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News for May 2000


US Plastic Lumber Announces New Patent Covering Composite Technology

30th May 2000 0 comments

US Plastic Lumber Corporation announced that broad patent coverage has been approved for their new and improved extruded wood polymer composite and method of manufacture. This patent covers both process and composition and encompasses both USPL’s SmartDeck(R) brand of composite decking as well as its OEM manufactured composite material parts. “We are very pleased that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized the important technical innovations represented by this patent,” stated Mike Dahl, vice president of engineered products for U.S. Plastic Lumber Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. and the manufacturer of SmartDeck(R) and the OEM products covered in the patents. “Our patent rights broadly cover several key features that will give us long term market advantages in terms of economics and performance for USPL. We will leverage our novel approach to composite processing to carve out a significant and unique piece of the exploding composite market.” SmartDeck(R) is an advanced composite of wood fiber and recycled plastic, making it extremely durable, moisture resistant, and low maintenance, while at the same time providing the look and feel of natural wood. SmartDeck(R) will not splinter or show the typical effects that moisture has on natural wood. USPL also caters to the OEM sector by manufacturing composite parts made from this same process for such end-market industries as spa, door and window, and consumer products. USPL is the leading producer of plastic lumber and plastic specialty products made entirely from recycled material.

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India, Ukraine Sign Scientific Cooperation Agreement

30th May 2000 0 comments

India and Ukraine have signed an agreement on long-term cooperation in advanced science and technology to further joint research in lasers, semiconductors, biomedicine and material science. An agreement to this effect was signed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev by V S Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Ukrainian first Deputy Minister of Education and Science Yaroslav Yatskiv yesterday. Indian Ambassador to Ukraine V B Soni said that development of new, composite and super-hard materials was identified as one of the areas of bilateral cooperation.

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The Budd Company Acquires Stahl Specialty Company

30th May 2000 0 comments

The Budd Company announced today that it has acquired Stahl Specialty Company, one of the largest privately owned aluminum foundries in the country. Budd produces components such as doors, fenders, roofs, hoods, and decklids in sheet metal as well as in sheet molded composite (SMC), and gray iron and ductile iron castings for about 100 current vehicle models. Budd also makes prototypes, chassis frames and subframes, bumpers and bumper reinforcements, cold weather starting and heating products, and air bag components for the automotive industry.

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Empiric Energy Inc – Daedalus Filing Resubmitted to SEC

30th May 2000 0 comments

James J. Ling, Chairman and CEO of Empiric Energy, Inc. announced that Empiric Energy and Daedalus Systems, Inc. have resubmitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission an SB-2 to register Daedalus shares for the impending Empiric dividend distribution to Empiric shareholders. Daedalus holds licensed, award-winning technology to construct low-cost, composite structures with building panels made from recycled plastics to alleviate two of the world’s intractable and growing population-related problems: disposal of plastic waste and the vast world homeless population for whom there is a critical shortage of adequate shelter and low-cost housing.

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Owens Corning Chooses Requisite Technology for E-Content Management

30th May 2000 0 comments

Requisite Technology Inc.(tm), a leading provider of e-content management solutions, has added Owens Corning to the roster of buying organizations that use Requisite’s content management tools and services. Requisite will create a unified catalog of preferred products and suppliers for Owens Corning to include key vendors plus content from Requisite’s supplier partners in office products, computer systems, industrial supplies, paper products and other non-production goods. Owens Corning, an SAP client, is a world leader in building material systems and composites. The $5 billion company, based in Toledo, Ohio, employs more than 20,000 people in manufacturing, sales and research facilities in more than 30 countries on six continents.

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