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News for August 2009


Crystic Crestomer 1196PA Obtains RINA Approval

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RINA has approved Crystic Crestomer 1196PA for use as a structural adhesive in sandwich structures for leisure craft deck and hull construction. Laminate test pieces bonded with Crystic Crestomer 1196PA underwent a flatwise tensile test (to ASTM D 1623) and a sandwich shear test (to ASTM C 273). The RINA strength requirements were satisfied, even after the test pieces had undergone two cycles of laboratory ageing under ASTM D 1183 Type “D” test conditions Each ageing cycle takes a week to complete, during which the bonded test pieces are exposed to extremes of temperature from +71°C to -57°C, different humidity conditions and prolonged periods immersed in salt water. Giuseppe Dell’Anno, the R & D Applications Engineer at Scott Bader who led the RINA test project commented: “It was a very tough test programme; gaining RINA approval for 1196PA provides FRP boat builders with further assurance of the high quality and guaranteed performance characteristics of Crestomers for marine structural bonding.” In addition to the RINA approval, Crestomer 1196PA and rest of the Crestomer range has Lloyds approval; most grades also have DNV class 1 approval

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VSC Achieves NADCAP Accreditation

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V System Composites’ (VSC) Quality Management Systems and Composite Special Processes have been approved by PRI for NADCAP Certification. Approved special processes included Prepreg Cure/Adhesive Bonding, Core Processing, and Liquid Resin Processing. The NADCAP Accreditation comes on the heels of a recent 100% compliance AS9100 Audit completed by Lloyds Register to AS9100, Rev. B, recent Northrop Grumman ACS special process certifications (ACS-PRS), and inclusion to Boeing BQMS as an approved supplier. “The company worked very hard to achieve these certifications,”” said Mike Louderback, VSC President. “VSC continues to grow as a production company and achieving these Industry awards continue to affirm our commitment to prime quality requirements and our production goals,” he added. According to VSC President, Mike Louderback, “Our steady growth combined with our constant focus on exceeding our customers’ expectations leads us to believe that certification to a system like AS 9100 and NADCAP would help us manage our growth and still maintain a leading edge in customer focus”.

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Sabic Helps Gocycle with Parts Made from LNP Verton

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Sabic Innovative Plastics has helped Karbon Kinetics with a unique new bicycle that uses high-value Verton RV00CE specialty compound. According to Sabic, KKL’s new Gocycle electric bicycle is the lightest production electric bicycle in the world. It weighs just 16.2kg, thanks in part to Verton composite, a 60-percent long glass fibre-reinforced nylon composite that gives the award-winning Gocycle the required stiffness, impact strength, toughness and reliability. The new fold-up bicycle is intended to provide an environmentally responsible, low-cost urban transport solution that meets all European Union (EU) and U.S. city cycle testing standards. LNP Verton RV00CE specialty compound was chosen over metal for many of the Gocycle’s structural components enabling very light-weight part consolidation and a unique design. Gocycle components using LNP Verton specialty compound include: front fork/controller plug, hub attachments, tolerance ring and wave spring applications, and the rear shock absorber. The vehicle’s designer and the founder of KKL is Richard Thorpe. Gocycle was developed with city professionals and their families in mind. To date, Gocycle has won numerous awards for design and innovation including the Best Complete Bicycle (2009) and Best Innovation Awards at its debut at the 21st Taipei International Cycle Show in 2008.

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AOC Increase Price for Latin America

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As of 10th August 2009, AOC will be increasing the cost of all resins, gel coats, pigments, colorants and additive shipments by US $0.03 per pound across Latin America. According to AOC, suppliers are continuing to increase the cost of raw materials, but these increases can no longer be absorbed and are therefore being passed to customers following this announcement.

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New Board Takes Office at ACMA

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On July 1, 2009, the new Board of Directors of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) took office. Monty Felix, CEO of Alaglass Pools, St. Matthews, SC, now serves as President of ACMA until June 30, 2011. Felix succeeds Immediate Past President John Tickle, President of Strongwell Corp., Bristol, VA, who will remain on the Board’s Executive Committee in that capacity. “”Never before have there been so many challenges and so many opportunities facing the composites industry,” says Felix. “I am taking the reins of ACMA during a tough economy, but I am optimistic that the advantages composites bring to so many end-use applications and the advocacy ACMA offers its members will push the industry toward greater growth.” Lori Luchak, President of Miles Fiberglass and Composites, Portland, OR, has been selected as the new President-Elect; Steve Walling, Plasticolors, Inc., Ashtabula, OH, is Vice President; John Hoskinson, Gruber Systems, Valencia, CA, is Secretary, and Leon Garoufalis, Composites One, Arlington Heights, IL, joins the Executive Committee as Supplier at Large. Also new to the ACMA Board of Directors is Jake Axel, Axel Plastics Research Laboratories, Woodside, NY, and David Groner, Clarion Bathware, Shippenville, PA.

