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Material Sciences Corporation

20th June 2000 0 comments

Material Sciences Corporation announced that its results for the first quarter ending May 31, 2000 will fall below results in the same quarter last year. The company expects earnings for the first quarter of the current fiscal year to be approximately 18 cents per diluted share compared with 27 cents per diluted share in the prior year. MSC also announced that its Quiet Steel(R) composite material, which is designed to reduce noise and vibration, has been selected by Western Digital Corporation, one of the world’s leading disk drive manufacturers, as the top-cover material for disk drives produced for both personal computer applications and the emerging TV set-top-box recording market. MSC’s material will be used on both Western Digital’s Caviar(TM) and Protege(TM) models. Material Sciences Corporation is a technology-based manufacturer of continuously processed coated and specialty engineered materials and services. The company’s three principal business segments are Coated Products and Services, Engineered Materials, and Specialty Films.

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AASI Aircraft Jetcruzer 500 Receives FAA Pressurization Test Certificate

20th June 2000 0 comments

Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, Inc. announced that the company has received its FAA Pressurization Test Certificate, FAA Form 8110-3, for its new high performance propjet aircraft. The Jetcruzer 500(TM) passed the complex composite fuselage structure pressurization tests to the satisfaction of the Federal Aviation Administration last month. The Jetcruzer 500 is now certified to FAA standards up to 30,000 feet, representing an attitude of over five miles. Pressurization is a key feature that distinguishes this aircraft from its originally FAA certified Jetcruzer 450(TM). Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, Inc. (AASI Aircraft) is a development-stage company organized to design, develop, have certified by the FAA, manufacture and market propjet and jet aircraft for the world business, commercial and government markets.

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A New Car for a New Century

20th June 2000 0 comments

XCorp (www.xcorp.com) has developed a one-piece all-composite chassis / body combining the latest in Information Technology with advanced materials, aerospace structures and agile manufacturing. XCorp also developed another essential element — a simplified manufacturing system based on self assembly and all-composite modules that cuts the current need for high labor, machinery and energy costs. The end result is digital control of the entire lifecycle of the vehicle from design and engineering to manufacturing and distribution to service and recycling. All combined, this technology creates a 21st century business model for the auto industry promising rapid model changes, click-to-order overnight delivery, and higher operating margins for the industry.

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Manhattan Scientifics uses Composites in Fuel Cell Bicycle

20th June 2000 0 comments

Manhattan Scientifics announced that it has completed initial development and initial testing of the “Hydrocycle,” a fuel cell powered bicycle. The prototype bicycle utilizes Manhattan Scientifics’ proprietary mid-range power technology. The power supply unit is based on a polymer electrolyte fuel cell that uses hydrogen and air to produce electric power. It is completely pollution- free. The fuel cell’s unique design is based on the use of advanced composite materials and sealing technology to minimize size and weight. This makes it potentially ideal as a power source for portable electronic equipment or lightweight, personal transportation applications. The company has applied for patent protection in the United States, Europe and other key markets around the world. The hydrogen fuel is contained in a two-liter carbon fiber reinforced pressure vessel located behind the bicycle seat. This provides the cyclist with a driving range of up to 70-100 km (flat surface) at a top speed of 30 km/h. In production, the fuel tank could be integrated into the frame of the bicycle.

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Cohesant Technologies Reports Record Sales and Earnings

20th June 2000 0 comments

Cohesant Technologies, the parent company of Glas-Craft Inc today record sales and earnings for its fiscal 2000 second quarter and six months ended May 31, 2000. The company’s net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2000 increased 10% for the comparable fiscal 1999 period. Net income for the current quarter was an increase of 19% over the $195,527 reported in the previous year. Dwight D. Goodman, Cohesant’s president and chief executive officer stated, “strong demand for our plural component dispensing equipment in overseas markets, particularly in Mainland China, fuelled our performance for the quarter. Initial shipments of our new polyester system used by manufacturers of fiberglass products were also made in the quarter.” Cohesant Technologies Inc., based in Indianapolis, Indiana, designs, develops, and manufactures specialized spray finishing and coating application equipment and specialty coating products through its two subsidiaries: Glas-Craft, Inc., and Raven Lining Systems, Inc. Glas-Craft, Inc., manufactures spray finishing and coating equipment for applying plural component materials such as polyesters, polyurethanes, and epoxies.

