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News for 19 November 2007


Integran takes top honours at Canadian Innovation Awards

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Leading-edge technology and an innovative approach to new markets has earned Toronto’s Integran Corporation the title of Innovative Business of the Year. The Ontario-based company, specializing in high performance metal products, developed a method of reducing costs for manufacturing advanced carbon fibre composite parts used extensively in aerospace and defence structures, but this innovative product is also taking the sporting goods market by storm. Their latest product, Nanovar, is a low thermal expansion, very hard metal coating for carbon fibre reinforced tooling. Integran’s Nanovar coating increases surface hardness by 15 times, adding durability and longevity to the tool resulting in reduced manufacturing costs and environmental impact by decreasing waste carbon fibre composite mould material. For their unique business strategy, Integran Corporation was awarded Canada’s top innovator at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ Eighth Annual Canadian Innovation Awards at the St. John’s Convention Centre this evening. “Given our current economic times, there perhaps has never been a greater time and a greater need for Canadian Business to be more innovative”, said Jayson Myers, CME president. “With an increasingly global economy, Canadian business must rise to the challenge to compete on the world’s stage.” “This year’s Canadian award winners are stories that all of Canada must celebrate. They are the key to strengthening Canadian competitiveness and solidifying Canada’s place as a global leader in the future.”

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LAN Airlines and Qatar Airways Confirm Orders for 787s

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Boeing and Qatar Airways held a signing ceremony at the Dubai Air Show to mark the airline’s order for 30 787 Dreamliners and five 777 Freighters. “”Our relationship with Qatar Airways has grown immensely,”” said Lee Monson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for the region. “”With 57 orders spread across the core of our twin-aisle offerings, this validation of our product strategy by such a renowned airline is truly valued by Boeing’s leadership and very rewarding for the members of our dedicated Middle East team.”” “”Qatar Airways’ mission is one of overall excellence,”” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO. “”We look forward to utilizing our new Boeing airplanes so that we can further enhance service to our passengers, while also playing a pivotal role in the economic development of the State of Qatar through expanded and optimized cargo operations.”” Chile’s LAN Airlines will also receive 32 787 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 acquisition to date for Latin America. The Santiago-based carrier has ordered 26 airplanes from Boeing, and will lease an additional six 787-9s from International Lease Finance Corp. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for entry into service in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience and operators with a more efficient commercial jetliner. To date, 51 airlines have logged 736 orders, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.

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YEMENIA ORDERS TEN AIRBUS A350 XWBs

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Yemenia, the official carrier of the state of Yemen, based in Sanaa, has signed a firm contract for ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft as part of its long haul fleet modernization programme. The selection of the A350-800 by the airline followed a thorough evaluation of the aircraft and its competitor. Yemenia’s A350 XWBs will be configured in a comfortable two-class configuration with seating for 18 passengers in First Class and 265 in Economy. Captain Abdulkhaled Al-Kadi, Chairman of Yemenia said: “”we are delighted to have secured the future of our long-range fleet with the Airbus A350. We are looking forward to introducing the aircraft on our intercontinental routes to and from Yemen. Yemen Airways is on the right track to implement its fleet modernization program, and to be well positioned to grow to meet high passenger demand”. “We are proud that Yemenia has chosen the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft as a springboard for their ambitious growth plans. The new A350 is the ideal modern aircraft to help develop services from Yemen to Europe, Asia and the US. Yemenia’s decision to buy the A350 XWB is another great endorsement of our aircraft”, said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. Yemenia currently has four A310s and two A330-200s in its long haul fleet, operating from its base in Sanaa and Aden to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as possible further expansions of the network in Africa in the future.

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Henkel Develops Durable New Nacelle Film Adhesive

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A state-of-the-art, high temperature and durability, epoxy-based film adhesive, Hysol EA 9658, has been developed by the aerospace group of Henkel Corporation. Designed for composite or metal bonding, Hysol EA 9658 reticulates for optimum acoustic efficiency. Hysol EA 9258.1 is a new companion water-based chromated primer. Hysol® EA 9658 is a 177°C (350°F) cure system targeted for the highly demanding aerospace nacelle bonding applications. According to Henkel, this next generation nacelle film adhesive, as compared to the industry standard, possesses unusually high toughness and peel strength while maintaining superior high temperature properties. They say that a unique advantage of this new technology is the controlled flow, which enables it to perform well in reticulated sound suppression nacelle structures.

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Reflexive Composite Aerostructures Identify and Heal Damage in Flight

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Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) has developed bio-inspired, reflexive composites that allow aerostructures to heal themselves during flight. Designed to mimic the human reflex response, reflexive composites sense structural damage, respond quickly and autonomously to the damage, and heal the area while keeping the operator informed of the healing process. CRG teamed with Franklin Innovation and Acellent Technologies to integrate a piezoelectric-based structural health monitoring (SHM) system and an autonomous control system. The reflexive composite system is integrated with SHM to provide continuous feedback to the control system regarding the structural integrity of the composite panels. The SHM continually scans the structure looking for damage and analyzing the information by magnitude, physical size, and zone prioritization. Damage is assessed on a predetermined scale for vehicle survival. The control system works autonomously, responding to damage and informing the vehicle operator of the status. CRG’s healable resin system has been tailored to focus on strength recovery, shape recovery, and polymer healing. Reflexive panels have demonstrated the ability to retain 90% of flexural strength and modulus after yield and subsequent healing cycle exposure. Reflexive composites allow aerostructures to seal micro-cracks, heal delamination, and restore aerodynamic surfaces while remaining in flight.

