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ACG Prepregs Used in ALMA Radio Telescope Antenna Dish

11 October 2011

MTM57 Series prepregs and ZPREG product formats from Advanced Composites Group (ACG) are being used to build the collector dishes for the Atacama Large Millimetre Array's (ALMA) antennas.

According to ACG, nine years after initial construction commenced and only seven years since they started collaborative development and testing, the array is now recording unbelievable events that mankind has never seen before. They say that images released by ALMA, taken using just 12 antennae in the total array, shows a collision of two galaxies know as the ‘Antenna Galaxies'.

ACG explain that since receiving the initial materials supply contract for the manufacture of the first 25 collector dishes almost 5 years ago, they are delighted that they are still actively engaged in this project as the materials supplier for 50 dishes.

ACG will be demonstrating their capabilities with Umeco Composites on the National Composites Centre (NCC) stand in the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) zone at Innovate 11. This event is being held in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London on Tuesday 11th November 2011.

Jon Mabbitt, Managing Director Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) said "We are delighted to be part of this event. It presents Umeco companies with the opportunity to network and demonstrate our ongoing investment in research and development of new and innovative materials to a receptive and progressive audience of businesses operating in Umeco Composites core markets. Close contact with academia, other businesses and Government forms part of the foundation of Umeco's business strategy, and has led to significant growth in our portfolio of innovative products. We are looking forward to engaging with like-minded professionals from all market sectors."

ACG will also be exhibiting on the Umeco Composites Stand D18 in Pavilion 6 at the JEC Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore between the 18th and 20th October, where they will display a range of motorcycle components produced by motorcycle parts manufacturer Blackstone Tek (BST) of South Africa.





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