CeN #13, March 25, 2006 — 294th Issue

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1. EPTA 8th World Pultrusion Conference Just Completed, Huge Success [FIRST OF SEVERAL]

March 24, 2006 — The EPTA 8th World Pultrusion Conference just ended in Budapest, Hungary, with more than 100 attendees and many excellent papers. Proceedings will be made available shortly. EPTA has been ably led for more than 16 years by Iemeka and Jaap Ketel, who will now retire from managing all of EPTA under the board and president and will move on to run Brisk Events, holding future conferences in COBRAE (Composites Bridge Alliance Europe), with its June meeting in


2. Competitiveness Cluster EMC2 Will Attend JEC Composites Show

March 23, 2006 — The competitiveness Cluster EMC2 will attend the JEC Composites Show in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from March 28 to 30. The EMC2 exhibition will be an opportunity to present composite skills and expertise from Western France in an international forum that concentrates on the major actors from composite industries and technologies.

During this event, EMC2 will promote some of the 57 main technological projects and themes powered by the association: "High Speed Machining"


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#626, March 6, 2006

Lockheed Martin F-35 Takes Shape, Readies for First Flight, How to Build an F-35 in CFRP Composites

--Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

--JSF structural component assembly

--Three Versions - A (CTOL), B (STOVL), C (Cvto)

--Composites Prevalent in Structures

--Tail section


--Surface machining

--Composites Processing

--Autodrill cell


--A First for Fiber Placed CF/BMI

--CFRP at 40% of Structural Weight



Boeing Assigns Team On Next-Generation '737' Airliner, Project Could Launch In Next Two Years

--Next-Generation 737 team - NG737

--A320 Replacement - NSR - New Short-Range Aircraft


3. 23rd Annual International Bridge Conference Scheduled for June 12 - 14, 2006

March 23, 2006 — "Advancing bridge technology globally" will be the theme of the 23rd Annual International Bridge Conference that will take place at the Hilton Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, from June 12 through 14, 2006.

The Executive Committee has developed a conference program that will prove challenging and enjoyable for all attendees. The IBC continues to be the pre-eminent forum covering activity in the bridge industry.

Last year's conference attracted more than

4. RocTool Intensifies R&D And Files Five New Patents

March 25, 2006 — RocTool has recently filed five patents, which concern the improvement of the Cage System® (its innovative procedure of rapidly moulding composites by induction) as well as other new techniques for rapidly moulding composites and plastics. In 2006, the company began a new innovative program, with an investment of €1,300,000 (of which €500,000 is in partnership with Oséo Anvar) for the further development of the Cage System® as well as other alternative solutions for

5. European Associations, Pavilions Overwhelmingly Support JEC Composites Show

March 23, 2006 — The JEC Composites Show, taking place in Paris Expo's Hall 1 at the Porte de Versailles, Paris, March 28 through 30, 2006, is the top international trade fair for the composite industry. The Show is also consolidating its position as the leading European trade fair, with increasing participation of companies from Northern, Central and Eastern Europe and of a large number of national and European associations.

Most of these associations will be assembled in the

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6. Antiquated Sewers Get Modern Makeover With CIPP

March 23, 2006 — Nineteenth century sewers under the city of Des Moines have been brought into the 21st century with new thermoset composite liners installed by Visu-Sewer Clean & Seal, Inc.

To ensure minimal disruption to the bustling Iowa state capital, Visu-Sewer used cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology. To ensure long-term durability, the new liners are made with Vipel® L704-FAH resin, a proven high molecular weight isophthalic polyester engineered by AOC for CIPP use.

7. Quickstep Awarded Key Australian Patent

March 23, 2006 — Advanced materials group Quickstep Holdings Limited today announced that the patent application covering one of the key components of its composites manufacturing technology with particular application in the global aerospace industry has been granted in Australia.

The grant of the patent — covering the co-curing, joining and bonding (melding) aspect of the Quickstep Process for cost effective composites production — represents an important enhancement

8. Taconic Engineering Efforts Recognized By IPC

March 22, 2006 — David Wynants, Senior Process Engineer of Taconic Advanced Dielectric Division in Petersburgh, New York, was presented with a Distinguished Committee Service Award by the IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries at the recent IPC Printed Circuits Expo in Anaheim, California.

