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Surface Transforms Moves into CFRC Aircraft Brakes Market

07 May 2004

Surface Transforms is moving into the aircraft brake market in a joint development programme with Dunlop Aerospace.

Managing director Julio Faria stated earlier this week that ""the pace of the carbon fibre reinforced ceramic (CFRC) brake development programme with Dunlop Aerospace has accelerated in recent months and Surface Transforms is well placed to achieve further penetration of the aircraft braking market. The target date for the first certification flight of the designated commercial airliner is scheduled for 2006.""

The Company is in the second half of its initial development programme with the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the Directors believe that progress to date has been very satisfactory.

The Company is also at an advanced stage of negotiations with a leading European supplier of automotive brakes with regard to the entering into of an agreement for the joint development and supply of CFRC brake discs and pads. This agreement will provide for the design, testing and supply of CFRC brake discs and pads for use on a prestige model range of one of Europe's leading passenger car manufacturers.

During March 2004, the UK Ministry of Defence confirmed that it intends to enter into an initial development contract with the Company to assess the suitability of CFRC as a ballistic protective barrier in infantry body armour and as an anti ballistic 'skin' for armoured personnel carriers and weapon platforms.






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