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News for 16 October 2007


Airtech Europe Has New Training Facility

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Airtech Europe, the manufacturer and supplier of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials, has added a training facility to its plant. Airtech engineers are available to offer theoretical and hands-on training courses in manufacture of composite parts utilizing our products. The training programmes take account of economical and quality aspects : participants will learn how to produce high quality composite parts and reducing production time, eliminating waste and controlling cost. The training centre includes a conference room and a composite shop. Furthermore, the recently installed and commissioned autoclave represents an important complementary tool for the training programmes. It has a usable area of Ø 2m x 2m, is capable of achieving pressures up to 10 bar, temperatures to 380°C. The initial standard training programmes are related to prepreg/autoclave processing, resin infusion and tooling.

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DSM Dyneema Awarded Armour Protection Contract

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Composix, the US manufacturer of vehicle armour, has selected Dyneema HB26 to fulfil an order from a major US Department of Defense contractor for a high-end armour system.

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LM Glasfiber Signs Long-Term Supply Agreement with Vestas in India

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LM Glasfiber has signed a new three-year supply agreement with Vestas, to supply 1,500 MW blades for Vestas’ V82-1.65 MW turbine, which is produced in Chennai, India. The blades will be delivered from LM Glasfiber’s factory in Bangalore as well as from a new factory under establishment in Dobespet, both in the state of Karnataka, which is a central area for the Indian wind energy market. Supply from the new factory is expected to begin in the middle of 2007. Thorbjørn N. Rasmussen, President of Vestas Asia Pacific said: ”In 2005, the Indian wind energy market was the world’s fourth largest and it is a market with a very large potential: It has good wind conditions, rapid economic growth, growing demand for energy – in particular wind energy – to support its economic development. As the long-term supply agreement with LM Glasfiber includes blades for V82 turbines, a product we are selling to the growing market for MW turbines, this agreement contributes to form the basis of our growth strategy in India. By sourcing the blades locally in India, we obtain the local competitive advantages through reduced transport costs and less dependency on currency fluctuations.” Søren F. Knudsen, sales and marketing director of LM Glasfiber says: ”The agreement marks a considerable prolongation and extension of the good cooperation which we have had with Vestas for years in India. The new supply agreement increases our order visibility up to and including 2009, and our capacity increase contributes to giving Vestas a considerable flexibility in their supply chain. We are happy that our global presence has had the effect that Vestas has chosen to prolong our cooperation in one of their important growth markets.”

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Racing Technology Norfolk wins Le Mans supply contract

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Racing Technology Norfolk, the advanced composites subsidiary of Express Composites Group, has won a major contract that will see it once again involved in the fabled Le Mans 24-Hour race. Embassy Racing has contracted Racing Technology Norfolk to build the wind tunnel models and full size structures for its all-new race car, two of which are set to compete in the 2008 Le Mans Series. Racing Technology Norfolk is working with Chief Designer Peter Elleray of Ptec Design, with whom the company collaborated on the Bentley EXP Speed Eight which won Le Mans in 2003. The company will deliver wind tunnel models and the carbon composite tub and bodywork for the new Embassy Racing WF01. Graham Muff, Commercial Manager, Racing Technology Norfolk Ltd said: “We’re delighted and proud to have been selected by Embassy Racing as their technical partner to deliver the major structures of their new endurance racer. The contract recognises Racing Technology Norfolk’s unquestioned credentials in advanced composites and is a big vote of confidence as Racing Technology Norfolk returns to the commercial world.” Extensive wind tunnel testing has already been carried out with the models at the highly respected RUAG facility in Switzerland. Detail design and construction of the first WF01 is already under way with the car expected to run for the first time in January 2008. Peter Elleray, Chief Designer, said: “It’s great to be working with Racing Technology Norfolk again. They extract maximum performance from advanced composites and deliver the highest quality components and structures.”

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Multi-Licence Sale of Simulayt’s Advanced Fiber Modeler to Sikorsky Aircraft

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the US helicopter manufacturer, has made a multi-licence purchase of Advanced Fiber Modeler from Simulayt, the niche composites modelling software house, for use in the CH-53K and other programs. Dr John Klintworth, CEO of Simulayt commented “Sikorsky’s composites components are characterised by complex curvature and thick layups. We are pleased to help Sikorsky generate accurate manufacturing data using Advanced Fiber Modeler’s advanced capabilities in conjunction with CATIA V5 Composites Design. Accurate fibre orientations can then be transferred seamlessly into complex finite element analysis models of unmatched fidelity.”