This award was given to Wynants, along with other committee members, in appreciation and recognition of their contribution to the development of IPC-4412A, specification for finished fabric woven from "E" glass for printed circuits.

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9. Ameron Reports Strong First-Quarter Results

March 22, 2006 — Ameron International Corporation today reported earnings of $0.41 per diluted share on sales of $175.3 million for the first quarter ended March 5, 2006. These results compare to earnings of $0.06 per diluted share and sales of $138.8 million in the first quarter ended Feb. 27, 2005.

All business segments had higher sales and made positive contributions to the earnings improvement with the exception of the Water Transmission Group, which had lower

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10. Air Madrid to Buy 15 Airbus A350 Airplanes

March 23, 2006 — Air Madrid Lineas Areas SA, a Spanish airline with eight aircraft, plans to buy 15 Airbus SAS A350 airliners, El Mundo reported, citing Jose Luis Carrillo, chairman of the Madrid-based carrier.

The purchase agreement, expected to be completed in a few weeks, only lacks delivery dates, the newspaper reported.

The A350, which can carry as many as 297 passengers, will compete with

11. Ge-Aviation Puts GEnX Engine Through Testing

March 21, 2006 — GE-Aviation put its GEnX engine through its paces for the first time today at its outdoor testing facility in Peebles, Ohio.

The engine reached 80,500 pounds of takeoff thrust, GE-Aviation said in a news release. The company performed idling tests on the engine March 19.

"Engine assembly was flawless and engine testing began three days ahead of schedule," general manager of the GEnX program  Tom Brisken said. "We are extremely pleased with initial test

12. Vistagy Hosts Renault F1 Team Race Car and CAD Engineer at JEC Composites Show 2006 in Paris

March 21, 2006 — Vistagy, Inc., the developer of composites engineering software that provides specialized design functionality to commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, will display the Renault F1 Team racecar at its stand, #C21, at the JEC Composites Show 2006. The event runs from March 28 to March 30 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France.

Alan Duerden, CAD support engineer for the Renault F1 Team, will speak on developing composite racecar parts using FiberSIM®

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13. Saertex Sets up Fabric Manufacturing Plant in Pune

March 20, 2006 — Saertex, a manufacturer of stitch bonded fabric based in Germany, has set up its first manufacturing plant in Asia in the Hinjewadi district of Pune, India, according to Saertex Global Sales and Marketing Director Marc Schrief.

The Pune plant is Saertex's seventh worldwide. Pune is the seventh largest city in India, it is home to India's sixth largest metropolitan economy and its highest per capita income, with the least income disparity between the rich and

14. SMC/BMC's 5th Automotive Seminar to take Place in Landshut, Germany

March 22, 2006 — "SMC/BMC on the Road to Innovation" will be the theme of the European Alliance's for SMC/BMC will hold its fifth automotive seminar scheduled to to take Place in Landshut, Germany, from May 17 to 18, 2006. Participants will visit the BMW plant in Dingolfing.

Early registration is advised because the number of participants is limited, especially for the plant visit at BMW. Cost is €495.

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15. BAE Systems Launches Talisman Autonomous Underwater System

March 22, 2006 — Talisman, a new autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) which could meet the needs of Middle East countries for a highly manoeuvrable craft that can enhance security and protection of maritime-based assets and coastlines, has been launched by BAE Systems. The Talisman System is a latest-generation modular multi-role UUV, capable of a wide range of maritime littoral operations. Fully-funded by BAE Systems' private venture funding, the Talisman programme was launched in late

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16. Fyfe Expands Customer Resources for FRP Strengthening in Asian Market

March 21, 2006 — In an effort to provide improved customer service and resources for their rapidly expanding Asian market, Fyfe Co, LLC has announced the launch of a new Web site to target that growing business. The site is specifically designed to focus on and meet the technical and customer service needs for the engineering and construction industry throughout Asia.

