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News for April 2001


NetComposites Launches New Composites Information Web Site

1st April 2001 0 comments

The JEC Composites Show saw the launch of our unique new web-based information service on composite materials, http://www.netcomposites.com. This new industry portal gives the very latest composites news, events information and career opportunities alongside a forum for discussion on composites and a comprehensive 60-page guide to composites for those new to the subject. The web site also integrates six of the world’s most comprehensive composites stores, holding well over 500 books, videos, CDs, market reports, journals and software products, all on composites. The objective of the site is to educate and inform all those involved in composites, bringing together the best information to benefit the whole composites industry. The new on-line presence for NetComposites, goes part way towards our business objective of knowledge development and provision in composites. You can visit the new web site at http://www.netcomposites.com, or contact Gordon Bishop at NetComposites by phone on +44 7641 119898 or by email: gordon.bishop@netcomposites.com NetComposites is a unique, highly integrated web and offline business, developing and providing knowledge on composites. In addition to the web portal detailed here and this email newsletter, we also develop innovative technologies and generic knowledge for the composites industry, to enable the whole composites industry to be more competitive. NetComposites actively supports composites information and implementation in over 60 countries, and the synergy between its web and offline activities makes it one of the most knowledgeable companies in composites today.

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Phoenixx TPC Awarded Patent on its Thermo Brand Thermoplastic Composite Golf Shafts

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Phoenixx TPC, Inc has been notified by the US Patent & Trademark office that Phoenixx will be awarded the first of its patent applications to manufacture golf shafts using thermoplastic composite materials. Phoenixx TPC, a leading supplier of thermoplastic composite materials, is the first and currently the only company to have developed the technology to produce golf shafts from high performance thermoplastic composites. Phoenixx TPC is currently manufacturing and selling golf shafts using this technology at its Phoenixx Golf subsidiary in Vista, CA. This technology applies to tubular tapered products of various shapes, including but not limited to golf shafts. The process patent awarded pertains to the method necessary to manufacture nonlinear tapered tubular products from high performance thermoplastic composite materials. Phoenixx has several other patent applications and disclosures in process pertaining to other areas of this new material and manufacturing technology. David Park, President of Phoenixx TPC and co-inventor, explains, “”We were delighted to learn that the US Patent & Trademark Office agreed with us regarding the innovation of this new technology. Phoenixx is the first company in the world to develop the technology necessary to produce golf shafts from this new class of high performance thermoplastic composite materials””. Mr. Park added, “”There are currently over 8 pounds of thermoplastic resin manufactured in the US to every pound of thermoset resin, such as those used in today’s regular graphite shafts. What Phoenixx has accomplished is to take the materials that are overtaking every other industry in the US, and the world, and applied it to golf shafts. This is the natural evolution of resin technology throughout the world””. Michael Buck, Vice President of Sales & Marketing added, “”We have found that the use of Thermo-Composite materials in golf shafts helps improve shaft feel and provides the golfer with a more consistent shot, improved control and greater distance. Thermo shafts are gaining in use and popularity and are now available through the Orlimar and Titleist custom programs, as well as through major distributors, such as Golfsmith International””. In addition to golf shafts, Phoenixx TPC supplies its next generation Thermo-Lite thermoplastic composite materials into a variety of aerospace, military/defense, industrial and other sports applications. Contact: Michael Buck, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Phoenixx TPC, Inc. Tel: 508-977-9501, Fax: 508-977-9502

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Cytec Acquires Composites Business from 3M

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Cytec Industries Inc. has acquired the composite materials business of 3M in an asset purchase for cash. Other terms were not disclosed. The 3M composites business had 2000 sales of $15 million. “”Cytec Fiberite, a subsidiary of Cytec Industries, is the global leader in advanced aerospace composites and adhesives,”” said David Lilley, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cytec. “”Our aerospace composites portfolio will be enhanced by the complementary technologies and aircraft qualifications that we are acquiring from 3M. In addition, Cytec will acquire a position in the industrial composite market sector which will strengthen our other non-aerospace composites business.”” “”Cytec Fiberite is a recognized leader in advanced composite materials, serving all sectors of the aerospace market,”” said Rosa Miller, General Manager of 3M’s Adhesives Division. “”We have built a good business with products our customers need. Now, under Cytec Fiberite, they will continue to be supplied composites without interruption. We have new opportunities in the electronics, aerospace and industrial markets for our Adhesive Division products. Our resources will be used to strengthen our core competencies as well as pursue higher growth opportunities.”” Cytec Industries is a global technology leader in specialty chemicals and specialty materials with sales in 2000 of $1.5 billion of which Cytec Fiberite’s sales were $415 million. Cytec’s growth strategies are based on developing technologically advanced customer solutions for global markets including: plastics, industrial coatings, mining, water treatment and aerospace. Cytec is in the S&P Mid-cap 400 Index. 3M is a diversified manufacturing company with 2000 sales of over $16 billion. 3M has operations in over 60 countries and employs more than 74,000 people worldwide. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., 3M is an innovative supplier that focuses on six markets: Industrial; Consumer; Health Care; Transportation, Safety and Graphics; and, Specialty Materials Markets. Innovation and the creation of new products stem from 30 technology platforms such as: adhesives; abrasives; non-woven materials; microreplication; drug-delivery systems; and medical-surgical supplies.

