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News for June 2006


ACG to Distribute Huntsman Epoxy Model Materials

18th June 2006 0 comments

Advanced Composites Group and Huntsman Advanced Materials have signed a 5 year agreement naming ACG as Huntsman’s major global distributor of epoxy based master model materials. In the first phase of the collaboration, ACG will launch a new epoxy model modelling board, the ACG TB750, that has been specially moulded for them by Huntsman and will be released to the market in June. The TB750, a derivative of Huntsman’s well established BM5055 product, will be supplied to existing ACG specifications along with an extensive ancillaries range. Commenting on the agreement, Alan Moore, Group Managing Director of ACG, said: “Both ACG and Huntsman are renowned for their product quality and innovation in composite tooling. This collaboration will allow both our companies to work more closely on future product development cementing our positions as world leaders in the field of composite tooling.”

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Scott Bader Middle East to Increase Resin Capacity

18th June 2006 0 comments

Scott Bader is to install a further 10,000 metric tons of unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) capacity at its manufacturing facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, planned to come on line in Quarter two next year. This new investment – which follows hard on the heels of their last plant upgrade in September 2004 – will bring Scott Bader’s capacity at the Dubai plant to 40,000 metric tons, making it the largest polyester manufacturing plant in the Middle East. Scott Bader supplies the full range of Crystic iso and orthophthalic UPR resins, vinyl esters and gelcoats to markets in the Middle East, North Africa, Far East and the Indian subcontinent from it’s Jebel Ali unit. Set against a background of rising oil revenues and booming construction projects in the Middle East, Philip Bruce the Scott Bader Group Managing Director said “The investment should give our key customers in this important region a high level of confidence that we are committed to growing with them and are able to meet their demand for our Crystic® resin products both now and in the future.”

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Ceradyne and Alcan to Provide Nuclear Waste Containment

19th June 2006 0 comments

Ceradyne and Alcan have signed a multi-year agreement to fabricate and distribute a nuclear shielding boron carbide/aluminum Metal Matrix Composite (MMC).

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New Funding to Unleash Potential of Nanomaterials

19th June 2006 0 comments

The Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, and its plasma processing partner CEVP, have won substantial project funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to help develop a tool for growing nanomaterials. SEEDA’s funding injection of £215,000 – which raises the project’s development capital to £450,000 – will aid the commercialisation of a practical method of mass-producing revolutionary materials such as carbon nanotubes. As a result, industry will gain access to an affordable platform for manufacturing leading-edge products such as ultra-fast semiconductors, low-energy solid-state lighting, and super-efficient solar cells. The funding will help the partners to commercialise a prototype tool called NanoGrowth, which uses the University’s patented production ‘recipes’ to provide a simple turnkey means of manufacturing highly bespoke nanomaterials. Whereas carbon nanotubes grown by chemical vapour deposition normally need to be processed at temperatures in excess of 700C, NanoGrowth uses a plasma-enhanced process which allows the growth substrate’s temperature to be lowered considerably. This opens up many potential applications, allowing carbon nanotubes to be grown with precision even on highly heat sensitive materials. The funding from SEEDA will enable the University and CEVP to grow carbon nanotubes repeatably on 3 inch wafers, with the potential to scale up to 12 inch substrates. This scale of production opens the door to exciting high-value products based on nanomaterials, as well as sales of the NanoGrowth machine itself. All these products have global sales potential, and are based on patented research conducted by the University and its commercial partners. “”SEEDA funding will help us transform the prototype NanoGrowth machine into a world-beating technology platform for nanomaterials””, said Professor Ravi Silva, lead investigator at the Advanced Technology Institute. “”We are already talking with multinationals about a range of high-tech products, and as well as developing the tool, we are actively examining routes to create a spin-out vehicle for this exciting technology.”” “”Developers are well aware of what the incredible mechanical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes and related materials can bring to precision applications such as ICs and flat panel displays, but their aspirations have been frustrated by the limitations of current high temperature growth techniques””, said Ben Jensen of CEVP. “” We’ve already demonstrated that precision carbon nanotube fabrication is feasible at low temperatures and on a large scale – this SEEDA funding will help us bring the process to the commercial world.””

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Vought Opens 787 Dreamliner Production Facility

19th June 2006 0 comments

Vought Aircraft Industries last week celebrated the grand opening of its production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina – a 342,000-square-foot building that will provide composite fuselage sections for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner airplane. The building is located on a 240-acre site adjacent to Charleston International Airport. It was completed on schedule and within budget. Construction began on March 16, 2005 by general contractor Suitt Construction of Greenville, S.C., part of the BE&K Building Group. Vought received its certificate of occupancy from the City of North Charleston on March 29. “Today we open our doors in South Carolina,” said Vought President and Chief Executive Officer Elmer Doty. “It’s a historic day for our company. We’re proud to be contributing to this exciting new aircraft program, while also contributing to the community by providing jobs.” “When we announced Vought’s decision to build a plant here 18 months ago, we recognized this was a huge win for our state in terms of enhancing our ability to compete in a global economy for jobs, capital investment and the kind of industry that can fuel our state’s economy for many years to come,” said South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. “Ultimately, we believe this facility can become a hub for aerospace engineering and technology that will put South Carolina on the map when it comes to the aerospace and composite materials industries.”” Approximately 70,000 square feet of Vought’s 787 facility will be dedicated to a composites manufacturing “”clean room”” with interior clear heights of 40 feet. Its 787 autoclave, an oven where temperature and pressure are used to cure the composite material, is 30 feet in diameter and 75 feet long the largest of its kind in the world. A key feature of the Vought building is a mezzanine-level walkway running the length of the facility, from which all manufacturing cells are visible at a safe distance from shop floor operations. A track system runs through the Vought facility to transport the fuselage barrel sections in the early stages of fabrication and assembly before they make their way to the integration facility next door. Global Aeronautica, LLC, a joint venture between Vought and Alenia North America, operates the adjacent assembly and integration facility. Construction of the facility will be completed this month, with operations beginning before year end.

