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Semcon has been chosen as the official technical and IT partner for ASSA ABLOY’s attempt in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001/2002. In conjunction with the development and production of ASSA ABLOY’s competition boat for the Volvo Ocean Race, Semcon, with its wide, comprehensive range of technical skills, will play a key role as technical adviser during the important design and development phase, starting in England, in October. Two boats will be built to test for the fastest start in Southampton on 23 September 2001. A number of Semcon’s chief technical specialists will be present throughout the whole development and construction phase in England. Semcon’s R&D department will carry out a comprehensive calculation, by analysing and evaluating different materials. The right combination of materials and manufacturing methods will be extremely important for the final result. “In the last Whitbread competition, Semcon had the task of developing and building the world’s fastest sailing boat for Team EF. And we did it,” says Hans Johansson proudly. “This meant that many of the large syndicates in the Volvo Ocean Race contacted us. We have chosen to be part of the ASSA ABLOY project, which we believe has the greatest chance of success.” What are the technical challenges? Carbon fibre masts and booms will be permitted in the coming competition, and rule changes have allowed the use of larger sails. Semcon is one of Scandinavia’s leading design and development companies.
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