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Reichhold Sponsors Colin Powell at Composites 2000

25th July 2000 0 comments

Reichhold, Inc. will sponsor the Opening General Session of CFA’s Composites 2000 trade show and conference, featuring keynote speaker, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) in Las Vegas. “General Powell is one of the most distinguished leaders of our time,” said Richard Rodriguez, vice president and general manager of Reichhold’s North American Composites Strategic Business Unit. “Reichhold is honored to continue our longstanding tradition of sponsoring CFA’s general session,” he continued. “And we are extremely proud to bring Colin Powell before the membership of CFA and all attendees to Composites 2000. Composites 2000 runs from September 27-30. Reichhold is a total solutions provider and a leader in the development of innovative products for key composites applications.

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Denali Announces Revisions to Proposed Investment

18th July 2000 0 comments

Denali Incorporated announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a revised letter of intent with William Blair Mezzanine Capital Partners relating to an investment by Blair in the Company. Under the new proposal, Blair will invest a total of $23 million in the Company. The Company expects to hold a special stockholders meeting in mid-September to approve the proposed investment. Denali Incorporated is a global provider of fluid handling products specializing in corrosion-resistant applications in processindustries such as: chemical, power, pulp and paper, petroleum equipment and water/wastewater. The Company manufactures engineered fiberglass-composite tanks, vessels and piping systems, as well as steel, above ground storage tanks.

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Merck Named Executive Vice President Operations of K2 Inc

18th July 2000 0 comments

K2 Inc. announced that J. Wayne Merck has been named executive vice president operations of K2 Inc. Merck, 40, has served as president of K2’s Shakespeare Composites and Electronics business. K2 Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of brand name sporting goods, recreational and industrial products. The company’s sporting goods and recreational products include well-known names such as K2 and Olin alpine skis; K2, Ride and Morrow snowboards, boots and bindings; K2 in-line skates; Stearns sports equipment; Shakespeare fishing tackle; K2 bikes; and Dana Design backpacks. K2’s other recreational products include Planet Earth apparel, Adio skateboard shoes and Hilton corporate casuals. K2’s industrial products include Shakespeare extruded monofilaments, marine antennas and fiberglass light poles.

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CertainTeed Corporation/Brunswick Technologies

18th July 2000 0 comments

On Monday CertainTeed announced that the subsequent offering period has expired for its tender offer for the outstanding shares of Brunswick Technologies, Inc. at a price of $8.50 per share, in cash. CertainTeed now beneficially owns approximately 94% of BTI’s outstanding shares. All shares validly tendered during the subsequent offering period were accepted as tendered and have been, or will be, promptly paid for through the depositary for the offer. CertainTeed and BTI will now proceed with their previously announced merger pursuant to which CertainTeed will acquire the remaining equity interest in BTI. No further shareholder action will be required to approve the merger. As a result of the merger, each share of BTI common stock that was not tendered in the original tender offer period or the subsequent offering period will be converted into the right to receive $8.50 in cash, without interest, subject to dissenters’ rights. The merger is expected to be completed by mid-August.

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Owens Corning Operating Earnings Drop

18th July 2000 0 comments

Building materials maker Owens Corning on Thursday reported its operating earnings dropped nearly 20 percent as the housing market weakened and costs rose. Including a previously announced $1 billion charge to top off its asbestos litigation reserve and a $210 million pre-tax gain from an insurance settlement, the company showed a net loss for the second quarter of $425 million. Revenues in the latest quarter dipped to $1.295 billion from $1.310 billion in the year-ago quarter. The company said the decline reflected weaker demand in its roofing, siding and insulation businesses amid a slowdown in the housing market after a series of interest rate increases over the past year. The company affirmed that it expected earnings for the year, excluding special items, to come in about 20 percent below last year’s profit of $270 million.

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Boeing Announces Agreement to Commercialize Software

