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News for May 2007


European Event on Composites for Improved Sustainability and Environmental Performance

8th May 2007 0 comments

The programme is developing extremely well for this unique event with papers received from key players in industry and academia, and delegates already registering. Composites Innovation 2007 will take place on 4-5 October 2007 in Barcelona with its focus on the use of composites for improved sustainability and environmental performance, bringing together academia, researchers, industry and support organisations in an unparalleled forum to create new bridges between research and industry and facilitate the exploitation of high-quality European research. The event is specifically designed to appeal to an audience from all application sectors, offering an ideal opportunity to stimulate and facilitate technology transfer between industries. The 2-day event will cover all the key environmental issues with sessions on: • Economic, social and legislative issues • Life cycle analysis (LCA) • End of life issues • Design for sustainability • Use of sustainable materials • Durability Keynote presentations by major industry figures will set the scene for each session, and a comprehensive exhibition will run alongside the conference. High quality papers are invited for each of the main themes and authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of about 500 words (plus a maximum of two diagrams) via e-mail in word or PDF format before 31 May 2007. For further details and to download the Call for Papers, click on the link below.

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CCP-Sponsored Powerboat to be Raffled Composites & Polycon 2007

8th May 2007 0 comments

Composites industry resin supplier Cook Composites & Polymers has agreed to sponsor a 2007 Malibu Wakesetter VTX Powerboat, valued at more than $50,000, to be raffled off at Composites & Polycon 2007 in Tampa. “”Over the years we’ve raffled off a Corvette, a home entertainment centre, and Harley Davidson motorcycle,”” says ACMA’s Conferences and Meetings Director Jeanne Mendelson. “”Once again we have an ACMA member stepping up and sponsoring a significant event for Composites & Polycon. Many thanks to CCP. This will certainly ad a level of excitement to our convention in October.”” Attendees will receive one entry form per day each time they enter the exhibit hall, resulting in three chances to win. The winner must be present to win the raffle when the exhibit hall floor closes at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 19th, 2007.

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CIPP Corrects Half-Million-Gallon/Day Problem

8th May 2007 0 comments

Graettinger, Iowa, made the decision to reline old clay sewers with new cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) to prevent storm and ground water entering the wastewater system.

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Influential Speakers form Impressive Line-up for SAMPE ’07

8th May 2007 0 comments

Three influential speakers, Director of NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program Office Douglas Comstock, Department of Homeland Security Director of Research Dr. Starnes Walker and Donald A. Manzullo of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, will make keynote presentations at of SAMPE ’07, June 3-7, 2007 in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Comstock’s presentation, “NASA’s New Strategic Directions and the Importance of Industrial Collaborations”, will outline NASA’s goals for the next 10 years. One of the most prevalent technical areas common to most of the strategic goals NASA has set forth is materials science a field that remains paramount to the future of space exploration. Mr. Comstock will present on Tuesday, June 5. Dr. Walker is presenting “The Path Forward for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).” He will discuss the DHS outreach approach that the Science and Technology Directorate has shaped to maximize success in delivery of intellectual capital, solutions and capabilities. His talk will take place Wednesday, June 6. Rep. Manzullo will give his presentation on “The Foundation for Our National Strength,” which will focus on the correlation between the health of the manufacturing sector and the health of the defense industrial base. His presentation will address his efforts to strengthen the U.S. industrial base. Rep. Manzullo addresses SAMPE ’07 on Thursday, June 7. In addition to these keynote presentations, the SAMPE ’07 Conference and Exhibition features 55 sessions, 6 panels, over 280 presentations and 250 exhibiting companies.

