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Bally Ribbon Mills Strategic Alliance

23 August 2001

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has formed a strategic alliance with the University of Delaware – Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) and its Industrial Affiliates program.

This strategic alliance will provide BRM with new research and development resources and state of the art laboratory facilities. Since its origin in 1923, the Bally Ribbon Mills has been involved in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered woven products. Over the last two years, Bally Ribbon Mills established a 2D and 3D computerized braiding facility and the company will now collaborate with UD-CCM in various braided development programs for composite applications.

Bally Ribbon Mills will utilize UD-CCM’s expertise in composites manufacturing as a subcontractor for a development contract that was recently received from the Department of the Army entitled “Novel Forming Techniques of Complex Shapes in Personnel Armor”. Currently, Bally Ribbon Mills supplies 3D woven structures for UD-CCM’s Materials Center of Excellence on Microstructural Design of Lightweight Multifunctional Composite Armor established by the Army Research Laboratory. In the past, UD-CCM performed testing on fabricated 3D composite structures for the Air Force as a subcontractor to Bally Ribbon Mills. This successful program led to a current program for the commercialization of these structures.

“We are hoping that Bally’s expertise in the manufacture of woven and braided composite structures, together with assistance from the expertise of the scientists from the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, will help us grow.” said Ray Harries, Bally Ribbon Mills’ President. “We look forward to our joint efforts not only in composite structures for aerospace and defense components but also for medical, mass transit, infrastructure, sports, recreation and other commercial applications”





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