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News for 18 July 2000


Unsaturated Polyester Resin Price Increase

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Reichhold announced a price increase today of $ .03 per pound on all unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) products, effective for North American orders shipped on or after August 1, 2000. This increase is in addition to the $ .03 per pound increase announced in May which took effect June 5. “The raw materials situation resin suppliers are experiencing is without precedence,” says Alex Car, vice president of sales for Reichhold’s composites resin business in North America. “This industry saw extreme raw materials pricing pressures in 1994, but what we’ve absorbed in 2000 is without parallel. “Our raw material costs have skyrocketed this year, with virtually no relief,” Car continues. “Crude oil costs have risen to all-time highs (over $ 30 per barrel) as OPEC member nations have been much more disciplined than in the past several years, keeping production rates down, and driving costs up.

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Boeing-Invested Company Starts Construction in Tianjin

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A Sino-US company producing composite material parts for the aviation industry started construction work today in this north China port city. Three investors, Boeing, US Hexue, and the China Aviation Industry No.1 Group, shared the total investment of 52 million U.S. dollars. All the company’s raw materials will be imported, and all its products in the initial period will be sold abroad. The company, located in the Tanggu Maritime New and High-tech Zone of Tianjin, will be equipped with the most advanced production and testing equipment, and key engineering and management staff members will undergo training programs in the U.S. The quality test standard is to be introduced from Boeing. With registered capital of 20.01 million U.S. dollars, the first-stage construction site is some 6,000 sq m, and is expected to go into operation in July 2001. The annual sales volume is estimated at around 50 million U.S. dollars. Ken Yata, deputy CEO of Boeing, and Dave Tanonis, CEO of Hexue, attended today’s ceremony.

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Nigerian Master License Closes

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Composite Automobile Research Ltd. through its wholly owned subsidiary World Transport Authority Inc. (WTA), today announced that pursuant to the company’s news release of June 22, 2000, all documentation regarding the purchase of the Master License for the country of Nigeria has been signed by WTA and IMR Motors respectively. Upon signing of the Master License, SIGWA Motors Ltd. of Nigeria has agreed to purchase the first factory; scheduled for delivery early in the fourth quarter of 2000. The balance of payment for the purchase of this factory is in process. Production of the first WorldStar(R) vehicles is expected to occur in an expedited manner once the factory and components arrive on site in Nigeria. It is expected that this first factory will be used as a showcase and training facility for rapid expansion throughout Nigeria. Presently, WTA engineers and sales personnel are compiling a Nigerian vehicle specification list for approval and purchase by the Nigerian partners. Composite Automobile Research Ltd. and World Transport Authority Inc. serve the emerging world’s transportation needs through in country manufacturing facilities, utilizing local semi-skilled labour to produce the WorldStar(R) line of utility vehicles.

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Class Action Lawsuit against Manufacturers of High Pressure Laminates

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A class action lawsuit was filed on July 14, 2000 in Davidson County, Tennessee against Premark International, Inc., Wilsonart International, Inc., International Paper Company, Panolam Industries International, Inc., and Pioneer Plastics Corporation,harging the companies with price fixing in the high pressure laminate industry (HPL). HPL’s are used to make durable and impact-resistant decorative surfacing products, such as kitchen and ath countertops, eating surfaces, doors, lavatory dividers, desktops and work surfaces. The complaint alleges the defendants violated the Tennessee Trade Practices Act (“Antitrust statute”) and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act of 1977. The lawsuit is one of several which have been filed around the country against these companies, however, unlike those suits filed in federal courts on behalf only of “direct purchasers” of HDL, this suit is also brought on behalf of consumers in 16 states who have antitrust statutes similar to Tennessee which allow consumers, who are defined by law as “indirect purchasers” to bring suit for violations of those states’ antitrust laws. The lawsuit charges that the companies conspired to fix the prices for HPL’s causing consumers to pay supra-competitive prices.

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Cambridge Sells Assets, Shifts Focus to Completing Bankruptcy Proceedings

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Cambridge Industries’, Inc. Board of Directors confirmed yesterday that it has closed on the sale of substantially all of the company’s assets to Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc. of Dearborn, Michigan. This action clears the way for Cambridge to transfer ownership of the purchased assets to Meridian and to finalize all bankruptcy-related proceedings. Cambridge has been operating under bankruptcy protection since May 10, when the company voluntarily filed petitions under Chapter 11 to facilitate completion of the sale process. Following today’s closing, a small core of Cambridge management led by Don Campion, the company’s chief financial officer, will continue to oversee completion of remaining bankruptcy proceedings, including court-approved payments of secured and unsecured debt to Cambridge creditors. It is expected that most of the bankruptcy proceedings will be completed by the end of the year. Pepper Hamilton LLP will continue to serve the estate as bankruptcy counsel. “We are on track to obtain approval of our plan sometime during the 4th quarter,” said Don Campion. “Following that, we will begin making payments to each of the various classes of Cambridge creditors in accordance with our plan and with input from the creditors’ committee. We hope to pay the appropriate distributions to most of our creditors by yearend.” Headquartered in Madison Heights, Mich., Cambridge Industries was a Tier 1 plastic composites supplier to the automotive, light and commercial truck, and industrial products markets with facilities in the U.S., Canada, and South America. Meridian Automotive Systems is headquartered in Dearborn, Mich. and has 13 locations in Michigan, Indiana, Kansas and Tennessee. Meridian is a leading supplier of technologically advanced front and rear end modules, signal lighting, console modules, instrument panels and other interior systems to Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota and other major Tier 1 parts suppliers.