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Techfab Introduces Strength Plus Initiative

13th May 2007 0 comments

Techfab has launched a major new business and market development initiative entitled “Strength Plus”. Its purpose is to greatly expand market penetration, awareness, and subsequent use for its nonwoven scrims, scrim composites, and grid technology products via a comprehensive sales and marketing program. The initiative will explore a wide array of markets and applications ranging from wood based products, thermoplastics, electrical, thermal and sound management, composite process incorporation and filtration, to name a few. Techfab, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chomarat US, a part of Group Chomarat and has long been recognized for its PVC coated fibreglass scrim reinforcements used primarily in the building and construction markets. The “Strength Plus” initiative, according to John Carson, Director of Commercial Development for Techfab, is focused on providing unique reinforcement solutions for specific applications where incremental reinforcement is required. John Leatham, Sales Manager for Techfab, noted that there are significant growth trends in the construction industry to cost effectively use more reinforcement fabrics. He cited the roofing industry’s use of underlayments as one such example. In addition, there is increased demand for new products to provide greater impact resistance in drywall products and hurricane resistant structures to satisfy more stringent building code requirements in Florida and coastal regions. These opportunities reflect the beginning of a new growth trend for specialized reinforcement fabrics that help create engineered structures with improved performance attributes for manufacturers. Techfab manufactures adhesive bonded nonwoven scrims, scrim composites, carbon fibre C-GRID and MeC-GRID structural Grids using fibreglass, polyester, aramid and other high performance fibers. Adhesive binder systems used by Techfab include PVC, Latex, SBR, urethanes, and epoxy thermoset resins. Examples of applications for the company’s products include cement and concrete reinforcement, roofing systems and infrastructure repair and rehabilitation products.

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Advanced Fibre Technology is Newest Target for GE

13th May 2007 0 comments

GE Plastics has installed a high-temperature melt spinning fibre line to evaluate materials and optimize process conditions for fibres with Ultem PEI and other high-temperature resins. By optimizing the melt spinning process using its high-end materials, GE Plastics hopes to offer new options for manufacturers of fabrics and textiles that must comply with strict flame, smoke, and toxicity regulations. “With the acquisition of specialized equipment for low-denier fibres, GE Plastics is entering a new industry where our materials will play an increasingly important and critical role,” said Rick Pontillo, general manager, Global Application Technology, GE Plastics. “As textile manufacturers face increasingly strict compliance requirements GE Plastics will help provide new fibre solutions featuring inherent flame retardance and excellent resistance to high heat and chemicals. We expect this capital investment to enable us to quickly develop new high performance fibre applications spanning global industry.” The new melt spinning fibre line at GE Plastics can process resins at up to 450 C, enabling the use of materials such as GE’s Ultem and Extem1 resin grades. The equipment can produce continuous filaments at speeds up to 1,800 meters per minute, and is capable of in-line drawing of fibres. The melt spinning process involves feeding a polymer into a screw extruder, heating it to the molten state, and extruding it through a spinneret (die) with 144 small orifices. The new equipment can produce both low and high denier (6-10 dpf) fibres and is equipped for co-extrusion, further expanding GE’s processing capabilities.

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Fuselage Sections for Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered to Everett

13th May 2007 0 comments

Three large composite fuselage sections arrived in Everett on Friday for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The all-composite forward section — known as section 41 and shown here wrapped in white — is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems at its facility in Wichita, Kan. The complex structure is 21 feet in diameter and 42 feet long. Its landing gear is installed. Sections 47 and 48, wrapped in black, are the two aft composite sections of fuselage for the Dreamliner. They were manufactured and joined by Vought Aircraft Industries at its facility in Charleston, S.C. Section 47 is 23 feet long and 19 feet in diameter while section 48 measures 15 feet long and 14 feet in diameter. The sections were delivered to Boeing via the Dreamlifter, a specially modified 747-400 used to transport 787 major assemblies. The major assemblies were immediately unloaded and delivered to the 787 final assembly factory. “”Today’s delivery represents more than 40 percent of the 787’s fuselage structure,”” said Scott Strode, 787 vice president of Airplane Definition and Production. “”We now have all the major structure for the rear of the airplane, and its distinctive nose. The Dreamliner is beginning to take shape.”” These are the second and third pieces of major structure delivered by the Dreamlifter in recent weeks. The horizontal stabilizer arrived on April 25.

