CompositeNews news archive: March 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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DSM Oct. 5 will announce its new strategy program for the next five years. The strategy will build on the strong foundation of the current Vision 2005 program through which a successful shift of DSM's portfolio to specialty life science and performance material products and more stable and higher earnings were...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? AltusGroup, Inc., developer of breakthrough CarbonCast? precast technology, has welcomed Owens Corning?, a leading supplier to the precast concrete industry, as its newest Innovation Partner. Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, supplies products and building systems that enhance the comfort, protection, beauty and performance of residential and...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Koenigsegg?s tagline is ?Spirit of Performance,? and you?d have to say the CCX lives up to the hype ? and then some. Let?s start with the engine, shall we? The DOHC, 4.7-liter aluminum V8 is built by Koenigsegg. Fitted with a dry sump system and...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? M.C. Gill Corporation, a leading supplier of composite floor panels, honeycomb core and cargo liners to the aerospace OEM and aftermarket, has announced the qualification of its new Gillfab 4809 floor panels to the Boeing Material Specification BMS 4-20. M.C. Gill worked closely with Boeing Commercial...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? The world?s biggest aircraft, the A380 superjumbo, could grow even larger as the European plane maker Airbus considers building a stretched version that could carry up to 1,000 passengers and fly further. The A380-900 is an enlarged version of the A380-800 model, which is now on...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? The world abounds with objects that are thin and lightweight, yet strong, including cell phone cases, car body panels, and aircraft hulls, just to name a few. But engineering these parts isn't as easy as their commonness might suggest; in fact, objects that are thin relative...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Aldila, Inc. reported net sales of $18.0 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005 as compared to $12.4 million in the same quarter of 2004. The Company reported net income of $2.7 million ($0.48 earnings per share-fully diluted) for the fourth quarter of 2005...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Laminate Tools addresses the entire Design-Analysis-Check-Manufacture process of structural design, focusing on the composite material features. It is a tool that links the various disciplines, communicates original data between departments, ensures proper understanding of the structure, offers in-depth checks and saves valuable team time. It complements...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Carbon fiber is making such products as bicycles and windsurf boards lighter and faster, and it?s also making NASCAR race cars safer. Nancy Pottish and Peter Travisono launched what is now MacLean Quality Composites in 1988, according to national sales manager Jonathan Geran. For many...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

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March 2, 2006 ? A team of researchers has developed a new process to make flexible, conducting ?nano skins? for a variety of applications, from electronic paper to sensors for detecting chemical and biological agents. The materials, which are described in the March issue of the journal Nano Letters, combine...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Playing to the backlash against ubiquitous cell phone communications, a company called NaturalNano is developing a special high-tech paint that relies on nanotechnology to create a system that locks out unwanted cell phone signals on demand. A breakthrough application of nanotechnology, the emerging science of harnessing...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

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March 2, 2006 ? Royal Ten Cate?s net profit for 2005 increased by 29 per cent to ?30.5 million. Autonomous growth was more than 30 per cent, with currency movements having only a slight influence on the annual result. Earnings per share rose to ?5.93 (2004: ?4.67). It is proposed...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

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March 2, 2006 ? Top athletes in the biathlon, cross country and Nordic combined won 10 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals using the latest state-of-the-art skis from the Norwegian ski manufacturer Madshus. The entire Rohacell? Team congratulates Madshus and all successful Madshus skiers for their outstanding performance in...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

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March 2, 2006 ? Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) a leading developer of high-temperature, low-sag (HTLS) conductors for electric transmission and distribution lines, announced today that it has concluded a Letter of intent with certain binding agreements to acquire the entire share capital of EU Energy plc., a United Kingdom...

Friday, March 03, 2006

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March 3, 2006 ? Australian advanced materials group Quickstep Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce it has signed a key partnership agreement with the University of Manchester, UK for the showcasing of the company?s technology to European customers. The agreement allows for the creation of the first of several...

Friday, March 03, 2006

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March 3, 2006 ? Rob Plagemann, general manager of Tecton Roanoke, Virginia, said the company hopes to begin production at the company?s expansive new manufacturing and office facility in mid-June and wants to have workers on board a few weeks beforehand for training. Tecton Products is the second supplier to...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Demand for turbines used to turn wind into electricity is outstripping supply. The shortage of the giant turbines is making them more expensive. And this is hampering efforts to cultivate the alternative energy source in Minnesota. ?One Midwestern wind developer is planning a project with seven...

Friday, March 03, 2006

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March 3, 2006 ? The Boeing Co., the world?s second-biggest maker of commercial aircraft, is in talks to sell 17 of its new 787 airliners to Russian carriers, not including OAO Aeroflot, the largest. Boeing hopes to sell up to 15 of the planned model to one Russian airline and...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Thanks to well-developed protection systems on traditional commercial jets, no airliner crash in the United States has been caused by lightning in more than 40 years. It?s a remarkable record because Boeing estimates that every commercial airplane is hit by lightning about twice a year. But...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Yemenia-Yemen Airways, based in Sana?has selected the Airbus A350 for its long-haul fleet modernization program and has signed a preliminary agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of six aircraft of that type, with options for another four. The selection of the A350-800 by the airline followed...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Comtek Advanced Structures has announced that Keith Meredith, president of Montreal-based aviation market and technology consulting firm Aeroinsight, and Bruce Taylor, general manager of Res Precast, have been appointed to Comtek?s Strategic Advisory Board. Meredith holds a master of science degree in air transport management...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Wood-plastic composites (WPC) and plastic lumber are quickly establishing themselves in the building and construction industry as superior alternatives to wood and other materials in decking, siding, and roofing applications. The use of these innovative materials ? products that look like wood but can be processed...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? MRC Composite Products-USA announced in January that the company was releasing a second new shaft series named Bassara at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show. The new shaft will be a complement to the existing Diamana? product lines and marks the third in a trio of successful...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Park Electrochemical Corp. announced the appointment of Carl W. Smith as vice president of Advanced Composite Operations. In this position, Smith will supervise the operations of FiberCote Industries, Inc., Park?s wholly-owned, advanced composite materials manufacturing subsidiary in Waterbury, Connecticut, and he will report to Brian Shore,...