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17. Elegant New Translucent High-Tech Window, Facade Design in GRP Launched at International Fair

March 22, 2006 — An innovative and slender window in GRP with translucent and high-insulating frames is one of the most exciting novelties at the Fensterbau Frontale 2006 fair in Nuremberg, Germany, from 22 to 25 March 2006. The window is part of an entirely new facade system, also made of GRP, which has been included on Denmark's official list of the very finest examples of its cultural heritage, in company with a ninth-century Viking ship.
"The attractive window has the most

18. Boeing Asks Suppliers to Mull 787 Output Boost

March 20, 2006 — Boeing Co. has asked its suppliers to examine whether they can increase planned production rates for the company's 787 Dreamliner jet to meet strong demand.

The composite-built widebody plane, which is slated to start commercial deliveries in 2008, has won 298 firm orders. It is essentially sold out through 2011, Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said.

Boeing began studying a production increase last fall, she said. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, it met in Seattle

19. Fully Composite Car Leads the Way

March 22, 2006 — ACG has invited Koenigsegg Automobile AB to exhibit on its stand at the JEC Composites Show 2006 (booth M16/P17 in Hall 1). Visitors will see the actual car that achieved the world production road car speed record at Italy's Prototipo proving ground.

Very fast and yet very safe; 386.7km/h was the world record speed for a production road car set by the Koenigsegg CCR in 2005. ACG's materials are used solely throughout the vehicle from complete monocoque structure to

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Cytec Engineered Materials (New Position) Location: CA, SC

*       Sr. Carbon Fiber Scientist, Product Development Director, LAB TECHNICIANS, Research Engineer or Sr. Research Engineer

PCC Airfoils, LLC (New Position) Location: GA

*         Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Process Supervisor

Rocky MountainComposites, Inc (New Position) Location: UT

*         Stress/Structural Analyst-Composites, Instrument/Test Engineer

Smiths Aerospace - Whippany, NJ (New Position) Location: NJ

*       Sr. Structural or Stress Engineer

AdelWiggins Group Location: CA

*         Composite Manufacturing Engineer, Sr., Senior Project Engineer

Aeroindustryjobs Location: CA

*         Composites R&D Engineer, Composites Program Engineer

Alliance Solutions Location: MS

*         Program Engineer, MRB, Tooling, Composites, Director, Operations, Aerospace Composites

ATK Space Systems - Corona Location: CA

*         Program Manager

Composites Horizons, Inc. Location: CA

*         Project Engineer

Eagle Aviation Technologies, Inc. Location: VA

*         Composites Manufacturing Technician, Mechanical Project Engineer - R&D, Mechanical / Structural FEA Engineer

GE Aviation Location: OH

*         Senior Engineer - Materials 398495

HITCO Carbon Composites Location: CA

*         Manufacturing Process Engineer

Huntsman Location: TX

*         Technical Service Tooling Engineer/Chemist, Technical Service Adhesives Engineer/Chemist, Technical Service Composites Engineer/Chemist

Koppen & Associates Location: MO

*         Manager Environmental Health & Safety

Lewcott Corporation Location: IL

*         Regional Sales Manager(s) Midwest&Southeast

National Research Council Canada Location: FS

*         Director, Structures and Materials Performance Laboratory

SAMPE Student Member Registration Location: CA

*         SAMPE Student Resume Registration

Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc Location: AL

*         Research Engineer - Tech Center

TPI Composites Location: OH

*         Composite Manufacturing Engineer


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Vicus Technologies Location: FL

*         Senior Project Engineer/Program Manager

W.L. Gore & Associates Location: MD

*         Composite Mechanics Engineer


20. PlastiComp LLC Increases Complet Pellet Production Capacity

March 20, 2006 — PlastiComp LLC has announced an additional compounding line for Complet® long fiber reinforced thermoplastic molding pellets in response to growing interest from customers who value the firm's approach to materials technology. The new production line for Complet pellets boosts site capacity by three million pounds per year and provides versatility to quickly respond to unique requests and reduce lead times to less than 10 days.
President and CEO Steve Bowen said,

21. Polystrand Announces Ability to Make Laminated Structural Panels

March 20, 2006 — Ed Pilpel, president of Polystrand, Inc., today announced that the company is able to produce laminated structural panels incorporating ThermoPro™ continuous advanced fiber and thermoplastic reinforcement.
Combined in a process requiring no adhesive, the reinforcement adds lightweight strength, stiffness and impact resistance to traditional core materials such as polypropylene honeycomb, foam, wood and other advanced core materials. Potential

22. Utah Composites Industry Begins Effort for Market Leadership

March 23, 2006 — Leaders from most of the carbon fiber technology companies in Utah met recently to discuss the ways that they could partner to establish Utah as one of the nations leading composite manufacturing states.

