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News for 18 June 2010


Cross Border Deal on Composites for New Utility Vehicle

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Creative Composites has won a contract to design and manufacture components for a new multi-purpose utility vehicle developed by Dundalk-based Multihog Ltd. Creative Composites will supply the complete range of interior and exterior body panels for the ground breaking vehicle. The Multihog MH90, now being marketed by the Co Louth manufacturer, is designed for a wide range of applications including ground maintenance, farming, hedge cutting and snow blowing. The four-wheel drive Multihog has lifting and towing capabilities and features scope for a wide range of attachments. Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director at Creative Composites, commenting on the latest contract won by the company, said: “We are delighted to be working with Multihog on what is a remarkable vehicle. Creative Composites was the ideal partner for this project as we used the latest engineering software and our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lisburn to develop components. This technology allowed us to produce exterior panels and other interior components for Multihog in record time, a critical factor in the vehicle’s successful launch. Multihog has benefited from our expertise in the design and manufacture of composites for automotive industry leaders which allows us to supply robust but lightweight components”. Ruth McAdam, Multihog Director, who set up the business with father Jim 18 months ago, said: “Multihog is the Swiss Army knife of multi-purpose vehicles. It was designed to offer local authorities and other operators a robust and highly innovative vehicle that would offer a total solution for a broad range of operations. “The design and manufacturing know how that Creative Composites is providing has undoubtedly enabled us to bring the vehicle to market faster. “Multihog is self-propelled, diesel powered and hydrostatically driven and its extreme versatility makes it the ideal choice for a wide variety of ground care and highway maintenance applications. “”The Multihog’s tilting driver station, wide wheel base and low centre of gravity enable it to work on steep inclines and rough terrain not accessible by comparable equipment currently on the market, putting it in a class of its own.” “What we have created, with support from Creative Composites, is a vehicle that can be adapted for varying tasks throughout the year whatever the weather and is financially a very attractive proposition for ground care and landscaping companies, local authorities and rental outlets, who will also value the emphasis put on driver safety and comfort,” she added.

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NLR and TU Delft Improve Composite Damage Tolerance

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The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands have jointly developed a new fibre architecture with improved damage tolerance for use with a fibre placement machine.

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US Energy Secretary Visits University Of Maine

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu, accompanied by Maine Gov. John Baldacci, Sen. Susan Collins and Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, toured the university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to learn more about its 10-year plan to design and test floating deep-water wind turbine platforms. According to Habib Dagher, the centre director: “”A major part of our research effort is evaluating the use of advanced composites, enhanced fibers and resin systems, for the offshore wind application. These materials provide an opportunity to reduce deployment and maintenance costs, which can be more significant offshore than on land.” “The new $30 million offshore wind laboratory at UMaine will have the ability to design and produce full size components of towers, foundations and blades for land based and offshore wind and to test these components under one roof. Advanced robotics manufacturing processes will be researched and evaluated. This will accelerate the development of new more competitive technologies for both land based and offshore wind. We are pleased that with 85,000 ft2 of lab space for design, manufacturing and testing of advanced composite structures, we will are now be better able to serve the growing renewable energy industry sector.”

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Magna to Add 300 Jobs in North Carolina

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Auto parts supplier Magna Composites plans to invest $10 million to expand three plants in the western part of North Carolina and create 327 new jobs over the next four years. The expansion – in Salisbury, Lenoir and Newton – was made possible in part by a state Job Development Investment Grant. “Creating jobs is my number one priority, and this multi-county expansion is a win for the region and state,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “North Carolina’s commitment to education, workforce training and maintaining a top-rated business climate makes us well positioned to continue to add jobs and economic opportunities.” Magna Composites is a division of Magna Exteriors and Interiors, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian auto parts giant Magna International. Magna added the three North Carolina plants to its holdings when it purchased portions of Meridian Automotive Systems’ composites business in June 2009. Since then, the company has increased employment at the three facilities, which currently provide jobs for 360 workers. The largest of the three facilities, in Rowan County, will grow by 183 jobs. The plant in Caldwell County will add 134 jobs, and the smallest plant in Catawba County will add 10 workers. While individual wages will vary greatly by job function, the overall average for the 327 new jobs will be $33,352 plus benefits. “We have been fortunate to work with many people who understand our business and help us achieve common goals,” said Bob Brownlee, president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors. “We’re pleased that North Carolina recognizes the need for business-friendly programs, and it helps us remain in close proximity to our customers in this region.” “This is great news for the region and for North Carolina,” said Rep. Lorene Coates. “During this tough economy it’s critical to make the right investments to create jobs and bring economic opportunities to this area.” The state’s Economic Investment Committee today voted to award a Job Development Investment Grant to Magna Composites. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant. Under the terms of the JDIG, the company is eligible to receive a grant equal to 50 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes derived from the creation of new jobs for each of the six years in which the company meets annual performance targets. If Magna meets the targets called for under the agreement and sustains them for six years, the JDIG could yield up to $1.1 million in maximum benefits for the company.