Friday, March 03, 2006

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March 3, 2006 ? A new surfboard-blank company based in Los Angeles plans to pick up where Clark Foam left off in the billion-dollar industry of providing surfboard blanks worldwide and has selected Ted Wilson, owner of Fiberglass Hawaii, as a partner as well as Billabong founder Gordon Merchant. Former...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? By 2010, nanocomposites demand will grow to nearly 350 million pounds, and will rise to over seven billion pounds with a value nearing $15 billion by 2020. Although the hype surrounding polymer nanocomposites has been in full throttle for nearly a decade, the market for...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Highways of tomorrow might be filled with lighter, cleaner and more fuel-efficient automobiles made in part from recycled plastics, lignin from wood pulp and cellulose. First, however, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working as part of a consortium with Ford, General...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Kenya Airways today hosted representatives of The Boeing Company and the media to celebrate the airline?s decision to purchase six 787 Dreamliners. Kenya Airways plans to replace its current 767s with the highly efficient Dreamliners beginning with the delivery of two airplanes in 2010, and...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the Spanish wind-energy company Gamesa Corp. is expanding operations in Pennsylvania by investing another $34 million to open three new modern manufacturing centers on 20-plus acres of U.S. Steel?s former Fairless Hills industrial site. The company previously had invested...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? Honeywell announced today its Spectra? fiber is being used to make prosthetic limbs more comfortable and longer lasting. Comfort Products, the first U.S. provider of knitted orthotic and prosthetic products, uses Honeywell?s high-performance material in its SpectraCarb?, a Spectra and carbon composite, for orthotic and prosthetic...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has announced that five industry leaders will be honored with the designation of Fellow of the Society. The Society of Material and Process Engineering is a member-owned professional engineering society. Founded in 1944, SAMPE is...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Mar 8, 2006 ? Spanish PCB maker CIPSA Circuits will invest Rs.66.38 crore ($15 million) in partnership with local entrepreneurs in India under a venture called CIPSA-RIC India Ltd. The facility will be staffed by more than 400 and will build various PCBs starting with trial production next month. "Due...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Northrop Grumman Corporation and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have completed a study that will enable the MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry additional payloads, increasing its effectiveness in providing communications, intelligence and firepower for the U.S. Army. The three-month research...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? Phoenixx TPC will be displaying its Thermo-Lite? high performance thermoplastic prepreg tapes and pultruded materials at the upcoming JEC Composites Show 2006 from March 28 to 30, 2005. Phoenixx TPC is a leading supplier of high-quality thermoplastic prepregs and ribbons, profile shapes, and molding compounds. Visitors...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? While the US Congress remains in conflict with the White House over a Dubai-owned company's acquisition of management operations at six major US ports, another Dubai-based company, this one owned by the Iranian government, has been used by Tehran's defense ministry to procure a key component needed for...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

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March 5, 2006 ? Nominations for this year?s annual AVK innovation awards in the categories industrial applications, environment and university research are being sought by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verst?te Kunststoffe ? Technische Vereinigung e.V. (The German Composite Federation  of Reinforced Plastics). The objective of the innovation awards is to provide solutions...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? A survivor of a fire inside a 100-story power plant smokestack said Tuesday that waiting for rescue at the top of the structure as the flames singed his clothes was ?pure hell.? ?We were laying on that edge, heads hanging over, trying to keep the...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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March 8, 2006 ? Callaway Golf Company today introduced the Callaway Golf? OptiFit? Driver System, a revolutionary custom fitting system that will free golfers to experiment with a huge variety of clubhead-shaft combinations to find the driver that fits their personal specifications. The OptiFit Driver System has nearly 300...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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March 8, 2006 ? The SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and White Knight Two (WK2) under development for space tourism company Virgin Galactic will have a common fuselage, like the SpaceShipOne (SS1) and its carrier aircraft White Knight, according to developer Scaled Composites. Passengers will first fly aboard the WK2 for training, and...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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March 8, 2006 ? AltusGroup?, Inc. has widened the availability of its breakthrough CarbonCast? precast technology with the addition of The Shockey Precast Group and Blakeslee Precast ­ two established precasters with long histories of providing innovative, high quality products to their respective markets. Shockey, Winchester, Virginia, serves the mid-Atlantic...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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March 8, 2006 ? Rolls-Royce is to develop a new engine, the Trent 1700, specifically for the Airbus A350 twin-jet, under a newly-sealed agreement with the European airframer. It will be made available for aircraft deliveries from mid-2011 ? about a year after the A350 is due to enter service....

Monday, March 06, 2006

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March 6, 2006 ? U.S. aviation giant Boeing said on Friday, March 3, that it hoped to win a $3 billion contract to deliver 22 new long-haul planes to Russia?s flag carrier Aeroflot, even if its rival Airbus has offered a discount. Craig Jones, a Boeing vice president in charge...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? Although the Auckland International Boat show will barely register on the Richter Scale of shows around the world, two stories shone through on opening day. One was the futuristic Craig Loomes-designed 78-foot Earthrace trimaran in which Kiwi oil engineer Peter Bethune is planning to set a...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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March 7, 2006 ? The Boeing Company detailed its Current Market Outlook for the Asia-Pacific region today, forecasting a market for about 7,200 new airplanes worth $770 billion over the next 20 years. Over the forecast period, Asia-Pacific will remain the largest market outside North America for new commercial airplanes....

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? Today Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced it has formed a joint venture, Dynamic Composites, LLC, which it will substantially own and control, for the purpose of manufacturing high-strength, long-life composite railroad ties. The joint venture plans to invest about $5 million, which will be provided by Steel...

