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News for May 2009


JEC and EUCIA to Host CEO Conference

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JEC and EUCIA will host their first annual CEO conference on June 18-19 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva – Growth strategies during turbulent times: lessons and challenges for leaders. The objective is to help leaders assess appropriate strategies in these changing times. “This conference is unique in the composite world. The aim is to help decision makers take time beyond assumed boundaries of the composite industry and help them make their strategic choices, grasp opportunities, and manage risks”, explains Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO, JEC. 12 general sessions will feature 14 seasoned professional speakers hosting live strategic debates around core business issues: ▪ The conference chairman, Jim Scholes, from the consulting firm Strategos, will present game-changing business strategies to sustaining success in turbulent times. ▪ Together with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Ernst & Young, the conference co-chair, have interviewed over 300 senior executives around the world to see how they have been impacted by the economic crisis and what they are doing about it. They will present the results of their study. ▪ Prominent figures from leading businesses and organizations will debate key management issues: ▪ Finally, JEC will disclose its new strategic study: “Global market scenario: dynamics of the composite industry”. 2009 Release. This event will be an opportunity for European decision makers to gain insight from global business strategists, consider new business growth and de-risk their strategy. They will brainstorm and forge new relationships in a spontaneous and engaging format with separate groups to allow in-depth discussions on specific issues.

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Victrex Introduces Victrex ST polymer

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demanding environments, specifically in applications requiring a combination of high temperature, mechanical performance and dimensional stability. The new polymer launches with two grades: STG45 polymer (an unfilled granule grade) and ST45GL30 polymer (a glass-filled granule grade). Technology Director, Dr. John Grasmeder, says, “We developed Victrex ST polymer to meet customers’ expressed needs for a high performance material with improved mechanical performance at higher temperatures while maintaining Victrex PEEK’s properties of purity, electrical resistance, chemical resistance, dimensional stability and low permeability/moisture absorption.” When compared to other unfilled/unreinforced polymers, Victrex say that ST STG45 has improved mechanical performance especially in the temperature range from 150°C to 200°C and that the ST ST45GL30 grade features a heat distortion temperature of 380°C and therefore opens up new application opportunities for customers who work at temperatures over 300°C. Victrex ST polymer is expected to be a metal replacement option for many types of applications such as seals, disk drive carriers, connectors, turbo charger impellers, rings, test sockets, wire coatings and valve plates. “Victrex continues to stay focused on the design and development of polyketones,” concluded Grasmeder. “Our portfolio is the broadest range on the market today and offers customers the flexibility to choose from dozens of blends and compounds. As customers look for a combination of deep expertise and high quality, Victrex Polymer Solutions is well positioned to meet their needs.”

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SAMPE Honours New Fellows and Award Winners at SAMPE '09

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The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) will honour this year’s SAMPE Fellows, the Delmonte Award and Mort Kushner Award recipients at SAMPE ’09. The SAMPE Fellow Award recognizes SAMPE members for their distinguished, lifelong contributions in the fields of materials and processes. Since its inception in 1982, only 114 distinguished individuals have been designated as a SAMPE Fellow. The 2009 SAMPE Fellows: ▪ Ms. Arlene McKeeman Brown, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington, USA ▪ Dr. Takashi Ishikawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokyo, Japan ▪ Dr. Tia Benson Tolle, Nonmetallic Materials Division, WPAFB, Ohio, USA ▪ Dr. Ignaas Verpoest, Katholieke Universiteit Herverlee, Belgium ▪ Professor Yichu Yin, Shanghai European-Asia Synthetic Materials Company, Shanghai, China The SAMPE Delmonte Award for Excellence acknowledges major achievements by honouring esteemed contributors in the field of materials and processes. Since its inception in 1981 by John Delmonte only 11 individuals have been honoured with this award. The 2009 SAMPE Delmonte Award honouree is Dr. Donald Adams, Wyoming Test Fixtures, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA The Mort Kushner Award was established to honour those who have dedicated exceptional service to the Society, promoting the ideals of SAMPE, extending over many years. Only nine SAMPE Members have been awarded since the founding of this award. The 2009 Mort Kushner Award recipient is Mr. Ralph Carson, Army (retired), San Diego, California, USA. The 2009 SAMPE Fellows will be honoured at a special Fellow Banquet on Monday evening, May 18 at the Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland. The SAMPE Delmonte and Mort Kushner awards will be presented at the 2009 SAMPE Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 21, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Both events will take place during the SAMPE ’09 Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland, May 18-21, 2009.

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Knight & Carver to Develop Blades for Continental Wind Power

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Knight & Carver Wind Group will collaborate with Continental Wind Power to develop, test and build Continental’s new 300-kilowatt Revolution wind turbine blades. The project will produce 18 meter blades for use in medium-size distributed wind farms. Generally located in larger population centres, distributed wind farms are more efficient because they generate power closer to where it is needed in greater quantity. “We’re especially excited to team with Continental because we foresee a growing market for blades and wind turbines of this size,” said Sam Brown, President/CEO of Knight & Carver Wind Group. “This is truly a team effort that will result in a highly efficient wind turbine by year-end.” As part of the research and development process, which has already been initiated by Continental, Knight & Carver will perform extensive testing at its facility in National City, CA, including static tests, fatigue tests and life-cycle tests. Craig Robinson, Knight & Carver’s Senior Composites Engineer, will serves as Project Manager. Upon completion, each Revolution Wind Turbine will generate about 1 million kilowatt hours of safe, clean renewable electricity. The electricity produced by only one Revolution 300 KW Wind Turbine will be enough to supply the needs of 100 to 200 homes. The first Revolution Wind Turbine with blades made by Knight & Carver is expected to be ready for field testing by the fourth quarter of 2009. After completion of testing, Knight & Carver will begin high-volume production. The wind farms built by Continental will typically consist of five to 25 wind turbines and will supply power to factory complexes, schools, cities, counties, wastewater treatment plants, water pumping facilities, small, medium and large farms, as well as developers seeking to provide clean energy for their residential and commercial projects. “Continental’s blade design incorporates advanced features found in the much larger blades used on giant-size turbines,” said Jim Winsayer, President/Founder of Continental Wind Power. “These features include an efficient airfoil, reduced weight, independent pitch control, and an advanced internal structure. Given Knight & Carver’s proven experience and expertise, no manufacturer in the world is more qualified to make these blades.”

