technology at the Reinforced Plastics Asia. SP will be presenting its range of structural cores at the Reinforced Plastics Asia exhibition in Bangkok on 26th and 27th August 2005. At the heart...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Washington, DC, August 8, 2005 - The Pentagon has allowed the U.S. Navy to award more work on the DD(X) advanced destroyer. This does not authorize production, but rather, design transition. Today the Defense Department announced that it had approved more design work for Northrop Grumman Corp. and General Dynamics...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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West Paterson  NJ  USA, August 8, 2005 - Cytec Industries Inc. announced net earnings for the second quarter of 2005 of $11.9 million or $0.25 per diluted share on net sales of $813 million. Net earnings for the comparable period of 2004 were $31.2 million or $0.77 per diluted...

Friday, August 05, 2005

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August 5, 2005 - SAMPE has issued a Call for Papers for SAMPE '06  ---------"Creating New Opportunities for the World Economy" to be held April 30-May 4, 2006 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California A 100-200 word abstract should be submitted, electronically, no later than September 1, 2005....

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Seattle  WA  USA, August 10, 2005 - Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the July 31 signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of up to five 787 Dreamliners. Boeing Commercial Airplanes regional sales director Ihssane Mounir said the agreement sets the stage for the revolutionary Dreamliner...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

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August 7, 2005 - GKN won a contract to design and fabricate the CFRP composite fuselage for the world's first unmanned surveillance/attack aircraft that can operate from both land bases and aircraft carriers. The composite-airframed X-47B Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (JUCAS) aircraft is being built by Northrop Grumman, as...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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August 10, 2005 - A new 19W XTend advanced mold release from Axel Laboratories, is specially engineered for resin transfer molding (RTM). This closed molding process produces composite auto or truck body and chassis parts. In customer evaluations, the 19W XTend was said to have resulted in outstanding release performance...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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August 9, 2005 - General Atomics said Tuesday it won a $214-million contract to deliver a new class of long-range aerial drones to the U.S. Army, beating out a chief competitor and bolstering its position in one of the fastest-growing segments of the global weapons industry. The deal, which calls...

Monday, August 08, 2005

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August 8, 2005 - Four Chinese airline companies have agreed to buy 42 Boeing 787 jets for a total US$5.04 billion (euro4 billion), the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. China's flag carrier Air China Ltd. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. will each buy 15 planes, Shanghai Airlines Co. will...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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August 4, 2005 - Qatar Airways has decided formally to acquire 60 Airbus A350s, becoming the largest customer to date for the new airliner and the first client in the Middle East. The deal is for a mix of A350-800s and larger A350-900s. Deliveries of Qatar Airways' Airbus A350-800s are...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 9, 2005 - Dynetek Industries Ltd. reported results for the three-months and six months ended June 30, 2005.  Financial Highlights      -  Total revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2005 of          $14.0 million increased $2.2 million or 19% from the same period of 2004.      - ...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Owego  NY  USA, August 9, 2005 - Lockheed Martin and MD Helicopters Inc. have joined forces to compete for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. The team will offer the MD Explorer(R) twin-engine helicopter with the NOTAR(R) no-tail-rotor anti-torque system.  The program calls for the production of 322...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 9, 2005 - Resin Systems Inc., a composite material products technology company, through its operating division, RS Technologies (collectively "RS"), has received an order for approximately $26 million USD of its RStandard(TM) modular composite utility poles from an established European Union  ("EU") energy producer. RS will...

Friday, August 12, 2005

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August 12, 2005 - Airbus is confident it can deliver the full complement of six Qantas A380 superjumbos in 2007 and says it has reduced delays for the final aircraft in the batch to two months. Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said, "At this point, Qantas will be delayed,...

Friday, August 05, 2005

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Florence, KY USA; Kelsterbach, Germany, August 5, 2005 - In its quest to reduce the weight of aircraft seats, a major seat manufacturer switched a variety of seating elements from aluminum to a Tepex(r) composite made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic - Fortron(r) polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) thermoplastic matrix resin (CFRTP...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 10, 2005 - Zoltek Companies, Inc. reported its results for the third quarter of its 2005 fiscal year. For the three months ended June 30, Zoltek reported net sales of $19.7 million.  That represented an increase of 25% from net sales of $15.8 million in the...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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Irvine, Calif., Aug. 11, 2005 - Imagine yourself in a vehicle no larger then nine-feet long and 36-inches wide. You would be imagining this year's Volvo Extreme Gravity Car.  Volvo will be showcasing this vehicle at the Extreme Gravity Race, now in its fifth year.  On August 18th, 2005 at...