Monday, March 13, 2006

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March 13, 2006 ? ?Back in the 1990s,? recalled Heath Carr, president of Fibrwrap Construction Inc., ?everyone would look at you like you were crazy? for proposing to repair a bridge with composite fiber components. But 5,000 retrofits later, the looks are gone. Although fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) still...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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March 8, 2006 ? Airbus announced the retirement of its first-ever commercial jet airliner on Tuesday. The France-based aircraft maker, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., said the last model from its wide-bodied A300/A310 family will roll off the production line in July 2007. Airbus also said...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? Patriot Motor Corporation, parent company of Patriot Marine Industries, today announced completion of the first hull in its new line of leisure powerboats. Patriot Marine Industries ? under the guidance of division president Raymond Wedel and famed boat designer Art Carlson ? has begun production...

Friday, March 03, 2006

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March 3, 2006 ? Vestas Wind Systems of Denmark has received an order from Spanish wind farm developer Agrupaci??a companies for 45 units of the V90-2 MW turbine. The order includes supply, installation, commissioning and VestasOnline remote monitoring systems for five different projects in Spain and France. Delivery of the...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? GE announced today it has entered into a $27 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. The power rating of the turbine will be optimized for minimal cost of energy but is expected to be between five...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? Airbus Industries says that it has yet to decide on a redesign of its A340 jet to improve its fuel efficiency but expects to announce double-digit sales of the aircraft soon, the co-chief executive of parent EADS said yesterday. No?Forgeard said Airbus could keep the long-distance...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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March 9, 2006 ? Airbus?s move to use A380 flightdeck will push back entry-into-service until 2011 ? three years behind Boeing?s 787. Airbus?s late decision to graft the A380 ultra-large airliner?s cockpit onto its new A350 has contributed to a further slip in the long-range twinjet?s development schedule of at...

Friday, March 10, 2006

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March 10, 2006 ?The Chairman of the Board of AGY Holding Corp. today announced that AGY has signed a merger agreement with affiliates of Kohlberg & Company, LLC, a private equity firm. In the merger, the Kohlberg affiliates will acquire all of the outstanding shares of AGY of Aiken, South...

Friday, March 10, 2006

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March 10, 2006 ? Axel Plastics Research Laboratories, a leading manufacturer of proprietary mold releases and process aid additives, has appointed Thomas G. Preisel to the position of director of sales and marketing. Preisel has more than 30 years of experience with suppliers to the composites and plastics industry. He...

Friday, March 10, 2006

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March 10, 2006 ? PPG Industries Industries plans to invest $20 million during the next three years to make the company?s Shelby, North Carolina, fiberglass plant ?more competitive,? PPG's glass and fiberglass senior vice president Victoria M. Holtsaid. Engineering work has already begun to transform Shelby?s largest furnace, enabling it...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

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March 12, 2006 ? AOC has announced its recognition of AP Products as a distributor for AOC?s full line of resin, gel coat, and pigment dispersions. "Clearly, AP will do a fine job of representing AOC well in the Southwest, because AP possesses all the necessary tools for excellent...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

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March 12, 2006 ? More than a century after the Wright brothers? first flight, breakthroughs in aircraft development are still taking place. A pair of companies is proving it. Rocky Mountain Composites Inc. of Spanish Fork and California-based Spectrum Aeronautical LLC are partnering on the Spectrum 33, a craft that...

Monday, March 13, 2006

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March 13, 2006 ? Vistagy, Inc., the developer of engineering software that provides specialized design functionality to commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, today announced that Carbo Tech Composites, a leading manufacturing company and Formula One specialist, has selected Vistagy?s FiberSIM? software as its composites design solution. The company will use the software...

Monday, March 13, 2006

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March 13, 2006 ? The parent company of Airbus might reduce production of its four-engine A340 airliner because it is losing orders to the Boeing Co.?s 777. "It's too early to say," European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. co-chief executive Tom Enders said . "We don't panic because we had...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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March 14, 2006 ? Krauss-Maffei is exploring the RocTool?s Cage System? technology as a new innovative moulding technology. The German injection machine provider and the innovative French firm are adapting a new process combination which should reduce cycle time and increase surface quality for LFI parts. The Krauss-Maffei patented LFI...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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March 14, 2006 ? As a natural step to establish Oxeon as one of the leading reinforcement producers in the advanced composite industry, Oxeon has introduced TeXero? UD tapes at JEC 2006. TeXero is a high quality dry UD-tape suitable for any application where low weight and high stiffness...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

