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Bombardier to expand operations and create 1,200 new jobs in Northern Ireland

6th June 2000 0 comments

Bombardier Aerospace is significantly raising aircraft production as well as expanding its Northern Ireland manufacturing operations. The company’s Belfast-based workforce will grow by 1,200-or 20 per cent-over the next two years. This involves a major investment by Bombardier at Belfast in plant, equipment, product development, and training. Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has excellent capabilities in the design and manufacture of aircraft fuselages, engine nacelles and advanced composite structures. In addition to its work for other manufacturers, the Belfast operation designs and produces major structures for seven Bombardier aircraft: the Global Express, Challenger, Learjet 45 and Continental business jets; and, the CRJ 100/200 and 700 Series jet airliners and Dash 8 Q400 turboprop airliner. Since acquiring the Belfast operations from the United Kingdom Government in 1989, Bombardier has made a significant investment in facilities, equipment, training and new product development. Bombardier is Northern Ireland’s largest manufacturing employer, with 5,763 workers in the design and production of aircraft structures and engine nacelles and a further 257 in the operation of Belfast City Airport. The expansion announced today will create 1,200 new jobs in design and production.

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3D Systems Expands Use of Heat-Resistant Material

6th June 2000 0 comments

3D Systems Corp. announced the availability of CIBATOOL(R) SL 5530 material for use in its SLA(R) 7000 system. The resin features high heat resistance and is the first material with “tunable” physical properties. Used with the SLA 7000 system, SL 5530 material withstands temperatures up to 200 degrees C (392 degrees F). In addition, the material can be “tuned” to optimize accuracy or heat resistance. As a result, SL 5530 resin is ideal for creating functional prototypes for a variety of industries, as well as creating master patterns for vacuum-formed tooling and high-temperature molding applications. Lockheed Martin saved labor time and cost using the material to build tooling for composite parts for jet aircraft.

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JPS Industries Announces New Chief Financial Officer

6th June 2000 0 comments

JPS Industries, Inc. announced that Charles R. Tutterow has joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. JPS Industries activities include printed circuit boards and advanced composite materials.

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Dura Agreement With CanWel Distribution Ltd.

6th June 2000 0 comments

Dura Products is pleased to announce that CanWel Distribution Ltd., one of Canada’s largest distributors of building materials and related hardware products, has entered into an agreement with Dura Products to distribute DURADECK composite deck products throughout its national distribution network. Dura Products International Inc. is an eco-efficient producer of a proprietary composite material made from recycled post-industrial plastics and cellulose fibre. Dura Products manufactures a number of products from it’s composite material including decking materials, components for fabricating skids and pallets, and other engineered shapes for various other applications.

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Springdale Facility Attains $1.47 Million Gross Sales

6th June 2000 0 comments

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. announced that the Company had set an all-time monthly sales record. Unaudited sales for the month ending May 31, 2000 exceeded $2.75 million. The Company reports that this is an increase of 69% over May 1999. April sales were $2.18 million, an increase of 73% over April 1999. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. manufactures a growing line of engineered low-maintenance composite building materials made from recycled polyethylene plastic and waste wood fiber. The Company’s products are marketed under the trade names MoistureShield(R) and ChoiceDek(R) for the North American homebuilding market. The Company’s products are sold into the national door and window component market and residential decking market.

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Lockheed Martin Transfers Key Aircraft Manufacturing Equipment to ENAER

6th June 2000 0 comments

Officials of ENAER and Lockheed Martin have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the transfer of an autoclave that will allow ENAER to manufacture advanced composite material parts for current and future generations of commercial and military aircraft. Because of their light weight, strength and durability, composite material components are used in increasing amounts in aircraft such as the EMBRAER ERJ-135/145, the F-16, the F-22 Raptor and the Joint Strike Fighter. The transfer of this equipment is the next phase in a series of cooperative activities that ENAER and Lockheed Martin have implemented over the last two years to build a long-term relationship. Lockheed Martin already has transferred some key production, management and manufacturing technologies to ENAER. As part of the process to improve efficiencies and technologies at ENAER, Lockheed Martin production experts have reviewed manufacturing technologies and control procedures at the facility.

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TIFAC develops new technology for FRP doors

6th June 2000 0 comments

The Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC, India) has uccessfully developed a new technology for manufacturing fibre re-inforced plastic (FRP) doors and frames for the building and construction sector. The technology has been developed by its Composite Design Centre under the advanced composite mission. The Centre has transferred the new technology to 15 industries for large- scale commercialization. The Centre has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Small Industries Corporation and the Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council to promote and market its glass-fibre composite technologies for the housing sector.

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China Encourages Investment in Performance Fibers

6th June 2000 0 comments

According to the Profile of China’s Textile Industry (May 2000), China encourages foreign investment in highly emulated chemical fibers and special fibers such as aromatic synthetic fiber and carbon fiber, although wholly foreign-owned operations are not allowed.State Bureau of Textile Industry Tel: 86-10-63081207

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New York City Cow Display Sparks Controversy

6th June 2000 0 comments

Five hundred stylishly decorated fiberglass heifers are caught in the middle of a New York dust-up bound to leave ranch hands and city folk alike scratching their heads. The cows are supposed to go on display around New York City this summer in a public art exhibit meant to be whimsical and uplifting. But the two Connecticut lawyers organizing New York’s CowParade say a preliminary shipment of 50 cows sent by a Swiss business group were poorly made, unstable and prone to catch fire. One lawyer even accused the Swiss of providing Bosnian bovines, instead of ones manufactured in Switzerland. “These cows really looked like Frankenstein monsters,” said Daniel Blume, vice president and counsel for the West Hartford, Conn.-based CowParade Holdings Corp.,which is running the New York exhibit. “Then we went over and tested one, and the results were astounding. We took a hunk of shaving of the cow, and we lit it, and the thing flashed.” Blume said his organization is buying its cows instead from American suppliers and that he and the Swiss agreed to part ways. Bull, say the Swiss. Kurt Blickenstorfer, president of CowParade Holdings A.G., based in Zug, Switzerland, accused Blume and partner Jerome Elbaum of using the quality issue as a pretext for backing out of their contract.

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Eastman Chemical Company: Off-list prices increase for Eastman NPG glycols

6th June 2000 0 comments

Eastman Chemical Company announced an off-list price increase for all forms of Eastman NPG glycol in North America, effective July 1, 2000. Prices for 100 percent molten and flake NPG glycol will increase $0.09 per pound with a $0.045 per pound competitive allowance. NPG-90 glycol prices will increase $0.08 per pound with a $0.04 per pound competitive allowance. A competitive allowance is a discount off an off-list price for an unspecified time. The company reports that manufacturing costs and raw material prices have increased significantly. This price increase is needed to begin moving margins toward reinvestment economics. Eastman NPG glycol, a resin intermediate, is a basic raw material used in the manufacture of polyester resins for fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP).

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