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News for September 2000


Pipelife in Chinese plastic pipe joint venture

5th September 2000 0 comments

Pipelife, the joint venture between Solvay SA and Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG, said it has signed an agreement with China’s Changzhou Reinforced Plastics Factory (CRPF) for the creation of a new plastic pipe business in China – Changzhou Pipelife Reinforced Plastics Pipe Co Ltd. Pipelife will own 65 pct of the capital and contribute its Shanghai plant, while CRPF will own the remaining 35 pct of the capital and contribute with its international standard Changzhou facilities. “The new company will benefit from Pipelife’s technical expertise and from CRPF’s share of the fast-growing pipes and fittings market in the Shanghai area,” Wienerberger said. Shanghai’s pipe market has grown by over 20 pct annually over the past three years and is expected to continue to expand at the same pace in upcoming years, Wienerberger said

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Oakley Releases D1 Digital Sports Watch

5th September 2000 0 comments

Oakley, Inc. today announced the release of D1(TM), its first digital sports watch. The timepiece features an expanded memory core, a proprietary software engine and further innovations that were developed specifically for the training requirements of sports professionals. Oakley engineered D1’s casing with a matrix of aramid fiber and resin.

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Micarta Introduces BRASS Ballistic-Resistant Armor Panels

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Micarta announced the introduction of BRASS ballistic-resistant armor panels. This unique, highly effective fiberglass laminate is specially formulated for bullet-resistant architectural and building projects. Micarta BRASS is manufactured utilizing a unique, patent-pending design and manufacturing process. It is the only Class 1-A smoke- and fire-rated projectile-resistant fiberglass building material commercially available. BRASS laminate is ideally suited for under-the-counter or wall applications within government structures where effective ballistic protection is desired, including public buildings, postal facilities, courtrooms and judges’ benches. It is equally well-suited for a wide range of commercial applications, such as bank teller stations, drive-through windows, gas stations and convenience stores, hotels lobbies, plus corporate offices

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Exponent Engineer Receives Fracture Mechanics Medal From ASTM

5th September 2000 0 comments

Exponent, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stephen W. Hopkins, P.E., Senior Managing Engineer at Exponent, has been awarded the 2000 Fracture Mechanics Medal by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E-08 Committee on Fatigue and Fracture. The award recognizes significant contributions that have exerted a profound, positive effect on the development of the scientific discipline of fracture mechanics. Mr. Hopkins is only the tenth person in the history of ASTM to receive this award. Mr. Hopkins performs research in the areas of fracture, fatigue, creep, stress corrosion, and test method development of plastics, metals, and reinforced composites. Exponent, Inc., is a multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and business consultants performing in-depth investigations in more than 50 technical disciplines. The company’s services involve investigating and analyzing failures and accidents to determine their causes and prevention and evaluating and solving complex human health and environmental issues.

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U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. Announces Appointment

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U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp., announced that Thomas M. McEvoy has been appointed President of U.S. Plastic Lumber, Ltd., USPL’s Plastic Division located in Chicago, IL. USPL recently announced a restructuring and realignment of its Plastic Division and that it was conducting a search for a new President. McEvoy will join USPL as President of U.S. Plastic Lumber, Ltd., which manufactures plastic lumber, packaging and other value added products from recycled plastic. Mark S. Alsentzer, Chairman, CEO and President of USPL, said, “We are very pleased to have recruited a individual with such an outstanding track record in the building products industry. Tom will bring an enormous amount of experience and a new vitality to our company. His many years of experience, both nationally and internationally, will be a tremendous addition to our management team.” “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join USPL in this stage of their development. I see a tremendous opportunity to apply my experience and capabilities to an organization with such exciting and environmentally friendly products,” added McEvoy. Alsentzer added, “We believe the new organizational structure and the addition of Tom McEvoy will permit USPL to expand its national distribution network for plastic and composite products.” USPL develops beneficial re-use options and end-product solutions for distinct types of waste streams. The company has two main business lines: the manufacture of plastic lumber, packaging and other value added products from recycled plastic, and the operation of interrelated environmental recycling services. USPL is the nation’s largest producer of recycled plastic lumber.

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Avcorp Industries Inc – Third Quarter Fiscal 2000 Results

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Avcorp Industries Inc. announced results for the 3rd quarter ended June 30, 2000. Revenues increased 8.6% for the quarter and 4.3% year to date. The Company reports a 3rd quarter loss of $8,471,000 as compared to a loss of $357,000 last year. The Integrated Products Division, with locations in Laval and Granby, Quebec, is profitable, growing and winning new orders. However, its profits are more than offset by losses at the Aerostructures Division located in Delta, BC. In June, the Aerostructures Division and the Corporate Office were restructured to focus more on reducing program costs while maintaining delivery and quality requirements. The restructuring, which reduced the number of employees at the Company’s Delta, BC facility by 45 people, decreases annual operating costs by approximately $2.0 million. In addition, close attention is also been given to all aspects of cash management. Management is continuing to focus its efforts in five key areas and expects reductions in annual costs of a further $2.2 million by the end of the fourth quarter. John Nicholson, President and CEO, states, “We remain committed to our strategy of becoming a large, high-quality, low-cost supplier of complex parts and assemblies to the aircraft manufacturing industry. We have the facilities, equipment and high-caliber people who I believe will continue to make the necessary commitments. We are taking actions to be profitable. Our order backlog is strong, the fourth quarter will benefit from the cost-reduction actions taken in the third quarter and we are optimistic about substantially-improved results in the first quarter of fiscal 2001.” Avcorp Industries Inc. is a Canadian aerospace industry manufacturer. The Company is a single-source supplier for design, machining, fabrication and assembly of metal, composite and plastic components for global aerospace markets and comprises of two divisions: Aerostructures Division in British Columbia and the Integrated Products Division in Quebec.

