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News for 15 January 2008


Scott Bader Increases Prices of all Crystic products.

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Scott Bader will be increasing the prices of all Crystic unsaturated polyester, DCPD and Vinyl Ester resins, plus all gelcoats and Crystic Crestomer structural adhesives. This is the first increase since May 2007, and will mean an additional 100 €/t on all deliveries from its European sites from February 11th 2008. Scott Bader say that this price rise is due to the increase in the costs of raw materials, combined with significant rises in energy and transportation costs, driven by the continued rise in the price of oil, which has now hit US$100 per barrel. Malcolm Forsyth, European Commercial Director, Composites business division of Scott Bader commented “While we would prefer not to put up our prices, which have been stable for our customers since May 2007, raw material prices are expected to continue to increase over the coming months as demand increases. Scott Bader is continuing with cost reduction and efficiency initiatives to combat external cost pressures in an concerted effort to minimise any price rises which need to be passed on to our customers.”

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ITW SprayCore Acquires Euromere

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ITW SprayCore has acquired Euromere, the French supplier of thermoset-resin based specialty products, barrier coats and high-performance gel coats.

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SAMPE Minds Converge at Epicentre of Composites Boom

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To accommodate the tremendous growth of the Asian composites market, SAMPE is launching their first annual SAMPE Asia Conference in Bangkok, Thailand at the Shangri-La Hotel, February 11-13, 2008. Resin Infusion, Advanced Processes, Applications and Advanced Materials comprise this comprehensive conference program. Complimenting the technical program, the SAMPE Asia Conference will also feature an exhibit and tabletop exhibition, providing an industry oriented setting for the development of business partnerships. Click here for a list of companies exhibiting at SAMPE Asia.

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PPG Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass to Add Third Furnace

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PPG Industries and Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass have approved the addition of a third furnace at the PPG Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass Co. Ltd. joint-venture manufacturing site in Zibo, China. The joint venture is a 50-50 arrangement for manufacturing glass-fibre reinforcement. The investment is expected to add 60,000 metric tons of single-end roving production capacity annually. Startup of the third furnace is projected for the end of 2008 or early 2009. “PPG is pleased to continue supporting the growth of the global composites industry with this capacity expansion in Asia,” said Victoria M. Holt, PPG senior vice president, glass and fibre glass. “Demand for single-end rovings, such as HYBON fibre glass direct-draw roving by PPG, has grown globally by double digits each of the past few years. We expect this growth to continue, especially in support of wind energy and energy infrastructure applications.” Tan Zhongming, director of Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass, said, “Higher volumes of fibre glass reinforcements are needed to support customers with enough input material to satisfy market demand for manufacturing wind turbine components, as well as marine and composite pipe, in all regions. This additional furnace will enable PPG Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass to continue serving its customers’ growing needs.” In related news, the Zibo facility gained ISO 9001:2000 registration last month in recognition of their quality systems and processes. “This accomplishment underscores the disciplined quality process that has been implemented in Zibo and supports PPG’s goal of providing the qualifications necessary to best serve its customers and compete in today’s global marketplace,” Holt said. In addition to the PPG Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass Co. Ltd. joint venture in Zibo, China, which serves the global thermosets market, PPG also operates two joint ventures in the region with Nan Ya Plastics Corp., serving the Asian markets for fibre glass electronic and specialty materials yarns and reinforcements. PPG and Nan Ya Plastics have operated PFG Fiber Glass Corp. in Chia Yi, Taiwan, since 1991, and PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co. Ltd. in Kunshan, China, since 2003.

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Case Study: Fiber-Tech Increases Ballistics Panel Applications

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Composite panel fabricator Fiber-Tech has significantly increased its participation in ballistics and military applications over the past few years due to homeland security concerns and the need for troop protection in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Automotive Composites Alliance Launches New Website

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The Automotive Composites Alliance (ACA) of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has launched its new website. In addition to furnishing information about ACA and its member companies, ACA´s website provides general market information for those outside the composites industry as well as more substantive technical resources for engineers and designers for automotive and truck OEMs. For example, the website’s “”Auto Composites 101″” section covers why composites are specified and gives an overview of manufacturing processes and the ABCs of FRP materials. It also includes a history of automotive composites, demonstrating the acceptance of composites for more than 50 years. “”The ACA website allows the composites industry to reach OEM engineers, as well as buyers, with the message that composites have a growing number of desirable uses in vehicles,”” said ACA Chairman Keith Bihary. “”The website is also a portal for composites companies to see how ACA tracks existing automotive markets and is working to expand these markets for its members.”” The “”Resources”” section of the ACA website provides materials engineers and designers with tools to help them learn about composites and to assist them in specifying composites, including: a list of composites components found in autos and trucks, downloadable technical documents such as design and paint manuals for designers and manufacturing engineers, and access to technical papers and articles about automotive applications for composites. The new ACA website includes a photo gallery showcasing passenger cars and trucks that contain components made from composites. The site provides visitors with a listing of published articles to educate users of composites and an ACA event calendar highlighting the activities and value ACA brings to users and its member companies. The ACA is an industry alliance of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Since 1988, ACA representatives have served as the composite industry’s experts for automotive customers and the media.

