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News for 27 September 2000


Ashland Names Matson Plant Manager at Neville Island

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Ashland Specialty Chemical Company’s Petrochemical Division has named D. Jack Matson plant manager at the company’s Neville Island, Pa., facility. In his new role, Matson will be responsible for all aspects of the plant’s maleic anhydride and polyester operations, which serve Ashland Specialty Chemical’s Petrochemical and Composite Polymers divisions, respectively. Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries including adhesives, automotive, composites, foundry, merchant marine, paint, paper, plastics, and semiconductor. Visit our Internet web site at www.ashspec.com to learn more about these operations.

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Scaled Technology Works Receives PMA for DC-8 Component

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Scaled Technology Works of Montrose, Colorado has received a Parts Manufacturer Authority (PMA) for the first of several DC-8 components being certified by the company. The PMA is for a 20-inch wide by 90-inch long by 5/8-inch thick wing trailing-edge panel that the company has redesigned from aluminum to advanced composite construction. The PMA is an authorization by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) that the composite component can be used as a replacement for the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) aluminum panel. STW has used its composite design experience and full analysis capabilities to develop low-cost, high-performance alternatives to expensive, outdated, or unavailable aircraft components. Under the trademarked name, FiberSpares(TM), PMA composite components feature high-technology reinforced materials and advanced construction techniques that provide a low-cost alternative to OEM spares. One construction method used for FiberSpares(TM) is a proprietary, tailorable grid-stiffened structure that improves damage tolerance and resists moisture ingression. This technology offers many benefits for the DC-8 trailing edge panel over the aluminum OEM construction, and for a replacement for conventional aramid honeycomb core composite components. STW used FiberCote’s E765 fiberglass/epoxy and graphite/epoxy prepreg materials in the DC-8 panel. Pre-approved design allowables permitted STW to minimize FAA certification time and costs. The DC-8 panel is the first product line within STW’s Composite Aircraft Spare Parts with Enhanced Reliability (CASPER) program. Other PMA parts the company expects to manufacture will range from small panels such as access doors and control surfaces, to large structures such as wing-to-body fairings and complex flap track fairings. “Initially focusing on DC-8 aircraft, we expect to quickly move into other aircraft,” said Paul Oppenheim, Scaled Technology Works’ business development manager. “Considering the age of the aircraft we’re targeting, coupled with the innovations we employ in advanced composite technology, there is a considerable market for this product. FiberSpares(TM) offer operators the opportunity to reduce maintenance costs, thus extending the life of aircraft for both commercial and military applications.” STW designs, produces and delivers fully integrated composite structural components, major assemblies and complete aircraft. The company’s primary market focus encompasses the general aviation, commercial and military aircraft industries. STW is a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE: PCP) of Portland, Oregon. For further information on FiberSpares(TM), contact Ric Rasmussen, at 970-252-3020 or email to rrasmussen@scaled-works.com. For further information on STW, visit the company’s web site http://www.scaled-works.com

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New IBM ThinkPad Models Incorporate Latest Technologies

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IBM today introduced the newest ThinkPad* A Series and ThinkPad T Series models featuring the latest core technologies to drive performance improvements, larger hard drives and a common set of shared options and accessories with existing ThinkPad A Series, T Series and X Series models. The computers incorporate Titanium & Composite materials.

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Carbon fiber Dominant in Anhui

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Carbon fiber development and production has been listed as one of the 10 dominant industries for foreign investment in Anhui, gurther to the previous listing for Jiangxi.

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Reichhold in Agreement to Purchase South African Resin Manufacturer

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Officials at Reichhold, Inc. announced that the company has signed an agreement to acquire NCS Resins (NCS), a manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and gelcoats based in South Africa. It is anticipated that the effective date of the sale will be December 1, subject to meeting all of the conditions of the sale and the approval of the boards of both companies as well as the Competition authorities. Terms of the acquisition were not released. “Pursuing the purchase of NCS is simply one more example of our global commitment to the polyester resin industry,” commented Yoshi Kawashima, Chairman and CEO, Reichhold, Inc. “The acquisition of NCS will provide us with key manufacturing capabilities on the African continent, and afford existing NCS customers with access to expanded, leading technology from Reichhold.” NCS Resins has held technology-licensing agreements with Reichhold for a number of years. With annual revenues of approximately $25 million (USD), NCS is Africa’s largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), which are used in the manufacture of fiberglass products such as roof sheeting, bakkie canopies, boats, tanks and piping, and gelcoats. NCS is a subsidiary of Sentrachem, which is wholly owned by The Dow Chemical Company. eichhold with its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, is a leading manufacturer of adhesives coating resins, polyester resins and synthetic latex emulsions for the coatings, adhesives, plastics, paper, textile, carpet, construction, transportation, marine and graphic arts markets. With manufacturing operations throughout North America, South America and Europe, the company has annual sales of $1.2 billion. Founded in 1927, Reichhold is a subsidiary of Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (Tokyo, 4631), the world’s largest producer of printing inks and polyester resins. Product bulletins and MSDS are available at Reichhold’s website,