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$180 Million Additional Carbon Fibre Expansion Program by Hexcel

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Hexcel Corporation will expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of both new carbon fibre lines and a new precursor line. The construction will be completed within two years, increasing Hexcel’s carbon fibre production nameplate capacity by approximately 70% to a total of about 16 million pounds. The expansion is needed to meet existing customer forecasts in commercial aerospace, space & defence and strategic industrial applications such as the recently announced contract for rotor tubes for the American Centrifuge Plant. Commenting on the expansion investment, Mr. David E. Berges, Hexcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, “”We are excited by the accelerating demand for carbon fibre composites, driven by market growth and the increasing penetration of these materials, particularly in commercial aerospace. As a world leader in advanced structural materials, Hexcel is committed to supporting this growth through product development and capacity expansion. The expansion will cost about $180 million spread over 2007, 2008 and 2009. Our team has done an outstanding job on our first expansion, and the knowledge gained has enabled us to continue to drive down capital costs per pound and shorten the time for construction and qualification.”” Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced structural materials company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibres, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defence and industrial applications.

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Sparta Ships First Sets of NLOS-LS Hardware Deliverables

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Sparta Composite Products recently began shipments of NLOS-LS (Non-Line-Of-Site Launch System) Precision Attack Missile (PAM) all up round (AUR) Containers for final delivery to the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF). Sparta is responsible for the design, development, qualification and production and assembly of the NLOS-LS PAM AUR containers under contract to Raytheon Missile Systems. David Money, Sparta Composites’ NLOS-LS PAM Container Program Co-Manager said, “the lightweight composite NLOS-LS PAM Containers enhance the functionality of the NLOS-LS system by providing PAM Missile transportation, long term Depot storage, and Combat Environment protection, as well as providing a launch platform for the PAM missile. The Container is designed to require little or no maintenance throughout the expected life of the system.”

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Capacity Expansion of Tenax Carbon Fiber

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Toho Tenax Co has decided to add a new carbon fibre production line at Toho Tenax Europe (located at Wuppertal, Germany, with a target operation start-up date of August 2009. Demand for this product is expected to grow at a rate of about 15% between 2005 and 2010 as applications for civil aircraft and industries increase. Demand in 2010 is anticipated to exceed 40,000 tons. With this announced increase in production capacity, plus capacity from lines that are currently under construction, the Teijin Group’s carbon fibre production capacity is scheduled to reach 13,500 tons per year.

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Official Opening of Quickstep Munich Site

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Quickstep has officially opened a new testing and manufacturing facility in Germany, which will be used to conduct manufacturing trials and development work for European aerospace groups including Eurocopter and Airbus. The centre was officially opened on Tuesday 9 October, by Australia’s Ambassador to Germany, Mr Ian Kemish AM, at a function held on site at the EADS group facilities in Munich. A Quickstep QS20 composites production machine was successfully commissioned at the site in August. Quickstep Managing Director, Mr Nick Noble, said the Centre represented an integral component of the Company’s strategy to qualify the Quickstep Process for use in aerospace parts manufacturing. “Gaining access to the global aerospace industry represents Quickstep’s most important long term growth objective,” Mr Noble said. “This new facility, located inside the EADS premises in Ottobrunn, Munich, will enable Quickstep to conduct vital development work with a number of key aerospace groups that we anticipate may lead to our first large-scale aerospace manufacturing contracts in 2008.” The first projects to be conducted at the site will involve development work carried out under the landmark Cooperation & Development Agreement (CDA) with Eurocopter, the world’s largest helicopter supplier, announced in May; as well as the manufacture of prototype parts for Airbus Deutschland GmbH – Site Laupheim, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global aerospace company, Airbus, announced in August. Both Eurocopter and Airbus are part of the EADS group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, which in 2006 generated revenues of over €39 billion. The CDA signed with Eurocopter in May establishes the framework for a long-term collaboration to investigate, optimise and qualify the manufacture of composites parts for the helicopter giant. Subject to success with the initial optimisation phase, the agreement lays the foundations for an industrialisation process leading to the commencement of commercial production of aerospace components using the Quickstep Process for a number of helicopter programs during 2008. Dr Christian Weimer, Head of Production Technologies and Projects at Eurocopter, said the new German facility would enable Quickstep and Eurocopter to work closely together to further develop Quickstep’s technology, and position Eurocopter to be ‘first to market’ with its application within the global aerospace industry. “Our initial research has underlined the significant potential for the Quickstep Process to improve performance in our products, as well as providing increased production efficiency and improved performance,” he said. “Our target is to be ready to apply the Process on future aircraft and helicopter programs as soon as possible, and this Centre will enable us to do that.” Australia’s Ambassador to Germany, Mr Ian Kemish AM, who officiated at the opening, congratulated Quickstep on the establishment of the Centre. “This is an example of the world class technology that Australia can bring to the international community,” he said. Quickstep’s German facility is the Company’s fourth international showcase site, with similar sites also operating at the University of Manchester in the UK, at the National Composite Center in Dayton in the US, and at the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) in Geelong, Australia.

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Amber Composites Acquired by Private Equity Consortium

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Amber Composites and Technical Resin Bonders, manufacturers and suppliers of composite materials and structures, have been purchased by a consortium of international investors focused on leveraging technology to increase efficiencies in the transportation and energy industries.

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