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Lincoln Composites Receives Contract From Boeing

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Advanced Technical Products, Inc. announced that its Lincoln Composites division has received a follow-on contract from The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO. for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) III production of 90 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet external fuel tanks. Deliveries will begin in late 2000 and will be complete in 2001. The 480 gallon fuel tank is fabricated as an all-composite structure which results in a lightweight configuration that meets stringent survivability requirements imposed by the U.S. Navy. The inner fuel permeation barrier and outer structural shell is fabricated by a process called filament winding. The inner layer consists of fiberglass impregnated with an epoxy resin specifically formulated by Lincoln Composites for fuel compatibility. The outer layer consists of a carbon/fiberglass hybrid impregnated with another epoxy resin. The outer layer is the primary structural component of the fuel tank. Lincoln Composites’ President, Rick Rashilla said “We have worked very hard to secure the production of the 480 gallon external fuel tank for the Super Hornet. Our efforts have been rewarded by The Boeing Company’s selection of Lincoln Composites for the fabrication, integration, and acceptance testing of the external fuel tank. The Super Hornet is a well funded and well received program and it is our pleasure to be a part of such a prestigious program. Our fuel tank design has been validated during flight tests and has been subjected to rigorous structural loading in our in-house test facility. The 480 gallon external fuel tank production will compliment our other aircraft and helicopter fuel tanks presently in production.” It was also announced that Lincoln Composite’s new Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fuel tank manufacturing facility is fully operational. This new facility has over 55,000 square feet which is more than twice the area of the previous manufacturing facility and provides the capacity to meet the growing demand for lightweight NGV tanks. In addition to the increase in manufacturing capacity, the move has enabled manufacturing support functions, and product sales and marketing to be located in the same facility as the manufacturing operation. Advanced Technical Products Inc.’s other divisions include Marion Composites, Intellitec, Alcore, and Lunn Industries. The Company is one of very few with the ability to utilize multiple processes, such as autoclave lamination, filament winding, resin transfer molding, and metal bonding. Using these processes, the Company produces products for the aerospace and defense markets as well as for commercial applications including oil and gas tubulars and pressure vessels for Natural Gas Vehicles.

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Optare Alero sets new standards in small bus sector

5th September 2000 0 comments

The Optare Alero unveiled this week sets new standards in the small bus sector which typically serves local authority, rural, dial-a-ride and community requirements. Principal features of the new purpose-designed Alero include a 16 passenger capability, ultra low floor height, innovative one-piece colour-impregnated composite body and a competitive price structure. When they set out last year to begin work on the concept study which would become the Alero, Optare’s design team faced two tremendous challenges: of packaging and price. They knew that, for the vehicle to succeed, it had to offer the advanced levels of passenger comfort and accessibility which larger Optare vehicles feature within an extremely confined space and at a cost which budget-conscious local authorities and other customers could afford. For the body the team recognised that fast developing composite materials technology might be able to provide a solution which would be both cost effective and would offer significant operator benefits. The result is a one-piece, colour impregnated shell (five colours are offered although, at extra cost, the body can be painted to suit particular requirements). A stainless roll frame is incorporated during the moulding process which is designed to achieve the ECE R66 rollover regulation. The advanced material offers both high strength and total resistance to corrosion. A light-weight thermo-composite floor is fitted.

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AMTT invites researchers on aerospace-materials funded by EC

14th September 2000 0 comments

The Aerospace Materials Technology Testhouse infrastructure provides support to researchers and research teams working in the field of aerospace & space materials technology. Access to all facilities of the AMTT is provided free of charge, including all infrastructural, logistical, technical and scientific support. Subsistence and travelling costs are reimbursed. The administrative procedure is very simple, only a short outline of the planned activities is needed. AMTT is responsible for all purposes, i.e. there is no contact to EC necessary. Application Forms can be downloaded. The AMTT offers a wide spectrum of test facilities for materials development and characterisation of high standard, some of them regarded as rare and in specific aspects unique. These facilities are used for R&D programs conducted for ESA (ESA materials testhouse) as well as for national and international (aero)space industries. Due to this background an efficient support to research teams and individual researchers using the AMTT infrastructure can be given. Researchers are invited to submit proposals until 13th November 2000 (For details see internet site http://www.arcs.ac.at/amtt) The Aerospace Materials Technology Testhouse (AMTT) is located in the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, approx. 30 km south of Vienna, Austria. It is a Major Research Infrastructure (former large scale facility) in the framework of the “Improving the Human Research Potential and Socio-Economic Knowledge program” financed by the European Community.

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North American Composites Announces Vice President Of Administration

14th September 2000 0 comments

Mark Brost, Vice President and General Manager of North American Composites announced today that John Wallenfelsz has joined North American Composites in the newly created position of Vice President of Administration. John returns to NAC where he started his career in 1989 as a sales representative at IDG, NAC’s predecessor company. For the last eight years he has held the position of Director of Manufacturing for the Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division. The creation of this position is another example of NAC’s commitment to continue to invest in staff, facilities and information systems to improve service to our customers. We are a national distribution company focusing on “Delivering Performance” on a local level. NAC represents over 60 suppliers to the composites and cast polymer industries.

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