Friday, August 12, 2005

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August 12, 2005, Rogers, CT. Rogers will be showing its high frequency circuit materials for use in commercial applications at this year's Antenna Systems Show. They are: * RO4000(r) Series High Frequency Circuit Material is a glass-reinforced hydrocarbon/ceramic thermoset laminate system designed for performance sensitive, high volume commercial applications. These...

Friday, August 12, 2005

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August 12, 2005 - Needle-punched structures containing ballistic resistant nylon can be produced at one-third the weight of a woven duck fabric, while retaining 80 percent of its ballistic resistance. Needle-punched non-wovens are useful, but they require high needle-density. The challenge in orthogonal weaving is to have nearly equal...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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Seattle, Wash., August 11, 2005 ? During development of its new Model 386, the Peterbilt Motors Company used GE's Cycoloy CE 1820 resin for several key components including fairings and a contoured sun visor to achieve top performance and superior aerodynamics. Based on years of successful collaboration with GE Advanced...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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St. Paul, Minnesota. ? Aug. 11, 2005 ? The Alabama Power Co., which supplies electricity to 1.3 million homes, businesses and industrial facilities, will become the third major utility to install 3M's breakthrough electricity conductor, the 3M aluminum conductor composite reinforced (ACCR). The 3M ACCR is a new type of...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aug. 15, 2005 - Alliant Techsystems designed and produced the composite structure for the High- Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, part of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft launched recently aboard an Atlas V 400 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. As the largest-...

Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Glasgow, Montana, Aug. 14, 2005  -Potentially every bolt or seam along the exterior of a plane may disrupt airflow and cause noise. But, in a Boeing research program in Montana, called the Quiet Technology Demonstrator 2, there has been a breakthrough. Goodrich, who builds engine nacelles, has come up...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Aug. 15, 2005 ? The U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced it will permit exchanges of technical information between Scaled Composites of Mojave, California and Richard Branson?s Virgin Galactic of the U.K. for the building of passenger-carrying suborbital spaceliners, last week. Among its duties, DDTC...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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St. Louis Missouri, USA, August 15, 2005 - Boeing and partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), acting as Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, today announced successful completion of the System of Systems Functional Review, the program's most important technical milestone to date....

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Houston,  Texas - Aug. 15, 2005 - Impact Composite Technology Ltd. announced a new alliance with Marlin Hughes, President of PVM Systems LLC of  Nacogdoches, TX.  PVM will provide product development and technical support services for Impact. "We are grateful to have someone of Marlin's caliber align with the Impact team,"...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Washington  D.C.,  USA, August 15, 2005 - The Navy, seeking a greater role as the United States wages wars far inland, is pushing an expensive, experimental destroyer it says will be able to bomb targets well away from shore. The proposed destroyer, called the DD(X), would fill a gap opened...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aug. 15, 2005 - Luperox(r) Disappearing Red (DR) MEK peroxides from Arkema Inc. are a new series of red products whose color disappears during resin cure. The DR versions of Arkema's most popular Luperox(r) MEKP's provide users the same assurance currently afforded by permanent dyes that the initiator...

Friday, August 12, 2005

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West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Aug. 12, 2005 - Pratt & Whitney and Northrop Grumman Corporation have begun ground testing the power plant for the X-47B Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) at Pratt & Whitney's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of the...

