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News for April 2008


Alcan Composites opens new Chinese Conversion Plant

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On April 18 the new Conversion plant of Alcan Composites Core Materials Shanghai was officially inaugurated with the presence of local officials and the management of Alcan Composites and Alcan Engineered Products, Asia. The plant is located in the Shanghai Tangzhen Industrial Zone and currently employs 30 employees. It is already operational and is equipped with dedicated lines for the transformation of Airex and Baltek core materials. The offering to customers will include linear and cross-linked PVC foams, copolymer foam, thermoplastic polyethylene (PET), industrial urethane foams (PUR), fibre-reinforced polyurethane and high-performance PEI foams as well as balsa based cored materials. Besides this range of core materials for structural sandwich applications, Alcan Composites Core Materials is now also present with a local sales & technical services organization and enables to maximise growth opportunities in the fast developing Asian Pacific market. “The new conversion center is a clear manifestation of our global Core Materials growth strategy put into action. As part of a number of initiatives, it will enable to increase our participation in the fast developing Asian Pacific markets.” said Pierre Monéton, President Alcan Composites Core Materials. “This new facility will enable us to offer leading-edge composite core materials and will improve our lead times and services to our customers in the rapidly expanding Chinese and Asia-Pacific wind energy and mass transportation markets,” said Thibault de Kalbermatten, General Manager Alcan Composites Core Materials Shanghai. “With our product range consisting of not only plastic material but also naturally grown balsa, we think that we can contribute to the development of renewable energy in China” he added.

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ZCL Composites Inc. Signs Major Contract Extension

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ZCL Composites has been awarded a three-year contract extension by Petro-Canada for the supply of fibreglass tanks and related products for use in its operations across Canada. Petro-Canada is an important customer and Alliance-Partner of ZCL and a cornerstone of the Company’s business in Canada for many years. ZCL has secured supply agreements with most of the major and independent oil companies in Canada. “Contracts such as these are an expression of confidence in ZCL and our ability to consistently supply the high quality products and services that our customers’ value,” says Ven Côté, President. “We are committed to delivering the highest levels of service and value to our customers and this contract is evidence of the long term benefits of successfully meeting that commitment.”

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Glass Fiber Technology Signs Agent Agreement with Arkema

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GFT has been chosen for distribution of Arkema’s peroxides for the unsaturated polyester resin market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Product distribution includes Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Peroxide, Acetyl Acetone Peroxide, Cyclohexanone Peroxide and Ketone Peroxide Blends

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Special-Lite to Market Hurricane-Resistant Door in Coastal States

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Special-Lite has launched a concentrated effort to sell a hurricane-resistant fiberglass-reinforced polyester (FRP) door in states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. The company recently received notification from an independent testing laboratory that its doors will withstand the impact of a 2-by-4 inch piece of lumber flying at 35 miles per hour and wind velocities exceeding 50 miles per hour, Special-Lite Manager of Marketing Dan Depta said. In addition to the results from the Tampa, Fla. branch laboratory of Architectural Testing Inc., Special-Lite has also received Florida Product Approval to sell its SL-17 FRP Flush Doors in the state of Florida where hurricane ratings are crucial, Depta said. The doors were tested to Florida Building Protocols TAS 201-94 (impact test), TAS 202-94 (uniform static air pressure test) and TAS 203-94 (cyclic wind pressure loading test). Depta said Special-Lite has doors in service across the United States under some of the most demanding conditions, such as California State Parks, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Bowling Green State University. Special-Lite’s FRP doors are extremely resistant to mold and mildew, water damage and corrosive environments. ‘We didn’t have to change a thing in the way our SL-17 doors were manufactured to pass Florida’s rigorous standards,’ Depta said. Von Duprin latching hardware and removable mullion as well as vision lites using Oldcastle Glass StormGlass hurricane-resistant glass were used for the SL-17 hurricane rated configuration. York, Pa.-based Architectural Testing Inc. is one of the nation’s leading laboratories for testing the safety, structural stability and energy efficiency of building products and has previously tested the SL-17 for energy efficiency and durability. Now that its doors have been independently tested and certified, the company will be pursuing new customers in Florida and other Gulf Coast states and Atlantic seaboard states as far north as New York, Depta said. End users of Special-Lite products include schools and universities, restaurants, retail, aquariums and zoos, hospitals and spas, government and religious buildings, as well as industrial and water treatment facilities.

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Maine Composites Firm Wins $12M Navy Deal

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Maine Secure Composites LLC has landed a $12 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop and build more secure cargo containers. The Orono, Maine-based materials company will develop and prototype composite anti-tamper containers in an effort to increase port security under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Security Advanced Container Security Device program. Maine Secure Composites is a tenant of the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine. The company performs R&D services using composite materials on cargo containers, focusing on the homeland security, shipping and defence markets. Work under this latest Navy deal, which is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, will be performed in Orono and is expected to be completed by April 2013.

