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News for 11 February 2007


Heading for Medals with Rohacell

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Many star athletes are entering the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz, Italy, with Madshus skis using Degussa Rohacell foam cores. In early February, South Tirol will be very much under the sway of the biathlon, when the crème de la crème of the increasingly popular winter sport will meet in Antholz at the world championships. Among the numerous participants are German sportswoman and sportsman of the year and Olympic gold medallists in 2006, Kati Wilhelm and Michael Greis. Biathlon champion Ole Einar Björndalen from Norway will also be in at the start. These three athletes have one thing in common – skis from Norwegian manufacturer Madshus, incorporating Degussa Rohacell rigid foam as the core material. The success enjoyed by the three star biathletes at the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 and at this season’s competitions is by no means down to chance, but is the result of tough and disciplined training and the ultimate in equipment. The skis are extremely important in this context, because they must enable the competitors to move from shooting range to shooting range quickly and safely. Norwegian manufacturer Madshus has for many years been using the Rohacell rigid polymethacrylimide (PMI) foam core material as an integral component of its skis. According to Gunnar Bjaertnes, Head of Development at Madshus, the Degussa’s product is distinguished by its outstanding dynamic properties. On top of that, its ease of forming makes for excellent processing, he says. “”And we dramatically reduced the weight of the skis using the sandwich core material from Darmstadt,”” Bjaertnes adds.

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Johns Manville’s StarRov 908 for Pultrusion

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Johns Manville has introduced StarRov 908, developed for high speed pultrusion applications and part of JM’s StarRov product line offering rovings for a wide range of industry applications. StarRov 908 has been designed with a package of surface sizings to improve the coupling with a variety of resin systems such as unsaturated polyester, vinylesters and epoxies. JM say that StarRov 908 will also help reduce fuzz generation and fibre breaks during the pultrusion process. “The new and enhanced products in our portfolio represent the innovative energy JM has around creating additional value for our customers,” said Per-Olof Algotsson, European Reinforcements business director for Johns Manville’s Engineered Products Group. “This key innovation is one more example of how JM partners with our customers to help them drive growth and productivity in their competitive arena. This also demonstrates our continued commitment to the composites business in this time of changing industry structure,” said Michael Huff, vice president and general manager of Johns Manville’s Engineered Products Group Global Reinforcements business. StarRov 908 is manufactured at John Manville’s Trnava facility.

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Resin Systems Wins Contract to Supply FMC Technologies

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Resin Systems Inc is to supply their VRoll composite tubes to FMC Technologies’ Material Handling Solutions business for their new line of Link-Belt Composite Conveyor Idler Rolls. RSI say that composite idler rolls have great potential in the global material handling market as they are a stronger, lighter and more durable alternative to the steel tubes used in traditional roller assemblies. “”This agreement compliments and strengthens our commitment to advanced conveying technology,”” said Robert A. Campbell, General Manager of FMC Technologies’ Material Handling Solutions. “”Our new line of Link-Belt Conveyor Idler Rolls, using RS’s VRoll composite tube, will feature significantly longer roll life, reduced energy requirements and lower replacement costs than standard steel rolls.”” “”This important agreement kick starts our next innovation – VRoll,”” said Paul Giannelia, President and Chief Executive Officer of RS. “”FMC Technologies’ proven history in the global bulk material handling arena makes them the ideal company to take VRoll to market quickly.”” Deliveries to FMC Technologies are expected to begin in the first half of 2007.

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New Norplex-Micarta Non-Adhesive Pre-Preg Materials

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Norplex-Micarta has launched a low-cost line of non-adhesive pre-pregs, dry to the touch and not requiring the release film conventionally found on tacky pre-pregs. Without the need to remove conventional release films, Norplex-Micarta say that this prepreg can be stored, handled, and processed more easily and efficiently, thereby reducing set-up labour costs by as much as 75%. However, the materials still provide the flow and bonding performance of traditional prepreg materials. Available substrates include glass, cotton, paper, carbon fibre, and customer-specific substrates; resin systems include phenolic, epoxy, melamine, and specialty resins.

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Carbon Race Italia to Supply After-Market Parts for Ferrari F40

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Carbon Race Italia is providing the complete bodywork components for the Ferrari F40 models. “”We are absolutely excited about this opportunity. It will open up a huge worldwide market for CBRJ’s proprietary advanced composite products for other car manufacturers which we intend to pursue,”” commented Lynnette Knafelc, CEO of Carbon Race Corporation (CBRJ). The company added that it is well situated to design, engineer and manufacture highly advanced sophisticated products for aviation, racing, sports and building materials and various other markets. Carbon Race Corporation is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focused on advanced composite material products, using the company’s proprietary “”Carbon Fiber”” technology.