Sunday, August 14, 2005

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August 14, 2005 - For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect U.S. troops from the most lethal attacks by insurgents. Among the problems contributing to the delays in getting the stronger body armor, the Pentagon...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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August 17, 2005 - Australia's future military operations will be supported by forces of robots and unmanned vehicles which will be highly integrated and controlled by defense personnel from a distance, Defense Minister Robert Hill said today. Speaking at the opening of the Amazing World of Science event in...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Aug. 16, 2005. Ha Noi, Viet Nam - Urban Ha Noi, and its industrial zones will be supplied with 600,000 cubic meters of water from the Da River. Vinaconex and its fellow stakeholders the Ha Noi Water Supply Company and the Fibreglass Pipe Stock Company formed a company to...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Alexandria, Virginia, Aug. 17, 2005 - Collaboration between Vibration & Sound Solutions Limited (VSSL) and Dearborn-based Excel Pattern Works has resulted in the delivery during February 2005 of a revolutionary shock-mitigating seat for U.S. Navy vessels. The semi-active adaptively controlled seats (SAACS) were developed and fabricated by...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Aug. 17, 2005 - Henkel Corporation has introduced the Loctite(tm) Zeta(tm) 7760, a high energy UV wand system featuring a 200 watt HPMA lamp that outputs up to 20 watts/cm2 of UV light at 250 to 410 nm. This extremely high-energy output provides very rapid tack-free cure...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Belding, Michigan, U.S.A. August 16, 2005 - The University of Michigan's solar car team finished first in the North American Solar Challenge that ended at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada on July 27, 2005. The finish was the university's fourth national championship. The 10-day, 2,500-mile race, which...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Aug. 16, 2005 - Regulators are imposing requirements aimed at the A380 crashworthiness and evacuations to see that they match existing airliners. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency are proposing that Airbus prove that passengers' chances of survival in an A380 "survivable" crash are equal to or...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Melville, N.Y., Aug. 18, 2005 - Park Electrochemical Corp. announced the appointment of Steven Peake to the position of interim President through December 31, 2005 of the company's FiberCote Industries, Inc. advanced composite materials subsidiary located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Steven L. Garrette, who has served as President of FiberCote since...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Perth, Western Australia, 18 August 2005 - Australian-based advanced materials group Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd is set to fast-track the global commercialisation of its proprietary Quickstep Process for the high-speed, low-cost manufacture of composite components after today announcing a A$6 million public share issue and planned Australian Stock Exchange ("ASX")...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Huntsville, Alabama, USA, August 16, 2005 - NASA's Space Shuttle program successfully fired its first Production Rate Motor Tuesday, Aug. 16, at a Utah test facility.  The two-minute static, or stationary, firing of the rocket motor was performed at ATK Thiokol Inc., an Alliant Techsystems company, in Promontory, north of...

Monday, August 15, 2005

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Madison, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2005 - Long polymer and fiber composite "bandages," designed so that troops could quickly repair or reinforce bridges to bear the weight of 113-ton military tank transport vehicles, now could be used to quickly and inexpensively strengthen civilian aging rural bridges and concrete culverts around the...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Irvine, California, USA, Aug. 16, 2005 - Composite Technology Corporation (CTC - OTCBB - CPTCQ) has agreed to a brief continuance (30 days) of its Chapter 11 plan confirmation hearing to finalize the terms of its settlement with one litigation claimant and to further settlement negotiations with others. CTC reached...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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August 17, 2005 - Lockheed Martin has won a $55 million contract with the United Kingdom, its first international contract for the GMLRS precision-guided rocket system, with a range that tops 37 miles. Delivery of the rockets is by March 2007, after successful testing in 2004. GMLRS stands for Guided...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Richardson TX  USA, August 18, 2005 - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) nanotechnologists and an Australian colleague have produced transparent carbon nanotube sheets that are stronger than the same-weight steel sheets and have demonstrated applicability for organic light-emitting displays, low-noise electronic sensors, artificial muscles, conducting appliqu?and broad-band polarized light...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Aug. 18, 2005 - Merger of Gusmer and LCC/Decker, two respected RIM molding equipment suppliers, provides customers with improved technical/customer support, standardization and stocking of machine components, integrated spare-parts support, and expanded product offerings As reaction injection molding (RIM) applications expand worldwide, RIM equipment suppliers such as Gusmer and...

Friday, August 12, 2005

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Akron, Ohio, Aug. 12, 2005 - The interest of University of Akron polymer researchers in the fascinating ability of geckos to climb any surface and hang from just one toe soon could lead to advances in adhesives used in microelectronics and space applications. The UA researchers are part of a...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Aug. 16, 2005 - Excerpts - Initially, high-strength composites gained their greatest acceptance in areas where their light weight and exceptional strength outweighed cost issues. Advantages include:* Lighter weight,* Stronger and suffer than metals in many applications,* Corrosion resistant,* Can he made conducting or non-conducting,* Thermal and strength properties within...

Monday, August 22, 2005

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The Ellstrom family?s first foray into hydroplane racing in 1994 ended the same year when the sleek boat it sponsored flipped and crashed at full speed. But the Ellstroms, best known for a string of laminate manufacturing companies created in Ballard over 45 years, responded to the defeat by...

