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News for August 2007


Lord Doubles Production Capacity of Structural Adhesives

1st August 2007 0 comments

Lord, the Brazilian subsidiary of the North American Lord Corporation, has doubled its capacity for manufacturing structural adhesives. “With the acquisition of additional equipment, we now have the potential to produce 800 tons of adhesives per year,” says Julio César Perez, director of Lord for South America. Lord Structural adhesives – with an epoxy, polyurethane or acrylate base – are used for gluing metal, plastic and fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP). “In the case of the automobile repair industry, the adhesives replace the conventional solder used in joining various parts, such as door panels and ceiling sheets. They can also be used for maintenance of polypropylene and FRP bumpers,” explains Perez. In the USA, Lord structural adhesives are also used by companies that specialize in the manufacture of signs, boats and special vehicles such as ambulances. “In Brazil, these markets are beginning to wake up to the advantages that the adhesives offer,” he says. So much so that Lord has already designated a group of professionals to attend exclusively to these areas. Investments in the expansion of the adhesive plant totalled US$ 500 thousand and also include the construction of a new warehouse of nearly 700 m². “Before the expansion, we were working in three shifts and to the limit of our capacity”, Perez remembers. Now, the average occupation rate of the structural adhesives production unit is around 60%.

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ApNano Materials Establishes Nano Armour Subsidiary

6th August 2007 0 comments

ApNano Materials has established a subsidiary that will develop and manufacture the company’s new NanoArmor line of nanotechnology-based bullet-proof products. The new subsidiary will start with products that enhance the performance of personal safety items such as bullet proof vests and helmets, and will continue with protection products for vehicles and aircraft. “”The company has already started negotiations with investors,”” said Aharon Feuerstein, ApNano Materials’ Chairman and CFO. “”In addition, NanoArmor potential products have already attracted huge interest from military, law enforcement and homeland security organizations and agencies in various countries.”” The NanoArmor products will be based on ApNano’s proprietary nanospheres and nanotubes, which ApNano say are excellent shock absorbing materials and among the most impact resistant substances known in the world today, with up to twice the strength of today’s best impact resistant protective armor materials. The NanoArmor products will be made of tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanoparticles, currently manufactured by ApNano Materials, under the trade name NanoArmor. In addition, the subsidiary will develop multi-walled titanium-based nanoparticles which will enable it to produce over 50% lighter weight armour products. According to ApNano, NanoArmor will provide multi-hit protection as well as enhanced ballistic and blast resistance. It will enable the development of special trauma layers behind the armour, reducing the level of blunt force trauma injuries. “”Laboratory experiments conducted by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Harold Kroto and his colleagues have demonstrated that ApNano’s nanotubes are strong enough to withstand a pressure of 21 GPa (Gigapascal) – the equivalent of 210 tons per square centimeter,” said Dr. Menachem Genut, President and CEO of ApNano Materials. Dr. Genut was a research fellow in the original research group which discovered the IF nanoparticles at the Weizmann Institute and first to synthesize the new materials. Recently ApNano Materials opened a new 1,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Israel, housing a semi-industrial reactor.

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Victrex T-Series Compound Delivers Performance at Temperature

6th August 2007 0 comments

Victrex has introduced a new Victrex T-Series compound called TF-60C, a blend of Victrex PEEK polymer, Celazole polybenzimidazole (PBI) and carbon fibre reinforcement. According to Victrex, the material features one of the best overall property profiles of any high performance material, and the new carbon fibre product delivers high strength, high modulus and low creep. The materials is expected to be suited for applications in the semiconductor/electronics industries including soldering tools, cassettes, wafer transportation and chamber parts in spin coating, etching and PVD. Mark Maddern, Global Product Manager, at Victrex, said “Introducing the TF-60C compound demonstrates Victrex’s continued commitment to manufacture premium high performance polymers to solve market demands for higher temperature and wear performance. T-Series products require no secondary processing. And, they can be recycled, improving moulding yields.” Key features of the TF-60C compound include high temperature resistance, compressive strength, tensile and flexural performance. “When compared to other high temperature plastics, T-Series products offer a number of advantages,” said Maddern. “They boost the thermal range, especially under load, up to 260°C/288°C (500°F/550°F). In addition, they offer higher strength, excellent tribology, very low creep, low coefficient of friction and are melt processable.”

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ZCL Composites in Supply Agreement with Tank Tech

6th August 2007 0 comments

ZCL Composites has signed a seven-year supply agreement under which Tank Tech will sell and install ZCL’s Phoenix System tank liner product across the US.

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MDT Distributes Rubbn’ Repair System

6th August 2007 0 comments

MDT is to be the sole UK distributor and supplier of Rubbn’ Repair, a rapid composite repair system. Kevin Dyer of MDT said this week that negotiations between his company and Rubbn’ Repair’s European distributor Jerome Galpin of Team EFJIE had now been finalised. Rubbn’ Repair is an advanced repair system with the flexibility of duct tape and the strength of a rigid high-performance composite, and the self adhesive patches offer a speedy solution to track side repairs. Kevin, who has managed the composite repairs at the A1 GP races for the last two seasons, said: “Rubbn Repair is an excellent product, and a new kind of repair technology that will enable us to carry out non-structural body repairs with a half hour turnaround. The product is non toxic, and requires no additional equipment as it is so easy to use. From a logistical point of view it is non hazardous and does not require special packing or shipping so freight is not a problem.” Rubbn’ Repair works by heating self adhesive composite patches to a temperature above 90 degrees Celsius. The backing is then peeled off and the warmed patch is moulded to the area that requires repair. Once the patch cools the material returns to a rigid state with an element of structural stability.

