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News for 2010


ACG Speeds to Long Term Supply Agreement with US F1 Team

8th January 2010 0 comments

Advanced Composites Group has signed a long term supply agreement with US F1 Team, the only US-based team to take the grid for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Ken Anderson, US F1 Team President, CEO and Team Principal, said: “”US F1 Team is pleased to announce ACG as a technical partner in the design and construction of our 2010 Formula One car. The team faces a tremendous challenge to design and produce the first American-based Formula One car in more than 40 years, and ACG’s composites expertise will be critical for us to meet our goals and expectations in 2010 and beyond.”” Adrian Potts, President of ACG Inc, said: “There is an exciting time of change in Formula One racing and this has created the opportunity for new teams to enter the grid. US F1 Team is the sole American entry, and we are proud to support them from our Tulsa facility. I’m confident that the new team has signed up with the very best support and service in the industry, and we will demonstrate that their confidence in us is well placed.” Jon Mabbitt, Managing Director of Umeco Composites Structural Materials, said: “It’s reassuring to know, in these turbulent times for Formula One, that ACG remains a strong technology leader in the field and that the motorsport industry can still provide exciting, new business opportunities such as US F1 Team. We wish the team every success in their endeavor.”

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Fiber Composites Changes Corporate Name to Fiberon

8th January 2010 0 comments

PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing manufacturer changes name to focus on its primary brand. Composite decking specialist Fiber Composites has changed its name to Fiberon. The corporate name-change is being initiated to create brand consistency in communications and is aligned with an ongoing strategy to expand the overall decking solutions portfolio under the Fiberon brand. “Fiberon products have achieved an unblemished reputation for innovation and reliability in the alternative decking and railing industry segment. As such, we as a company want to focus on the Fiberon brand as we expand our product line and sub-brands in a variety of building products categories,” said Doug Mancosh, owner and CEO of Fiberon, LLC.

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Gurit Purchase Wind Blade Company

8th January 2010 0 comments

Gurit has finalised its acquisition of Suzhou Red Maple Wind Blade Mould Co. The deal was completed on 18th December 2009, when Gurit completed the takeover of Suzhou’s parent company Cheer Tech Investment Limited, Hong Kong, from Windy Shore Holdings Limited, British Virgin Islands.

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Transport Plane Celebrates Carbon Composite First

13th January 2010 0 comments

The first Airbus Military A400M military airlifter, which uses carbon fibre composite wings, has been given its debut flight in Seville, Spain.

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Federal Award Given to University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

13th January 2010 0 comments

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structure and Composites Center has been awarded a $12.4 million (US) grant from federal Recovery Act funds.

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Price Increases Revealed

13th January 2010 0 comments

Scott Bader Europe Increases Prices of all Crystic Products

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ZCL Composites Acquires Dualam Plastics

13th January 2010 0 comments

ZCL Composites has completed the acquisition of Dualam Plastics Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. Dualam manufactures custom engineered fibreglass reinforced plastic (“FRP”) and duallaminate composite products for use in corrosion-resistant applications in the power generation, chemical, chloralkali, pulp and paper and other industrial sectors. The company operates eight manufacturing and field service facilities in Canada and the United States. Dualam’s two primary operating divisions are CPF Dualam and Troy Manufacturing. “”Dualam is a strategic addition that significantly expands ZCL’s depth and presence in the corrosion market””, said Ven Côté, ZCL’s President and CEO. “”Dualam is a very well respected company that has leveraged its reputation for quality and customer satisfaction to generate strong growth over the past number of years.”” “”As we have commented in the past, we believe there are significant opportunities in the corrosion market and with the addition of the strong team at Dualam we believe we are now in a position to grow our presence in this market””, added Mr. Côté.

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IYRS Launches Composites Technology Program

13th January 2010 0 comments

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) is to launch a full-time Composites Technology Program later this year. IYRS’ new program will have an emphasis on teaching both hands-on practical skills and the theory behind the processes and applications of composite technology. The program is targeted to meet the needs of the marine industry, but it is said that graduates could use this learning in other areas, including wind energy, aerospace, and transportation. “”The Composites Technology Program rounds out our offerings as a technical training institute for the marine industry. The program uses the same in-depth, intensive educational model that has earned our programs an international reputation for excellence,”” said IYRS President Terry Nathan. “”Technical experts agree that the marine industry’s increased use of advanced composites can give birth to the type of innovative products that can reinvigorate the industry; the IYRS program is designed to attract and train the inventive practitioners who can help lead the way.”” The Composites Technology Program will be offered at the school’s teaching facility in Bristol (R.I.) beginning in September 2010. The nine-month program gives students a foundation in composites processes, techniques, and technology.

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Vestas Receives 140 MW Order for Bulgaria and Romania

13th January 2010 0 comments

Vestas has received an order for delivery of 50 V100-1.8 MW and 25 V90-2.0 MW wind turbines for Bulgaria and Romania. The order has been placed by Global Wind Power, and the contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution as well as a 5 year-service agreement. Installation of the turbines will start in 2010 and the projects are expected to be commissioned during 2010. “We are very satisfied with this new contract with Global Wind Power and we appreciate the ongoing cooperation with this long-term business partner, who has installed more than 400 MW of Vestas technology. We are pleased about their confidence in Vestas’ business case certainty,“ says Hans Jørn Rieks, President of Vestas Central Europe. Global Wind Power has implemented four projects in Bulgaria between 2008 and 2009, with a total capacity of 52 MW – all of which use Vestas turbines. “We have a very good working experience with Vestas all over Europe, and so far, we have only been using Vestas turbines for our projects. The order is a direct result of our newly launched Business Plan 2009-2012. We are confident that these projects will also be a big success and we look forward to realising the order together with our trustworthy business partner,” Henrik Amby Jensen, CEO of Global Wind Power declares.

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New Research Project Explores Intelligent Blades

13th January 2010 0 comments

LM Glasfiber has entered into a three-year research project, supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, to develop laser-based wind sensory systems, which the partnership hopes will enhance blade efficiency and become an integral part of all future wind turbines. The project, which is a joint venture with Risø DTU and NKT Photonics, aims to significantly improve the load control of the wind turbine in operation, therefore enhancing the efficiency of the turbine and improving its overall reliability. “LM Glasfiber is working on several projects to improve the efficiency of the blades and consequently the overall energy production from the wind turbine. An important part of this is developing ‘intelligent’ blades that measure the wind and either adapt to the current wind conditions or supply data to the wind turbine control system,” says Lars Fuglsang, LM Glasfiber Research Director. The project will look at integrating LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology, with LM Glasfiber’s existing blade monitoring technology. By using these combined systems, it is hoped that energy production can be increased by anything up to 5% over the wind turbines 20-year lifespan. “Whereas current blade monitoring technologies measure the loads on the blades, integrating LIDARs into the blade enables us to measure the exact wind conditions to which the blades are exposed. So basically, this means that instead of looking in the rearview mirror and realizing what the blade has been exposed to, we will be able to measure the wind real-time and either have the blade or the wind turbine react on this right away,” adds Fuglsang. LM Glasfiber anticipate that a prototype using LIDAR technology will be produced by 2012 and will be in production and available to customers by 2014.

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