Monday, August 22, 2005

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Composites 2005 - New Product Introduction - Milliken & Company's Moldable Fabric Technology (MFT), a revolutionary engineered thermoplastic composite with a lightweight composition and superior impact resistance and stiffness, performs at the level of an S-2 Glass(TM) fiber reinforcement solution for armor applications with additional benefits such as processing speed...

Saturday, August 20, 2005

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Investors applauded Nuplex's annual result yesterday, pushing the resin company's share price up more than two per cent. Nuplex is Australasia's largest producer of resins (synthetic compounds used in products such as paints, printing inks, adhesives and fiberglass reinforced plastic - GFRP - composites). Nuplex (Australia) shares jumped 11 cents to...

Friday, August 19, 2005

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AWEA has predicted that 2005 will witness the largest installation of new wind power capacity in the history of the U.S. - up to 2,500 MW will be added this year, bringing the total installed capacity to more than 9,000 MW. With the recent signing of the Energy Policy...

Saturday, August 20, 2005

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Airbus has struggled for 20 months to design an intercontinental plane to compete with Boeing's fuel-saving 787 "Dreamliner". During that period, oil prices have more than doubled and Boeing has received 185 orders for its aircraft. It took three redesigns for Toulouse-based Airbus to come up with a plane it...

Friday, August 19, 2005

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CIT Group Inc (CIT), a leading provider of commercial and consumer finance solutions, has ordered five Airbus A350-800s, becoming a new customer for the type, as well as placing a repeat order for 24 A320 Family aircraft. Deliveries of the A320 Family will begin in 2007, and those of the...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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Continuing to expand its network of quality-minded companies that can deliver CarbonCast(R) precast technology, AltusGroup, Inc. has welcomed Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc. as an associate member of the organization. Specializing in the manufacture and installation of precast and prestressed concrete structures, Heldenfels, San Marcos, Texas, will primarily market CarbonCast along...

Monday, August 22, 2005

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For launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies that provide significant value additions to customers' businesses, Propex Fabrics, Inc. is presented with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award. Propex Fabrics has used its keen understanding of end-user requirements in the plastics industry to launch revolutionary technologies...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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As it closes in on what could be a record year for jetliner orders, the Boeing Co. could soon land its first 787 deal with one of the aircraft-leasing giants, despite press reports to the contrary. Martin Bentrott, vice president of sales, marketing and in-service support for the 787 program,...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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Armor Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of security products and vehicle armor systems serving military, law-enforcement, homeland security and commercial markets, announced that it has received a five-year indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery competitive contract award to supply the Advanced Combat Helmet to the U.S. Army. Armor Holdings was selected by the...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. celebrated the public unveiling of the first all- composite demonstration nose section for the 787 Dreamliner today at Spirit's Wichita facility, formerly a part of The Boeing Company. The CFRP section, which is highly contoured, demonstrates the facility's capabilities in meeting production demands...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Bahrain-based airline Gulf Air is pitting Boeing's fuel- and cost-efficient 787 against rival Airbus's planned competitor, the A350, as it negotiates with the world's largest aircraft makers to replace its fleet. Both are to be fabricated heavily in CFRP composite aerostructure. Gulf Air wants to replace its 34 Boeing 767s...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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The Office of Naval Research unveiled its Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator (AESD) yesterday. It was named "Sea Jet" and shown yesterday at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, Acoustic Research Detachment in Bayview, Idaho. The 133-foot steel vessel (quarter scale) will model a destroyer-size surface ship and will be...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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The Spanish wind power industry moved from just over 200 MW in 1997, through steady growth at annual rates of more than 30 per cent to reaching a record level of 2,065 MW installed, a 33 percent increase on 2003, taking the total to 8,263 MW, and leading the world,...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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Call for Compromise Over Airbus Aid Row Affects A350 Wings  - A compromise in the row over UK government aid to Airbus is being suggested to try to secure cash and jobs for the company's wingmaking plant in Deeside. Carbon fiber composite wings for the A350 will be made at the...

Monday, August 22, 2005

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The Ford Motor Co. hopes to reduce the time it takes to design and engineer a new vehicle to 18 months over the next couple of years. Ford also announced that it is licensing a technology that reduces the time needed to develop stamped automobile parts by six to ten...