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Groupe Bocenor Inc acquire Visifib Fiberglass Windows

20th June 2000 0 comments

Groupe Bocenor management announced the acquisition of Visifib Windows of Granby, Quebec, through which Bocenor adds another tier to its one-stop shopping mix: the manufacture and marketing of fiberglass windows and doors. Andre LeBlanc indicated that fiberglass products are very popular among architects in both Canada and the United States because of their durability and their quality/price value, which position them between aluminum and PVC products. “Thereby, we bring an important, and totally complementary addition to our product selection which already was one of the most comprehensive in Canada”. Visifib’s operations will be relocated to the Research and Product Incubator Centre in order to improve the manufacturing process.

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Aurora Delivers Global Hawk Ahead of Schedule

13th June 2000 0 comments

Aurora West Virginia announced today that it has successfully completed a rapid-response project to construct a full-size model of the Global Hawk Unmanned Air Vehicle. The contract was announced March 7 by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Under its agreement with Northrop Grumman’s Ryan Aeronautical Center, Aurora was to complete the model by June 1. “We are pleased to report that the project was actually completed on May 26, almost a week ahead of schedule,” said AWV President Robb Lenhart. The model will now be shipped to England where it will be a centerpiece display at the Farnborough International Air Show. The show opens July 24, and more than 300,000 guests from approximately 50 nations are expected to attend. To build the 116-foot wingspan aircraft, Aurora employed a team of 24 people drawn from across its three facilities. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Global Hawk UAV, which is intended to be the Air Force’s next generation airborne reconnaissance system. In addition to the full-scale model, Aurora has built the tail surfaces for each of the five aircraft produced to date. Aurora West Virginia builds metal and composite structures for manned and unmanned aircraft. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation.

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Premier I Jet On Display at Raytheon Travel Air Open House

13th June 2000 0 comments

Raytheon Aircraft’s first all-new designed jet, the Raytheon Premier I, will be on display in White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday, June 10. The six-passenger Premier I is claimed to be the first composite-fuselage business jet. This state-of-the-art construction method, combined with a metal swept wing, provides faster cruise speed, more altitude performance, longer range, superior handling and a cabin size that is seven inches taller and eight inches wider than competitive light business jets.

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IMPCO and Alcoa’s Thiokol Propulsion Form Technology Alliance

13th June 2000 0 comments

IMPCO Technologies, Inc. announced that its Advanced Technology Center in Irvine, California, has formed a strategic technology alliance with NASA Space Shuttle rocket booster manufacturer, Thiokol Propulsion, Alcoa Industrial Components Group, a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. The alliance provides IMPCO access to over 1,000 Thiokol scientists, engineers and support personnel experienced in the handling and management of hydrogen fuel and allows IMPCO to advance the commercialization of Thiokol’s unique composite conformable hydrogen fuel storage tank technology for the emerging automotive fuel cell markets. One of the first products IMPCO will develop for commercialization is Thiokol’s unique, advanced composite conformable storage tank technology. This technology expands IMPCO’s product line and complements IMPCO’s “TriShield” ultra-lightweight composite gaseous fuel storage cylinders which are critical components required for optimizing the storage of on-board hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles. The conformable tank technology allows for varying shapes, unlike conventional cylindrical shaped hydrogen storage tanks. Commercialization of fuel cell vehicles by the world’s major automobile manufacturing companies is anticipated to begin in 2003.

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COMESA-INDIA-UNIDO Exhibition-Cum-Seminar on Building Materials

13th June 2000 0 comments

Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, June 12, 2000) – Background: Fast changing demographic and migratory trends in most developing countries are exerting pressure on domestic construction industry for improving efficiency, productivity and delivery systems to meet the housing needs, particularly for citizens in the low-income strata. The materials industry for low-cost housing in most of the countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America is under tremendous pressure as wide-spread scarcity is coming in the way of realizing national goals of housing for all. The severe shortages of building materials have resulted in escalating costs of construction thereby making housing construction unaffordable to large segments of population particularly in low income brackets. One clear option is to promote the use of innovative composite materials based on local resources from forestry, agriculture, natural fibres, plant materials, and other local resources like agricultural and industrial wastes available within the COMESA region. Besides meeting the needs of housing sector, the industrial production of the composite materials from agricultural and industrial wastes would greatly help in environmental protection and energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. Recognising the need to strengthen the domestic building materials sector in developing countries of Africa, and the COMESA region in particular, the Indian government, COMESA and UNIDO have identified the potential for transferring Indian technologies and experience in eco-friendly and cost-effective manufacture of building materials suitable for low cost housing. The need to exchange experiences on R & D and utilisation of low cost composite building materials has also been recognised. In order to share these experiences and strengthen cooperation between the various stakeholders in India, COMESA and other African countries, an International Exhibition-cum-Seminar will be held in Dar-es-Salaam from June 30 – July 9, 2000, with the financial support of the Government of India

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