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Composites Industry Leader to Receive Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award

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Joseph Plecnik, whose many accomplishments include the analysis and design of the world’s first and largest free standing composite stacks, will be awarded the third Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award by the Western Chapter of the American Composites Manufacturers Association. The Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Corrosion and Composites Industry was created to recognize exceptional achievement in the invention, promotion and growth of the industry. The award is presented every other year at the Technical Conference on Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure at Harras, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In addition to the world’s first free standing composite smoke stacks, Plecnik’s accomplishments include over thirty years teaching, design and consulting experience; the design of the first fibreglass down lead pipes; and the design of the first composite tanker truck to obtain USDOT approval. He has conducted countless research projects in the composites field and authored more than one hundred journal articles, government and industrial reports. “”I am extremely honoured to receive the Cassis award,”” said Plecnik. “”Not only has Dr. Cassis made very significant contributions to the composites industry, but he is also is an individual I deeply respect for both his knowledge and character.”” Plecnik graduated from Youngstown State University in 1969 with a degree in Engineering, and later earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Ohio State University. He then completed additional research at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America and George Washington University. Plecnik is currently a professor at the Structural Composites Laboratory at California State University in Long Beach, California. “”Dr. Plecnik meets with ease each and every one of the listed criteria and then some,”” said Larry Hurst, chair of the Awards Committee. “”On a personal note, he is also a very good man of high moral character.”” The Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Corrosion and Composites Industry was first awarded to its namesake, Dr. Frank A. Cassis, on April 24, 2003, at the 2003 Technical Conference on Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure, which Cassis founded nearly 30 years ago. The next award will be given in 2009.

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Sigma to Supply Floors to Nova Bus

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Sigma Ventures has been awarded a contract by Nova Bus to supply complete composite floors for Nova Bus urban and suburban buses. The agreement with Nova Bus calls for the delivery of composite floors for four Nova LFS Articulated buses in 2007, with full scale production for all of Nova Bus’ vehicles to be reached early next year. “”The vote of confidence expressed by Nova Bus, one of North America’s leading manufacturers of urban and suburban buses, in selecting Sigma as sole supplier of composite floors for its entire product line is a testimony to the attractiveness of our innovative composite technologies,”” stated Sigma Ventures President and CEO, Denis Bertrand. “”Our two recent acquisitions, combined with this new contract are significant steps in the deployment of our strategic plan to become a first class consolidator in the transport, bus, agriculture alternative energy sectors.”” Sigma has acquired Groupe Synergy Composites (GSC), a company specialized in the development of advanced composite products and technology for the utility vehicle and bus industries. Sigma is purchasing GSC through René Materials Composites Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. GSC has developed a unique composite body for the transportation sector, which offers characteristics such as light weight and resistance to corrosion while preserving high payload capacity. “”GSC Inc’s innovative technology and promising product line are a perfect fit for Sigma Ventures and a great way for the Company to further diversify into new markets,”” said Sigma President and CEO, Denis Bertrand. “”While Sigma’s manufacturing capability offers a perfect way for GSC Inc to fully capture the full potential of its existing markets, Sigma’s existing manufacturing units will be able to capitalize on GSC Inc’s long standing culture of innovation and its unique technology.””

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Amiantit Group Wins Major Contracts in Egypt

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Continuing the run of contract wins, the Amiantit Group has received major orders for its manufacturing facilities in Egypt. “”We are especially pleased about these orders from our colleagues in Egypt and Brazil,”” said Eng. Fareed Al-Khalawi, President & CEO of Amiantit. “”Both countries play an important role in Amiantit’s global strategy and our various manufacturing facilities in them greatly enhance our operational capabilities in North Africa and South America. Moreover, the choice of Amiantit pipe systems reflects a trend that we are seeing worldwide as public sector administrations and private sector companies in more and more countries recognize the technological merits, superior quality and environment-friendly features of our world class products. “” The contract awards for Amiantit factories in Egypt consist of three orders amounting to US$11,365,269. Two of these orders are for glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes, the largest being for the Aburdeice project and worth US$ 4,912,960, while the other is for the Abuteeg project and worth US$ 2,176,003. These orders will be fulfilled by the Amiantit Fiberglass Egypt Company (AFEC) using Amiantit-owned Flowtite technology which produces environment-friendly pipe systems that are corrosion-resistant, lightweight, easy to install and virtually maintenance free. The third order is for concrete cylinder pipes. On the other side of the world, Amiantit Group company, Amitech Brazil, has succeeded in getting a breakthrough contract award for its Flowtite GRP pipes which were selected in preference to the usual choice of steel. The decision was made by Rischbieter of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, a company which specializes in civil construction projects such as the treatment of industrial and domestic effluents and small hydroelectric plants.

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Innovative CNC Technology for the Aerospace Industry

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Complete automation solutions for CNC applications in airplane and engine manufacture were the focus of the Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) presentation at the Airtech 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany. Siemens A&D was also showing for the first time a new 7 axis transformation for fibre and tape laying applications. Siemens say that there new 7 axis transformation enables programming in workpiece coordinates even with complex machine kinematics. This, in turn, enables machine concepts to be implemented for highly innovative fibre and tape laying applications that can produce complete fuselage segments on the basis of carbon fibre reinforced plastic materials.

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Wood Composite Technologies in New Canadian Distribution Partnership

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Wood Composite Technologies’ Millennium Decking product line,will be distributed exclusively throughout Canada by Vicwest from its regional distribution centres. Commenting on the new partnership John Greenwood, President and CEO of Wood Composite said “”Vicwest is a well respected company with established relationships with every major buying group in Canada and representation in every major market”” “”This new partnership will provide new opportunities for both companies””. Greg Zimmer, National Sales Manager for Vicwest commented saying “”Millennium Decking is a premium composite decking product with a proven performance record within Canada and we are excited about supplying it to our customers””

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