Monday, August 22, 2005

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Northrop Grumman officials want to move forward with plans to develop a supplier park on vacant land next to its shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, despite a change of leadership at the company. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems president Philip Dur earlier this year unveiled plans to entice the shipbuilder's major suppliers...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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The military's next generation of airborne drones won't be just small and silent - they'll also dive between buildings, zoom under overpasses and land on apartment balconies. At least, that's what University of Florida engineers are working toward. Funded by the U.S. Air Force and NASA, UF aerospace engineers have...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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Japan's space agency plans to launch an arrow-shaped airplane at twice the speed of sound high over the Australian outback as early as next month in a crucial test of the country's push to develop a supersonic successor to the retired Concorde. A breakthrough in supersonic flight could help Japan...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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A new Kevlar(r) arm-armour known as the Sandia Gauntlet has now been tested in Iraq, and have proven effective. Several soldiers only realized they'd been hit when they got back to base and noticed the bullets their Interceptor OTV body armor vests had stopped. The current Interceptor OTV body...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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Blasting a space shuttle away from Earth's gravity and through atmospheric friction at 15,000 miles an hour (24,140 kilometers an hour) is the most dangerous and costly part of every mission. Why not just take an elevator instead? Thanks to a new development in the manufacture of molecule-size cylinders known...

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Increased terrorism has caused demand to rise among India?s military, paramilitary and police personnel. In 2003-04, only 124,000 jackets were available to a military requirement of 353,000. Demand has exceeded supply, presenting an opportunity for entrepreneurs. The few Indian firms in the market include the Southern Group of Industries, Anjani...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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The total global market for capacitors, flywheels and SMES systems will rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 5.9 per cent, from $9.2 billion in 2005 to $12.2 billion in 2010. Increased demand for electrical power has incited utility companies to explore novel and cost-effective methods for meeting...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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The Bush administration's proposal calling for a sweeping overhaul of the 30-year-old fuel-economy standards for personal vehicles is almost certain to touch off a political row. Under the proposed rules, the new Dodge Mega Cab and the new truck Toyota will bring out next year will only have to...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Gentex Corp., Carbondale, Pennsylvania, was awarded on Aug. 24, 2005, a delivery order amount of $26,334,422 as part of a $67,500,981 firm-fixed-price contract for the First Article Test Lot, Advanced Combat Helmet, and Spare Parts Kits. Work will be performed in Carbondale, Pennsylvania., and is expected to be completed by...

Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Despite winning a $27.7 million contract from the U.S. Army to produce 120,000 advanced combat helmets, Mine Safety Appliances Co. said Thursday that the military's strategy of using multiple suppliers will decrease the company's helmet production. Yesterday's award represents the Army's first purchase of helmets under a five-year, indefinite delivery/quantity...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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Foggy windows and lenses are nuisances, and in the case of automobile windows, can pose a driving hazard. But a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a unique polymer coating, made of silica nanoparticles, that they say can create surfaces that never fog. They...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that it delivered the first set of vertical tails for the new RQ-4B model of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to prime contractor Northrop Grumman. Aurora designed and fabricated tooling for the new aircraft's aft fuselage, fairings, vertical tails and engine nacelle components. The...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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BAE Systems recently achieved a successful first flight of its third-generation vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle at its Southern California flight test facility. The newly designed IAV2 air vehicle forms the basis of BAE Systems' latest reconnaissance and surveillance configuration air vehicle. BAE Systems is pursuing customers...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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Composite Technology Corporation, a leading developer of high-performance composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution systems, today announced the successful completion of an Aeolian Vibration Test performed on its proprietary Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) and termination hardware provided by FCI-Burndy, a part of the AREVA Group.  The...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

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The Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic (LFRTP) technology developed and used by PlastiCompTM LLC for the production of Compl_tTM Composite Pellets will be transferred to Indore Composites of Bombay, India. Under the terms of the alliance, the transfer of technology and know-how to Indore will allow global customers to purchase...

Sunday, August 28, 2005

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Engineers at Purdue University have developed a new way of producing hydrogen for fuel cells to automatically recharge batteries in portable electronics, such as notebook computers, and eliminate the need to use a wall outlet. The findings were presented Sunday (Aug. 28) during the annual meeting of the American Chemical...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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There is a lot of excitement about incorporating nano particles into polymers because of the ability to improve various properties with only a small percent of the particles. "You can improve the barrier to gases, such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. You can increase material strength with little increase...

