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3TEX & TPI Sign Strategic Alliance at SAMPE Show

11 May 2001

3TEX has signed a strategic alliance with TPI Composites, where TPI Composites will exclusively evaluate a new family of 3TEX 3WEAVE™ preforms in the manufacture of wind turbine blades and in other product applications.

“The SAMPE show is a very fitting environment to announce our strategic partnership with TPI Composites,” said Brad Lienhart, CEO of 3TEX, Inc. “Many significant product and technology advancements will be announced over the next few days. TPI Composites is a major player in this industry and we are thrilled to be working with them on this cutting-edge new project.” TPI Composites has extensive experience in designing and manufacturing wind blades using its proprietary SCRIMP resin consolidation technology. SCRIMP is a patented resin infusion process being used by TPI to build a wide range of products including wind turbine blades, boats and transportation systems.

As wind turbine blades grow in length, the stresses and performance requirements call for the most advanced preform structures and resin consolidation technology. 3TEX has unique, proprietary 3 dimensional preform manufacturing technology, sold under the trademark 3WEAVE™, which can greatly improve wind blade durability and performance.

TPI Composites is renewing its commitment to the fast growing wind energy global market and the challenge of building longer and stronger blades. According to a recent study by BTM Consult ApS, the wind energy market is forecast to grow at 30% per year for the next five years. “Our net shape wind blade 3WEAVE™ preforms can be made any length and are designed to drop right into the mold,” commented Lienhart. “3WEAVE preforms, with straight fiber pathways, are ideally suited for consolidation using the TPI SCRIMP process.”

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