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DSM Plans Largest Investment Program Ever for Dyneema

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Royal DSM plans a substantial capital expenditure program, expected to involve up to USD 450 million, to increase production capacity in its Dyneema business. Engineering studies have now commenced for the planned investment program, which is expected to involve several phases of implementation over the next 2-3 years. The expansion is expected to result in a significant increase in DSM’s US production capacity for the Life Protection market and will also include new breakthrough technology for ballistic and other applications. This will be the largest investment program since the start of large-scale production of Dyneema. This planned capital expenditure program is another step in a series of significant investments DSM has made in its Dyneema business in recent years. In October 2007 a 25% increase in production capacity in the US Life Protection business was announced. More recently, in March 2008 DSM welcomed the start-up of its latest Dyneema fibre production line in Greenville (North Carolina). The first additional line of this new multi-stage investment program is expected to be operational in 2009. The majority of the investments are likely to be in the United States. “This milestone investment program shows DSM’s commitment to performance materials that help provide safety and protection for people worldwide,” said Feike Sijbesma, Chairman of the DSM Managing Board. “ This program shows we are focused on market-driven growth and innovation, one of the key pillars of DSM’s strategy, Vision 2010 – Building on Strengths.” “With this investment program we underscore our commitment to supporting our customers in the US market through continuous growth and innovation,” said Nico Gerardu, member of DSM’s Managing Board and responsible for the Performance Materials cluster.

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Owens Corning to Increase Glass Fibre Reinforcement Capacity

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Owens Corning will further invest in the composite materials industry in the Americas by expanding glass fibre reinforcement capacity at its Amarillo, Texas, facility in 2008. The expansion will increase the company’s ability to meet market demand in North America for Advantex single-end roving products — highly engineered composite materials for multiple high-performance applications. “”Our OCV Reinforcements division is investing in the future of the North American composites industry so that we can meet the growing market demand for glass fibre reinforcement products,”” said Chuck Dana, president of Composite Solutions. “”This expansion will ensure the local supply of Owens Corning Advantex single-end roving products for our customers in the Americas, while improving manufacturing productivity.”” The expansion of the Amarillo, Texas, facility will increase its capacity to produce single-end roving products by about 40 percent. Advantex single-end roving products are designed to provide superior performance over standard “”E”” glass in highly corrosive applications like pipes, tanks, grating, cooling towers, and others servicing the energy, mining, infrastructure, and industrial end-use markets.

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Concordian Wins NanoQuebec’s First Nano-Academia Award

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Concordia University’s Dr. Suong Van Hoa has been awarded the inaugural Nano-Academia Award by NanoQuebec. The award ceremony was held last night at the Palais des Congrès during the NanoQuebec-Nano 2008 summit, which is taking place as part of the INNO.08 conference. This prize recognizes a Quebec academic who has been directly involved in a nanotechnological development as a direct result of his research. “Dr. Hoa is one of the most recognized names in composites and materials research in Canada, and is well-known internationally in his field. His abilities as a world class researcher are matched by his enthusiasm, imagination and entrepreneurship” said the university’s Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Louise Dandurand. “We’re very proud that he is the first person to be awarded this prize,” The highly specialized work done by Dr. Hoa over the past 29 years has important real-world applications that go far beyond the laboratory. As director of the Concordia Centre for Composites (CONCOM), Dr. Hoa and his team have long worked with companies such as Bell Helicopter Textron, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Bombardier in the Montreal area, and collaborated with Japanese, French, Italian and American groups. His work with Bell Helicopter resulted in a prestigious NSERC Synergy Award in October 2006.

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Boeing Moves 787 Dreamliner Static Test Airframe to Testing Rig

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Boeing moved the 787 Dreamliner static test airframe from its Final Assembly facility in Everett to its structural test rig last Friday. The test rig is located only 1,000 feet away from Final Assembly at the Everett factory. Some assembly remains to be completed on the static airframe. That work will be completed concurrently with test set-up. Test set up is expected to begin immediately, with tests commencing this summer. “”During static tests we apply loads to the airplane structure that simulate both normal operation as well as extreme flight conditions,”” said Randy Harley, vice president of Engineering & Technology for the 787 program. “”We monitor the airplane to confirm analytical predictions and make sure the structure holds up to these conditions.”” Movement of the static airframe clears the way to begin assembly of the third 787 to enter the flight test program. Most pieces of the third airplane arrived in Everett earlier this month. All assemblies for Airplane #3 are now in Everett, and the airplane will be loaded into the first position of Final Assembly early next week.

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Comfort Line Ltd winner of Rome 2008 Pultrusion Innovation Award

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Comfort Line Ltd. USA has won the Rome 2008 Pultrusion Innovation Award with their SunSuite Sunroom. All delegates of the 9th World Pultrusion Conference were asked to view and judge a total of 9 different products, submitted by 6 companies. The Ward Winner was announced during the Dinner cruise on the river Tiber. The winner is an industry-first pre-fabricated sunroom whose structural members and fenestration products are manufactured entirely from pultruded fibreglass profiles. The product was designed, developed and is manufactured by Comfort Line Ltd., and marketed by Owens Corning. An industry has developed in the US that produces pre-fabricated sunrooms marketed as room additions to existing dwellings. Historically, sunrooms have been produced using either pre-cut aluminum and PVC profiles, or jobsite fabricated from wood structural components. SunSuite is the latest entry combining the best features provided by competing materials.

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