Monday, August 29, 2005

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A breakthrough high-temperature, low-sag overhead conductor from 3M, designed to help eliminate transmission bottlenecks that increasingly have plagued electricity grids in recent years, causing brownouts and blackouts, is getting its first use in California. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and a second utility, SDG&E,  in Southern California have installed 3M's...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Northrop Grumman Corporation moved significantly closer to completing the first of its next-generation, enhanced-capability RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) due to deliveries of two critical airframe components within the last month. Vought Aircraft delivered the RQ-4B's new graphite fiber and epoxy composite wing assembly in July. Measuring 131...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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China Southern Airlines, with the largest and most technically advanced airline fleet in the People's Republic of China, announced that it has made a firm purchase of 10 Boeing 787 aircraft. The pact was signed at a formal signing ceremony at the China Hotel, a Marriott Hotel, in Guangzhou. "The...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Ford of Europe has unveiled the striking iosis concept car - a vehicle that defines an exciting new design direction for Ford of Europe. Building on the style of the Ford SAV Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, iosis demonstrates Ford's new 'kinetic design' philosophy. The...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Global Aerial Surveillance, a developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for both commercial and military applications, announced today that it is planning to develop a fully autonomous amphibious UAV designed for surveillance and search and rescue missions and ntended to address homeland security issues and natural disasters such...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Through Japanese and European aircraft interior integrators, Pune-based software development firm Sutra Systems is designing the interiors of A380s of Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air France and Malaysian Air on the computer. Each airline has different demands - fancier ones even want a bar and video game parlor on board...

Friday, August 26, 2005

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reports that the Spanish governmenthas updated its targets for installed wind power capacity from 13,000 MW to 20,000 MW by 2011. The Spanish Government's new target proposes that wind energy supply 15% of national electricity consumption, up from 6.5% today. From just over 200...

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Construction has begun on the world's first wind tunnel dedicated to the testing of wind turbine blades. LM Glasfiber is building the tunnel to re-create the complex aerodynamic conditions in which rotor blades operate. LM Glasfiber says it will cost about ?3.4 million ($4.2 million). Located adjacent to LM...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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The flight deck features new technologies while retaining significant operational similarity with the popular Boeing 777 and other Boeing jets. The combination provides airlines with dual benefits - operational improvements and cost-saving commonality. The new flight deck features much larger display screens than previously seen in airplanes. The five...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Aldila, Inc. announced that, according to the Darrell Survey Company, Aldila's NV(tm) Hybrid was again the most popular hybrid shaft on Tour last week and continues to be the first choice of Tour professionals. In 2005, the Darrell Survey Company has conducted hybrid club usage surveys at 35 PGA Tour...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Aker Kvaerner has successfully completed a capacity increase, ahead of schedule, at Teijin Twaron's spinning facilities in Emmen, The Netherlands. Teijin Twaron is one of the world's largest producers of high performance fibres, and the EUR 5 million contract entailed the engineering, procurement and construction management services. Aug. 18, 2005 The...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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TEC Industries announced today the acquisition of Poway, California,-based Quatro Composites. The acquisition will expand TEC Industries' carbon fiber fabrication capabilities to include compression and bladder molding techniques. "Quatro Composites has a team of talented, dedicated professionals who have mastered the advanced techniques of compression and bladder molding,? TEC...

Friday, August 26, 2005

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About 24 feet long and 18 feet in diameter, it's a one-piece composite structure of a jetliner that, in the jargon of the industry, is simply called Section 41, the nose, cockpit and forward fuselage. Unlike all other commercial jetliners, it is made not of aluminum but a composite...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Advanced Composites Group Limited (Heanor, UK), a member of the Composites Division of UMECO plc, recently finalised significant new expansion plans that will see an investment of more than ?7M in new buildings and equipment, creating a new ?world class? composites Manufacturing and Technology Centre. The contractors commenced operations...

Monday, August 01, 2005

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Team ABN AMRO?s second Volvo 70 boat was launched in the middle of August 2005. As with the first, the second boat was built by Killian Bushe and his team; however there was one major difference in the manufacturing route. The second hull was laminated into a female carbon fiber...

Sunday, August 28, 2005

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Ameron International Corporation earned $1.58 per diluted share on sales of $193.0 million in the third quarter ended August 28, 2005. In the third quarter of 2004, Ameron reported a loss of $1.05 per diluted share on sales of $155.4 million. Prior year's results included the costs of terminating two...

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