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Rensselaer creates center for nanotechnology research

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center that will integrate research, education, and technology commercialization through partnerships with government and industry. Headed by Richard W. Siegel, the Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, the Center will focus on creating novel materials and devices that could, for example, create more effective drug delivery systems in the human body, stronger and more durable plastics, enable high capacity energy and information storage devices, and produce flame-retardant plastics for planes and automobiles, as well as other important applications. Nanotechnology uses clusters of molecules and atoms to make nanometer (billionth of a meter) size building blocks for new materials. These blocks have different properties than larger sizes of the same materials, such as electrical conductivity, optical properties, and mechanical strength. These materials can therefore be used for many new applications. The ability to control the pattern of the building blocks of materials has resulted in advances like mirrors that do not fog, more effective sunscreens, and wear-resistant coatings for eyeglass lenses. Research areas of the Center include advanced materials and coatings, biosciences and biotechnology, nanoelectronics, microelectronics, and nanosystems. In addition, a new research effort on potential socioeconomic impacts will be initiated to understand the impact of nanotechnology on industry and society. Some of the Center’s activities in nanobiotechnology may be housed in the planned biotechnology building slated for construction on the Troy campus. Contact: Patricia Azriel Tel: +1 518 276 6098

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TieTek Agreement With Owens Corning and ISCO

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Owens Corning and TieTek, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of North American Technologies Group, Inc. intend to jointly market TieTek technology, railroad crossties and other composite lumber products for the Indian market.

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Goodrich and SIA Engineering Jointly Repair and Overhaul Aerostructures

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The BFGoodrich Company signed an agreement with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) finalizing a strategic alliance to repair and overhaul aircraft nacelles, thrust reversers, and pylons. Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, SIAEC acquired 30% of the shares of the BFGoodrich Aerostructures & Aviation Services Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, Rohr Aero Services-Asia (RASA). SIAEC also has an option to acquire a further 10% equity share of RASA, subject to certain conditions. RASA was incorporated in Singapore in 1995 and operates a 60,000-square-foot maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Singapore’s Loyang aerospace hub. RASA performs repair work for over 30 airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. This customer base includes such carriers as Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Cathay Pacific Airways. RASA has the capability to repair and overhaul nacelle, pylon, and thrust reverser components for virtually all Airbus Industrie and Boeing aircraft. The joint venture agreement was signed today in Singapore by SIAEC President and Chief Operating Officer Mervyn Sirisena and Aerostructures & Aviation Services Group President Bud Wetzler. Goodrich’s Aerostructures Aftermarket Services Vice President and General Manager Bob Gustafson also represented BFGoodrich at the signing ceremony. “”This joint venture with SIA Engineering Company allows us to enter into a strategically important alliance with one of the Asia Pacific region’s largest providers of MRO services,”” said Wetzler. “”This solidifies our position as the premier nacelle/thrust reverser MRO center in the Pacific Rim.”” “”RASA’s aerostructures repair and overhaul facility is a key addition to our ‘Total Support’ capability, which will further our ability to provide customers with comprehensive and integrated services,”” said SIAEC President & Chief Operating Officer Mervyn Sirisena. “”This partnership with Goodrich is our 15th joint venture and is in keeping with SIA Engineering Company’s strategy of allying ourselves with reputable OEMs who are at the forefront of technology in their respective areas of expertise. We are proud to partner with Goodrich, which is renowned for its technical excellence and quality, and are confident that RASA will become a leader in repair and overhaul of aircraft composite components in the Asia Pacific Region.”” Under the terms of the joint venture, the Aerostructures & Aviation Services Group will retain management control of RASA with its current leadership team, headed by General Manager Ken Tan. A joint Board of Directors will be created to manage overall oversight of the facility. This Board will consist of seven directors – five appointed by BFGoodrich and two by SIAEC. SIA Engineering Company, a listed subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is a provider of comprehensive aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. It provides line maintenance and technical ground handling, as well as airframe and component repair and overhaul services, for Singapore Airlines and more than 70 other airlines. SIAEC also offers a comprehensive range of engine, aircraft, and engine component repair and overhaul services through its 15 joint ventures with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers. With 2000 sales of $4.4 billion, The BFGoodrich Company is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services, as well as sealing and compressor systems and other engineered industrial products. BFGoodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the most admired aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine’s Platinum List of America’s best big companies. The company has its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, and employs 23,000 people worldwide. The company’s Aerostructures & Aviation Services Group designs, integrates, manufactures, sells, and supports aircraft engine nacelle and pylon systems for large commercial aircraft. The group also provides a broad range of other specialized aerostructures for commercial, military, and space applications.