18th July 2000 0 comments

The Boeing Company has signed an agreement with Unigraphics Solutions Inc. to commercialize the Boeing Parametric Composite Knowledge System (PACKS). The agreement grants Unigraphics Solutions (NYSE: UGS) the right to enhance the Boeing-patented process with additional improvements, and to exclusively market and sell PACKS software. The tool will become the core of a new composite module that will be integrated with the Unigraphics high-end CAD/CAM/CAE application. “PACKS provides design consistency and embedded knowledge capturing proven engineering practice,” said John Coyle, Director of Lean Engineering, Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems. “Unigraphics Solutions will combine this knowledge with their robust modeling system.” “Unigraphics Solutions’ technical expertise in the design, development and integration of CAD tools and Boeing’s composites expertise make this relationship a win-win for both,” Coyle added. PACKS was developed by Boeing as an affordability initiative to reduce the design cost of structural composites by at least 50 percent. Developing links to manufacturing early in the design cycle exceeded the goals of the initiative. Studies conducted by Boeing have found that promotion of concurrent engineering improves quality while reducing cost and time to release. The tool’s versatility allows it to be customized to fit individual product needs or locked-in to ensure consistency throughout the design of the entire vehicle and/or subsystem. “Unigraphics Solutions’ new composite module embodying the Boeing PACKS will be effective for any composite structure, aerospace and non-aerospace,” said George Peters, Director, Aerospace Region at UGS. “And since the process is generic, it applies to a wide variety of applications. Savings metrics are directly proportional to part difficulty; the greater the part thickness and complexity, the greater the savings. Future enhancements of the composite module will take advantage of Knowledge Based Engineering and include a flattener, laser projection and links to Finite Element Analysis software.”

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Programmed Composites, Inc. opens new composite satellite structure facility

18th July 2000 0 comments

Programmed Composites, Inc (PCI) has opened a new 100,950 square foot facility in Corona, CA. The company has outgrown its 50,000 square foot Anaheim facility where it has been since 1995. The new facility in Corona features high bay ceilings throughout the composite panel and spacecraft structure assembly area, and is fully air conditioned, permitting outstanding flexibility in work cell placement and floorspace allocation. The company is investing several million dollars in new capital equipment for the new facility to increase composite panel size manufacturing capacity by over 50%. The addition of larger autoclave and machining capability along with increased clean room area for thermal surface preparation are just a few of the flexible options that the new state of the art facility permits. PCI was founded in 1976, and specializes in the design and fabrication of precision, lightweight, advanced omposite structures for the space industry. PCI fabricates complete composite spacecraft bus and payload structure modules, composite solar array substrate panels, antenna reflectors, embedded heat pipe panels, and many other custom and high volume composite structural elements for the space industry.

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National Emission Standards for Boat Manufacturing

18th July 2000 0 comments

National emission standards are being proposed for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for new and existing boat manufacturing facilities. The processes regulated include fiberglass resin and gel coat operations, carpet and fabric adhesive operations, and aluminum boat painting operations. The EPA has identified boat manufacturing as a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), such as styrene, methyl methacrylate (MMA), methylene chloride (dichloromethane), toluene, xylenes, n-hexanes, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), and methyl chloroform (1,1,1-trichloroethane). These proposed standards will implement section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by requiring all major sources to meet HAP emission standards reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

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Center Researchers Receive CMA/SME’s Outstanding Paper Award

18th July 2000 0 comments

The 2000 CMA/SME TOP (The Outstanding Paper) was awarded to the University of Delaware’s CCM-affiliated team of postdoc E. Murat Sozer, Simon Bickerton (99PhDME–now on the faculty at the University of Auckland, New Zealand), and CCM Associate Director and Prof. Suresh G. Advani for “Use of Sensors and Simulations for Strategic Control of Liquid Composite Mold Filling Process.” The “TOP” Award was created in 1999 to recognize “knowledge and outstanding contributions of an individual in the composites manufacturing industry by preparing and presenting a paper at the Composites Manufacturing & Tooling Conference, CMA/SME’s flagship event.” Papers are judged on their technical contribution, application of engineering principles, originality, innovation, contribution to composites industry or technology, practical value and potential for implementation. The paper is featured on the SME website and can be viewed in pdf format at www.sme.org/cma/toppaper2000.pdf.

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Legal Actions to Halt Infringement of Cobra and Shelby Trademarks

18th July 2000 0 comments

With backing from Shelby American Inc., its equity partner, Venture Nevada, and together with Ford Motor Company, automotive manufacturing and racing legend Carroll Shelby has launched an aggressive lawsuit in Massachusetts Federal Court against Wareham-based Factory Five Racing, Inc., asserting trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition claims. Ford has also filed a parallel lawsuit in the same court. The suit charges Factory Five with unlawful use of Ford and Shelby trademarks and other intellectual property rights. Factory Five, a rapidly growing, five year-old company, has manufactured and sold more than 1,000 counterfeit copies of the famous Shelby 427 S/C, according to the suit. Shelby contends that several large replica manufacturers, including Factory Five, seem determined to continue their counterfeiting operations, unless they are stopped by Federal Courts. The suit claims that Factory Five and others sell packages featuring bodies that copy Shelby’s famous roadster. Of critical importance to Shelby, the suit seeks an order to seize and destroy Factory Five’s fiberglass molds, which it uses to fabricate the 427 S/C knockoff. “According to Shelby, this lawsuit is the first of several which will target the largest knock-off manufacturers.

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