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March 12, 2006 ? Biteam AB, the pioneer of 3D-weaving technologies, has produced a unique boot-like profiled solid type pre-form of carbon that enables savings in weight of the composite material part and the space requirement besides offering improved performance. Such a fully integrated woven profiled beam incorporates a tapered...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? After more than 20 years of basic and applied research, nanotechnologies are gaining in commercial use. Nanoscale materials now are in electronic, cosmetics, automotive and medical products. But it has been difficult to find out how many ?nano? consumer products are on the market and which...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems (Braunschweig, Germany) and Componeering Inc. (Helsinki, Finland) have signed an agreement for composites software related collaboration. Componeering develops a general-purpose composites design software tool ESAComp, which originates from European Space Agency (ESA) supported work. Componeering sees that the...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? A new electrically insulating thermal interface material provides exceptionally high thermal performance, particularly in applications which use low-contact pressures between components and heatsinks. Bergquist's new Sil-Pad A2000 electrically insulating thermal interface material provides exceptionally high thermal performance, particularly in applications that use low contact pressures between...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Center held a recruitment fair in Tsinghua University March 14 to select students majoring in mechanical design for its A350. The engineering center situated in Beijing Tianzhukonggang Industrial Park is adjacent to Airbus China?s Beijing Office and will employ 150 Chinese engineers in...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Lunenburg-based EADS Composites Atlantic could benefit if the federal government chooses the Airbus A400M to replace the military?s aging fleet of Hercules transport aircraft, according to Bruce Johnston, president of EADS Canada. ?Certainly Composites Atlantic will benefit,? Johnston said in an interview after giving a presentation...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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March 14 2006 ? Fulcrum Composites Inc. has been selected by the readers and editors of Fastener International Magazine as one of their Top Ten New Products of the Year. Chris Edwards of fulcrum Composites Inc said, "Our focus always lies in the creation of new composite markets so it...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Pliogrip by Valvoline Panel 60 adhesive, a rubber-toughened epoxy from Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., was recently recognized by General Motors Corporation to meet the aftermarket metal bonding specification GM6449G. GM6449G, ?Automotive (Metallic) Panel Bonding Performance Guidelines for After Market Service Use,? details...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Clemson University chemical engineering professor Amode Ogale has received a UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory grant through the U.S. Department of Energy to develop cost-competitive carbon fibers that are one-tenth the size of a human hair, but stronger than steel. Researchers plan to use the carbon fibers...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today released its annual industry rankings of wind energy development in the United States. The rankings include the leading states for wind energy development, leading suppliers of wind energy turbines, leading owners and purchasers of wind energy, largest wind farms,...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? The Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM), an organization dedicated to advanced materials development, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an international forum on strategic development of aeronautical materials in conjunction with a joint conference of materials engineering committee of the Chinese Society of Aviation and...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Grafil announced the completion of its U.S. capacity expansion for high-strength carbon fibers to two million kilograms per year. The expansion is a response to the ongoing growth in demand for carbon fibers and is the first completed portion of scheduled capacity increases as announced by the...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? The SME Summit Conference & Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California, from March 27 to 30, 2006. An Integral Part of The Total Manufacturing Experience Tooling: Generating the Form and Fit of Every Composite Component (230) Tuesday, March 28, 2006 from 9 to 11:30...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? The next generation of high-speed trains will be lighter, cleaner and more environmentally friendly, Alistair Darling, Britain's Transport Secretary, said yesterday. Darling unveiled his proposals for a fleet of ?mean, lean and green? rolling stock at the National Rail Conference in London.  He also confirmed that the...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Airbus will unveil a mock-up of the cabin for its new A350 twinjet at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 exhibition in Hamburg next month. Airbus has linked with BMW [THIS IS A FALSE RUMOR - BMW DID NOT DO THE INTERIORS - WE ARE SORTING OUT...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Montreal Sports of Finland has incorporated multiwalled carbon nanotubes made by Bayer, Germany into its Nitro Lite? range of composite ice hockey sticks. The sticks were on display at the Nanotech 2006 trade show in Tokyo in late February where German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Dairy farmer Wes Kinney of Knox finds the fuss over the windmills amusing. After all, he?s had a windmill on his dairy farm on Knox Ridge for more than 25 years that has, at times, provided all of his electricity needs. It?s nothing new to him....

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? If you're one of those people who cheered Canada's medal count at the XX Olympic Games, you should know that a far more impressive event was waiting in the wings. Two weeks after the fireworks popped and most of the press went home, over 1,000 world-class...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Lockheed Martin Corp.?s F-22A fighter jet may have a structural flaw that would require redesign or major modifications to most of the planes delivered to date, House defense panel chairman Bill Young said. Young, a Florida Republican who chairs a House subcommittee on defense spending, said...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Reichhold has introduced a new low-styrene, resilient terephthalic, Polylite? 31516-00, for pultrusion and wet molding applications. Polylite 31516-00 is a low-styrene, resilient terephthalic resin developed as a performance match to the resilient isophthalic resin systems. The material was developed to yield a lower total cost...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? A NEW minibus has been added to the fleet at Daventry UK Area Community Transport (DACT). The new Mercedes Sprinter 16-seater was delivered to the company last week. The purchase of the ?54,000 vehicle was made possible with the district council's grant. Manager Rob Kinning said...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? When used in robotic arms, the high strength, stiffness and light weight of an aluminum silicon carbide metal matrix composite (MMC) ensures lower inertial response when the arm is moved. CPS Corporation, the worldwide leader in the design and production of metal matrix composites, offers AlSiC...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? In the mid-1980s, a breakthrough in the world of prosthetic limbs occurred. An amputee by the name of Van Philips, disillusioned with the response of his existing foot, set about reinventing the prosthetic foot. As a result, the Flex Foot was born; a lightweight foot that...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Dynetek Industries Ltd., a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of proprietary fuel storage cylinders and systems for compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen, today reported results for the three months and the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2005. Financial Highlights ? Cash...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Plastech of the UK has for some time been leading a group of companies in the FRP composites industry in a relief initiative in Sri Lanka for fishermen affected by the December 2004 tsunami. Plastech has shipped boat molds and resin transfer molding machinery from...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Arguably the longest-standing fiberglass manufacturer in South Africa, Collins Fibreglass Plastics, says its filtration business has made a material shift from the consumer to the industrial market over the past few years and that its solutions are now also beginning to penetrate markets in the rest...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? The first 500 M1151P1 armored HMMWVs are en-route to Southwest Asia. The M1151P1 is the newest HMMWV variant to be delivered to US troops serving in the Middle East. The M1151P1 incorporates the latest in removable armor protection providing U.S. warfighters a tactical advantage. The armor...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) a leading developer of high-temperature, low sag (HTLS) conductors for electric transmission and distribution lines, announced today that it had completed meetings with principals of EU Energy plc to confirm details of the acquisition and to plan the business and integration...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Moldwiz 1970Jb Also Eliminates Mold Corrosion, Reduces Safety/Health Concerns March 15, 2006 ? The use of a special mold release from Axel Plastics Research Laboratories improved productivity and achieved significant cost reductions for a large U.S. automotive molder that molds SMC (sheet molding compound), producing engine cross braces for General...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? Volkswagen is to turn its trike-like GX3 three-wheeler concept, seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, into a purchasable reality. The California-designed two-seater GX3 has been described by Volkswagen as a ?crossover between sports car and motorcycle?, and a vehicle to offer ?pure affordable...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? This month Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed the first of two key Fiscal Year 2006 tests of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) battle management capability, known as the KEI Fire Control and Communications (KFC/C) system, five weeks ahead of schedule. The purpose of these tests is...

Friday, March 17, 2006

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March 17, 2006 ? Vistagy, Inc., the developer of engineering software that provides specialized design functionality for commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, today announced an alliance with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for e-Design. The organizations are sharing technology and engineering expertise to build applications that will help engineers make...

Friday, March 17, 2006

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March 17, 2006 ? The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has selected Samuel J. Dastin, of Dastin Associates Company, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, to receive the Delmonte Award for Excellence. This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of materials and process engineering....

