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National Nonwovens Introduces Four New High Performance Product Lines

13th June 2000 0 comments

National Nonwovens introduced four new high performance engineered nonwoven product lines at SAMPE 2000, including ProTechtor(TM), Atvantage(TM), AeroSorb, and SafeSorb. ProTechtor(TM) – engineered for maximum ballistic, stab, and puncture protection with superior blast containment properties, made from 100% para-aramid fibers.

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CertainTeed Corporation Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase Celotex Roofing

13th June 2000 0 comments

CertainTeed Corporation announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to buy the roofing assets of Celotex Corporation of Tampa, Florida. Negotiations between CertainTeed and Celotex are ongoing with both parties working toward the execution of an asset purchase agreement this month. As part of the proposed purchase, CertainTeed would acquire a fiber glass mat production plant in Russellville, Alabama.

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Lear Corporation Introduces Two New Polymers for Interior Applications

13th June 2000 0 comments

Lear Corporation, one of the world’s premier automotive interior suppliers, has launched two new polymer materials to be used in some of Lear’s future offerings of interior trim products: door panels, pillars and trunk trim. With properties promising optimized occupant safety and cost saving potential, these ultra- lightweight and recyclable polymers could literally save vehicle manufacturers both weight and money. Because they are composed of natural fibres that are replenishable, the two polymers are also environmentally friendly. The two innovative polymers, natural fibre acrylic and natural fibre polypropylene, have been developed at Lear’s Manufacturing Operation Division’s development center in Ebersberg, Germany, where materials development focuses on vehicle safety and weight reduction. Lear made the announcement on the new polymers at the VISE & VIBEX 2000. “With these two new polymers, Lear is addressing key material needs for European vehicle manufacturers, who want to reduce weight while contributing to passive safety,” said Randall Carron, President – International Operations for Lear Corporation.

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Eclipse(TM) Wins BusinessWeek’s IDEA Award

13th June 2000 0 comments

The Eclipse(TM), Marconi Commerce Systems’ Web-enabled fueling dispenser, has received BusinessWeek’s annual Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) and has been recognized by the magazine as a design “emerging as a pathfinder for the new economy.” Herbst LaZar Bell, the design-consulting firm that partnered with Marconi on developing the product, gave the dispenser a futuristic look that provides better access and visibility at sites. The sleek, Y-frame design with a tall, fiberglass body contoured with rounded edges combined with an ATM-style screen is appealing to consumers. The screen can provide a fully interactive Web- enabled session.

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Core Materials Corporation Announces Key Management Change

13th June 2000 0 comments

Core Materials Corporation announced a key management change. Kenneth M. Schmell, executive vice president and chief operating officer, tendered his resignation from Core Materials to pursue other opportunities. His resignation is effective immediately. James L. Simonton, president and chief executive officer, will assume the additional responsibilities of chief operating officer. Going forward, Simonton said, “management will continue to focus significant efforts on operational excellence, new customer integration and the execution of our strategic plan.” Core Materials Corporation is a compounder and compression molder of sheet molding composites (SMC). The company produces high-quality fiberglass reinforced molded products and SMC materials for varied markets, including transportation, marine, agricultural and commercial and industrial products. Core Materials, with its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, operates plants in Columbus and Gaffney, South Carolina.

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FiberCote invests in new equipment

13th June 2000 0 comments

FiberCote is pleased to announce that it has completed the installation a new state-of-the-art unidirectional tape line and film coater which was designed specifically for tight tolerance aerospace applications and spreading heavy tow to light weight tapes. John Tauriello, Director of Marketing and Sales, stated that FiberCote has had five years of growth and profits matched by a continued stream of capital investments made possible by the support of its parent company – Park Electrochemical Corporation. Mr. Tauriello further stated that FiberCote is experiencing strong growth in aircraft primary and secondary structures applications. To support this growth, FiberCote has appointed a new Technical Director, Dr. Shari Tidrick-Bugaj, and Steve Garrette, as Director of Operations. In addition, reporting to Dr. Bugaj, Tom Ranalli has been appointed as Quality Control Manager. Mike Babue has also joined FiberCote has Technical Sales Manager – Central Region.

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Vanguard Composites makes moves to support growth.

6th June 2000 0 comments

Vanguard Composites Group in San Diego, California have recently added a Class 1000 clean room to their high bay that will enable them to expand their business in structures integration and assembly, as well as adding new staff with extensive experience in space and precision composite structures that will now allow the company to penetrate new markets with new customers. Vanguard engineers components and structures to take full advantage of the composite materials properties and to select the most appropriate, lowest cost manufacturing process for the application.

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Producer of Novel RTM components needed

6th June 2000 0 comments

3 Tex, Inc is looking for an manufacturer with specific experience and specialty in producing RTM composite/fiber reinforced small parts. The parts are to be produced using S-glass woven fiberglass fabric in an acrylic modified ployester MEKP actuated resin using two part hard tooling and low pressure injection with gel-coat surfacing. The project involves two simultaneous lines of development and production, a major recreational consumer use and a non-recreational public agency use. Initial production will be approximately 100 assemblies as a proof of production process demonstration. The latter use is ultimately projected as 100,000 units for a major existing manufacturing client and may require the use of kevlar/epoxy versus S-glass. Production volume in stages for the former use is estimated at a similar number. Contact Richard March

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Novel Molding Technology Patented

6th June 2000 0 comments

A team of researchers from the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (CCM) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is credited with developing co-injection resin transfer molding (CIRTM), a process that allows single-step injection of multiple resins into a mold. The invention enables the production of multifunctional hybrid composite structures without the need for post-cure bonding of the various layers. Integral armor is an example of an application that can exploit the benefits of this technology. “With CIRTM, we can incorporate one material system for ballistic resistance, another for structure, and a third for fire, smoke, and toxicity properties,” points out Dr. John W. Gillespie Jr., CCM Director and co-inventor of CIRTM. A major advantage of CIRTM is the stronger interphase between layers due to diffusion-enhanced adhesion (DEA), another patented technology developed through Army-funded basic research at CCM several years ago. CIRTM is currently being transitioned to the Navy for fire-hardened ship structures

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Dunlop Aviation delivers Sikorsky S-92 ice protected engine intakes

6th June 2000 0 comments

Dunlop Aviation Ice Protection & Composites (DAIPC) has delivered the first production standard engine air inlets for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. This follows the successful wind tunnel tests which were undertaken by DAIPC and Sikorsky at the NASA Glenn facility in Cleveland, Ohio The self-contained inlet and ice protection system developed by DAIPC is designed for quick and easy installation and removal. Each of the two intakes is attached by two electrical connectors and a single mechanical fixing. Dunlop Aviation, a member of Dunlop Standard Aerospace, is a world leader in electro-thermal aircraft ice protection. Other aviation products include wheels/brakes and brake management systems, composite structures and specialist flexible hoses.

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