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Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop Brings Together Industry and Researchers

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Getting researchers of biopolymers and biocomposites and those who design products using them into the same room was an educational experience for those participating in the Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop May 11 at Iowa State University.

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Jushi Group Wins Four Quality and Technology Awards

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Jushi Group received several prestigious awards at the 2009 National Quality & Technology Awards Conference and Seventh National Six Sigma Conference in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. With the theme of “Advanced Quality Methods Helps Business Growth”, this year’s conference was hosted by the China Association for Quality, Institute of International Quality Excellence, and National Working Committee of Six Sigma. More than 500 representatives from different regions of China attended. Jushi Group won four awards. In the category ‘2009 Quality and Technology Award’: Project for improving the surface hardness of powder mat, and in the category ‘2009 Excellent Projects of Quality Function Deployment’: Pipeline Roving Based on QFD, TRIZ, and DOE.; QFD Application for LFT Direct Roving for Reinforcing PP Resin; QFD Application for UD-GMT Roving. According to Joe Peng, President of Gibson Fiberglass, “These awards are indicative of the emphasis Jushi is placing on using the most up to date research and development methods to improve the quality and performance of our fiberglass reinforcements. Our goal is to produce the highest quality, most consistent, and best performing materials in the global composites industry”.

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Jetcam and 123insight Partner with Synergy Composites

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Jetcam and fellow software developer 123 Insight Ltd have partnered with composite manufacturers Synergy Composites to create an ‘Open Manufacturing Centre of Excellence’.

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Axson Technologies Offers New Resins for the Water Market

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Axson Technologies is launching a new epoxy resin for trenchless renovation of sanitation systems that pre-impregnates the fabric for internal sleeve refurbishment upstream of the site. This procedure means the fabric can be prepared up to 4 days in advance, saving a great deal of on-site time. This new product joins the EPO 9000 range from Axson Technologies, specifically designed for trenchless sanitation system renovation. This technology means repairs can be made to water or gas pipes without digging trenches. The system is straightforward: a fabric sleeve is impregnated with resin, positioned in the pipe using compressed air or water and hardened by heating with steam or hot water thus solving the watertightness issues in the pipes. This technology contributes to better management of wastewater treatment and reduces contamination of the water tables.

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Alcore to Supply V-22 Osprey Honeycomb Core Panels

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M.C. Gill Corporation’s subsidiary, Alcore, has been awarded a long-term contract by Boeing Defense, Space & Security to furnish nonmetallic honeycomb core floor panel bonded assemblies in support of the V-22 program. The first shipset of core assemblies is to be delivered during the third quarter of 2010 and work will be performed at Alcore Inc. in Edgewood, Maryland and M.C. Gill Corporation in El Monte, California. David Cross, Chief Operating Officer of Alcore, stated, “”The award of these V-22 Honeycomb parts to Alcore is an excellent fit for our nonmetallic core machining facility here in Maryland, and permits us to offer this program the benefits of our vertical integration in honeycomb core materials and lean machining processes.”

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Airtech Introduces Toolfusion 3-High Temperature Infusion Resin

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Toolfusion 3 is a two part low viscosity epoxy infusion resin formulated to produce pre-preg quality, composite moulds. Airtech say that Toolfusion 3 has a low initial cure temperature of 49degC and can be post cured to achieve a high glass transition temperature of 218degC, and that void contents of less than 1% are achievable. The system will work in various RTM and VARTM processes including single and double bag arrangements and is designed to produce autoclave quality laminates.

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