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News for 2001


Composite Technology Signs Agreement in China

20th December 2001 0 comments

Composite Technology Corporation (“”Composite””), have signed a “”Letter of Agreement”” to establish a Joint Venture in China for the manufacture and sale of composite reinforced aluminum conductors for electrical transmission and distribution systems. The Agreement is between Composite’s subsidiary, Transmission Technology Corporation (“”TTC””), and Jiangsu Far East Group Company, Ltd. (“”Far East””), Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China. Far East, whose principal shareholders include the national, provincial, and city governments, is the leading manufacturer of electrical transmission and distribution cable in China, which it markets through more than 200 exclusive distributors in China. TTC has just completed a new composite technology seminar in Beijing for the leadership of the Chinese power industry, including the State Power Corporation of China. Benton Wilcoxon, the CEO of Composite stated, “”We are pleased that the meetings resulted in the signing of an agreement with Far East, one of the most progressive companies in China. This represents a significant opportunity in the emerging China market and we look forward to executing a fully-detailed joint venture agreement with Far East in the first quarter of 2002.”” Composite is in the business of commercializing new high strength composite technologies for applications in the areas of electricity delivery, civil and structural strength members, and related applications. TTC is a subsidiary that owns an exclusive license for patents-pending composite reinforced conductor technologies. The use of high strength lightweight composites allows the conductors to replace existing lines without structural modification of tower systems, thereby increasing the power capability of an existing line without the need for new rights-of-way and tower construction.

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New Decorative Traffic Signal Base Cover

20th December 2001 0 comments

W.J. Whatley, Inc., manufacturer of composite light poles and lamp posts, announced a new product line — decorative base covers for traffic signal poles. This product was developed for the city of Vancouver, Wash. to custom match the historic lamp posts existing throughout the city. The signal pole covers were part of the Mill Plain Extension road construction project that improved access from downtown to the historic Port of Vancouver. The project included reproduction of historic lamp posts and design of signal pole base covers to match the lamp post design. A two-piece, clamshell base cover was constructed and installed around the existing traffic signal poles. According to Howard Long, Traffic Engineer Signals and Lighting for the City of Vancouver, “”The city needed a custom base cover to fit standard signal light poles of various diameters — Whatley’s composite design fit the bill.”” Whatley’s design allowed base covers for various diameter poles to be produced from a single mold, simplifying the process and reducing the cost to the city. Whatley created a wooden pattern carved to match the historic lamp post base covers in a larger scale to accommodate three different diameters of traffic signal poles. Whatley’s ornamental lamp posts, base covers and lighting poles are available in hundreds of colors and are custom made to match existing historic designs or to meet exacting design specifications. Whatley uses composite materials making them stronger and more durable than traditional cast aluminum or cast iron products. Impact resistant and non-conductive materials reduce liability for municipalities, while the non-corrosive, scratch and graffiti resistant surface reduces maintenance costs. One person can easily install the lightweight base covers on new or on existing poles, saving hundreds of dollars in labor and replacement costs.

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Advanced Technical Products Involvement in the JSF Program

20th December 2001 0 comments

Advanced Technical Product’s Intellitec and Marion Composites divisions are well positioned for participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Intellitec has received a memorandum of agreement from Lockheed Martin that it will be awarded contracts for the manufacture of certain Resin Transfer Molded (RTM) parts for each JSF aircraft. Marion Composites is identified by Lockheed Martin as a 1st Tier Domestic Supplier for the JSF Program and is in discussions regarding the production of the radome as well as other composite structures, and early signs indicate the division will be chosen as a supplier. “”Both Intellitec and Marion Composites supplied composite structures for Lockheed Martin’s X-35 concept demonstrator aircraft, and have met performance requirements for further participation in the program,”” said Garrett L. Dominy, President & CEO. “”While it is too early to quantify the extent of our involvement in dollar terms, we have every indication that we will manufacture numerous composite structures for the Joint Strike Fighter.””

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End-of-life vehicle law (Germany)

20th December 2001 0 comments

On December 5th 2001, the German Federal Government passed the bill for the “”law on the disposal of end-of-life vehicles (end-o-life vehicle law)”” and an explanatory statement on the bill.

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SELCOM increase turnover by 50% in 2001.

20th December 2001 0 comments

Selcom srl manufacturers of multi-axial fabrics (NCF) based in Fregona, Treviso, Italy expect a 50% increase in turnover for 2001. This increase is a result of investment in technology, quality control and skilled staff. In 2002 Selcom will invest Euro 1.8 million in facilities, logistics, staff training and quality control to sustain their pace of growth.

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Workshop Held to Discuss Next Wave of Composites

21st December 2001 0 comments

About 60 representatives from over 35 governmental and industrial organizations across the nation met in Tallahassee, Florida in December to discuss the future of the composite industry. The Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering hosted the National Science Foundation Industry-University Corporative Research Center for Advanced Polymers and Composites. Various research topics involving technology innovations in affordable composites were presented. Representatives learned about research underway at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, including various concepts being developed that will reduce cost and time-to-market for composite products, detect nondestructively fiber preform defects, and estimate costs at early stages of product design using virtual manufacturing software. Advances in resin transfer molding and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding processes were presented. New manufacturing and quality control tools for composite production were also discussed, including a prototype of a resin infusion with double flexible tooling machine. Other presentations included work at the college in developing the next generation of nanocomposites and efforts to improve acoustic attenuating composites. Afterwards, breakout groups brainstormed additional matters that need to be addressed. Three groups looked at issues involving liquid composite molding, engineering support, and innovative materials and processes. The workshop results will serve as the basis for the establishment of the first NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Affordable Composite Materials in Florida, which will be based at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. “”This research center will not only benefit the College of Engineering, but those organizations who sign on as industry partners will play a major role in shaping the future of research and development in the growing composite industry,”” said Dr. Ben Wang, director of the Florida Advanced Center for Composites Technologies.

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