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ACG will become Official Supplier of Composite Material to The Ericsson Racing Team in the run-up to the Volvo Ocean Race, which is scheduled to start in Alicante, Spain October 2008.
While it may seem like early days, this is actually far from the truth. Ericsson Racing Team recently acquired the winning yacht from the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, ABN AMRO One (ABN 1) for preparation purposes. It is currently being used to put the team through its paces for training and speed tests.
ABN 1 also used ACG’s VTM260 series prepregs and VTA260 film adhesive. The Ericsson Racing Team is using the services of Killian Bushe as construction manager – the same person who headed the team that built ABN 1.
Ericsson Racing Team commenced building its two new VO 70 yachts this Spring, just 200 meters from Ericsson’s corporate headquarters outside Stockholm, thus confirming the company’s desire to share its race campaign with its staff, partners and customers. The first step was to build the female mould that would be used to form the composite carbon-fibre hull. This stage, which required great precision and attention to detail, was concluded in the Spring.
Killian Bushe is quoted as saying, “The build site is state-of-the-art. Since November, we have worked hard at putting the right team in place and getting all the necessary tools ready. This includes the two ovens – one of them as big as the boat (25 meters) – and a smaller one for all the components. It feels good to get started on the construction; we are looking forward to this new challenge.”
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