07 May 2004
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.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.