Friday, March 17, 2006

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March 17, 2006 ? Boeing Co., the world?s second-largest commercial-aircraft maker, may double orders for fuselage sections for its 787 jetliner as demand for the new plane exceeds initial production plans. Boeing met with its top suppliers on March 14 and 15 to discuss boosting production, Yyonne Leach, a spokeswoman...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? At the JEC in Paris, Lehmann & Voss presented a newly developed halogen-free system for applications with a low processing viscosity. Product Group Manager Rainer Feddern said, ?Our new halogen-free system is liquid. The advantage of this is that it enables a good degree of...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006 ? Future Pipe Industries, the newest piece of Gulfport?s growing composites industry, officially opened its doors Tuesday. Dubai-based Future Pipe makes fiberglass and thermoplastic pipe systems. The company has about 50 employees in its Gulfport operation, but over time will ramp up to about 300. Future Pipe...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? Beacon Power Corporation, a company that designs and develops advanced products and services to support more stable and reliable electricity grid operation, announced that it has successfully completed the pre-shipment acceptance testing for a scale-power Smart Energy Matrix demonstration unit, built under contract to the New...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Assets of Advanced Material & Technologies to Master the Energy Constraints of the 21st Century will be the theme of SAMPE Europe?s 28th International Conference and Forums will be held at the Hotel Mercure, Porte de Versailles Expo, F-92174 Vanves (Paris, France) from March 26 to...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? State-of-the-art Materials and Technologies for next Generation Aircrafts will be the theme of SAMPE Europe?s International Technical Conference and ?Table-Top? Exhibition to be held at Centre de Congr?Pierre Baudis, F-31685 Toulouse, France, from Sept. 13 to 14, 2006. SETEC will focus on the aircraft and space...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? The Virginia Transportation Research Council's Showcase for Virginia Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Materials, Design and Construction will take place at the Holiday Inn, Bristol, Virginia, USA, from Sept. 20 to 21, 2006. FRP composites have been used on multiple projects by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Each...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

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March 18, 2006 ? As part of a strategic rationalisation to better service their key European and Eastern United States markets, international mastmakers Southern Spars are consolidating their One Design manufacturing into a single facility based in Cape Town. Southern Spars secured a licensing relationship with South African mastmakers Sparcraft...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

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March 19, 2006 ? For years, Boeing?s popular 737 airliner has meant steady work for Wichita. The program keeps 60 per cent of Spirit AeroSystems? 8,400 employees busy building the 737 fuselage and other parts of the plane. Boeing has built more than 5,000 737s, making it the best-selling airliner...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