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Peugeot 907 debuts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

25th June 2006 0 comments

Powered by a 6.0-litre 500bhp V12 engine, the one-off carbon fibre concept is making its UK debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed over the first weekend in July. The 907 as a concept was created as the archetypal grand touring car – a two-seater coupé – and is thoroughly modern. The carbon fibre bodyshell features an integral glass roof and front windscreen harmonised with the rear windscreen. Side vents are situated in the front wings and rear quarter panels, while a retractable rear spoiler is incorporated in the tailgate. A glazed panel set into the bonnet reveals 12 intake trumpets and two exhaust pipes emerge from either side of the car. The 907 has a kerb weight of just 1400kg, generating a power-to-weight ratio of 347bhp/tonne.

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Composite Design Workshop Road Show

25th June 2006 0 comments

The JEC Group has organized a Composites Design Workshop in partnership with the Composites on Tour Design Competition, in Paris on July 4th.

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FRP Vessels for Low-Temperature Transportation of PLNG

25th June 2006 0 comments

Trans Ocean Gas says that it has developed a new method to transport natural gas by ship and tractor trailer, storing pressurised liquid natural gas (PLNG) in FRP vessels. Pressurised liquefied natural gas is an alternative to LNG for the storage and transportation of natural gas, achieved by combining low temperatures with relatively low pressures. High density PLNG is achievable between temperatures of -40 and -80 degrees Celsius, but Trans Ocean Gas says that PLNG is not applicable for use with low-temperature carbon steels, as the temperature limit of low-temp carbon steel is 40C. Trans Ocean Gas will be testing full scale fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) pressure vessels in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, this autumn. Destructive burst testing required for certification will be conducted at Atlantic Steelworks facility in Sheet Harbour NS, whilst Environmental Simulation Laboratories of Dartmouth NS has been contracted to administer the testing program. Certification of the prototype pressure vessels will be issued by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The FRP pressure vessels about to be tested for CNG transportation are very similar the ones intended for PLNG. Low temperature testing of FRP pressure vessels is expected to follow certification for CNG transportation.

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New Dyneema for Ballistic Protection Performance

25th June 2006 0 comments

DSM Dyneema has introduced a new hard ballistic composite, Dyneema HB26, for protection of military and civilian vehicles against threats that include improvised explosive devices and assault rifles. Roshield, a Danish manufacturer of composite protection solutions, has tested Dyneema HB26 in vehicle protection for the Danish armed forces. According to Peter Bertelsen, Managing Director, “Dyneema HB26 is used in all solutions Roshield has provided to the Danish Army to be used in Iraq. The solution was tested with other materials and proved to be the best in terms of weight and performance. It was tested with real ammunition at the right protection level (classified) by the Danish Army. We believe the army is satisfied with the solution, which has already proven its capabilities in saving lives in armed conflicts. Dyneema HB26 has been an improvement to work with in production and we have been happy to test it for DSM Dyneema.” “The HB26 product delivers a spall liner effect against real weapons, not just in testing with small-calibre fragments as often seen in the market,” said Steen Tanderup, Marketing Manager, Vehicle Protection for DSM Dyneema. “It also shows very promising results for use in inserts and other personal protective gear.” He continued, “For manufacturers, the features of this material reduce the time required for cutting and stacking layers, and can speed up production.” The material is a unidirectional (UD) composite made of several layers of Dyneema fibres, with the direction of fibres in each layer placed perpendicular to those in the adjacent layers. This unidirectional configuration allows the energy transferred from the impact of a bullet or other threat to be distributed along the fibres much faster and more efficiently than in conventional woven fabrics.

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ISO 9001 for Carbon Nanotubes Specialist Nanocy

25th June 2006 0 comments

Belgium based Carbon nanotubes leader Nanocyl has received the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality management system. Nanocyl has been granted the certificate for the research and development of technology and products using carbon nanotubes (CNT), and for the production and commercialisation of Single, Double, Multi, specialty carbon nanotubes and products based on nanotubes. “For Nanocyl this is not only a big step forward with regards to the standardisation and improved effectiveness of various internal procedures, but it is also a greater guarantee for our customers that Nanocyl will be able to supply consistent product quality,” says Ms Fanny Liégeois, Quality Manager at Nanocyl. “We are confident that our already strong global market position in the field of CNT will be reinforced thanks to this recent ISO-Certification” she concludes. For Francis Massin, Managing Director of Nanocyl, the ISO-Certification is one more step in the rapid development of Nanocyl. He believes the ISO-Certification is an asset Nanocyl needed to have in order to reassure its customers that Nanocyl is serious about the quality of its products and processes. This certification, which was initiated in 2004, is also a clear indication to the market that Nanocyl is very confident in the development of the CNT markets and in the leadership role it will play in the future.

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