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Composite Solutions Inc Gains Seismic and Blast Design Software

25th July 2000 0 comments

Composite Solutions, Inc. announced that it has completed the transaction to acquire 100% of the shares of Trans-Science Corporation (TSC) in exchange for the issue of 953,371 of Composite Solutions, Inc. restricted shares. San Diego-based Composite Solutions, Inc. (CSI) uses advanced composites to strengthen buildings and bridges and to minimize the damage that can be inflicted by earthquakes, overloading, and accidental or intentional explosions. TSC, also based in San Diego, recently developed the only comprehensive design software for the seismic retrofit of civil structures using composite overlays, and is now xtending its design software to include the analysis of explosive threats. TSC’s work on explosive loading is part of a counter-terrorism program sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Other members of the research team include Karagozian & Case, Structural Engineers (K&C) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The current acquisition of TSC and he intended acquisition of K&C is expected to enable CSI to become a key commercial player in both the blast retrofit and seismic strengthening markets.

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Enova Systems To Develop and Build a New Electric Tram

25th July 2000 0 comments

Enova Systems announced that it has been awarded a contract to develop electric trams for airports, parks, and other high capacity transit applications. The first Airport Tram is already scheduled for delivery to Hawaii in January 2001 under a program managed by the Hawaii Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project, part of Hawaii’s High Technology Development Corporation, and is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This new vehicle will combine the advanced Panther(TM) electric propulsion and energy management systems built by Enova Systems with the lightweight composite vehicle body and chassis built by APS systems. The all-electric, low-floor tram includes a passenger power car and two passenger trailers, and is capable of moving up to 100 people quickly, quietly, and efficiently in air-conditioned comfort. Global target markets for this type of tram system include airport terminal facilities, recreational parks, and other transportation environments that require moving large numbers of people. Enova Systems, with headquarters in Torrance, Calif. and offices in Hawaii and Korea, is a leading designer, eveloper, and manufacturer of electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell propulsions systems and components for the global vehicle market.

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Testing of the Primix Tie Successful

25th July 2000 0 comments

The Primix Corporation, manufacturer of the revolutionary “Primix Engineered Composite Railroad Tie”, announces they have passed the rigid testing requirements of the Railroad Industry. Past engineering data has always supported the fact that the Primix Tie is stronger, longer lasting, and more environmentally friendly than a wood tie. Leaders within the railroad industry have asked Primix to provide verified test data, from a railroad test facility. The test was performed on July 19th. The ultimate bending strength of a wood tie ranges from 10,000 lbs. to 12,000 lbs. The Primix tie was tested up to 28,000 lbs. before the testing was stopped. The tie was not taken to failure, which could have resulted in an even greater number. The Primix tie even passed a rail seat load test. A test that is standard for concrete ties (not wood), yet the Primix tie recorded 59,400 lbs. to the concrete numbers of only 51,000 lbs. A 16.47% increase. Primix’s increase in strength, will provide better track stiffness, reduce maintenance, and allow the railroads to increase the loads, all equaling significant benefits to the Railroad companies. With each successful test, the Primix tie proves itself to be a formidable competitor for a portion of the Billion dollar per year market for railroad ties.

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Philippines Grand Opening

25th July 2000 0 comments

Composite Automobile Research Ltd. announced that senior company executives have recently returned from a three week visit to the Philippines and Asian region. The highlight of the trip occurred at the Grand Opening of CBN WorldStar Philippines first fully licensed factory. This factory is located on the former Clark Air Force Base, which is now known as the New Special Clark Economic Zone. On hand for the opening were members of the media, members of the military, public officials as well as prospective investors for additional licenses locally and from various regions throughout the world. Company CEO and President Lyle Wardrop commented; “As was the case with the Grand Opening in Colombia at the beginning of the month, this was an extremely well attended event. From WTA’s viewpoint it was good to see potential Master License purchasers from the region and from others parts of the world in attendance. Our company feels that once again we were able to demonstrate successfully the viability of both the WorldStar vehicle and our unique micro-manufacturing process. This was indeed a very successful day for our Philippine partners and we feel confident that this operation will serve as a springboard for additional operations to be set up in the Philippines and also throughout the Asian region.” Composite Automobile Research Ltd. and World Transport Authority Inc. serve the emerging world’s transportation needs through in country manufacturing facilities, utilizing local semi-skilled labor to produce the WorldStar line of utility vehicles.

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Triumph Group Acquires Two Companies

25th July 2000 0 comments

Triumph Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of Chem-Fab Corporation and Airborne Nacelle Services, Inc. of Hot Springs, Ark. Chem-Fab is a leading manufacturer of structural parts and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Airborne Nacelle repairs and overhauls complex parts for a broad spectrum of the aerospace industry. Its products include thrust reversers, honeycomb-bonded components, and other complex assemblies. Both Chem-Fab and Airborne Nacelle will become part of the Structural Components Group of Companies and will add approximately $35 million of current revenue to the Group. Triumph Group, Inc., headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, designs, engineers, manufactures, and overhauls aircraft components. The Company serves a broad worldwide spectrum of the aviation industry, including commercial airlines and air cargo carriers, as well as original equipment manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft components.