"Utah has been the birthplace of many reinforced plastic structures over the years, now the technology has grown in the state to the point that it is a wonderful environment for the research and development of carbon fiber structures," James Winegar of Rocky Mountain

23. University of Ulster Engineers in High Flying Textiles Research

March 20, 2006 — Engineers at the University of Ulster are taking part in a project to determine how 3-D woven textiles can be used to make components for the next generation of aircraft structures and aeroplane engines.

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24. Airbus Aims to Counter 787 Stretch with Heavier A350

March 21, 2006 — Airbus is studying a "-900X" growth version of the A350, with weight increases of up to 20t and power possibly from larger-diameter engines, to counter Boeing's plan to launch a larger 787 derivative, the -10.

"Customers are shown Boeing's proposed 787-10 stretch and we then get asked what we can do with the A350," the programme's chief engineer Dougie Hunter said.

He said the manufacturer is studying possible minimum-change developments that could have a

25. ILFC Predicts A380 Demand Surge

March 20, 2006 — Leasing company International Lease Finance forecasts flurry of orders for the Airbus A380 with the yet-to-be-launched A380-900 stretch will ultimately become the best-selling variant.

ILFC chief executive Steven Udvar-Hazy predicts a new surge in interest in the Airbus A380 following certification and service entry at the end of 2006. ILFC, with 10 A380s on order, is currently the only leasing company to have secured slots on the double-decker's

26. Airbus Confident of Safely Evacuating More Than 750 People During Full-Scale FAA and EASA Test

March 22, 2006 — Airbus is to undertake the full-scale evacuation test of the A380 on March 26, and is confident that it will be able to demonstrate that it can show the safe egress of more than 750 passengers, having set itself a maximum target of 853. The manufacturer is prepared to repeat the exercise a week later if the figure is significantly lower than its forecast minimum, or if it has to abort the test for any reason.

Airbus says European and US regulators could refuse to



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27. J D Lincoln Finds Aircraft Duct FST Solution with New Additive in Epoxy System

March 22, 2006 — J D Lincoln Co of Costa Mesa, California has been pursuing solutions to flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) requirements for large commercial aircraft duct systems for some time, and now feel that they have found an elegant solution with a new duct coating epoxy material for post application and cure.
Commercial aircraft composite air ducts made of Kevlar 49™ or glass fiber reinforced phenolic prepreg are subject to high pressurization and must be designed with a

28. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Announces New Nanotechnology Center; Focus Is on Infrastructure

March 20, 2006 — Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today in Detroit announced the launch of a state-of-the-art center for collaborative nanotechnology research at Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Scientists from U.S. companies, universities and government will focus on overcoming major technical obstacles to cost-effective manufacturing of products made with components the size of atoms and molecules.

Speaking on the President's American

29. Vistagy Releases FiberSIM 5.1 Software for Designing Composite Products

March 20, 2006 — Vistagy, Inc., the developer of engineering software that provides specialized design functionality to commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, today announced the release of FiberSIM® 5.1, the latest version of its design environment for composite products. FiberSIM 5.1 provides new specialized tools that enable engineers working in commercial CAD systems to automate design processes early in product development. This results in more efficient and accurate manufacture of complex or

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31. Toray Composites (America) and Others Growing in Frederickson, Washington Region

March 19, 2006 — Toray Composites (America) Inc., a Frederickson manufacturer of carbon fiber material, added 60 workers, marking an increase of 30 per cent through the end of 2005.

Already in 2006, the company has added an additional 25 workers, and there's a sign outside the headquarters announcing open positions. Traditionally, manufacturing jobs offer better salaries than jobs in the service industry.

"As a company, one of our interests is to grow," Toray president

32. What Might Replace The 737? Spirit's Focus is 737 Work — Changes Could Reshape its Business

March 19, 2006 — For years, Boeing's popular 737 airliner has meant steady work for Wichita.

The program keeps 60 per cent of Spirit AeroSystems' 8,400 employees busy building the 737 fuselage and other parts of the plane.