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Owens Corning Expands Technical Fabrics Capacity in Asia

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Owens Corning is supporting its wind blade fabrication customers in Asia by expanding capacity to produce technical fabrics at its manufacturing facilities in Chanzhou and Doudian, China and Taloja, India. The investment adds about one-third more knitting capacity to the three plants’ existing fabrics operations, to supply technical fabrics for the region’s growing wind energy market, which includes the fast-growing China market. The expansion is already underway and will be completed during the third quarter this year. “During the past 20 years, Owens Corning has been leading the way with roving and fabrics preferred by the world’s largest wind blade manufacturers,” says Sunil Saxena, general manager and managing director for OCV Technical Fabrics, Asia Pacific region. “The expansions of fabric capacity in China and India will enable us to supply more of our customers’ growing requirements locally.” Composites Group President Chuck Dana said the expansion is another demonstration of the company’s commitment to wind energy. “Renewable wind energy is needed to assure a sustainable future,” explained Dana. “Composites have many benefits in wind energy applications and Owens Corning has developed a number of products specifically customized and designed for increased productivity and improved laminate performance in a blade. This work is continuing to help make wind energy more competitive with traditional sources of electrical power.” Capacity for wind energy in Asia is expected to grow nearly 45 percent this year, from a total installed capacity of about 22,000 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2008 to nearly 32,000 MW at the end of this year, according to BTM Consult ApS, Denmark, an independent consulting company specializing in renewable energy. BTM says growth in Asia will be led by China, which is expected to increase installed capacity by 60 percent in 2009.

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Velozzi Unveils the Solo Crossover

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The Solo will be a lightweight plug-in hybrid electric crossover with carbon fibre nano tubes used in its construction. Most new EV/Hybrid electric vehicles built today use conventional construction techniques and materials. “It is inconceivable and counter productive to manufacture efficient vehicles using antiquated types of construction. To make an efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle one must utilize lightweight materials to improve MPG, reduce pollution and increase safety,” indicates Velozzi CEO, Roberto Velozzi. The Velozzi vehicles are being designed and developed to take advantage of the modularity that lightweight materials can provide, which allows for easier assembly and reduction of manufacturing cost, bringing the savings to the consumer. Velozzi will use innovative materials that allow the designer the freedom to create its vision without being limited by traditional automotive materials. Velozzi say that their vehicles will be the first production cars to utilize carbon fibre nano tubes in their construction. Carbon nano tubes can increase the mechanical properties of the components by 40%, improving the parts’ performance while reducing weight. Most of the materials applied in the Velozzi cars construction are reusable, which decreases the Velozzi vehicles carbon footprint. Velozzi aims to begin mass production of its cars by late 2011 – early 2012.

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DSM Composite Resins Announces Partnership with Fraunhofer ICT

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This partnership will allow both parties to jointly develop new composite technologies and applications in the field of automotive and advanced composites.

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Gibson Fiberglass Adds to Warehouse Capacity

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Gibson Fiberglass has opened a new 40,000 square foot warehouse facility in Elkhart, Indiana, to replace the original 12,000 square foot building. Speaking of the new premises, Joe Peng, President of Gibson Fiberglass said, “This expanded facility will allow us to better serve our customers east of the Mississippi”. The new building will include office space for warehouse employees and regional sales. There is also an additional office space to accommodate customer visits and team meetings. “While the economic situation has negatively impacted many of our customers in the composites industry, we fully expect a turn-around in the near future. We want to be prepared to service our customers when demand for reinforcements increases,” said Peng. Joshua Cantu, the manager of Gibson Fiberglass’ new warehouse said, “Our customers rely on us to deliver materials on time and in good shape. The additional space will allow us to coordinate inventory turnover much more efficiently”.

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Long Fibre Compound Adds Strength and Style to ATV

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HiPer Technology has partnered with custom compounder RTP Company to upgrade their CF1 carbon fibre wheel rim for ATV sport riders. Long fibre compounds from RTP Company were used to strengthen the wheel’s beadlock ring, which locks the tyre bead onto the rim and helps prevent terrain damage. “”When we initially discussed re-designing the CF1 wheel, we wanted to find a replacement material with improved strength and colourability,”” said Tom Darnell, Founder and V.P. of Engineering at HiPer Technology. “”Finding both qualities in a long fibre material proved difficult, but RTP Company provided us with a really great long fibre compound that vastly improved our product line. It’s a tremendous benefit to our customers, because they’re able to get a better product at the same price.”” HiPer uses an RTP 200 H Series long glass fibre impact-modified nylon 6/6 compound for the beadlock ring. In addition to providing excellent stiffness, high compression strength, and class-A surface qualities, HiPer engineers required this material pass what they call their ‘bounce test.’ “”To ensure the material was tough enough to withstand real world abuse, it underwent an additional evaluation through our bounce test,”” explained Darnell. “”The component is dropped onto concrete — seven times — from a height of 24 feet (7.3 meters). Long fibre materials typically cannot sustain even one drop, but the RTP Company compound passed all seven drops with flying colours.”” HiPer also required the material to be colourable, adding styling that allows the wheel to match the ATV. “”We had trouble coming up with a material that was both colourable and still tough enough to withstand terrain abuse,”” said Darnell. “”We finally found our solution with RTP Company — their compound is 25% stronger than previous materials, easily mouldable, and gives us sharp, vibrant colour that we couldn’t find from any other supplier.””

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