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March 19, 2006 ? Toray Composites (America) Inc., a Frederickson manufacturer of carbon fiber material, added 60 workers, marking an increase of 30 per cent through the end of 2005. Already in 2006, the company has added an additional 25 workers, and there?s a sign outside the headquarters announcing open...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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March 16, 2006 ? At the Auckland International Boat Show, one of the the major topics amongst the New Zealand boat builders was the move by the highly respected McConaghy Boats from Australia, to form a joint venture with the JinLi Composites group in China called McConaghy International. JinLi was...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Vistagy, Inc., the developer of engineering software that provides specialized design functionality to commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, today announced the release of FiberSIM? 5.1, the latest version of its design environment for composite products. FiberSIM 5.1 provides new specialized tools that enable engineers working in commercial CAD...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today in Detroit announced the launch of a state-of-the-art center for collaborative nanotechnology research at Commerce?s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Scientists from U.S. companies, universities and government will focus on overcoming major technical obstacles to cost-effective manufacturing...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? J D Lincoln Co of Costa Mesa, California has been pursuing solutions to flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) requirements for large commercial aircraft duct systems for some time, and now feel that they have found an elegant solution with a new duct coating epoxy material...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Airbus is to undertake the full-scale evacuation test of the A380 on March 26, and is confident that it will be able to demonstrate that it can show the safe egress of more than 750 passengers, having set itself a maximum target of 853. The manufacturer...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Leasing company International Lease Finance forecasts flurry of orders for the Airbus A380 with the yet-to-be-launched A380-900 stretch will ultimately become the best-selling variant. ILFC chief executive Steven Udvar-Hazy predicts a new surge in interest in the Airbus A380 following certification and service entry at...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? Airbus is studying a ?-900X? growth version of the A350, with weight increases of up to 20t and power possibly from larger-diameter engines, to counter Boeing?s plan to launch a larger 787 derivative, the -10. ?Customers are shown Boeing?s proposed 787-10 stretch and we then get...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Engineers at the University of Ulster are taking part in a project to determine how 3-D woven textiles can be used to make components for the next generation of aircraft structures and aeroplane engines. Carbon fiber is currently widely used in the aerospace industry, traditionally in...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? Leaders from most of the carbon fiber technology companies in Utah met recently to discuss the ways that they could partner to establish Utah as one of the nations leading composite manufacturing states. ?Utah has been the birthplace of many reinforced plastic structures over the...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Ed Pilpel, president of Polystrand, Inc., today announced that the company is able to produce laminated structural panels incorporating ThermoPro? continuous advanced fiber and thermoplastic reinforcement. Combined in a process requiring no adhesive, the reinforcement adds lightweight strength, stiffness and impact resistance to traditional core materials such...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? PlastiComp LLC has announced an additional compounding line for Complet? long fiber reinforced thermoplastic molding pellets in response to growing interest from customers who value the firm's approach to materials technology. The new production line for Complet pellets boosts site capacity by three million pounds per...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? ACG has invited Koenigsegg Automobile AB to exhibit on its stand at the JEC Composites Show 2006 (booth M16/P17 in Hall 1). Visitors will see the actual car that achieved the world production road car speed record at Italy?s Prototipo proving ground. Very fast and...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Boeing Co. has asked its suppliers to examine whether they can increase planned production rates for the company?s 787 Dreamliner jet to meet strong demand. The composite-built widebody plane, which is slated to start commercial deliveries in 2008, has won 298 firm orders. It is essentially...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? An innovative and slender window in GRP with translucent and high-insulating frames is one of the most exciting novelties at the Fensterbau Frontale 2006 fair in Nuremberg, Germany, from 22 to 25 March 2006. The window is part of an entirely new facade system, also made...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? In an effort to provide improved customer service and resources for their rapidly expanding Asian market, Fyfe Co, LLC has announced the launch of a new Web site to target that growing business. The site is specifically designed to focus on and meet the technical and customer...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Talisman, a new autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) which could meet the needs of Middle East countries for a highly manoeuvrable craft that can enhance security and protection of maritime-based assets and coastlines, has been launched by BAE Systems. The Talisman System is a latest-generation modular...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? ?SMC/BMC on the Road to Innovation? will be the theme of the European Alliance?s for SMC/BMC will hold its fifth automotive seminar scheduled to to take Place in Landshut, Germany, from May 17 to 18, 2006. Participants will visit the BMW plant in Dingolfing. Early registration...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Saertex, a manufacturer of stitch bonded fabric based in Germany, has set up its first manufacturing plant in Asia in the Hinjewadi district of Pune, India, according to Saertex Global Sales and Marketing Director Marc Schrief. The Pune plant is Saertex's seventh worldwide. Pune is the...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? Vistagy, Inc., the developer of composites engineering software that provides specialized design functionality to commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, will display the Renault F1 Team racecar at its stand, #C21, at the JEC Composites Show 2006. The event runs from March 28 to March 30 at the Paris...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? GE-Aviation put its GEnX engine through its paces for the first time today at its outdoor testing facility in Peebles, Ohio. The engine reached 80,500 pounds of takeoff thrust, GE-Aviation said in a news release. The company performed idling tests on the engine March 19. "Engine...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? Air Madrid Lineas Areas SA, a Spanish airline with eight aircraft, plans to buy 15 Airbus SAS A350 airliners, El Mundo reported, citing Jose Luis Carrillo, chairman of the Madrid-based carrier. The purchase agreement, expected to be completed in a few weeks, only lacks...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Ameron International Corporation today reported earnings of $0.41 per diluted share on sales of $175.3 million for the first quarter ended March 5, 2006. These results compare to earnings of $0.06 per diluted share and sales of $138.8 million in the first quarter ended Feb. 27,...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? David Wynants, Senior Process Engineer of Taconic Advanced Dielectric Division in Petersburgh, New York, was presented with a Distinguished Committee Service Award by the IPC ? Association Connecting Electronics Industries at the recent IPC Printed Circuits Expo in Anaheim, California. This award was given to Wynants,...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? Advanced materials group Quickstep Holdings Limited today announced that the patent application covering one of the key components of its composites manufacturing technology with particular application in the global aerospace industry has been granted in Australia. The grant of the patent ? covering the co-curing,...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? Nineteenth century sewers under the city of Des Moines have been brought into the 21st century with new thermoset composite liners installed by Visu-Sewer Clean & Seal, Inc. To ensure minimal disruption to the bustling Iowa state capital, Visu-Sewer used cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology. To...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? The JEC Composites Show, taking place in Paris Expo?s Hall 1 at the Porte de Versailles, Paris, March 28 through 30, 2006, is the top international trade fair for the composite industry. The Show is also consolidating its position as the leading European trade fair, with...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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March 25, 2006 ? RocTool has recently filed five patents, which concern the improvement of the Cage System? (its innovative procedure of rapidly moulding composites by induction) as well as other new techniques for rapidly moulding composites and plastics. In 2006, the company began a new innovative program, with an...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? ?Advancing bridge technology globally? will be the theme of the 23rd Annual International Bridge Conference that will take place at the Hilton Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, from June 12 through 14, 2006. The Executive Committee has developed a conference program that will prove challenging and enjoyable...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? The competitiveness Cluster EMC2 will attend the JEC Composites Show in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from March 28 to 30. The EMC2 exhibition will be an opportunity to present composite skills and expertise from Western France in an international forum that concentrates on the major actors...

Friday, March 24, 2006

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March 24, 2006 ? The EPTA 8th World Pultrusion Conference just ended in Budapest, Hungary, with more than 100 attendees and many excellent papers. Proceedings will be made available shortly. EPTA has been ably led for more than 16 years by Iemeka and Jaap Ketel, who will now retire from...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

