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News for February 2002


Resin Infusion Bow in Reichhold Booth at IBEX ’02

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Reichhold, Inc. will showcase a three-foot-wide by five-foot-tall bow section from Sonic USA Boats at the IBEX boat building show. The bow section was constructed using Reichhold’s Hydrex 100-HF, a 100% vinyl ester resin developed for vacuum infusion processes. Sonic uses Reichhold’s low-styrene Hydrex 100-HF resins throughout its high-performance line of boats. The Sonic bow in the Reichhold booth will be open so that boat builders can see the results of the resin infusion process using Hydrex 100-HF. See it at booth (#1613) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, February 6-8. A full-sized SONIC will appear in the BALTEK booth as well. Reichhold has also appointed Gary Krall as president and CEO, with the retirement of Yoshi Kawashima, current chairman and CEO, effective March 1. Krall currently serves as president and COO. Kawashima will serve as adviser to Reichhold’s Board of Directors through June while he will continue his responsibilities as chairman and CEO for DIC Imaging Products and as senior vice president for DIC International. As president and CEO, Krall will report to Reichhold’s Board of Directors in Tokyo, Japan. Krall’s emphasis will be on strengthening Reichhold’s global position in its composites and coating and performance resins businesses to make the company stronger and more competitive.

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Focus on Automotive at JEC 2002

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JEC SA has set up two meetings at the JEC Composites Show 2002 (April 9-10-11, 2002) that will focus on the Automotive Industry. One is an Automotive Forum and the other, an Automotive Exhibition. The Automotive Forum will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 10am to 12pm. It will focus on Automotive Design and Composites. The Forum will start with an overview of composite solutions in the automotive field (key advantages and key applications), before proposing a series of case studies that focus on design. Car manufacturers will express their present and future needs and how these affect the design component. Each will also elaborate on one of the challenges facing them and explain how it has been met, from design to production. During the 3 days of the JEC Composites Show 2002, the Automotive Exhibition will present cars, concept cars and automotive composite parts. Visitors will be able to discover the innovative applications in the automotive field, including the brand new Renault Vel Satis and the full-scale model of an all-composites car. The main objective of the Automotive Design & Composites Forum and the Exhibition is to highlight the major automotive markets for composites applications. It will also be possible to meet end users and processors at both meetings, which have been organized in co-operation with representatives from the automotive industry. With 760 exhibitors and more than 18,800 visitors in 2001, the JEC Composites Show has definitely proved to be the leading international rendezvous for the composite sector. The JEC Composites Show is a place to discover new technology trends and innovations. It is also a business crossroads devoted to end markets.

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Automotive Adhesives Positioned for Strong Growth

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The ability of adhesives to bond dissimilar materials such as aluminum, polymer composites, and steels to form large automotive structures will be a key driving force in the growth of automotive adhesives. Propelled by the need to make vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, industry groups comprised of materials suppliers and vehicle OEMs are pursuing aggressive design goals that will have a dramatic effect on the materials content of new cars and trucks. These initiatives, such as the PNGV’s goal of producing a passenger car that can attain 80 mpg, will require extensive use of advanced, lightweight materials while maintaining structural rigidity. Synthetic materials are expanding throughout the vehicle. In addition to structural parts such as body panels, they are now used to produce a wide range of components including interior trim, instrument panels, glove box/airbag covers, exterior trim, electrical and cooling system components, fuel systems, and powertrain and engine components. The more stringent demands of consumers together with growing environmental pressures highlight the need for lighter designs in today’s automobile. At the same time, the growing trend of global vehicle platforms is putting further pressures on raw material suppliers. These market forces and opportunities are highlighted in a report from Technology Assessment Associates: Transportation Markets for High Performance Adhesives

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BASF’s Sealer Is Finalist in 2002 PACE Awards

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DynaSeal sealer, commercially launched by BASF in late 2001, is a finalist in the 2002 Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contributions to Excellence (PACE) Awards for Product Innovations. DynaSeal is a dual-cure (UV and thermal) sealer for coating sheet molded composite (SMC) materials used in automotive applications, enabling BASF to participate in this high growth area. SMC is extensively used in automotive applications because of its favorable weight-to-strength ratio and ability to be molded into complex parts. However, SMC has been difficult to paint with standard automotive coating systems due to “out-gassing” of volatile materials from the substrate during the curing process. This situation, known as “porosity,” usually causes high repair rates at molders and automotive assembly plants. As such, SMC’s viability for use in exterior class A body panels was limited prior to BASF’s commercial launch of DynaSeal sealer. “DynaSeal prevents porosity defects in automotive coating layers by sealing the SMC surface,” explained Ray Nix, Director, Sales and Services, Automotive Components for BASF Corporation’s Coatings Regional Business Unit. “This is achieved by curing the sealer with an ultraviolet (UV) light followed by a thermal cure, which delivers the necessary performance properties for coatings like adhesion and stone chip resistance. Using this new technology allows the SMC surface to be sealed by the UV-induced polymerization before the part experiences any heat. The UV-polymerized film prevents ‘out-gassing’ from the part when the subsequent paint layers are cured.”