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Spirit Wins Contract to Build Composite Structure for CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopter

13th May 2007 0 comments

Spirit AeroSystems has won a 7 year contract from Sikorsky Aircraft, worth in excess of $150 million, to supply major structural components for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for the United States Marine Corps. Under the Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the contract, Spirit will design, produce and join the helicopter’s composite cockpit and cabin. “”We have more than 75 years of experience designing and building fuselages and cockpits for some of the best-selling commercial airplanes of all time. We are extremely excited to be able to build on that expertise to produce the cockpit and cabin for the CH-53K,”” said Richard “”Buck”” Buchanan, Vice President — General Manager of Spirit’s Fuselage Structures and Systems business unit. The CH-53K is being developed to meet the future requirements for the U.S. Marine Corps heavy lift capabilities, currently carried out by a fleet of CH-53E helicopters. Sikorsky announced that the SDD contract could lead to the production of 156 CH-53K aircraft to replace roughly an equal number of CH-53E helicopters. Spirit won the contract through a competitive bid process. Spirit will begin work on the SDD phase of the program in 2007. Under the contract, Spirit will design and produce seven test articles, four of which will undergo flight testing. The cockpit and cabin work will be performed at Spirit’s Wichita, Kan. facility. Spirit designs and builds the all-composite forward fuselage for the Boeing 787, in addition to pylon and wing structures for the new airplane.

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UK Automotive Components Supplier Expands Sales Opportunities through French Connection

13th May 2007 0 comments

Automotive Technology, a UK company which specialises in the sales and marketing of original equipment components for a variety of niche vehicle applications in the UK market, has expanded its product offer with higher volume components and new composites. Automotive Technology is the UK agent for French company SORA Composites which has recently acquired a new business which has a high volume component manufacturing capability and also produces thermo-plastic composites. Prior to this expansion Automotive Technology have been suppliers primarily to niche vehicle brands such as Aston Martin and Lotus but the SORA acquisition provides a new dimension with high volume capability such as complete tailgate assemblies e.g. Citroën and Renault, floor modules and sparewheel wells using the Sandwiform process, bumper beams, side impact bars, parcel shelves and inner door panels. The new SORA factory has injection moulding presses up to 2,300 tonnes. Not only can they manufacture large injection mouldings but also small or high volumes. This provides an opportunity to produce spare parts for manufacturers when their models reach the end of volume production. The SORA addition in composites is particularly important because new European legislation dictates that 85 per cent of every vehicle must be recycled. This means that the thermoset manufacture of composites will be overtaken by thermo-plastic composites, which is a major form of composite production in the new SORA factory. Peter Parrott, Managing Director, Automotive Technology, said: “These new areas of expansion at SORA Composites open the market for higher volumes and also the supply of end of production spares which manufacturers have a responsibility to supply for seven years and for some models up to 15 years. “At the same time, with the current global focus on the environment, recyclable thermoplastic components are essential in today’s automotive manufacturing industry.”

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Huntsman Launches Araldite 2000 Plus

13th May 2007 0 comments

Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched Araldite 2000 Plus – a new portfolio of structural adhesives. The Araldite 2000 Plus range offers solutions based on three key chemistries – epoxy, methacrylate and polyurethane. Products from the Araldite 2000 Plus range were unveiled at an exclusive launch event in Barcelona which was attended by Huntsman’s senior management team and partners from the company’s European distribution network. To construct the range, Huntsman has re-engineered products from its family of Araldite structural adhesives and has also added new solutions that were previously unavailable. The new range is split into two main areas, dividing products for metal and plastic bonding, to make easier to assess specific performance demands and ultimately find the best solution for customers. Explaining more, Doug Thompson, global marketing manager for adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials said, “The Araldite name has always been synonymous with quality. Invented 60 years ago, Araldite adhesives have long been regarded as the premium bonding solution available to industrial design engineers. As such the team of adhesive experts at Huntsman has an unrivalled reputation in the design engineering community which is founded on the quality of our products and the work our research and development teams undertake with adhesive users around the world. Through ongoing work with our valued distributors and their customers, Huntsman identified that engineering substrates, like plastics, metals and composites are now the most popular materials used by modern design engineers.” Continuing, Thompson said, “The launch of Araldite 2000 Plus addresses many of the design issues we know these engineers face on a daily basis. Previously Araldite was known as a pure epoxy adhesive solution. However the launch of the Araldite 2000 Plus range extends the breadth of our chemistries to include superior fastening solutions based on methacrylate and polyurethane technologies. We are extremely excited about the global prospects for the Araldite 2000 Plus portfolio and look forward to extending the breadth of the range in line with emerging market opportunities.”

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