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March 23, 2006 ? QinetiQ has completed the first flight trials of Zephyr ? a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (HALE UAV) that has a 12-meter wingspan but weighs just 27 kilograms. The trials took place at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA. Two aircraft were flown for four...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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March 25, 2006 ? Mark Inglis is determined to get to the top of Everest, and if he does, he?ll be the first double amputee to make it. He?s been aided in his quest by the development of lightweight carbon fiber climbing legs and sponsorship from an Australian engineering company,...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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March 25, 2006 ? Workers will complete a concrete floor slab on a metal deck for the stage and for the Little Theatre?s Scene Shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. The floor will sit 18 to 22 feet above the basement floor of the Arts Partnership?s Chapman Cultural Center. Once...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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March 25, 2006 ? More than 100 bridges and overpasses in Los Angeles County remain vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake, even as the state nears completion of a $2.5 billion, 17-year project to seismically retrofit the structures. Officials said the city of Los Angeles has 26 bridges that...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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March 26, 2006 ? Airbus successfully completed the passenger evacuation trial on development A380 MSN7, paving the way for the Authorities to certify the aircraft in time for delivery by the end of 2006. During the trial, all of the 873 participants were able to leave the aircraft and reach...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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March 26, 2006 ? While California may have birthed the American wind industry, new studies show Illinois ranks above the West Coast giant in terms of wind energy potential. Discovery of new wind resources, more accurate measuring methods and ever improving technologies place Illinois in a position to harness a...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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March 26, 2006 ? Judging by the success of this year?s meeting, the second Rapra conference on High Performance Fillers in Cologne, March 21 to 22, seems to have achieved the difficult task of finding a niche in today?s crowded conference season. The meeting attracted more than 100 delegates...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Ahlstrom, a leader in high performance fiber-based solutions, today announced that it will invest approximately ?38 million in a new glass fiber tissue (nonwoven mats) production plant in Russia. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom?s position as a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty glassfiber tissues for...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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March 26, 2006 ? Axson has announced the opening of two new subsidiaries: one in Dubai, UAE, the other in Puna, India, to follow the opening of subsidiaries in Asia (Shanghai) in 2003 and Eastern Europe (Slovakia) in 2005. Axson representatives announced their desire to bring together manufacturers (in particular...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? The U.S. unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market has had considerable momentum caused by recent operational successes and increasing mission roles. UAS market penetration in all four military services and the commercial sectors in surveillance and weaponized capabilities are driving growth. ?On the operational side, UA...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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March 26, 2006 ? Hexcel?s stand at JEC in Paris this year will reflect the company?s recent announcement that it is investing $100 million to increase the company?s global carbon fiber capacity by about 50 per cent. The investment programme involves building a carbon fiber plant near Madrid, Spain; adding...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? The U.S. Navy needs lighter materials so ships will go further faster. One way to do that is to use new composite materials. But how will these materials respond to fire ? one of the most critical safety concerns on a ship? Virginia Tech material scientists...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? General Electric?s GEnX reached 80,500 pounds of thrust (360kN) on March 21, two days after its first run at the company?s Peebles test site in Ohio. Testing of the new engine, which will power the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 and 747-8, includes a maturation programme that...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? Recent improvements in thermal protection technology are providing cost effective solutions for providing burn protection from hot pipes and process lines. These may reduce work place burn hazards. The ProblemBurn and scald injuries lead the way in workplace injuries that result in lost time from...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? The Lanxess chemicals Group will showcase its entire spectrum of glass fibers, chopped strands, milled fibers and a cost-saving transport concept at the world?s largest exhibition of composite materials the JEC Composites Show in Paris. On Stand C34, the company will be presenting various high-quality...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? Resin Systems Inc., a composite material products technology company, announced today that it has begun production from its second production cell for RStandard? utility structures and plans to reach 24-hour operation in the beginning of May. This is expected to follow shortly after the company reaches...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? Surging growth in the use of composite materials for primary and secondary structures in commercial and general aviation aircraft could be about to spark a new wave of mergers and acquisitions in the aerostructures industry. At the Speednews conference Richard Phillips, a director of investment banking...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? Boeing Co., the world?s second- largest commercial aircraft maker, will build a stretched version of its 787 jetliner that seats about 300 passengers, spurred by demand from customers including Emirates airlines. ?It?s not a matter of if, but when we are going to do it,? Michael...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? Boeing has halted its decline with the new 787 Dreamliner, whose bulging orderbook has forced Airbus into a hurried response. The 787 is an outgrowth of Boeing?s Sonic Cruiser programme to develop a new aircraft that would have gone 20 per cent faster than existing aircraft...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Hexagon Composites ASA announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lincoln Composites, Inc., has initiated the activities required to design, develop and certify the world?s largest composite high-pressure tanks suitable for numerous applications as part of compressed natural gas harvesting and distribution. The tanks can be...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? Current development of product lines with braided jet engine fan cases by three engine makers, Williams International, Honeywell International and GE?Aviation demonstrates that braid provides the most efficient combination of properties when compared to other materials. Like metal, braid oriented in a quasi-isotropic architecture (0?,...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Adhesive experts from Huntsman Advanced Materials? aerospace research and development team have won the prestigious JEC Composites Innovation Award in the Aeronautics and Space Category for 2006. Working with engineers from Rolls-Royce and the Universities of Sheffield, the Huntsman team of Araldite? experts developed a...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Two respected Southern California aerospace innovators ? each with active hardware on Mars ? will combine to deliver customer focus on custom design and fabrication of composite structures. The merger will complement Alliance Spacesystems' existing robotics, mechanical systems engineering and mechanism capabilities. Alliance Spacesystems, Inc....

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? The BMW Oracle team unveiled USA 87, their new America?s Cup yacht, in Valencia, Spain on Monday (27 March). Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing Team has a new boat, with which to launch an assault on next year's Americas Cup. USA 87 was built in...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? In line with growing worldwide demand for Amiantit glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes for water and sewerage systems, Dammam-based Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company has announced that it is participating on an equal share basis in two joint venture partnerships to establish GRP pipe production plants in...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Beacon Power Corporation, a company that designs and develops advanced products and services to support more stable and reliable electricity grid operation, announced that it recently delivered, installed and connected a scale-power Smart Energy Matrix demonstration system to the electricity grid in Amsterdam, New York. After...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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ILFC CEO urges Airbus to redesign A350 [PART ONE] March 29, 2006 ? Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman, chief executive and founder of International Lease Finance Corp., called on Airbus, the world's leading commercial jet maker, to scrap its plan for the A350 or risk getting badly beaten by Boeing Co.'s competing...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Advanced materials group Quickstep Holdings Limited today announced a new manufacturing venture using its revolutionary composites technology, the Quickstep Process, after reaching agreement to purchase the business of Western Australian-based specialty boat-builder, Flatout Boats Pty. Ltd., the designer and manufacturer of an innovative "folding" boat. For...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? Cyclics Corporation has announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Cyclics' president and CEO, Glenn Decker, as chairman, and longtime members of Cyclics' management team Gary Faler and Roman Eder. Additional organizational changes include Roman Eder, managing...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? The US Navy?s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will have HJ1 composite armor made with S-2 Glass? roving from AGY. The USS Freedom, already under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, will be the first US ship to carry the LCS class designation. The 378-foot...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? Emirates, the biggest Arab airline, delayed a $4.2 billion Airbus SAS order for 20 planes to give the European aircraft-maker time to develop a better version of the A340, which is losing sales to a competing Boeing Co. model. Emirates is also talking to Airbus about...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

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March 30, 2006 ? It is an acknowledged fact that China has become a low cost manufacturing base for many companies, in many industries, from around the world. The accompanying economic boom has brought prosperity, and after more than two decades of sustained growth, the Chinese have turned their back...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? Zoltek Companies, Inc. and the Hungarian Government today announced their joint commitment to a major expansion plan to turn Zoltek?s facility 30 miles west of Budapest into the world?s largest carbon fiber production facility. Through the expansion, Zoltek is committed to adding 600 new employees...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? The 787 is by far the hottest-selling new airplane in Boeing Co. history, logging 343 firm orders since All Nippon Airways placed the first order in April 2004. Qantas on Thursday finalized its previously announced order for 45 787s amid reports that it would soon order even...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? Using fiberglass materials, contractors in Springfield have repaired a decaying, 70-year-old bridge in just a few days. Instead of snarling traffic for two to three weeks while they repaired the crumbling deck, girders and guardrails by conventional methods ? laying plywood, tying steel rebar and...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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March 29, 2006 ? Government regulations and industry standards obligate manufacturers to add flame retardant chemicals to a wide range of products used every day. The irony of this industry is that some of these flame retardant products, while responsible for saving countless lives, are toxic. To protect consumers...