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TenCate Acquires Phoenixx TPC

6th August 2007 0 comments

TenCate’s Aerospace and Armour Composites group is in the final stages of acquiring the composite company Phoenixx TPC Inc. TenCate is active in aerospace and armour composites, is a supplier of materials to Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Cirrus and others and has strength in the field of thermoplastic composites such as Cetex. Phoenixx TPC has expertise in unidirectional (UD) thermoplastic composites and has developed applications in sectors such as aerospace, and oil and gas exploration. The company was founded in 1998 and acquired Phillips Petroleum thermoplastic composite processing technology in 2001. UD technology is complementary to TenCate’s current Cetex technology base and Tencate say that it will speed up the growth of the applications for their materials in future composites-driven aerospace programs. Phoenixx has an experienced management team and all key personnel from Phoenixx will remain with the company. Loek de Vries, CEO of TenCate, stated: “This acquisition fits well into our present product / market/ technology position of the composites activities of TenCate. Phoenixx unidirectional (UD) technology will strengthen worldwide the TenCate Cetex thermoplastic composites product line. For our aerospace business especially it represents an important factor for enhancing TenCate’s growth in this industry.” David Park, (CEO of Phoenixx commented: “The acquisition by TenCate provides increased growth potential for our technology base. Besides aerospace this technology can create other interesting market opportunities through the global presence of TenCate. We believe our customers will benefit significantly from the added assurance and expertise that TenCate represents.”

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Polyurethane Pultrusion Process Coming on Strong

6th August 2007 0 comments

Inline Fiberglass is now manufacturing window lineals using polyurethane pultrusion (PU) technology. According to Stanley Rokicki, founder and chief engineer of Inline Fiberglass, conventional pultrusion technology has been around for decades. Inline began to develop fibreglass pultrusion capabilities in 1989, and started manufacturing with polyester resin in 1992. Now, Inline is pioneering the production of window frames using an innovative polyurethane pultrusion process. By pultruding polyurethane resin, Inline say that they can now produce larger, stronger parts, with thinner walls. To accommodate the new process, Bayer MaterialScience, Inline’s polyurethane supplier, developed Baydur PUL 2500 for use in pultruded polyurethane applications. “From my perspective, Bayer was the only company with the knowledge, experience and resources to bring this about,” claimed Stanley Rokicki. “The fact that we now have the capability to produce lighter profiles that are strong enough to be used in large frames, even curtain walls, is extremely exciting for us. And they’re cost-effective and environmentally friendly, making this a technology we will continue to rely on.”

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Key Industry Figures Provide Insights on Composites Recycling and Sustainability

6th August 2007 0 comments

NetComposites, the organisers of Composites Innovation 2007, have announced the programme for this unique new event which this year has the theme of Sustainability & Environmental Performance. The event will take place on 4-5th October 2007 in Barcelona, with the first day focussed on Naturally Derived Composites and the second day on Recycling and Processing Technologies. Keynote presentations by major industry figures from Europe and the US will set the scene for each session: ▪ Brett Suddell, BioComposites Centre, UK – Natural Composites: the solution? ▪ Bill Carberry, Boeing Company, USA – Recycling carbon fibre: maximising fibre value for sustainability and profitability As well as speakers from companies and institutions around the globe, the Naturally Derived Materials session will feature a workshop hosted by partners from the European BioComp project. This will be an open discussion assisted by presentations on composite products that are manufactured from bio-derived resins and reinforced by natural fibres, underpinning the theme of the conference and generating debates on this current novel topic. Composites Innovation has been organised to follow the success of NetComposites previous conference, Composites Europe 2005: Composites Innovation and Routes to Market, which highlighted the need for further technology transfer on the subject of innovation in composites. Registrations are now being taken for the event and forms can be found on the conference website. Potential delegates are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird reduced rates by booking before 31st August 2007. An exhibition will run alongside the two-day event and there are also opportunities for sponsorship of the conference. For more information please visit the conference website or contact NetComposites at the address below.

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Milliken Partners With Legacy Paddlesports To Launch New Kayaks

6th August 2007 0 comments

Milliken has worked closely with Legacy Paddlesports to introduce a new line of kayaks made with Tegris, its 100% PP thermoplastic composite, formerly branded as MFT.

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Axson Offerings for Production and Repair Activities in the Aerospace Sector

11th August 2007 0 comments

Axson Technologies has launched an infusion moulding system and an emergency kit for the rapid repair of composites. Axson is introducing a complete infusion moulding system that combines EPOLAM 2090 epoxy resin with the GC1 190 gelcoat. This new development combines the resin’s low-viscosity properties with the gelcoat’s high-temperature resistance (transition temperatures as high as 190°C and 160°C post-cure). The mould is infusion-moulded at room temperature, which allows dimensional accuracy by avoiding thermal expansion. Axson say that the infusion moulding process helps cut costs through the use of lower-cost materials for pattern production, shorter production cycles and greater flexibility in task management. Axson Technologies has also just launched an emergency kit for the rapid repair of composite interior fittings in aircraft, such as air ducts or sandwich panel skins. The new kit is based on the EPOLAM 2500/2501 resin system. The repair kit is self-extinguishing to ABD0031 requirements and Airbus-approved to IPS 04-27-002-01 requirements.

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