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UK Coastguard called to assist Team Philips composite catamaran On March 29 the Team

5th April 2000 0 comments

Philips crew called Falmouth Coastguard to request assistance after they had noticed problems with the bow of the catamaran during sea trials. The crew reported that the bows were beginning to break up on the hulls and it was later confirmed that the port side bow had broken off although the starboard side remained stable. The catamaran that was designed to beat the world’s fastest ocean racers was towed into St Mary’s after encountering problems over 20 miles north-west of the Scillies. The 120ft-long boat, the world’s largest carbon fibre structure, is now anchored to a buoy, the remains of her shattered port bow supported by giant air bags. Designed to pierce the huge waves of the Southern Ocean waves at over 40 knots, the craft began to break up in winds of 25 knots, just two weeks after the Queen officially named her.

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Compositech Ltd. Launches Licensing Program

29th March 2000 0 comments

Compositech Ltd., a developer of high tech laminates for the printed circuit board industry, announced that it has launched its licensing program by sending proposals to a limited number of select candidates. Compositech Ltd. has developed innovative and superior copper-clad and fiberglass epoxy laminates used to make printed circuit boards, which are essential components of personal computers, workstations, data communications, Internet servers and telecommunications equipment.

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Malaysian Car Maker Proton Turns to Universities for R&D

29th March 2000 0 comments

Malaysia’s Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) is engaging engineers in universities to help the company in its research and development (R&D) efforts. Proton chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said the move would also help mould Malaysian engineers for the local automotive industry. “Proton, for its R&D programmes, is getting the cooperation of universities such as Universiti Malaya and International Islamic University Malaysia. We hope the cooperation will also benefit the universities,” he said after sealing a memorandum of understanding with IIUM, where both parties also signed a joint-development agreement to work on a composite component. Proton, the national car maker, has announced plans to produce two new models this year, including a multi purpose vehicle (MPV).

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Ameron’s Composite Pipe Business down Compared to 1999

29th March 2000 0 comments

The Coatings and Fiberglass-Composite Pipe businesses were impacted by the prolonged lack of spending in a number of key markets, such as offshore and marine. Both businesses reported lower sales and profits in the first quarter of 2000, compared to the same period in 1999. James Marlen, Ameron’s Chairman, stated, “Despite continued softness in Coatings and Fiberglass-Composite Pipe markets, we were able to exceed expectations. As we previously indicated, improvement by the Coatings and Fiberglass-Composite Pipe businesses is not expected until the second half of the year. Although orders for fiberglass pipe for use in oil production have increased substantially, other anticipated improvements are not expected until later in the year. We remain optimistic that full-year results should exceed the record level of 1999.”

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Engineered Fabrics Corporation Results For 1999

29th March 2000 0 comments

K&F’s Industries subsidiary, Engineered Fabrics Corporation (EFC), posted increases in its sales of fuel tanks and coated fabrics. They have seen revenues grow by 50% in the last three years at EFC, serving approximately 90% of the worldwide general aviation and commercial transport market and over half of the domestic military market. Besides fuel tanks, EFC has an expanding line of products based on the application of proprietary composite materials. Applications include iceguards for deicing sections of aircraft, oil containment booms, towable storage bladders, heavy lift bags and pillow tanks. New products include a line of coatings to arrest fuel leaks and composite materials for finishing the aircraft interiors of a major airframer.

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Kafus Industries Ltd in $100 Million E-Commerce Deal

29th March 2000 0 comments

After a year of preliminary planning, and in a deal worth up to $100 million in fee revenues, NetCompliance, Inc and Kafus Industries Ltd announced the recent signing of a development agreement for the creation and management of a revolutionary new global electronic B2B e-commerce site. The project is a direct extension of Kafus’ corporate mission of promoting the use of sustainability in global business and government procurement. Kafus (www.kafus.com) activities include the production of natural fiber composites to replace glass reinforced plastics in automobiles and other key industries, as well as the production of siding and flooring materials from fiber and cement.

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Cambridge Industries, Inc. Concludes Financing Agreement

29th March 2000 0 comments

Cambridge Industries reported that it has concluded agreement on a financial arrangement with its banks and selected customers. The funding provided by this arrangement will enable the company to make critical capital expenditures and to launch planned programs while concluding the sales process. Cambridge anticipates providing further information on the sales process during the second quarter of the year. Headquartered in Madison Heights, Mich., Cambridge Industries is a Tier 1 plastic composites supplier to the automotive, light and commercial truck, and industrial products markets. Cambridge Industries has 18 facilities in the U.S., Canada, and South America.

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Composite Cars throughout South America

29th March 2000 0 comments

Composite Automobile Research Ltd, through its wholly owned subsidiary, World Transport Authority, Inc (WTA) announced a commitment to implement WorldStar(R) factories throughout South America. The expansion is expected to originate in Argentina and will extend into the southern regions of the country. The contract equates to 120 new WorldStar(R) factories , each paying license fees of US$112,000, per factory, to WTA. WTA receives a recurring income stream royalties, parts and sales per vehicle, in excess of US$600. The income on an annual basis on a one-car-per-day factory from the recurring revenue streams is US$225, 000. The principle of the company is to serve the emerging world’s transportation needs through in-country manufacturing facilities utilizing local semi-skilled labor to produce the WorldStar(R) line of utility vehicles.

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Composite replaced on Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter

29th March 2000 0 comments

The F-22 contractor team is replacing the original composite rib with a titanium one on the plane’s flaperon, the inboard movable trailing edge of the wing. The original rib had delaminated while exceeding its load limit, according to the Air Force. Lockheed Martin is repairing EMD aircraft 4001 and 4002, and plans to resume flight testing before the end of the month. The newest EMD plane, aircraft 4003, is to be returned for the flaperon fix, while all following aircraft are to have the new titanium rib.

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Airlines Fortify Cockpit Doors

29th March 2000 0 comments

Airlines are looking for ways to reinforce cockpit doors following an incident this month in which a 250-pound man attacked a co-pilot, lunged for the controls and shouted: “I’m going to kill you.” The airline industry has been discussing ways to use strong yet lightweight composite materials to make the door and the wall separating the cockpit from the rest of the plane more resistant to attacks, including gunfire. Airline experts believe that incidents involving drunken and unruly passengers have grown in recent years, but there is little data available.

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