Monday, March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006 ? Markus Steeg was awarded the innovation prize for his diploma thesis ?Entwicklung einer geometrieadaptiven Konsolidierungsrolle f? Thermoplast Tapelegen? during the national symposium of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering SAMPE Deutschland e.V. in Braunschweig Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Steeg prepared his thesis at the...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? The Executive Director of the Institut f?bundwerkstoffe, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alois K. Schlarb, was elected Chairman of SAMPE Deutschland e.V. at a general meeting in the run-up to the national symposium of the Society for the Advance-ment of Material and Process Engineering SAMPE Deutschland e.V. in Braunschweig,...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? Whilst talk of the use of composites in industrial applications such as automotive and construction is becoming more and more common, CompoTech has recognised the potential of composites in one relatively untapped area ? that of mechanical engineering and, in particular, industrial machinery. The company has...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? GDS has announced an ambitious expansion plan to increase its capacity by 200 per cent by investing in new production lines at its base in Sharjah. The product range of GDS covers the entire gamut of specialized electrical products including main distribution boards, motor control...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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March 22, 2006 ? Chemical maker DuPont (Research), which invented nylon, Teflon and the bullet-resistant Kevlar? fiber, has been testing the market for pre-built storm rooms in the tornado-prone regions of Texas and Oklahoma for the past two years. DuPont says its 'storm room', made of bullet-resistant Kevlar, can provide...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? The global market for hazardous waste remediation technologies was worth about $10.7 billion in 2005, and will rise to $11.4 billion in 2006 and $16.6 billion by 2011 at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 7.8 per cent, according to The Global Market for Hazardous...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

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March 30, 2006 ? A pair of collegiate partners of Lima manufacturer American Trim won grants of nearly $3.5 million for high-tech manufacturing in western Ohio. Rhodes State College received $1.38 million from the Third Frontier Commission to develop a new materials coating chamber and center in American Trim's Grand...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? After many years as a key material in aerospace and defense applications, S-2 Glass? reinforcements are being used in yet another new application. The high performance fibers are now helping to launch a new type of ground-based missile ?...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? New applications for composite armor systems in military vehicles and vessels are continuing to drive the growth of S-2 Glass? reinforcements from AGY. The company said it shipped a record amount of the material in 2005 and expects to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? The US Navy?s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will have HJ1 composite armor made with S-2 Glass? roving from AGY. The USS Freedom, already under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, will be the first US ship to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? Douglas J. Mattscheck, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGY, today announced the addition of two veteran engineers in the company?s technical organization to help the business grow. The engineers ? Jack L. Price, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Chenock,...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? In response to continued growth in the use of high performance glass fibers in a variety of applications, AGY today said it plans to increase S-2 Glass? reinforcement capacity by 50 per cent in the next 18 months. The...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? The Boeing Co. plans to stretch out its new Dreamliner in response to customer demand for a 300-plus-seat version. Boeing has not formally launched the larger version, but at this point, "it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," Boeing 787 program chief...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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March 28, 2006 ? The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has allocated funding of $9.6 million over three years to the ISIS Canada Research Network, a national partnership initiative with the goal of advancing civil engineering to a world leadership position through the development and application of fiber reinforced...

Friday, March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006 ? North Wind of Barcelona, Spain, has announced a project for a new model in its line of sailboats, the North Wind K-2, designed by Manuel Ruiz Elvira and the marine engineering company Nautatec. In this new North Wind boat, the sixth in the design series, North...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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March 1, 2006 ? A recent five-day tour of some of Europe's key boat building factories by The Catamaran Group yacht brokers highlighted important design innovations and new directions in technology from leading European builders such as Lagoon, Yapluka and Alliaura Marine. The trip allowed yacht brokers and staff to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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? JEC Composites Show News, Paris ? March 28, 2006 ? At the JEC Composites Show, Owens Corning will exhibit at its booth and showcase the company?s breakthrough high-performance reinforcement platform HiPer-tex at a technical presentation* led by Application Development Engineer Luc Peters in the ?Agora? venue on Wednesday, March...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? North Coast Composites Inc. announced that it has received its third consecutive contract extension from the Nordam Group Inc., to produce the resin transfer molded (RTM) composite nacelle seal supports for the Gulfstream G450 thrust reverser through 2007. North Coast Composites Inc. has been producing...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006 ? The strength, impact performance and dimensional stability of long glass fiber reinforced polymers are improved with each millimeter of glass fiber length retained during the injection molding process. Synventive Molding Solutions has developed two types of valve gate cylinders for hot runner systems that feature a...

Monday, March 06, 2006

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INDEX - F-35 in CFRP Composites; Boeing Assigns Team On Next-Generation '737' Airliner - Project Could Launch In Next Two Years; Next-Generation 737 team - NG737; A320 Replacement - NSR - New Short-Range Aircraft    AM&CN #626 paid subscription newsletter, March 6, 2006 ...

Monday, March 27, 2006

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March 27, 2006 ? North Coast Composites Inc. has received its third consecutive contract extension from the NORDAM Group Inc., to produce the resin transfer molded (RTM) composite nacelle seal supports for the Gulfstream G450 thrust reverser through 2007. North Coast Composites Inc. has been producing the seal supports since...

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