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News for July 2007


New LNP Verton Xtreme Compounds for Enhanced Effects

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GE Plastics has introduced a new product platform that they say helps solve the drawbacks of dry-blending colorants, flame retardants, additives, and other effects in long-glass-fibre compounds. GE’s LNP Verton Xtreme compound portfolio is a one-pellet solution for enhanced colour, flame retardance (FR), and weatherability. According to GE, this patent-pending technology improves batch-to-batch consistency and within individual parts by eliminating the need to blend two pellet types, which can lead to separation, settling, and other quality issues. LNP Verton Xtreme compound grades – XC for extreme colour, XFR for extreme flame retardance, and XW for extreme weatherability – enable customers to achieve the mechanical properties of long-glass-fibre reinforcement while boosting quality and consistency that can reduce overall system costs. Jamie Tebay, structural product manager for GE Plastics, LNP, said, “GE Plastics has invested millions of dollars – including new extruders, equipment, and specific strand designs – to develop and commercialize the new LNP Verton Xtreme compound platform. This significant commitment demonstrates our dedication to the industry. GE Plastics’ value-added services, expertise, and next-generation products, allow us to meet the most stringent customer requirements for improved quality and consistency, exceptional performance, and system efficiencies.” Steelcase Inc. is evaluating injection-molded LNP Verton XC compound to produce the seat back frame of its award-winning Leap office chair. By replacing a two-pellet solution with LNP Verton Xtreme compound, Steelcase has seen an improvement in surface finish and colour consistency. With the rich and consistent color of GE’s LNP Verton XC compound, Steelcase expects to improve overall aesthetics while reducing system costs. GE’s LNP Verton XC compound is currently available in nylon base resins, while LNP Verton XFR compound is available in polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resins. The third grade, LNP Verton XW compound, is based on GE’s Geloy resin, an advanced amorphous terpolymer of acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA) resin. It will be available in Q3 2007. These compounds can be processed using standard and gas-assist injection moulding, structural foam moulding, and injection-compression moulding, and can be extruded into profiles. Future plans for the platform include one-pellet solutions that offer enhanced lubrication for parts such as gears and washers, and enhanced conductivity for powder-coated parts.

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Hitco orders Viper Fibre Placement System

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MAG Cincinnati has received an order from Hitco Carbon Composites for a two-station Viper 6000 Fibre Placement System for automated in-the-round lay-up of carbon/epoxy composite structures. It is the second order in three months from Hitco for state-of-the-art Cincinnati Machine composite fabrication systems. In April Hitco ordered Cincinnati Machine’s advanced Charger Automated Tape Layer for automated lay-up of less contoured structures and shapes such as aircraft wings and tails. The two Cincinnati Machine systems are key elements in a multi-million dollar modernization program aimed at making Hitco “”the best-in-class automated Tier II supplier to the aerospace and defence industry,”” said Edward G. Carson, Hitco chief operating officer. The strategic move forward positions Hitco to support major commercial aviation programs, including Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the first commercial airliner designed for composite construction. The Viper system has capacity for two tool stations and extended rail travel for the FPS head, enabling fabrication of one part while a finished part is removed from the other station and tooling is readied for the next. “”The two-station configuration would allow Hitco to realize near-continuous operation for highest throughput and machine utilization,”” said Randy Kappesser, Vice President & General Manager, Cincinnati Machine Composites. “MAG Cincinnati is the only FPS manufacturer to offer two-station capability,” he said. part of the SGL Group, Hitco is the first Tier II aerospace and defence manufacturer to commit to FPS lay-up capability, noted Kappesser. “”This speaks to the revolution coming as vehicles and systems convert from fabricated metal structures to high-strength, lightweight monolithic construction,”” he said. “”Demand for precision composite parts continues to grow, obviously for aviation and defence, but also wind power and energy generation, automotive, and large-scale construction. Composites offer a unique mix of properties — high strength, light weight, superior heat, fatigue and corrosion resistance, electrical and thermal conductivity. They permit elective engineering of performance characteristics, and make possible great time and labour savings by replacing multi-piece fabrications with one-piece monolithic components.”” “The Viper and Charger systems complement each other to bring automation efficiencies and precision to a broad spectrum of shapes,” he explained. “The Viper independently manipulates 32 narrow epoxy-impregnated fibre ‘tows’ in laying up round, oval, convex/concave, and hollow shapes around fixed or rotating tooling. It is especially effective at fuselage, engine cowls and inlet ducts, fan blades, nozzle cones, rocket case sections, and pressure tanks,”” he noted. “”The Charger specializes in more linear parts, flat or low contoured, such as wing skins, horizontal stabilizers, and floor sections. It can lay 3″”, 6″” and 12″”- wide epoxy-saturated carbon fibre tape in any orientation and thickness, thanks to a new state-of-the-art contour tape head. Accelerated lay-up rates allow faster turnaround for today’s tighter assembly schedules, while improving inventory turns and earnings.” Scheduled for 2007 and 2008 deliveries, the MAG Cincinnati automated composites processing machines will enable faster lay-up rates, to Hitco quality standards, on a wide variety of composite component structures currently produced mainly by hand lay-up. “”Automated lay-up ensures consistent quality while reducing labour and assembly time, inspection costs, scrap rates and re-work,”” said Carson. “”In addition, we are enhancing our design and engineering capabilities and our production facilities to obtain additional long-term production contracts with strategic Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers.””

