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News for September 2002


New article for Coronet

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Global Vehicle Players Show Progress in Transport

16th September 2002 0 comments

The global automotive industry will show delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development its progress since the Rio de Janeiro conference of 1992 in achieving sustainable mobility. Volkswagen is one of the most active participants among the main global car makers at the world summit. The focus of its effort is a technology exhibition which will be opened officially in Midrand tomorrow. Among the other car makers at the summit is General Motors (GM), which holds 49% in Delta Motor Corporation of SA. GM will report on its sustainable mobility programme on September 1. BMW will have two exhibitions covering technology and social responsibility. Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, which is now the majority shareholder in Toyota of SA, will form part of the Japan exhibition pavilion displaying two hybrid technology cars. DaimlerChrysler SA is an official transport partner for the event and has run a media workshop on sustainable development. While Nissan and Ford are not involved, Ford has said it would have delegates at the summit to monitor events and trends. Volkswagen’s Midrand exhibition will show work being carried out on power train and fuel technologies that make efficient use of energy and reduce pollutant emissions. The exhibition will include Volkswagen’s “”one-litre”” car, which has been dubbed the world’s most economical car. It will be the vehicle’s first appearance in SA. Volkswagen SA MD HansChristian Maergner said that the vehicle, which can reach 120km/h, gets its name from its ability to cover 100km using only one litre of fuel. The 290kg car could be the first of a new family of cars. These include a car capable of covering a 100km distance on three litres of fuel, a hydrogen fuel-cell and electric-powered vehicle, as well as a car with a light aluminium body. The one-litre car is licensed for road use. Since the concept calls for a reduced frontal area to minimise exposure to the airstream, the 3,65m-long body is narrow and low-built. Developed in a wind tunnel and built entirely from composite carbon-fibre reinforced material, it has a width of 1,25m and is just over a metre high. The body is made of magnesium with a reinforced plastic outer skin. The car is powered by a single-cylinder diesel engine. Peter Hartz, a member of the Volkswagen board of management and the chairman of Volkswagen SA, and Klaus Volkert, president of the Volkswagen group’s International Works Council, will represent the company in Johannesburg. Meanwhile, Volkswagen also said the outcome of a study into the effects of foreign investment by German businesses on the living conditions in the respective developing and newly industrialised countries would be made public at the summit. Volkswagen is involved in the analysis together with the German government and several other German companies and organisations.

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New Technology Project Manager for Reichhold Composites Business

16th September 2002 0 comments

Steven Hardebeck has joined Reichhold as technical project manager for the company’s Global Composites business. Hardebeck is tasked with developing new and improved closed molding applications for Reichhold products. He is also responsible for coordinating all technical projects related to closed molding applications on a global basis, including sheet molding compound (SMC), bulk molding compound (BMC) and resin transfer molding (RTM) processes. “”Closed molding processes are becoming a preferred technique for controlling laminate quality and VOC emissions in the composites industry,”” commented Jose Luiz Calvo Filho, vice president of technology for Global Composites at Reichhold. “”By taking advantage of Steven’s 23 years of technical experience and vast knowledge in resin molding, Reichhold will continue to develop new and improved closed molding applications for the global marketplace.”” Prior to joining Reichhold, Hardebeck was the product leader for RTM at AOC, a provider of resin technology. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating technical service, research and design and customer support activities for RTM. At AOC, Hardebeck also served as a product leader for the sheet molding compound division, where he developed a low temperature/low pressure sheet molding compound. Prior to AOC, Hardebeck worked at Owens Corning. Hardebeck earned a master’s in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s in chemistry from the Valparaiso University. He is a certified composites technician and member of the American Chemical Association and the Composite Fabricators Association. He was also granted a U.S. patent for low temperature/low pressure sheet molding compound formulations (U.S. patent #6228918).

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DIAB releases new TriAx Scrim for ProBalsa

16th September 2002 0 comments

DIAB is transitioning to a new scrim for its ProBalsa and ProBalsa Plus end grain balsa core product lines. To allow core to conform to curved surfaces, DIAB processes ProBalsa in a GS (Grid Scored) configuration. The core is cut into small blocks (1 inch by 2 inches) which are held together with a fiberglass backing (scrim) to maintain a standard sheet size (2 feet by 4 feet). The new scrim is a 2.0 oz/yd 2 fiberglass fabric with fibers oriented in the 0°, +45°, and -45° directions, thus technically labeling it a triaxial scrim, or TriAx for short. The traditional scrim is a 2.4 oz/yd 2 fiberglass cloth with a tight weave in the 0° and 90° directions. TriAx is not only lighter than the previous scrim version, but also increases the direct surface bonding area between the core and the laminated skin. It features substantially larger “windows” between fiber bundles than other scrims. This increase in bonding area results in excellent skin-to-core adhesion, a necessity for good composite sandwich construction. An improved bond line results in a stronger sandwich panel. Through laboratory testing the skin-to-core adhesion improves by up to 10%. Furthermore the new TriAx scrim has consistent glue content throughout, which ensures uniform scrim bond throughout the core sheet. Due to the fiber orientations, the tear resistance of the scrim during material handling is considerably higher than the traditional scrim. Customers who have been introduced to DIAB’s new scrim are very positive about this change, and see it as an innovation in scrim technology to help achieve better results in their lamination process. DIAB manufactures and markets ProBalsa, Divinycell, Klegecell, and Divilette. DIAB core materials and composite solutions make products light, strong, and competitive. Whatever the application, DIAB aims to partner with its customers in order provide innovative solutions. For more information or samples please contact DIAB directly or your local distributor.

