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News for 23 July 2007


Amiantit Fiberglass Industries India Wins Orders worth $19.4Million

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Amiantit Fiberglass Industries India has recently been awarded contracts for Amiantit Flowtite corrosion-resistant, environment-friendly pipe systems for domestic water supplies in the states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. A fourth order is from an international oil company for 70 double wall storage tanks which are also produced using the Flowtite fibreglass continuous filament winding process, a manufacturing technology for which Amiantit owns the exclusive world patents. “”Amiantit Fiberglass India has been a winner all the waysince the day the manufacturing facility in Goa commenced operations in 2004,”” said Eng. Fareed Al-Khalawi, President & CEO of the Amiantit Group. “”While our core product there is pipe systems, there has been an exceptionally large demand for our single and double wall tanks for both above ground and underground storage of gasoline, with large orders coming from two of India’s leading privately-owned petroleum companies, both of which are in the process of expanding their retail gas stations enormously, a sure sign of India’s rapidly increasing economic growth and prosperity.”” The technology to produce GRP double wall tanks was developed in Saudi Arabia by Amiantit Fiberglass Industries Ltd. (AFIL), an Amiantit Group company, which was the first manufacturer in the Middle East to develop and put into production double wall tanks made from reinforced fiberglass using an automated process.

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Victrex Opens New £1.5 Million Applied Technology Centre in UK

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Victrex has opened a Victrex Applied Technology (VATC) at its primary production facility in Thornton Cleveleys in the UK. The new £1.5 million, 900 square metre centre is an expansion of the company’s product development facilities that will provide customers with expertise and support in product development for key targeted industry sectors, such as: automotive; electronics and semiconductor; industrial and oil and gas. The facility will also provide extensive material specification and testing services. The new VATC houses extrusion and compounding equipment for new product development, state-of-the-art injection moulding machines, with the capability to support customer trials on-site, as well as a suite of existing tooling for moulding experimental samples and test pieces. Twenty dedicated product and application development experts work at the VATC producing new compounds of VICTREX PEEK to meet specific customer requirements. The VATC also houses proprietary processing and testing equipment developed by Victrex to support customers with the development and commercialisation of the next generation of VICTREX PEEK applications. “We are accelerating the expansion of markets for VICTREX PEEK polymer through new product and application development, customer technical service and our commitment to product quality,” said Dr. John Grasmeder, Global Technology Manager of Victrex. “The VATC will enable us to work more closely with our customers and end-users, to better understand their needs and commercialise new technologies for VICTREX PEEK polymer more rapidly than ever before.” The VATC is complementary to the Asia Innovation & Technology Center that the company opened in Shanghai last summer. Both locations offer technical service and application support concentrating on the dominant market sectors. The VATC has a focus on product development and most recently was responsible for the development and commercialisation of the ESD grades of VICTREX PEEK. “At Victrex we relish the opportunity to work closely with our customers to help them create innovative and differentiated end-products. We are proud of our track record in this area, which saw us commercialise more than 500 new applications in the last year. In real terms, this means that our customers have been able to successfully introduce high-performance, high-quality products into their chosen markets, enhancing their competitive edge. The new VATC will provide unrivalled levels of support for our customers in the competitive automotive, electronics and semiconductor, industrial and oil and gas sectors.”

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CCP Brings Global Vinyl Ester Technology to North American Marketplace

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Beginning in August, Epovia corrosion-resistant vinyl ester resins will be available in the U.S. market from Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP). Epovia vinyl ester resins are designed for use in fabricating industrial equipment and structures, and provide a significantly enhanced defence against various kinds of corrosive chemicals when compared to many other plastics and metallic materials. “These resins have outstanding resistance to a long list of caustic chemicals, including acids, alkalis, and solvents at either room temperature or elevated temperatures,” said Dwayne Pinnell, Product Manager for CCP. “This makes them ideal for use in glass-lining, rubber coating, and metallic materials. “In addition, resins in this series offer high impact resistance,” he continued, “as well as substantial cost advantages throughout construction, installation and continued use.” Typical processes for Epovia applications include pultrusion, filament winding, compression molding, RTM, and hand lay-up. Typical end-use applications are absorption towers, process vessels, storage tanks, pipes, hood, scrubbers, ducting and exhaust stacks.