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Vermont Composites Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

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Vermont Composites has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award, issued annually by Boeing to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Vermont Composites maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008. “We are proud of our relationship with Boeing and are pleased that they value the level of performance we are able to provide to them,” said Patrick Wheeler, CEO of Vermont Composites.

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Delcam to Demonstrate Composites CADCAM at MAKA Open House

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Delcam will demonstrate the use of its CADCAM systems in the manufacture of composites components at a three-day Open House to be held by router manufacturers MAKA at the company’s UK headquarters in Telford from 3rd to 5th June. The demonstrations will cover the complete manufacturing process, including the development of the mould design from the component design, the generation of toolpaths to trim the moulded part, and the design of the fixture to hold the part during machining. Delcam’s software is already used in many applications within the composites industry, such as the manufacture of components for the aerospace, marine, autosport and luxury car industries, the production of top-of-the-range sports equipment, and the machining of patterns and tooling for compression moulding and reaction injection moulding. Delcam say that developments in the composites industry offer significant opportunities to component manufacturers and the toolmakers that support them. In particular, companies that have been hit by the decline in UK toolmaking could find new opportunities in the composites area. Their skills in producing complex injection moulds could be transferred relatively easily to the manufacture of tooling for compression moulding and reaction injection moulding of composites. Similarly, firms that have traditionally made models and patterns for the metals industry could turn to producing similar items for composites manufacture.

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Ferguson Beauregard Switch to Composite Enclosures

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When Ferguson Beauregard began the process of re-evaluating their line of metallic enclosures, they explored the benefits of composite products offered by Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures.

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Winning Partnership Makes World Beating Ice Hockey Sticks

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Working closely with Huntsman, Composite Busch S.A has led the design and production of an innovative world beating one-piece hockey stick. The stick uses a third generation toughened high-end resin system, Araldite NanoTech Composite new RTM system, to meet the most stringent demands of ice hockey players. Players are always looking for the right combination of opposing features – flex, bend, stiffness and whip. The challenge is therefore in designing an ice hockey stick which has good stick and blade slashing properties as well as bending, resistance and torsion features. The player is not only hitting the puck directly, he is sometimes hitting the ice. The energy stored during this shock needs to be released efficiently onto the puck and this is where the one-piece “joint-less” design brings full benefits. The energy is smoothly and accurately transferred through the stick to the blade to the puck with total control from the player who always keeps close and direct contact with the puck. Huntsman Advanced Materials has patented a new concept based on nanotechnology which significantly improves fracture resistance without affecting vital physical properties such as flexural modulus, temperature resistance and viscosity. The technology relies on the use of specific, dispersed organic nano-particles which exhibit outstanding toughening effects when incorporated in Araldite resins. The Busch ice hockey stick is made of carbon and glass braids around a synthetic foam core which provide the stiffness needed to release maximum energy. This assembly is then inserted in a mould with an injection point at one end and an outlet point at the other end. Araldite NanoTech Composite is injected into the mould to impregnate the braids. This technology has been patented by Busch to produce the only true one-piece composite hockey stick with continuous fibre strengthening and no joints. Members of the Swiss National Ice Hockey Team who used the “Nano IV” prototypes at the 2008 World Championships in Canada were extremely enthusiastic.

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Belzona Launches Standard Compliant Composite Wrap

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Belzona Polymerics has launched its new compliant composite pipe repair system, Belzona SuperWrap. Belzona SuperWrap is the first composite repair system from UK based company Belzona Polymerics to have been developed in compliance with international and technical standards ISO/TS 24817 and ASME PCC-2. It also complies with US DOT requirements. The versatile system provides customers with a downtime saving alternative to welding and the cold-curing ability enables corrosion damaged components to be back online within 24 hours. Belzona say that SuperWrap can be applied in situ to pipes and vessels, even in cases where operating pressures exceed 250bar. Belzona’s Strategic Manager for the Oil & Gas Industry, David Rice, said: “Having validated engineering design algorithms has moved composite repair into the asset integrity engineers’ approved options for consideration when faced with thinning and or holed pressure systems’ substrates. “I am proud that we have been able to publically introduce Belzona SuperWrap, Belzona’s first ISO and ASME compliant composite repair system. Our customers already know that Belzona lead the market in terms of producing the highest quality products but the external recognition of this fact only reinforces this belief. “We are confident that the Belzona reputation for quality, combined with the high level of service which we are renowned for offering, will ensure that Belzona becomes a market leader in the competitive composite wrap market and see a new industry benchmark being set for pipe repairs.”

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Composite System has Capital Solution for Park Odours

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When foul smells appeared at a park in Austin, Texas, engineers found a solution in a biological system from odour control specialist Bay Products.

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