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Interplastic Price Increase

16th September 2002 0 comments

Effective for shipments on or after September 7, 2002, all Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division’s CoREZYN® and Silmar® brand unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel coats, colorants and putties will increase by $0.03 USD per pound. Interplastic is initiating this price increase in response to the continuing escalation of raw materials costs, primarily styrene monomer that has increased more than 50 percent in 2002.

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Scott Bader on the move

16th September 2002 0 comments

Polyester resin and gelcoat supplier Scott Bader has moved its premises in Ireland from Glasnevin to Dunboyne, County Meath. The move takes them from premises previously occupied by Strand Glassfibre, who they acquired in the 1970s, to brand new premises which will give them 3 x more storage capacity, a retail counter for the DIY enthusiast and modern facilities to run customer training and product demonstrations. Area Manager for Eire and Northern Ireland, Martin Brickland said ‘Scott Bader has an excellent reputation as a ‘one stop shop’ and is acknowledged by the industry as providing some of the best information and training in the use of composites. These new facilities will allow us to increase the product range available to customers and provide on-site product training and demonstrations’. In addition to its own-brand Crystic products, Scott Bader Ireland distributes Airex structural core materials; Akzo catalysts; Binani reinforcements; Chomorat speciality reinforcements; SIA abrasives; Frekote’s Loctite release agents; ACS solid surface chips; Meguiar’s Mirrorglaze wax release agents; Farecla finishing products and Swedtool rollers to the Marine, Building and Construction, Chemical Containment and Land Transport markets. .

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New Toughened Tackifier for Composites

16th September 2002 0 comments

Zeon Chemicals has commercialised a new toughened tackifier resin for toughening resin infusion and liquid molding composite systems. Applications include epoxy RTM and VARTM resin systems used in aerospace, automotive, sporting goods and industrial applications. DuoMod ZT-1 is supplied in an acetone solution to allow for easy spraying onto a variety of fabrics and fibers. It can be applied either by fabric producers or by RTM/VARTM processors prior to resin infusion. It is claimed to impart a dramatic increase in the interlaminar fracture toughness of the resin system, resulting in increased damage tolerance as measured by compression after impact (CAI) of composite systems. Mark Shioleno, Zeon Sr. Marketing Specialist, said, “”DuoMod ZT-1 offers resin infusion processors a viable option for increasing the damage tolerance of their composite parts, with no significant effect on processing or mechanical performance. It provides the toughening benefits of Zeon¹s existing DuoMod particulate tougheners, while acting as a traditional tackifier by increasing the initial integrity of the preform. We believe there is a significant market for toughening resin-infused composites.””

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Newly Expanded Technical Training Center

16th September 2002 0 comments

Cerritos College Composites Training Center (CTC) has expanded their training capacity through the launching of a manufacturing demonstration cell, which enables safe, clean and seamless presentations, demonstrations, workshops and training events.

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FIBEREX to Launch E-CR Advantage at CFA 2002

16th September 2002 0 comments

FIBEREX will launch its “E-CR advantage” educational and promotional campaign with a ceremonial kick-off at the CFA 2002 Trade Show in Atlanta, GA, September 26, 2002. FIBEREX has been endeavoring to drive home the E-CR glass advantage to its customers by focusing on its niche product range and specific market segments. FIBEREX plans to increase its emphasis on technical services and create a greater awareness of the distinct advantages of E-CR glass fibers over conventional E glass for specific end use applications. Through its participation at the forthcoming CFA Trade Show in Atlanta, FIBEREX proposes to brief visitors on the distinct techno-commercial advantages that accrue through the use of E-CR glass in composites. “While the global demand for glass fibers in composites is growing at an annual rate of 3.5% – 4.5%, the North American market is expected to grow at 3.0% per annum at least for the next two years” according to Fred Atiq, CEO of FIBEREX.” The advent of new applications in infrastructure and telecommunications with increased usage in defense and building sectors will be the growth drivers in the near future. While our focus would be on the North American market, we are quite willing to look at other regions, should favorable opportunities arise”, he added.

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Cyclics Corporation Partners with Davy Process Technology

16th September 2002 0 comments

Cyclics Corporation has partnered with Davy Process Technology to design and build Cyclics’ first commercial production facilities to be located in Germany. Davy Process Technology is working both on the design of the facility as well as assisting in managing the overall project.

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