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PPG Reports On 2nd Quarter

25th July 2000 0 comments

PPG Industries reported second-quarter net income of $205 million on record sales for any quarter of $2.21 billion. In the same quarter last year, net income was $184 million on sales of $1.95 billion. Glass segment sales and earnings rose on increased volumes in all businesses as well as pricing gains for fiber glass and automotive replacement glass products. Continued strength in global demand contributed to improved fiber glass prices. Glass earnings also benefited from manufacturing efficiencies.

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Mark Olson Joins Composite Solutions, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer

25th July 2000 0 comments

Composite Solutions, Inc. today announced the appointment of Mark Olson as President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Dr. Gilbert Hegemier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In this newly created position, Mr. Olson will be responsible for the implementation of the company’s business plan to provide comprehensive solutions for the repair and retrofit of various civil structures using fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Mr. Olson has consulted to Composite Solutions, Inc. (CSI) since January on the development of target markets and strategic alliances and mergers, including CSI’s pursuit to acquire Anchor Reinforcements of Huntington Beach, CA. The manufacturing capabilities of Anchor will enable CSI to furnish products to the expanding civil construction industry. CSI provides end-to-end solutions for a variety of industries that use fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. Using FRP technology developed by and licensed from the University of California, San Diego’s Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories, CSI offers a comprehensive package from analysis through construction. Primary uses of the technology include structural strengthening, earthquake retrofitting and blast hardening of a variety of structures.

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Aldila Reports 35% Sales Increase

25th July 2000 0 comments

Yesterday Aldila, Inc. reported net sales of $17.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2000, a 35% increase compared to net sales of $12.6 million in the second quarter of 1999. Net income increased to $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2000, from a loss of $72,000 in the second quarter of 1999. For the six months ended June 30, 2000 net sales increased 46% to $33.8 million compared to $23.2 million in the first six months of 1999. Net income increased to $2.2 million or in the first six months of 2000, from a loss of $0.4 million in the same period of 1999. “Fiber production at Carbon Fiber Technology, LLC, a joint venture operation in Evanston, Wyoming, continues to be strong, with a 32% volume increase in the first half of 2000, compared to the same 1999 period.” said Peter R. Mathewson, Chairman and CEO, Aldila, Inc. “Aldila’s share of the fiber produced is being consumed by its prepreg operation in Poway, California, which set a record in the first six months of 2000 for number of pounds produced,” Aldila, Inc. is the golf industry’s leading manufacturer of graphite golf shafts used in clubs assembled and marketed throughout the world by major golf club companies, component distributors and custom clubmakers. Aldila internally manufactures composite prepreg for its golf shaft business and external sales, and through its ownership interest in Carbon Fiber Technology LLC, externally manufactures carbon fiber for internal use.

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Conoco Earnings Continue To Grow

25th July 2000 0 comments

Conoco said higher crude oil and natural gas prices and a six-percent jump in production combined with stronger demand for refined products to produce record-setting results for the second consecutive quarter. Net income before special items totaled $460 million, 18 percent above the previous record set in the first quarter and 304 percent higher than second quarter 1999. Customer interest in Conoco’s new petroleum-based carbon fiber product is high, as new application opportunities for theproduct continue to grow. The revolutionary, high-value-in-use product has unique electrical, thermal and physical properties to enable manufactured goods such as computer and cell phone batteries, fiber-reinforced plastic, concrete and other materials to be stronger, lighter and more durable. Construction of the manufacturing facility is underway in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

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Lance Armstrong Slices Through the Record Books Aboard new Carbon Fiber Bike

25th July 2000 0 comments

Lance Armstrong put his stamp on the 2000 Tour de France today by winning the Stage 19 individual time trial with the second fastest time trial average speed in the Tour’s 87-year history. Aboard his new Trek Time Trial frame, Armstrong’s average speed of 53.986 kph (33.5 mph) was second only to Greg LeMond, the only other American to win the Tour de France. Armstrong, who won last year’s three Tour de France time trial events, was racing on a new frame this year. Two month’s after last year’s inspirational victory, Armstrong approached Trek’s Advanced Concept Group (ACG) in Waterloo, Wis. about creating a time trial bike in carbon, the company’s flagship material that he had grown to love on his standard race bike. Trek Bicycle Corporation has grown over the past 25 years from a five-man operation housed in a barn in Wisconsin, to a globally oriented company with distribution in 65 countries and over 1500 employees worldwide.

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