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New EnCapta Software from VISTAGY

02 March 2001

VISTAGY, Inc., announced today the release of EnCapta software, which extends the power of sophisticated computer-aided-design (CAD) systems that engineers use to create 3D product geometry. EnCapta augments CAD software by providing engineers with tools for capturing and communicating specialized non-geometric design data that are vital for complete product definition. Engineering organizations that use CAD models as a primary source of information about products will benefit from EnCapta’s complementary software tools for enriching the design environment.


3TEX Introduces TheHARDHAT

02 March 2001

3TEX, Inc. a worldwide leader in developing next generation 3D fabrics and composites, today announced it will introduce TheHARDHAT, the next generation in ski helmet design at the SIA SnowSports Show 2001, from March 9-13 in Las Vegas, NV. TheHARDHAT will be introduced under the 3TEX PROTEXAL product line featuring the 3Weave Z Advantage. 3Weave is a 3TEX patented, high-speed 3D orthogonal process used in the production of reinforcements for advanced composite materials.


Venture's Innovative, Lightweight Composite Sandwiform

02 March 2001

Venture Industries, a top-100 automotive supplier, announced that use of its lightweight, high-strength Sandwiform(TM) material is on the rise as automakers seek innovative ways to reduce vehicle weight and cut production costs. Sandwiform's high-performance capabilities make it ideal for a wide range of vehicle-wide applications including cargo load floors, engine shields, trunk panels, backrests, aerodynamic skid plates, spare wheel pans, and front and rear bumpers.


Sale of Neste Polyester to Ashland

02 March 2001

Ashland Inc. and Neste Chemicals Oy, a subsidiary of Nordkemi Group, signed a contract Feb. 23 on the sale of Neste Polyester's business and assets to Ashland Inc. The transaction, which is conditional on certain regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed within six weeks. Terms of the purchase agreement were not disclosed.


Cal Dive and FMC Announce Intervention Riser

02 March 2001

Cal Dive International, Inc. and the Energy Systems business of FMC Corporation have entered into an agreement to develop and jointly fund a new intervention riser system that will be rated to operate in water depths to 10,000 feet. It will also be the first in the industry rated for working pressures up to 15,000 psi. The riser system, to be deployed from Cal Dive's newbuild Q4000, will be able to intervene in the horizontal and vertical subsea trees of all manufacturers. Using a composite reelable 2 inch flexipipe, the riser system allows for the circulation of fluids, flow testing and hydrate remediation of subsea wells. The riser's slim bore also allows it to be handled easier and run much faster than a conventional marine riser system. For example, the new system can be latched onto a subsea tree within six hours of arriving on station. http://www.caldive.com


Northrop Grumman Unveils Unmanned Aircraft

02 March 2001

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) today unveiled its design for an unmanned aircraft that the company will fly later this year to demonstrate some of the technologies emanating from its new Advanced Systems Development Center (ASDC) here.


Marine Products Now Trading as Separate Company

02 March 2001

RPC, Inc. announced the completion of the tax-free spin-off of Marine Products Corporation.


Venezuela: Sudamtex sales drop

02 March 2001

Venezuelan textile group Sudamtex, one of only ten listed companies to have filed their annual reports for 2000 with the Bolsa de Caracas by mid-February 2001, lost Bs$3.49bil in the second semester of the year 2000 and its first semester of its own financial year. In the same period in 1999, the losses totalled Bs$2.17bil. Total sales for July-December 2000 came to Bs$24.36bil compared to Bs$26.13bil in the second half of 1999 whilst gross profits dipped from Bs$3.24bil to 3.16bil. Sudamtex also makes glass-fibre products for industry.


Valeo Technical Paper at SAE 2001 World Congress

02 March 2001

Valeo, a leading supplier of innovative components, systems, and modules for cars and trucks, will present 13 technical papers at the SAE 2001 World Congress March 5 through 8 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The technologies include Novel Use of a Composite Material to Limit the Loads in Windshield Wiper Systems, which explains new technology that can yield greater reliability, wipe quality, cost improvement, and mass reduction.


Surface Finish Compression Molding

02 March 2001

ValTek, LLC, the advanced technology business unit of Advanced Accessory Systems (AAS) has been issued U.S. Patent #6,132,669 for providing a new process called surface finishing compression (SFC) molding which is capable of producing Class A surfaced parts with structural properties. Applications include large automotive, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, and off-road panel parts. Multi-layer constructions are possible and 100% recyclable. The film finish and the article are compression molded simultaneously using commercially available vertical presses. The SFC molding process does not require pre-formed film inserts and eliminates painting and all the associated environmental concerns. ValTek has produced commercial-sized parts and has a significant database in processing conditions and resulting physical properties.


Dainippon Ink, Showa Highpolymer on China Venture

02 March 2001

Dainippon Ink and Chemicals Inc. and Showa Highpolymer Co reached an agreement Tuesday to tie up in the production of polyester molding compounds in China.


JEC 2001 Composites Show

02 March 2001

The JEC 2000 was characterized by unprecedented levels of business and international activities, with 17,409 visitors and over 700 exhibitors. In 2000, 56% of visitors were from outside France and 85 countries were represented. The JEC Composites Show 2001 expects almost 800 exhibitors with, in particular, new materials, technologies and applications.