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Centex Homes to Eliminate Use of Wood From Endangered Forests

29th March 2000 0 comments

Centex Homes, one of the nation’s leading residential home builders, announced today it intends to eliminate the use of wood originating from endangered forests in its home building operations. As part of this multi-faceted policy, the company is actively replacing wood products on the exterior of its homes with a variety of non-wood products and composites, and is building more than 90 percent of its homes with metal or fiberglass exterior doors.

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ATK Test Fires Titan IV Booster with New Nozzle Material

29th March 2000 0 comments

ATK (Alliant Techsystems) said it successfully test fired a Titan IV Solid Rocket Motor Upgrade (SRMU) booster using a new nozzle material on March 19 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. There are two SRMU boosters on the Titan IV vehicle, each measuring 112 feet in length and 126 inches in diameter. The three-segment motor cases are made of graphite epoxy composite material, which reduces the inert weight of the SRMU from its steel-cased predecessor motor, despite the SRMU’s larger size and greater amount of solid propellant. Alliant Aerospace Propulsion Company is part of ATK’s Aerospace Group, which comprises the company’s space and strategic propulsion and Utah- and Mississippi-based composite structures operations. The group employs approximately 1,700 people in California, Florida, Mississippi, New York, and Utah. Sales in fiscal year 1999 were $395 million.

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Cannon Supplies Equipment for the World’s Largest SRIM Project

22nd March 2000 0 comments

Cannon has supplied preforming and metering equipment to Madison Heights, MI based Cambridge Industries for production of the GMT 800 composite pick-up truck box and inner tailgate. In late 2000 General Motors will introduce the Chevrolet Silverado full size pick-up truck with a composite interior box and tailgate. The Silverado pickup-truck box is the largest single composite part produced worldwide with SRIM technology in the vehicle industries. It is approximately 2.2 m long x 1.7 m wide x .6 m high with a total surface area of nearly 7.5 square meters. The preformed part weight is approximately 22 kg and is made with The Cannon Compotec Chopped Fiber Preform Technology. With this process, glass roving is automatically chopped, distributed on a mould, cured to final shape and unloaded. Chopped glass roving is the least expensive way to produce a glass preform for a large, high volume production part requiring long glass reinforcement. The scrap is minimized since the glass is distributed via a six-axis robot which accurately follows the perimeter of the part. Flexibility in glass distribution is also enhanced since glass can be sprayed in different densities and concentrations on the same part according to the structural properties required throughout the part. The plant was partially manufactured in Italy and partially in the USA and integrated at the Cambridge facility.

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Knowledge-based Technology to make Composites

22nd March 2000 0 comments

BAE Systems, Airbus has increased its investment in knowledge-based technology from Knowledge Technologies International. BAE Systems recently revealed that, using the software in one example two people designed a set of wing ribs in just six weeks, a job which traditionally would have taken twenty people six months. BAE’s innovative use of KTI technology has been formally recognized in its design of wings for the new Airbus and BAE Systems is already putting its investment to work to optimize and accelerate innovation in areas such as composites and manufacturing.

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Primix Developing International Railroad Tie Business

22nd March 2000 0 comments

The Primix Corporation, developer and manufacturer of the Primix Engineered Composite Railroad Tie announced that its audited financial statement and Form 10 filing to the SEC will be completed by mid-March. When the Form 10 is filed, the SEC has up to 60 days to approve the financial information. Once approved, Primix Corp. will immediately move to the OTC Bulletin Board and begin trading it’s stock on that exchange. Inquires from over 20 foreign countries, amounting so far to nearly 1,000,000 ties, has meant that they are increasing their effort toward developing the international sector of our business.

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Ceramics Process Systems announces results

22nd March 2000 0 comments

Ceramics Process Systems Corporation announced net income of $238 thousand, on revenue of $4.8 million for the year ended January 1, 2000. This compares with a net income of $1.7 million, or $0.16 per basic share, $0.14 per diluted share, on revenue of $5.5 million for the year ended December 26, 1998. Grant Bennett, President said: “CPS ended 1999 a much stronger company than we were a year ago: our customer base is broader and our manufacturing capabilities have improved significantly as a result of investments in people and equipment”. CPS develops, manufactures and markets advanced metal-matrix composites for housing and providing thermal management of high-density electronics.

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Composite Mentor-Protege Program Wins Awards

22nd March 2000 0 comments

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has won two of the prestigious Department of Defense (DoD) Nunn-Perry Awards for its outstanding performance on the DoD Mentor-Protege program, which partners established contractors with small disadvantaged businesses. In Dallas, Missiles and Fire Control’s small disadvantaged business partner, Tecnico Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia, worked with the company to produce composite midsection housing tubes for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile, the new missile being produced by Missiles and Fire Control – Dallas for the U.S. Army’s Patriot air defense system. Lockheed Martin provided a full-time project manager, who split time between Tecnico and Dallas, providing composites manufacturing technology support to Tecnico. Because of its involvement and commitment to the program, Tecnico has expanded into the manufacture of hyperbaric chambers, which has led to the company providing hyperbaric chambers under contract to the U.S. Navy.

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Reinhold Industries Purchases Samuel Bingham Company

22nd March 2000 0 comments

On March 9, 2000, Samuel Bingham Enterprises, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reinhold Industries, Inc. purchased certain assets and assumed certain liabilities of Samuel Bingham Company for $15.5 million in cash. Samuel Bingham Company manufactures, sells and distributes products through 14 locations in the U.S. and Canada and employs a total workforce of approximately 250. Reinhold Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom advanced composite components for the commercial aircraft seatback industry, the defense industry and other commercial industries.

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ZCL Composites Inc Signs Major Contracts

22nd March 2000 0 comments

ZCL Composites Inc. has been granted a four-year contract by Imperial Oil to supply fibreglass tanks and related products for use in its operations across Canada. In addition, the Company recently entered into long-term alliance agreements with Canadian Tire Corporation Limited and Wilson’s Fuel Company Ltd. under which it will supply fibreglass tanks and related products. Imperial Oil has been the Company’s largest customer and a cornerstone of the Company’s business in Canada for many years. ZCL has secured supply agreements with most of the major and independent oil companies in Canada and through these long-term relationships has become the industry leader in underground fuel storage.

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Composite Laser Cue!

22nd March 2000 0 comments

Brandmakers’ games and vending division, Gamosity, introduces the Laser Q. The Laser Q is a custom designed pool cue intended to help players of all levels sharpen their skills. Gamosity will unveil the Laser Q product on its new e-commerce website, (http://www.laserQ.com ). Brandmakers has devoted 18 months of research and development to the Laser Q project. Made of fiberglass and graphite composite materials, the cue is warp resistant and has a laser beam built into it to project a small red dot from a hole in the tip onto the cue ball. When a player sights along the cue, the pin point laser beam shows exactly where their cue should strike. Mirrors may be used to show various angles for bank shots.

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