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Pioneer TS-D Series Speakers with Cones Made of Basalt

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Pioneer Electronics HAS launched its next generation TS-D series speakers which boasts a newly developed speaker cone made with basalt to increase its stiffness and strength. A total of thirteen speakers in both the Pioneer and Pioneer Premier brands incorporate the newly developed Dual Layer IMX Aramid/Basalt fibre composite cone to deliver accurately detailed sound reproduction. “Our speaker engineers are extremely passionate in their quest to build speakers that reproduce the highest sound quality possible. They are constantly looking at different materials that can be used to make a more efficient speaker with a stronger more rigid cone,” said Larry Rougas, vice president of marketing and product planning for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The basalt rock achieves this goal without adding weight to the cone, resulting in an open and smooth frequency response.” The new cones consist of a high-tech sandwich of basalt and ceramic components. The basalt, before it is turned into a fabric, is pulverized and melted at more than 2700 degrees Fahrenheit and then drawn into fibres. The combined materials of basalt fibres, aramid fibres and ceramic are used to reinforce Pioneer’s composite injection moulded polypropylene (IMPP), creating an extremely strong speaker cone that can withstand flexing associated with excessive cone movement and produce an improved transient response in the mid to low frequency spectrum.

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GKN selected by Airbus as Preferred Partner

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GKN has been selected by Airbus as the preferred partner for the acquisition of the Filton site, including the award of significant composite work packages for the A350 XWB wing. GKN Chief Executive Sir Kevin Smith, said: “GKN greatly values its existing relationship with Airbus, which has been built up over 20 years and includes participation in the A320, A330/340, A380 and A400M programmes. We look forward to further strengthening that relationship. “Our vision for the Filton site will create a globally competitive UK centre of excellence for the design and manufacture of composite aircraft wing structures. We are confident that with the talented workforce at Filton, their supportive Trade Unions and the UK Government’s continued commitment to high technology manufacturing, our vision will be realised.” They are now looking forward to entering exclusive discussions with Airbus to finalise definitive agreements.

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Lincoln Composites Expands Capacity

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Lincoln Composites is planning to move its production facility for CNG and hydrogen containers into a more efficient and modern operation manufacturing facility. Lincoln Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, will move into the building adjacent to the Titan facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, by the end of 2008. The move will represent an investment of $5 million USD. The current manufacturing operation and support staff will transition into the roughly 50,000 square foot facility. The existing operation will be maintained until the new manufacturing facility is complete and the necessary product and quality certifications are fulfilled. There will be a period where both facilities will be operating in order to meet customer demands. This state-of-the-art facility will take advantage of automation to increase production capacity by more than 60% and significantly increase efficiency while also enhancing product quality. The work-cells will be designed to be highly efficient and flexible to accommodate the various customer requirements. Erik Espeset, Hexagon Composites Group President, notes “This move to promote increased capacity and improved efficiency and quality has been a vision of Hexagon since acquiring Lincoln Composites in 2005. The present market conditions and Lincoln’s competitiveness make this the opportune time for an expansion of this nature. Lincoln Composites’ Fuel Containers used for CNG and Hydrogen storage are well situated to meet the world wide increasing demand for alternative low emission fuel solutions. Lincoln technology is also driven into non-traditional markets such as Bulk Hauling applications where we offer 8,5m3 Titan tanks manufactured in the accompanying facility as well as large 0,5m3 tanks which will be manufactured in the new facility.”

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Plasan Will Supply Protection to 1,500 Additional U.S. Marines Vehicles as part of MRAP Project

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Plasan will supply US firm International Military and Government, LLC with its advanced critical MRAP vehicle protection, for an additional 1,500 armoured vehicles. Plasan specializes in the development and manufacture of add on armour systems for the military and commercial market using composite material technologies. This $200 million contract calls for the vehicles to be delivered by the end of July 2008. This contract continues and builds on last June’s order for 1,200 units awarded by the U.S. military to International and Plasan. “This second order reinforces and affirms the high level of satisfaction by the client, and it helps to secure Plasan’s position as a world leader in ballistic protection,” says Plasan’s CEO Dani Ziv. “”We maintain””, points out Ziv, “and expand our ongoing cooperation initiatives with local companies in our client countries.” Ziv goes on to say, “This is an integral aspect of our mode of operation. We recognize the need to generate employment and to contribute to the further development of technological know-how and manufacturing capabilities everywhere our systems are sold.” The ballistic protection solutions which Plasan will provide the Marines under this expanded order build on those which it has already provided to the U.S. military, to the defense and security forces of Israel, and to others worldwide.

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