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Milliken Rebrands MFT as Tegris

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Milliken has rebranded MFT, its 100% PP thermoplastic composite, as Tegris, preceding an Autumn introduction of a communications and business development program. “Milliken’s focus on continuous improvement applies to its marketing as well as its product development,” said Todd Kleman, Marketing Strategist with the company’s Specialty Industrial Business. “Earlier this year, we decided we needed to revise the branding to capitalize on opportunities for growth in our various markets.” The new name is derived from the Latin tegeris, which means “you are shielded.” It’s also meant to communicate the composite’s strength and structural integrity. The new name and logo will be paired with the brand’s existing icon, a triangle with three interior sections that symbolize the composite’s three key benefits. “We wanted a powerful new name that would resonate with our customers and work on a global basis,” Kleman said. “We think Tegris represents an elegant approach to impact resistance and stiffness, with definitive opportunities for weight reduction.”

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New Research Indicates Quickstep Automotive Parts Manufacturing Potential

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Quickstep Holdings has received results from research work on automotive composite crash structures which may deliver cost and safety benefits.

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LM Glasfiber to Open New Blade Plant in Arkansas

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LM Glasfiber today plans to open a new facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, scheduled to begin operations in first quarter 2008 and to employ over 1,000 people within five years. “We are very pleased to announce our new facility in Little Rock. The Little Rock plant is key to enabling us to serve our growing portfolio of customers in North America”, says LM Glasfiber CEO Roland M. Sundén. “The facility will help secure our customers’ long term blade supply thereby enabling their ambitious growth strategies while also increasing the robustness and visibility of LM Glasfiber’s North American sales.” “We couldn’t be happier with the location” adds Roland M. Sundén. “Not only is the site ideally located to serve some of the central US demand for wind development, but Arkansas was able to accommodate our aggressive ramp up schedule and we have every confidence they will exceed our stated goals. The site itself offers excellent logistical options, whether by road, rail, air or marine. And when we considered the kind of amenities that are conducive for LM Glasfiber to attract and retain the people and talent we need, Little Rock was a natural choice for us.” “LM Glasfiber adds another industry-leading company to Arkansas, and specifically to Little Rock,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “Not only does LM Glasfiber offer a global presence, but it will supply skilled and technical jobs to our citizens. LM Glasfiber also elevates Arkansas’s presence among the growing state and national interest in the renewable energy industry. This development is another step forward for our state’s economy in today’s global marketplace.” LM Glasfiber expects to sign the agreement with the State of Arkansas and the city of Little Rock in the immediate future. The Little Rock plant will be LM Glasfiber’s third North American production facility; effectively doubling the capacity of the existing factories in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Gaspé, Quebec. This latest capacity expansion reflects an overall strong market demand coupled with optimism for continued stability in the US market. The US is currently the largest market for new wind projects and the second globally in existing wind project installations.

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SP Collaborates with Hugo Boss Team to Produce Next Generation Open 60

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Following a year of anticipation and closely guarded technical data, the new Open 60 Hugo Boss has taken to the water. SP, the marine business division of Gurit AG, has supplied a range of composite materials and an extensive engineering package to this vessel, which was constructed in a female mould using SP’s SE70 prepreg. SP say that the product’s low cure characteristics reduce thermal movement during the cure cycle and therefore prevent distortion of the structure’s shape. By remaining true to the boat’s original geometry and design no filling or fairing was necessary and Hugo Boss has an almost flawless surface. According to SP, the result is one of the lightest Open 60 structures ever built which is sure to perform excellently on the race course. SP was part of a team including French architects Finot-Conq, Jason Carrington as Project Manager and Neville Hutton as Boat Builder. Finot-Conq was responsible for the designs of the last four Vendee Globe winners. Hugo Boss will be skippered by Alex Thomson in the forthcoming Fastnet Race 2007 and later this year in the Barcelona World Race. Alex has won various high profile races during his career and holds the 24 hour solo monohull world speed record and will compete in the Vendée Globe in 2008.

