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News for May 2007


Influential Speakers form Impressive Line-up for SAMPE '07

8th May 2007 0 comments

Three influential speakers, Director of NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program Office Douglas Comstock, Department of Homeland Security Director of Research Dr. Starnes Walker and Donald A. Manzullo of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, will make keynote presentations at of SAMPE ’07, June 3-7, 2007 in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Comstock’s presentation, “”NASA’s New Strategic Directions and the Importance of Industrial Collaborations””, will outline NASA’s goals for the next 10 years. One of the most prevalent technical areas common to most of the strategic goals NASA has set forth is materials science a field that remains paramount to the future of space exploration. Mr. Comstock will present on Tuesday, June 5. Dr. Walker is presenting “”The Path Forward for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”” He will discuss the DHS outreach approach that the Science and Technology Directorate has shaped to maximize success in delivery of intellectual capital, solutions and capabilities. His talk will take place Wednesday, June 6. Rep. Manzullo will give his presentation on “”The Foundation for Our National Strength,”” which will focus on the correlation between the health of the manufacturing sector and the health of the defense industrial base. His presentation will address his efforts to strengthen the U.S. industrial base. Rep. Manzullo addresses SAMPE ’07 on Thursday, June 7. In addition to these keynote presentations, the SAMPE ’07 Conference and Exhibition features 55 sessions, 6 panels, over 280 presentations and 250 exhibiting companies.

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Reifenhauser and nova-Institut Offer WPC Innovation Award

8th May 2007 0 comments

For the first time, Reifenhauser and nova-Institut are offering an innovation award for wood plastic composites (WPCs), in even two categories.

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AOC, CCP, Hexion and Interplastic Raise Prices

8th May 2007 0 comments

Following on from last week’s announcement of price increases, AOC, Cook Composites & Polymers, Hexion and Interplastic will all raise prices.

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DSM Neoxil Starts Production in China

8th May 2007 0 comments

This month DSM Neoxil will start production at its new, totally dedicated sizing plant in Shanghai, China. DSM say that this will further consolidate DSM’s position in the development and manufacture of sizings and binders – essential value-added products used in the fibre manufacturing industry. As Business Director Remko Goudappel remarks: “The new Neoxil plant is a substantial investment and underscores our commitment to better serving the growing fibre reinforcements market in the Asia-Pacific region. With our plant in China running alongside our plant in Italy, we will gain an increased capacity for product development and custom manufacturing. Customers in the APAC region will benefit from improved services with fresh material and rapid deliveries replacing lengthy shipping schedules. And our global customers can rest assured in the knowledge that the new plant will produce Neoxil products to the same high quality, safety and environmental standards that have made the Neoxil brand a benchmark for fibre sizing emulsions for more than 30 years.” DSM has been running an extensive training program for the new personnel and they will also deploy experienced Neoxil people to support production and product qualifications. Sizing is a critical component in the composite value chain as it determines the optimal fibre compatibility and performance with the resin matrix. DSM Neoxil has recently launched the following innovative products: Neoxil 5537: an aliphatic polyether polyurethane emulsion for thermoplastic chopped strand applications for polyamide. The product was also confirmed as compliant with EU food contact regulations. Neoxil 4691: an aliphatic polyurethane with high molecular weight and high solids content which has now been commercially up-scaled for global sales. Neoxil 777: for thermoplastic chopped strand applications for homo-polymer and coupled polypropylene plastics, polypropylene copolymer with high molecular and melting point of 130 °C. Neoxil 5716: a novolac epoxy offering good hydrolysis resistant strength and good colour. DSM say that the product can be used in PBT as well as direct roving applications. Neoxil 990 PMX: a powder binder based on propoxylated bisphenol-A, balancing particle size distribution and thermal stability (Tg) with what DSM says is excellent processing in CSM (chopped strand mats) and superior solubility and compatibility in composite applications.

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Meridian Expands into SMC Compound Sales Market

8th May 2007 0 comments

Meridian Automotive Systems has launched a sales and marketing initiative to supply raw sheet moulding compound (SMC) to other moulders in the thermoset composites industry. Meridian’s Grabill, Indiana single-purpose SMC compounding facility, constructed in 2003, produces polyester, vinyl ester and blended resin compounds reinforced with glass fibre, glass cloth or carbon fibre. Meridian’ says that its SMC formulations and technical service capabilities have been honed to perfection for use in its own extensive SMC moulding operations, which predominantly focus on transportation-related applications. Richard E. Newsted, Meridian’s President and CEO, said, “”This expansion is part of the business growth initiative of our composites group into the consumer and industrial market. We have added dedicated resources to support our new customers in the SMC compound market, and we intend to provide high quality, competitive products and services to these customers.”” Meridian Automotive Systems is currently a supplier front and rear end modules, exterior thermoplastics and composites, lighting and interior systems to automobile and truck manufacturers.

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Ticona Selects Nanjing, China, for Celstran LFRT Facility

8th May 2007 0 comments

Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese, will build a new Celstran long fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) facility in Nanjing, China.

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Raytheon Awarded Contract to Develop Composite for Infrared Windows and Domes

8th May 2007 0 comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Raytheon a two-year, $7.5 million contract to develop an improved composite material for infrared windows and missile domes. “”The contract calls for the development of significantly enhanced materials and manufacturing processes compared to those currently in use for windows and aerodynamically shaped domes in the 3-5 micron mid-wave infrared band,”” said Mark Russell, vice president of engineering at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. The Phase 1 contract is being performed for the Office of Naval Research as part of DARPA’s Nano-Composite Optical Ceramics program. The objective is to develop a processing method for the manufacture of infrared transparent missile domes capable of higher speed operation and greater particle impact resistance than sapphire, the current material. If options are exercised in subsequent phases, the full program has a potential value of $14.4 million. “”Phase 1 goals include achieving mid-wave infrared optical transmission exceeding that of spinel with mechanical properties greater than those of sapphire,”” said Rick Gentilman, Raytheon’s program manager. “”These efforts will include the development of new classes of infrared materials for windows and domes based on multi-phase nano-composites designed to be substantially stronger than existing single-phase infrared materials.”” Joining Raytheon’s project team are Rutgers University, the University of Connecticut, the University of California-Davis and three small businesses — Nanocerox, Ann Arbor, Mich.; CeraNova Marlborough, Mass.; and CBW Tech Services, Framingham, Mass. Raytheon’s work on the contract will be performed by its Integrated Defense Systems in Andover, Mass., and Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz.

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Vistagy and Jetcam Expand Global Technology Partnership

8th May 2007 0 comments

Jetcam International, active in CAD/CAM and nesting for the sheet metal and composites industries, and Vistagy, the provider of specialized engineering software, have announced an expanded business and technology partnership in composite materials.

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Velox to Distribute Nanocyl Carbon Nanotubes and Products

8th May 2007 0 comments

Carbon Nanotubes company Nanocyl and specialised raw materials distribution & sales company Velox have signed an agreement for the distribution of Nanocyl’s carbon nanotubes-based products in Europe.

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NaturalNano Signs Agreements with Nylon Corporation of America and Cascade Engineering

8th May 2007 0 comments

NaturalNano and Nylon Corporation of America will work to commercialize NaturalNano’s nylon Pleximer products for the enhancement of the mechanical properties of nylon nanocomposites.

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