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Boeing Signs Technology Development Agreement with JAI for Work On Sonic Cruiser

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials late last week signed an agreement with Japan Aircraft Industries (JAI) and Japan Aircraft Development Corp. to conduct research and development work on technologies including composites for the Sonic Cruiser and other potential new airplanes. JAI includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries. The Sonic Cruiser is a new airplane concept unveiled by Boeing on March 29, 2001. The airplane has a dramatic new configuration and is designed to fly at speeds of up to Mach 0.98 to shorten travel times. “”JAI brings excellent technological skills and resources to our team,”” said Jeff Luckey, director of Supplier Management for the Sonic Cruiser program. “”We have worked well with JAI for many years and look forward to the advances they will help us make as we change the way the world flies with the Sonic Cruiser. “”This is our first announcement of a partner in the development of technology for the Sonic Cruiser,”” Luckey said. “”I expect us to make similar announcements at a fairly rapid pace in the months ahead. This is the plan we laid out for the program in our announcement last week.””

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Hexcel Appoints new Director

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Hexcel has appointed Sandra L. Derickson to its board of directors. Ms. Derickson is the Chief Executive Officer of Household Retail Services, the private label credit card business of Household International. Prior to joining Household, Ms. Derickson had been with GE Capital for twenty-four years, eight years of which were as an officer of GE. Most recently at GE Capital she served as president and general manager of GE Capital Auto Financial Services, the largest non-captive auto leasing business in the world. Mr. David E. Berges, Hexcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, “”We are delighted that Sandy is joining our board. She brings to Hexcel a wealth of managerial, marketing and financial experience that will be greatly valued.”” Hexcel Corporation designs, manufactures and markets lightweight, high performance reinforcement products, composite materials and engineered products for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense, electronics, general industrial, and recreation applications.

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Aerovac a Forum on Process Consumables

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Aerovac has been invited to lead a workshop on Process Consumables run by the Composite Processing Association (CPA).

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GKN Opens New Connecticut Engineering Development Center

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GKN Aerospace Services will open a new center for the design and development of high-performance aerospace components in central Connecticut. The center is expected to employ approximately 25 people initially, mostly engineers who will transfer to the new center from the company’s Wallingford, Connecticut, manufacturing facility. The Wallingford manufacturing operations are being transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the company’s consolidation of similar composites manufacturing at that location. The St. Louis facility, which employs approximately 1,200 people, was acquired from Boeing one year ago. Individual aircraft components as well as complete subassemblies for high performance military aircraft are manufactured at that location. Until a specific site is selected for the engineering development center, the company will use space now occupied by the Wallingford manufacturing operations. The company selected Central Connecticut for the new center to continue the development of the RTM process with the experienced group that have supported GKN’s numerous customers over the last ten years. Initially, work at the center will focus on the design, development, and tool definition for composite components using advanced resin transfer molding (RTM). In addition, development work such as material qualification, processing of new resin systems, and structural test sub-elements will be fabricated at the new site. The facility will contain design office space utilizing Catia and Unigraphics CAD systems as well as a development fabrication cell and advanced materials lab.

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RSI Secures Large Purchase Order

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Resin Systems Inc. has received a purchase order from a U.S. based construction supply company, which has a minimum annual quantity commitment of $500,000 (CDN).

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ADS Lands Several Contracts for its Pultrusion Division

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ADS Inc. has won some major contracts in the composite materials sector for its Pultrall division, securing substantial orders for bracing bars for use in military track vehicles. Also, orders for two parts were landed for the motor coach market, one of which is already in production. The two customers are MCI Mexico and Volvo Bus. These annual and renewable orders represent sales of just over $1 million. The potential outlook for these new applications is more than promising given the advantages of the reduced weight and the quality of the resulting finished surfaces. ADS Inc., based in Beauce, near Quebec City, is a company involved primarily in the manufacturing sector through its subsidiaries operating in the technical textiles and composite materials sector.

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