Boeing has built more than 5,000 737s, making it the best-selling airliner in aviation history. Another 1,150 are on order.

There's a lot at stake for Wichita when Boeing decides to replace the 737, as aviation experts agree the company

33. Southern Spars Head Offshore

March 18, 2006 — As part of a strategic rationalisation to better service their key European and Eastern United States markets, international mastmakers Southern Spars are consolidating their One Design manufacturing into a single facility based in Cape Town.

Southern Spars secured a licensing relationship with South African mastmakers Sparcraft two years ago.

'Because of more efficient shipping options from Cape Town to the major markets in Europe and the eastern seaboard of

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34. Showcase on Virginia FRP Composites: Materials, Design and Construction — Sept. 20-21, 2006

March 21, 2006 — The Virginia Transportation Research Council's Showcase for Virginia Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Materials, Design and Construction will take place at the Holiday Inn, Bristol, Virginia, USA, from Sept. 20 to 21, 2006.

FRP composites have been used on multiple projects by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Each of these projects included pre-construction evaluation of behavior and post-construction evaluation of performance. This showcase will include

35. First Announcement and Call for Papers — SAMPE Europe International Conference 2007

March 22, 2006 — State-of-the-art Materials and Technologies for next Generation Aircrafts will be the theme of SAMPE Europe's International Technical Conference and "Table-Top" Exhibition to be held at Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis, F-31685 Toulouse, France, from Sept. 13 to 14, 2006.

SETEC will focus on the aircraft and space industries given that aerospace applications need the most advanced materials and technologies to cover the requirements of the next generation of aircrafts

36. First Announcement and Call for Papers — SAMPE Europe International Conference 2007

March 22, 2006 — Assets of Advanced Material & Technologies to Master the Energy Constraints of the 21st Century will be the theme of SAMPE Europe's 28th International Conference and Forums will be held at the Hotel Mercure, Porte de Versailles Expo, F-92174 Vanves (Paris, France) from March 26 to 28, 2007.

The SAMPE Europe International Conference is one of the foremost events in the technical conference calendar associated with advanced materials and processes. Although polymer

37. Beacon Power Announces Successful Completion of Flywheel System Acceptance Testing by NYSERDA

March 1, 2006 — Beacon Power Corporation, a company that designs and develops advanced products and services to support more stable and reliable electricity grid operation, announced that it has successfully completed the pre-shipment acceptance testing for a scale-power Smart Energy Matrix demonstration unit, built under contract to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The


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30 April - 4 May, 2006 - SAMPE 2006, Symposium and Exhibition (2-4 May), Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. Sponsored by the Los Angeles and Taiwan Chapters of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering. Covers composites and advanced materials and processes in aerospace, commercial & military aircraft, defense, ships, launch vehicles, ballistics, homeland security, morphing aircraft, high-temperature applications, space structures, marine, Air Force Research, transportation, infrastructure, nanomaterials, sealants, coatings, testing, tooling, fibers, resins, filament winding, fabrics, core materials, thermosets, thermoplastics, ceramics, metals, autoclaves, bonding, repair materials and procedures, and much more. Tel: +1 626.331.0616, x610; E: registration@sampe.org ; Web: www.sampe.org

4-7 June 2006 - The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) abstracts deadline for the WINDPOWER 2006 Conference and Exhibition to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Theme: Energizing the Future - Bringing Wind Energy into the Mainstream. WINDPOWER is the largest wind energy conference and exhibition in North America and draws over 4,100 industry leaders from across the country and abroad. Tracks include: Policy, technical, and business. Link: http://www.awea.org/wp06.html

7,8 June 2006 - High Performance Fibers 2006 - Doubletree Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA. This international conference will bring together leading suppliers, producers, and end users of high-performance fibers, such as p-aramids (Kevlar® and Twaron®), and high performance polyethylenes (HPPE, Spectra® and Dyneema®) to discuss diverse business opportunities and technical challenges that lie ahead in high-growth applications such as body and vehicular armor, high-performance rope and cordage, and sporting goods, as well as in the blast-resistance, marine, aviation and aerospace markets. One optional preconference workshop, “A Global Review of the Evolving Markets and Applications for High Performance Fibers and Their Composites,” will be presented by Steve Loud, Editor and President,, Composites Worldwide and Charles L. Segal, Director, Omnia, LLC on the morning of June 7.