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Interplastic Corporation 2007 Scholars Award Winners

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Interplastic has announced the 2007 recipients of the Scholars Award sponsored by Interplastic Corporation in affiliation with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

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Atlanta Company Introduces the World’s Largest & Strongest Composite Sheet Piling

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Crane Materials International, the Atlanta based manufacturer of synthetic sheet piling, high performance docks, and innovative marine construction products, will now offer two new composite sheet pile sections. Until now, the largest FRP sheet piling produced was 18” (46 cm) wide and .26” (0.27 cm) thick. ShoreGuard GG50 is three feet (91 cm) wide and .355” (0.90 cm) in thickness and GG70 is four feet (122 cm) wide and .470” (1.20 cm) in thickness. CMI say that ShoreGuard Ultra Composite GG70 is three times stronger than any fibreglass sheet piling offered by anyone other than CMI. “Our team has more experience in the design and manufacture of FRP sheet pile than any other company”. Said Mike Yeats, Chief Engineer, CMI. “I am very excited about the prospect of being designed into applications where, before now, steel was the only choice”. The applications for the new sheet piling products are tall seawalls & retaining walls, as well as cutoff walls, containment barriers and flood control structures.

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Consumers Must Be Convinced Nanotechnology Benefits Outweigh Risks

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Andrew Maynard, Chief Scientist of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has said that uncertainty will make nanotech a ‘hard sell’.

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NetComposites Launches Composites Virtual Consultant – VirCon

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NetComposites has launched the VirCon composites consultant on its web site, a free interactive online tool that provides users with high quality introductory information on composite materials and processes

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Century Products Lifetime Lumber Chosen for Use in Signature Equestrian Facility

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Century Products Lifetime Lumber Chosen for Use in Signature Equestrian Facility A new signature equestrian facility is making a strong green building statement in the selection of construction materials for its fences and stall support systems. The exclusive O’Connor Signature equestrian facility located at The Oaks, a residential community in Lake City, Florida, currently has installed more than 75,000 board feet of LifeTime Lumber for fencing, and is using LifeTime Lumber posts to support each of the 33 stall systems in the main barn. LifeTime Lumber is a wood alternative that has the look and feel of wood without the maintenance requirements. Manufactured by Southern California-based Century Products LLC, LifeTime Lumber is comprised of recycled fly ash – an inert waste product from electric utility plants – which is bound together with Baydur polyurethane composite from Bayer MaterialScience. LifeTime Lumber has very similar working properties to those of wood, and the material can be screwed, sawed and nailed together with regular woodworking tools. “”During our product research period, we kept coming back to LifeTime Lumber. The material quality and durability is unmatched in the industry and stands alone when it comes to meeting O’Connor Signature standards,”” said Bradley Dicks, owner of Dicks Realty, the project’s developer. Equestrian Services, LLC, a provider of turn-key equestrian amenities for communities and resorts throughout the United States, headquartered in Charlottesville VA, is overseeing the plans for the O’Connor facility and selected LifeTime Lumber specifically for the revolutionary project. “We have been working with fencing products for years and have seen, sampled and installed many different types currently on the market,”” said Michael M. Donovan, principal, Equestrian Services, LLC. “”We are thrilled with the LifeTime Lumber fencing product because it looks and feels like real wood, is available in a variety of colours, is safe, requires no maintenance and is LEED certified.” “We are honoured that our eco-friendly LifeTime Lumber product has been chosen by Brad Dicks and Equestrian Services to play such a prominent role in the world’s first O’Connor Signature equestrian facility,” said Jim Mahler, senior vice president, Century Products. “Lifetime Lumber offers a mix of strength, durability and flexibility, as well as resistance to water absorption, mould, mildew and rot that makes it a perfect fit for equestrian applications.” Equestrian Services has also used LifeTime Lumber as fencing in previous projects in Florida and Virginia. Formed in 2002, Century Products has invested several years of research and development work into its LifeTime Lumber product. It now manufactures and sells LifeTime Lumber boards in several sizes, lengths and colours for use in the residential and commercial decking and fencing markets, as well as the equestrian fencing market.