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FANUC Robotics Introduces P-200T And AccuChop at Composites 2000

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FANUC Robotics North America, Inc. is introducing its new P-200T robot and AccuChop software at Composites 2000 Conference and Tradeshow at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Booth #612 (shared with Robotic Production Technology). The FANUC Robotics P-200T is an overhead, rail-mounted, six-axis paint robot that integrates the industry’s most advanced process equipment to enhance the gelcoat and chopped fiberglass application. The P-200T, designed for the fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) industry, is a feasible replacement for manual sprayers. The P-200T is aimed at the bathwares and marine industries. The first unit will be installed in December 2000. The P-200T integrates FANUC Robotics’ AccuChop software, a closed loop fluid delivery system that automatically calculates flow rates, providing consistent material delivery and high finish quality. FANUC Robotics North America, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures innovative robots and robotic systems that impact business performance for global customers. FANUC Robotics, headquartered in Rochester Hills, Mich., is the robotics industry leader. A subsidiary of FANUC Ltd. in Japan, the company has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte, N.C; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Toledo, Ohio; Toronto; Montreal; Mexico City; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. http://www.fanucrobotics.com

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Flame Seal Signs Agreement With Strongwell

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Flame Seal Products Inc. and Strongwell Corporation have signed a five year agreement that grants Strongwell exclusive rights to use Flame Seal’s fire protective chemicals and coatings to create superior fire resistant products for the fiberglass pultrusion markets, so long as Strongwell uses only Flame Seal’s products in that market. Strongwell Corporation, with corporate headquarters in Bristol, Va., is the world’s largest pultruder of fiberglass reinforced composite structural shapes and plate, and the nation’s largest precaster of polymer concrete products. At this time, Flame Seal is assisting with in-house laboratory testing of its coatings on Strongwell’s fiberglass parts for a number of “first-target” markets. The two companies will work in cooperation with each other in the obtaining of testing, qualifications and certifications necessary to sell pultruded parts and/or structures coated with or containing Flame Seal’s coatings and/or chemicals, to the markets of Strongwell Corporation.

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IMSA Ponders Spanish Fiberglass Factory

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Mexican steelmaker IMSA will begin marketing fiberglass sheeting in Spain and exporting the product from Spain to France, Italy and other European countries, said Benjamin Clariond, director of IMSA subsidiary Imsatec. The plan is reportedly a joint venture with Spanish company Uralita. Clariond said the first phase in the project would be marketing and distribution of the fiberglass sheeting in Europe, after which IMSA would determine whether to build a manufacturing plant in Spain, in partnership with a European company. “Our decision to enter the market in that way will depend on the acceptance of the product after we begin selling it,” he said.

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Ameron International Reports Strong Third-Quarter Earnings

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Ameron International Corporation today reported results for the third quarter ended August 31, 2000: Earnings per diluted share totaled $2.02 on sales of $133.1 million, compared to earnings of $1.98 per share on sales of $138.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 1999. James Marlen, Ameron’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Ameron’s third-quarter performance was encouraging, matching expectations and the strong prior-year results. Solid performances by the Fiberglass-Composite Pipe and Infrastructure Products Groups and joint ventures in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia contributed to Ameron’s strong third-quarter earnings.” The Fiberglass-Composite Pipe Group had higher sales and income in the third quarter due to the demand for oil field piping and the continued strength of Ameron’s Asian operations.

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Brazil : Amanco invests

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Amanco (Switzerland) controller of Akzos, and Fortilit, has acquired G-Tec, a plastic pipes company based at Ipeuna, Sao Paulo state. The plan is to supply reinforced resin pipes for the Brazilian water and sewage sectors, which moves R$1bil per year, and has Tigre as its major player. From 2001 onwards the expectation is a 10% growth per year in this sector. According to the development bank BNDES (Banco Nacional deDesenvolvimento Economico e Social) water and sewage sector will receive investments of R$40bil over the next 10 years. Amanco did not reveal the value of the deal.

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