8,9 June 2006 - BridgEneering International Bridge Technology Exhibition, (T) Rotterdam, The Netherlands, organized by Brisk Events, Leusden, The Netherlands -- http://www.briskevents.nl/

4-7 October 2006 - The Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber 2006 Conference, at the Sofitel Budapest Hotel in Budapest, Hungary. This year's international conference, the ninth in the series, will bring together both carbon fiber manufacturers and composite industry executives and technologists to explore the role of carbon fiber in the composites industry and the outlook for growth, supply and demand of carbon fibers. Attendees will receive a complete briefing on market trends by region and sector, new technologies, and trends in end-use markets with significant growth potential. Conference sessions are designed to maximize contact and information flow between producers and end users. Two optional pre-conference workshops are planned for 4 October. The workshops will explore markets for carbon fibers and the latest innovative composite fabrication techniques. Speaker recruitment for the 2006 conference is now underway.  To submit a topic for consideration, or for more information and/or to request a conference brochure with complete information on speakers, sessions, hotel arrangements, etc., Contact Scott Stephenson at Intertech - Pira, 19 Northbrook Drive, Portland, Maine 04105 USA. Tel: (207) 781-9608, Fax: (207) 781-2150, or Email: scotts@intertechusa.com

38. New Future Pipe Plant Opens in Gulfport

March 15, 2006 — Future Pipe Industries, the newest piece of Gulfport's growing composites industry, officially opened its doors Tuesday.

Dubai-based Future Pipe makes fiberglass and thermoplastic pipe systems. The company has about 50 employees in its Gulfport operation, but over time will ramp up to about 300. Future Pipe Group employs more than 3,000 people in 27 countries.

The plant will produce two types of pipe, one for the oil-and-gas and offshore

39. Liquid Body Armor Technology Licensed by University of Delaware

Feb. 24, 2006 — A new technology developed by a University of Delaware researcher to improve ballistic fabrics and protective armor products is now being commercialized. Armor Holdings Inc., a leading manufacturer of security products and vehicle armor systems, announced Friday, Feb. 24, that it has been selected as an exclusive licensee by the UD Technology Corp. (UDTC).

The unique shear thickening fluid technology has been under active development for the last five years at

40. New Flame Retardant System for Cold-Curing Polyester Resins

March 15, 2006 — At the JEC in Paris, Lehmann & Voss presented a newly developed halogen-free system for applications with a low processing viscosity.

Product Group Manager Rainer Feddern said, "Our new halogen-free system is liquid. The advantage of this is that it enables a good degree of fire protection to be achieved even without the high filler levels of solid flame retardants."

Flame-resistant formulations for plastics can rarely be achieved with a single flame

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41. Boeing May Double Orders for 787 Composite Jet Fuselages, Structures Supplier Says [THREE PARTS]

March 17, 2006 — Boeing Co., the world's second-largest commercial-aircraft maker, may double orders for fuselage sections for its 787 jetliner as demand for the new plane exceeds initial production plans.

Boeing met with its top suppliers on March 14 and 15 to discuss boosting production, Yyonne Leach, a spokeswoman for the Chicago- based planemaker, said. Boeing asked Italy's Finmeccanica Spa in January to increase its monthly output of fuselages to 10 from seven, with a

42. SAMPE Honors Samuel J. Dastin With Delmonte Award

March 17, 2006 — The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has selected Samuel J. Dastin, of Dastin Associates Company, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, to receive the Delmonte Award for Excellence.

This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of materials and process engineering. This year, the Delmonte Award is sponsored by SAMPE's Los Angeles Chapter, HITCO Carbon Composites and Delsen Testing

43. Vistagy Announces Partnership with National Science Foundation Center for e-Design

March 17, 2006 — Vistagy, Inc., the developer of engineering software that provides specialized design functionality for commercial CAD/PDM/PLM systems, today announced an alliance with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for e-Design. The organizations are sharing technology and engineering expertise to build applications that will help engineers make more accurate, informed decisions early in product development to revolutionize design and manufacturing processes.

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