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News for 27 September 2000


US NSF: Four new NSF centers will explore innovative materials

27th September 2000 0 comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the establishment of four new Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) that will explore innovative materials and stimulate the integration of research and education in the field of materials science. NSF will invest $24 million over five years in the centers. The new centers will be located at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Oklahoma/University of Arkansas, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia. Each award is initially for five years, and continued NSF support is possible through competitive review. State governments and industry partners will also contribute substantial support to the new centers. For more information, see: http://www.nsf.gov/mps/dmr/mrsec.htm and http://www.mrsec.org

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Boeing Places Order for 737 Spoilers from Composite Structures, LLC

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Composite Structures, LLC has received a purchase order from Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group to produce wing spoilers for the advanced-design Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Under terms of the new purchase order, ship sets consisting of 12 spoilers per ship set have been added to an existing contract and are to be delivered by the end of December 2002. CSLLC has produced the spoilers for every 737 model that Boeing has ever built. The family of 737 aircraft is one of the most popular commercial passenger jetliners ever produced. More than 3,000 of the original and Classic 737s serve in airlines around the world. CSLLC has built more than 35,000 spoilers since production of the 737 began in 1967. “It is a great source of pride for us to be the supplier of record for one of the most successful commercial aviation programs in history,” said Brad Spahr, CEO of CSLLC. “We have maintained a consistent relationship with Boeing for more than three decades. We are proud of our products, standards, employees and leadership.” He added, “this new purchase order strengthens our position as CSLLC continues to seek strategic opportunities.” Composite Structures, LLC based in Monrovia, Calif. has been a supplier of metal bond and composite bond structures for the aerospace and defense industry for over 45 years. The firm will have estimated revenues of $60 million. The company has long-term relationships with multiple commercial OEMs including Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, Boeing Military Aircraft and Missiles and Rolls Royce Allison. CSLLC maintains a diverse customer base with a 50-50 split between military and commercial work.

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AERT ChoiceDek at JLCLIVE Construction Show in Las Vegas

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Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc., a leader in wood composite technology, announced Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek(R) Classic and Plus along with different decking companies will build their decks side by side. This year we are building a multi-level deck featuring our decking and handrail system, along with our new facia trim,” said Joe G. Brooks, chairman

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EU Starts to Develop Super-economical Car

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The European Union (EU) said Tuesday it has launched a research project on lightweight materials for a new type of super-economic car in a bid to avoid serious dependence on petrol and diesel fuel. The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, said the project was launched as “Europe recovers from the recent protests over fuel prices, and the realization of just how dependent we are on petrol and diesel fuel”. The fund for the project totals 5.2 million euros (4.5 million U.S. dollars), of which 50 percent comes from the commission and another 50 percent from other partners. Lightweight materials, expected to cut the vehicle’s weight by about 40 percent, will help lower the petrol consumption in cars and drastically reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. The project aims at producing the materials, which are low-cost carbon composites, by 2004 for a prototype car traveling 100 KM on just one liter of diesel fuel. “This research project is a joint effort by the car industry, research laboratories and materials producers to give at least a partial answer to the question of Europe’s dependence on oil,” EU Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin said in a statement. The commission said an ultra-lightweight version of Volkswagen’s Lupo TDI should be ready for production and whether the development of the new type of car is successful will be determined by the cost of production.

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Resin Systems Inc Launch Polyurethane Resin System At Show

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Resin Systems Inc., a chemical technology company, announced that it will officially launch its new, polyurethane composite resin system, at the Composites 2000 trade show in Las Vegas, which runs from September 27th through the 30th. “Composites 2000” is the most comprehensive composites convention and trade show in North America. Approximately 5,000 composites professionals from around the world are expected to attend the show, which is sponsored by the Composites Fabricators Association. For a list of all exhibitors and detailed information on Composites 2000 please visit: http://www.cfahq.org/composites2000/exhibits.htm. RSI is currently working with two large North American composite product manufacturers to schedule initial production trials over the next month. The decision to officially launch “Version” in Las Vegas was based on a second series of independent tests conducted by the Alberta Research Council (ARC). As announced on September 7th, ARC noted that further test results demonstrated significant mechanical property improvements over previously announced results (News Release of May 23rd). The second round of ARC tests were prompted by RSI’s ongoing Research and Development process which utilized information to further enhance its resin based on the first round of ARC tests as well as ongoing Beta trials.

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