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Raytheon Premier I Business Jet Certified by FAA

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Raytheon Aircraft was awarded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification on Friday, March 23 for its new Premier I six-passenger, entry-level business jet.

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SP Systems Launches New Sprint Moulding Material

2nd April 2001 0 comments

At JEC 2001 SP Systems is demonstrating its new SPRINT composite moulding system by exhibiting a complete Ultima Car. This car uses SPRINT- SP Resin Infusion Technology – a unique material and processingtechnology, for all of its lightweight bodywork. SPRINT allows aerospace-quality glass and carbon fibre components to be manufactured at high production rates andwith considerably reduced cost. SPRINT produces these composite componentswith extremely high mechanical properties, yet with very low void contents (0-0.5%). SPRINT materials consist of a layer of dry fibre reinforcement either side of a pre-cast, precatalysed resin film. SPRINT materials are highly drapeable and so are easily laid up even in complex moulds. When a vacuum is applied, the dry nature of the reinforcement enables air in the fibre bundles, between layers and on the mould surface to be easily removed. When the temperature is raised for the cure the resin film softens, flows into the air-free reinforcement and yields a lightweight composite component with high fibre content and excellent surface finish. SPRINT materials are also in use in the new Ronart Lightning launched at the UK’s Motor Show at the end of 2000. During the initial design stage of the Lightning, Ronart contacted SP Systems for advice on the composite technology planned for the car. A carbon body shell was an ambitious project requiring a material and production route that gave fast manufacture of parts, a surface finish suitable for painting after little or no finishing and all in a cost effective manner.

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YLA Cellular Products to Become Ultracor Incorporated

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Specialty composite honeycomb producer YLA Cellular Products will become Ultracor Incorporated. Announced at the JEC Composites Show, this change will become effective July 1, 2001. Michael Fellman, the company’s founder and President, says, “”This is really the beginning of a new era. We have been producing advanced core materials under the trade name of Ultracor since 1995. Our mission is simply to develop and produce the best honeycomb materials in the world and the name Ultracor Incorporated is a better reflection of that purpose.”” The company offers composite Ultracor$ honeycomb and other core materials fabricated from Carbon Fiber, Carbon-Carbon, Quartz, and other fibers with customer specified resin systems. Ultracor@ materials have earned the confidence of worldwide manufacturers of space hardware and have a successful and extensive space heritage. For additional information contact Wally Hansen at 01-925-454-3010 or by e-mail

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Infrastructure Composites Report-2001

2nd April 2001 0 comments

Composites are expected to grow at a rate of at least 35% in Infrastructure Applications, according to a market survey report just completed by Composites Worldwide, Inc. Strongest growth should come in FRP bridges, CFRP repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete structures, and several other sectors studied. The global building, utilities, and constructed environment market is changing rapidly. The deterioration of the infrastructure due to corrosion, aging, weather, accident, under-design, and damaging events like earthquakes is leading to increased opportunities for new materials and structures. Budget constraints and disruption to infrastructure users increasingly force the search for new solutions. Systems designs are altering who does what, and with what material and what process. New technologies, such as vacuum assisted resin transfer molding, high-speed pultrusion, filament winding, engineered fabrics, low-cost fibers, and other developments, are altering old competitive material relationships. Composites now are recognized as offering the possibility of displacing other materials – steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, and more. Responding to these changes, Composites Worldwide conducted this market study to present the big picture and real perspective on some of the most significant developments in the world, from the viewpoint of biased observers. The new study is organized in a way that helps readers to see the opportunities – and see the competitive threats – stemming from these new developments

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