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DaimlerChrysler to Expand Use of Natural Fibers in Automotive Components

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DaimlerChrysler Corporation will equip the new Mercedes-Benz Travego travel coach with a natural fiber-reinforced engine and transmission cover as standard equipment, the first natural fiber-reinforced exterior vehicle component to go into series production. Use of natural fibers reduces weight by 10 percent and lowers the energy needed for production by 80 percent, while the cost of the component is five percent lower than the comparable fiberglass-reinforced component, according to Professor Heinrich Flegel, director of Production Technology at the DaimlerChrysler Research Center in Ulm, Germany. Professor Flegel made the announcement during a press conference for release of DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s 2000 Environmental Report. Over the last 10 years, DaimlerChrysler has continually developed new applications for natural fibers in vehicle production. Until now, use of flax, sisal, coconut fiber, otton and hemp has been limited to the interiors of DaimlerChrysler vehicles — in upholstery, door panelling or the rear panel shelf. DaimlerChrysler will also use natural fiber-reinforced materials in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to be built in East London, South Africa, beginning in August. The vehicle will be equipped with a sisal-reinforced rear panel shelf made of environmentally friendly raw materials from local suppliers. By combining sisal and cotton, the share of natural fibers in the component has been increased to more than 70 percent. Natural fibers are used in many automobiles produced by the Chrysler Group in the United States. Future uses of natural fibers were explored in the Concepts for Advanced Recycling and Environmental (CARE) Car project. Working with major suppliers, DaimlerChrysler developed new concepts with the goal of making new vehicles 95 percent recyclable in the next five years. In that project, natural fibers were used in door trim panel components, including the arm rest and map pocket. The new applications of natural fibers build on DaimlerChrysler’s experience in a project in Belem, Brazil. That project, which began in 1991, provides the local population with a stable, long-term source of income through the use of natural fibers, while reducing destruction of the rain forest. Since 1996, residents of the Amazon island of Marajo have been supplying headrests made of coconut fiber to Mercedes-Benz do Brasil. Today, the cooperative supplies approximately 2,500 headrests per month.

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Legal Actions to Halt Infringement of Cobra and Shelby Trademarks

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With backing from Shelby American Inc., its equity partner, Venture Nevada, and together with Ford Motor Company, automotive manufacturing and racing legend Carroll Shelby has launched an aggressive lawsuit in Massachusetts Federal Court against Wareham-based Factory Five Racing, Inc., asserting trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition claims. Ford has also filed a parallel lawsuit in the same court. The suit charges Factory Five with unlawful use of Ford and Shelby trademarks and other intellectual property rights. Factory Five, a rapidly growing, five year-old company, has manufactured and sold more than 1,000 counterfeit copies of the famous Shelby 427 S/C, according to the suit. Shelby contends that several large replica manufacturers, including Factory Five, seem determined to continue their counterfeiting operations, unless they are stopped by Federal Courts. The suit claims that Factory Five and others sell packages featuring bodies that copy Shelby’s famous roadster. Of critical importance to Shelby, the suit seeks an order to seize and destroy Factory Five’s fiberglass molds, which it uses to fabricate the 427 S/C knockoff. “According to Shelby, this lawsuit is the first of several which will target the largest knock-off manufacturers.

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Center Researchers Receive CMA/SME’s Outstanding Paper Award

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The 2000 CMA/SME TOP (The Outstanding Paper) was awarded to the University of Delaware’s CCM-affiliated team of postdoc E. Murat Sozer, Simon Bickerton (99PhDME–now on the faculty at the University of Auckland, New Zealand), and CCM Associate Director and Prof. Suresh G. Advani for “Use of Sensors and Simulations for Strategic Control of Liquid Composite Mold Filling Process.” The “TOP” Award was created in 1999 to recognize “knowledge and outstanding contributions of an individual in the composites manufacturing industry by preparing and presenting a paper at the Composites Manufacturing & Tooling Conference, CMA/SME’s flagship event.” Papers are judged on their technical contribution, application of engineering principles, originality, innovation, contribution to composites industry or technology, practical value and potential for implementation. The paper is featured on the SME website and can be viewed in pdf format at www.sme.org/cma/toppaper2000.pdf.

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National Emission Standards for Boat Manufacturing

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National emission standards are being proposed for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for new and existing boat manufacturing facilities. The processes regulated include fiberglass resin and gel coat operations, carpet and fabric adhesive operations, and aluminum boat painting operations. The EPA has identified boat manufacturing as a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), such as styrene, methyl methacrylate (MMA), methylene chloride (dichloromethane), toluene, xylenes, n-hexanes, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), and methyl chloroform (1,1,1-trichloroethane). These proposed standards will implement section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by requiring all major sources to meet HAP emission standards reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

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Programmed Composites, Inc. opens new composite satellite structure facility

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Programmed Composites, Inc (PCI) has opened a new 100,950 square foot facility in Corona, CA. The company has outgrown its 50,000 square foot Anaheim facility where it has been since 1995. The new facility in Corona features high bay ceilings throughout the composite panel and spacecraft structure assembly area, and is fully air conditioned, permitting outstanding flexibility in work cell placement and floorspace allocation. The company is investing several million dollars in new capital equipment for the new facility to increase composite panel size manufacturing capacity by over 50%. The addition of larger autoclave and machining capability along with increased clean room area for thermal surface preparation are just a few of the flexible options that the new state of the art facility permits. PCI was founded in 1976, and specializes in the design and fabrication of precision, lightweight, advanced omposite structures for the space industry. PCI fabricates complete composite spacecraft bus and payload structure modules, composite solar array substrate panels, antenna reflectors, embedded heat pipe panels, and many other custom and high volume composite structural elements for the space industry.

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