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Composite Decking with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection

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Correct Building Products, manufacturer of CorrectDeck composite decking, is now offering CorrectDeck CX with Microban antimicrobial product protection. It is claimed to be the first composite decking to combine antimicrobial protection that resists mould and mildew with stain and fade resistance. “We developed CorrectDeck CX with Microban protection in response to homeowner concerns that composite decking needed to be improved in several areas, especially mold and mildew resistance,” said Martin Grohman, president of Correct Building Products. “Microban antimicrobial technology makes those improvements because it inhibits the growth of mould and mildew that can cause unsightly stains and spots. “It truly fulfils the promise of low maintenance that composite deck owners expect,” Grohman said. CorrectDeck’s co-extrusion process engineers Microban protection into each board. “Other composite deck materials are susceptible to fading because wood fibers were exposed to the elements, but because our decking protects fibres, darker colours won’t lose their rich look and lighter colours won’t look black when wet.” “We’re very enthusiastic about Microban antimicrobial product protection and what it means for our customers,” Grohman said. “We’ve always made a very strong, sag-resistant deck through our use of polypropylene instead of polyethylene, and now with CorrectDeck CX with Microban product protection, we’ve developed a composite deck that really is low-maintenance for homeowners and businesses.”

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Alcan Invests in a New Conversion Centre in Shanghai

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Alcan will invest in a new conversion centre in Shanghai, China to serve the fast-growing Chinese and Asia-Pacific composites market. The new facility will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2008. “This new conversion centre will enable Alcan to offer leading-edge composite core material and will allow us to improve our lead times and services to our customers in the rapidly expanding Chinese and Asia-Pacific wind energy, marine and mass transportation markets,” said Pierre Monéton, President, Product Market Unit, Core Materials, Alcan Composites. The new greenfield conversion centre is under construction in the Tangzhen industrial area in Shanghai, China. It is currently being equipped for the transformation of AIREX plastic foam and BALTEK balsa-based core materials used by fabricators to make innovative sandwich structure solutions. In addition to the transformation capacity, the new centre will include sales and technical services to provide Alcan’s customers with local market knowledge and expertise. When fully operational, the new conversion centre will employ 40 people.

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Knight & Carver Officially Opens South Dakota Facility

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A Grand Opening party attracting some 250 attendees was held Friday, June 22 to celebrate the official launch of Knight & Carver’s new wind-blade production and repair facility. The 26,000 square foot plant marks the company’s entry into the Upper Midwest, where the presence of abundant wind resources has the potential to transform the region into a national leader for the production of renewable energy through wind power. “We are proud to call South Dakota our new home, where we expect to be a strong economic engine in the production and repair of wind blades for many years to come,” said Sampson A. Brown, President/CEO of Knight & Carver. “We are grateful to the many local and state leaders, led by Governor Mike Rounds, who helped make this ambitious dream become a reality.” Already in partial operation since March, the plant is now fully equipped and operational. The all-weather building was built to Knight & Carver’s precise specifications and needs under terms of a five-year lease. Economic incentives were provided by the State of South Dakota, Miner County Community Revitalization (MCCR) and Heartland Consumers Power District in Howard. “As part of our pledge to fully utilize the state’s human resources as our company grows, we expect to employ up to 25 South Dakota-based production workers here in Howard by mid-July,” said Gary Kanaby, Knight & Carver’s Director of Business Development. In addition, up to 10 South Dakota-based workers will soon be dispatched to wind farms around the Upper Midwest for various blade repair and maintenance projects. Knight & Carver’s facility is located in Howard Industrial Park, adjacent to Energy Maintenance Services, a wind turbine service company that opened two years ago. The two companies are working closely on several projects, a cooperative effort that fits the goals of Howard Industrial Park. Currently, Knight & Carver’s Howard plant is headquarters for the innovative STAR blade, which stands for “Sweep Twist Adaptive Rotor.” The first blade of its kind ever built, STAR’s most distinctive characteristic is a gently curved tip. Unlike the vast majority of blades in current use, STAR is specially designed for low-wind-speed regions. Sized overall at 27.1 meters (approx. 90’) x 2.4 meters (approx. 7’8”), the blade takes advantage of all wind speeds, including marginal speeds. Instead of the traditional linear shape, the blade features a curvature toward the trailing edge, designed to relieve loads on the blade and turbine drive. Upon completion in August, the initial set of STAR blades will delivered to a test site for full rotor testing. A fourth blade will be delivered to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Boulder, CO for additional fatigue testing. The $2.8 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, was honoured last year with the DofE’s “Outstanding Research and Development Partnership Award.” The project is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of California at Davis and Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM.

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