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News for December 2004


Malibu Boats unveils the CFT Blade Tower for 2005

1st December 2004 0 comments

Malibu Boats is introducing the industry’s first carbon fibre wakeboard tower aptly named Blade. Malibu designers joined aerospace composite engineers in a collaborative effort to create the industries first carbon graphite wakeboard tower. Known for its strength and light weight, carbon fibre is used in many extreme sporting environments. Malibu Boats is the first water sports company to incorporate this performance enhancing material into a wake board tower. Aerospace composite engineers have utilized their experience at Lockheed/Martin to construct a stronger, lighter water sports tower which is available as an option on all 21.5-foot and 23-foot models as well as the Sunscape 25 LSV.

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Fuji Heavy Industries to Build Composite Aircraft Manufacturing Plant

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Fuji Heavy Industries is to begin constructing a new manufacturing plant for adhesive composite materials for aircrafts in Handa, Japan. The new facility will produce parts for the centre-wing section that connects the main wings and the fuselage of Boeing’s next-generation 7E7 aircraft. Moreover, it will manufacture parts for patrol aircrafts and air carriers for the Japanese Defence Agency. The state-of-the-art plant will have a floor space of about 7,500m2, and be equipped with the world’s biggest autoclaves and non-destructive inspection equipment. FHI plans to invest more than 5 billion yen ($4.9 mil) in the project. The plant is slated for operation in 2006.

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Sabanci Completes DuPontSA Polyester Deal

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Istanbul’s Sabanci Holding has completed its purchase of DuPont’s 50% shareholding in DuPontSA, becoming the sole owner of the Europe-based polyester business.

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Diamond Fiber Expand Carbon Fibre Production

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Diamond Fiber Composites, Inc. have expanded their manufacturing operations into a new 13,500 sq foot facility located in Ohio, USA. DFC manufactures high performance metal plated fibres by way of their proprietary electroless metal plating process. Standard metal plated fibres produced by DFC are PAN based carbon fibres coated with Nickel, Copper, and a Nickel/Copper hybrid. DFC also has the capability to produce plated fibres with gold, platinum, palladium, silver plus other fibres such as aramid. Bill Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Fiber Composites, Inc. stated “DFC has seen a dramatic increased acceptance of our US made metal plated carbon fibres in aerospace and wind turbine lightning strike protection, thermoplastic moulding compounds for electronic EMI protection, and various medical applications. Our initial expansion will increase our production output five-fold, and we will have the capability to expand production in our new facility when our customers need it. We look forward to growing with our customers and we see the economies of scale with our increased production benefiting our customers in the future.” Typical uses for Dfc Fiber are seen in lightning strike protection, EMI/RFI shielding, resistive heating, conductive adhesives, and other advance material solutions.

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Vought Aircraft Signs Agreement for 7E7 Site Development

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. has signed an agreement for site development regarding its structural work share on the new 7E7 Dreamliner program.

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Fibreglass Cloth Withstands Temperatures to 1,000°F

3rd December 2004 0 comments

A line of heat-resistant, fibreglass cloth products for high-temperature industrial applications have been developed from Pars Manufacturing Company.

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GE Develop New Composite Materials for Train Interiors

3rd December 2004 0 comments

GE Advanced Materials has signed a joint development agreement with China Railway Long Dragon New Composite Materials Co. to co-develop high-strength, flame-retardant components for passenger train interiors based on new Azdel Rail-Lite composite.

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Composite CTEC Panel from Owens Corning Reduces Vehicle Weight

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Owens Corning has developed an all composite CTEC panel which claims to reduce the vehicle weight by as much as 20% compared to standard industry alternatives. The CTEC panel was unveiled at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associations’ National RV Show in Louisville earlier this week, offering RV manufacturers an exterior panel that is 20 percent lighter than traditional materials and with improved durability. The reduction in weight allows cargo capacity to be increased and affords design engineers with opportunities to differentiate vehicles by incorporating more features and amenities. Key to its performance advantages, the patent-pending CTEC panel is comprised of layers of Owens Corning fibreglass reinforcements and polyester resins rather than traditional metals or composite-wood laminates. Unlike traditional wood composite panels, the all-composite CTEC panel will not absorb water, which can add to the overall weight of the vehicle. Owens Corning also comment on the improved aesthetic appearance with the panel exhibiting a smoother, high-gloss automotive finish being engineered to be free of board lines or voids. “The performance and aesthetic benefits of the CTEC panel give manufacturers exciting new options to differentiate their vehicles,” said Chuck Jerasa, general manager, Owens Corning Fabwel. “For example, the total weight reduction achieved through the lighter panel frees design engineers to incorporate more features and amenities such as televisions or tile flooring instead of vinyl. Our panel literally opens up a whole new field of options to manufacturers – allowing them to think in exciting new ways.” “RVing is becoming increasingly popular – in fact, some analysts have projected that annual RV-industry sales will rise six to 10 percent over the next five years. As more people spend more time in these ‘homes away from home’ it’s natural that they’re demanding better quality and more features,” said Jerasa. “The CTEC panel is just one example of the ways that OC Fabwel is helping manufacturers exceed buyers’ expectations.”

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Goodrich Awarded Composite Sonar Domes Contract

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Goodrich Engineered Polymer Products Division has been awarded an $8.3 million contract to produce two sonar domes and two sonar dome rubber windows as part of the U.S. Navy’s foreign military sales program. The awards were made via U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command base contract that includes options for the procurement of sonar domes over a period of several years.

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Boeing Selects 7E7 Maintenance Software from Intercim and Delmia

3rd December 2004 0 comments

Boeing will use software from Delmia Corp. and Intercim, Inc., to digitally define how the 7E7 Dreamliner commercial airplane will be built and maintained.

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