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Carbon Surfacing Veil Available for Fibre Reinforced Plastic Applications

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Hollingsworth and Vose is now producing specialty carbon fibre surfacing veils for fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) applications. The carbon fibre nonwoven surfacing veils provide corrosion resistance in FRP applications including chemically corrosive environments and applications where conductivity is a requirement. The carbon fibre surfacing veil product line includes Advanced Fiber Nonwoven AFN grades 8000015, 8000020, and 8000030. The AFN manufacturing line is located in Hawkinsville, Georgia.

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GlasCraft Introduces New Machines to Their Line of Variable Ratio Systems

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GlasCraft has extended its offering of Variable Ratio (VR) machines to include the new Guardian VR systems. GlasCraft’s VR systems are equipped with dispensing ratios between 1:1 and 5:1, with infinite adjustment in between these extremes, dialing-in exact volumes of ‘A’ and ‘B’ materials, outputs up to 45 lbs (22 kg) per minute, up to 3000 psi (207 bar) and heaters from 3000 to 14000 watts.

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AOC Announces Price Increase for North America

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AOC will make a $0.04/lb price increase on all resins, gel coats, pigments, colorants and additives for the United States, Canada and export shipments for Latin America, effective for all shipments on Monday December 3, 2007. The global demand for crude oil, continued weakening of the U.S. dollar value and geopolitical issues in oil rich countries of the world have driven crude oil prices to record levels. Almost everyday a new record high price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) as traded on the NYMEX occurs. WTI is approaching $100 per barrel in recent days, which is a 30 to 40% increase in pricing from what was seen in the summer months. In spite of record Natural Gas in storage, NG is following crude oil prices up at a time of year where prices should be falling. These critical feed stocks used to make the raw materials for Unsaturated Polyester Resin have risen based on unprecedented energy demand and the trend will continue as raw material increases lag crude oil price changes.

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Consulting Firm to Help Composites Companies Get R&D Tax Credits

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Affluent Consulting of Odessa, FL is focusing its expertise in helping companies take full advantage of federal and state research and development (R&D) tax credits on the U.S. composites industry. After Affluent Consulting personnel attended the recent COMPOSITES & POLYCON show in Tampa, FL, the company recognized the potential tax savings for which many composites businesses are eligible, but may be failing to take advantage of. Affluent works with companies such as composites fabricators and suppliers to the industry to help them recover research and development expenditures. “Through our diligence and commitment, we find and document costs that are very often missed by many CPA firms,” said Stephfan Nurse of Affluent Consulting. Through intimate knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and careful examination of treatises, case law, regulations, and rulings, Affluent Consulting professionals will help U.S. composites industry companies uncover and capture all qualifying research. The Federal R&D Tax Credit Program has been in existence since 1981, but was utilized by only the most technologically sophisticated companies until 2001. That year, U.S. tax laws were redefined to create lucrative new incentives for companies who continued to innovate, allowing a much greater number of companies to qualify for the R&D tax credit. Nurse says the roadblocks to claiming these R&D tax credits are lack of awareness and the time required to document a company’s eligibility for them. “Many companies fail to take advantage of the R&D tax credit because of ambiguous and difficult to interpret statutory and regulatory descriptions of what R&D is,” he explains. “In the tax world, R&D is defined much more broadly than in the world of science. Qualifying research includes much more than just new product development. Expenditures taken to improve existing products as well as to develop or improve processes also qualify. Basically, a company’s day to day operations may qualify them for this benefit.” Nurse points out that fabricators and suppliers should also note that typical R&D Tax Credit studies Affluent Consulting performs are retroactive for up to four tax years, in accordance with U.S. tax laws. “Because our studies are retroactive for multiple years, they can result in a tax credit for our clients in excess of six figures,” Nurse says.

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MVP Conducts Demos Inside ACMA Exhibition

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Magnum Venus Plastech was the first company allowed to conduct live demonstrations of their products and technology inside the hall at the ACMA Composites 2007 Exhibition in October. Historically, organizers of the exhibition and city fire authorities had denied permission to conduct such demonstrations in the booths for safety and health reasons. However, MVP was able to demonstrate to each that the Light RTM Technology being demonstrated had reached a level of safety and technical security that there was no danger in allowing the demonstrations to proceed. MVP conducted several demonstrations that included the full 15 minute, from the start of injection to the de-moulding of the part, closed mould injections of a carbon fiber racing car seat, producing a perfect fill each time with foam and metal inserts included in the part. The new Patriot SSB system with a safe water based Flush System was used for these injections. The new “MotoCat” feature on this system allowed for a change in catalyst percentage producing a rapid cure on the part after just a 70 second mould fill. Presenters demonstrated how the entire moulding cycle is now an automatic sequence that starts with the press of a button. Jim Hedger, Jr., President of MVP said, “We see the growth of clean, closed mould technology as very important to our clients, so we have invested heavily in establishing top name expertise and intensive training programs in mould building and technology transfer.” He continued, “The show’s safe, clean and very professional demonstrations provided very serious encouragement toward change so very much needed under today’s emission control legislation.”

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