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CTG Launches New Division of Business

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CTG have launched ‘Clean Energy Technologies’ as their newest division of the business, which will represent products in the business like composite flywheels, turbo–machinery, high speed motors and generating sets. CTG specialise in the design and manufacture of advanced composites for the motorsport, aerospace and medical imaging industries. The new division of the business has been launched to give more emphasis to products like composite flywheels that are currently in high demand. Composite flywheels are currently used in uninterruptible power systems, the flywheel stores kinetic energy and can release that energy when the mains power is cut. The system can produce energy for a short amount of time until generators are started up for longer periods of power. These systems are used in critical applications like hospitals where constant power is crucial. Engineering Director Mike Dewhirst said, “In the current climate finding ‘green’ solution’s is becoming far more important and with CTG’s extensive composite knowledge products like flywheels, for kinetic energy storage can be of real benefit.”

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ACMA Releases Third Issue of Composites Research Journal

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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) released the third issue of Composites Research Journal (CRJ). The quarterly, electronic journal features the best peer-reviewed research in the composites industry as decided by the Editorial Review Board. The goal of the Journal is to promote the technology of composite materials and processes, and the commercial application of products. The CRJ publishes technical research from a broad spectrum of the composites industry and academia. The most recent issue includes work in the area of materials performance, including the following papers: A 15-Year Study of the Effective Use of Permeation Barriers in Marine Composites to Prevent Corrosion and Blistering: Part 2, Evaluation of the Physical Properties, by David J. Herzog and Paul P. Burrell of Interplastic Corporation; Burning Behavior at High Applied Heat Flux Levels: Implications for Determination of Material Properties, by Patricia A. Beaulieu and Robert G. Bill of FM Global and Nicholas A. Dembsey of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Performance of Composite Construction Products in Reaction-to-Fire Tests, by J. Huczek, M. Mehrafza and M. Janssens of Southwest Research Institute; Understanding the Effects of Clay Fillers in the Pultrusion Process, by James G. Vaughan and Ellen Lackey of the University of Mississippi, and Gary M. Freeman and Dean Ross of J.M. Huber; Processing and Properties of ATH Fillers in the Pultrusion Process, by Ellen Lackey and James G. Vaughan of The University of Mississippi, and Dean Ross of J.M. Huber Corporation; Pultruded FRP Plank as Formwork and Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, by Lawrence Bank, Michael Oliva, Han-Ug Bae, and Jeffrey Barker of University of Wisconsin, and Seung-Woon Yoo of Kwandong University. Subscriptions and more information are available at the link below.

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Owens Corning Agrees to Sell Its Sidings Business

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Owens Corning has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Siding Solutions business to Saint-Gobain for $371 million. The sale includes the company’s Norandex/Reynolds distribution business with 153 U.S. distribution centers in 38 states. Three vinyl siding manufacturing facilities in North America located in Claremont, N.C.; Joplin, Mo.; and London, Ontario are also part of the transaction. “”This sale completes the strategic review of our Siding Solutions business that we announced earlier this year,”” said Dave Brown, president and chief executive officer. “”We are thankful for the contributions of the 2,200 employees of Siding Solutions who have built the enterprise value of the business into what it is today. This divestiture is one of several actions we are taking across our company to increase our ability to generate consistent profitable growth that will drive shareholder value.”” Owens Corning’s strategic review of its Fabwel unit, the leading producer and fabricator of components and sidewalls for recreational vehicles and cargo trailers, continues. Fabwel is a unit within Owens Corning’s Composite Solutions segment.

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