Biz Briefs

Business briefs from Oxeon, Royal Engineered Composites, Goodrich, SAERTEX, Toho Tenax and Quickstep.

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Oxeon (Borås, Sweden) is supplying its trademarked TeXtreme spread tow fabric to golf shaft manufacturer Fujikura Golf for that company’s new high-performance Blur shafts for 2011. “This new application further broadens our range of products in the sports-and-leisure market segment,” says Andreas Martsman, vice president at Oxeon. Blur, which stands for “Beyond Light, Ultra-Responsive,” is a lightweight golf club shaft with a higher balance point, designed to accelerate faster and generate greater swing speeds without compromising the solid and controllable feel that is typically absent in lightweight shafts, according to Fujikura Golf.

Royal Engineered Composites (Minden, Neb.), until 2010 known as Royal Plastics, recently and successfully completed its fifth consecutive Nadcap aerospace composites audit. This audit recognizes conformity for composite manufacturing services and processes. Nadcap (formerly NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is a global cooperative standards-setting group for aerospace engineering, defense and related industries. Royal Engineered Composites offers complete design and prototyping services, as well as moldmaking and technical support for aerospace and defense companies.

Goodrich Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) reported on Feb. 7 that it has received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation to supply more than 1,600 carbon/carbon brakes and more than 1,400 boltless wheels for the U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft fleet. Deliveries will begin in October 2011. Goodrich’s C-130 wheel and brake retrofit features Goodrich’s lightweight, long-life DURACARB carbon/carbon brake components.

SAERTEX (Saerbeck, Germany) reports that it has entered into agreements with Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) under which SAERTEX will supply high-performance multiaxial and unidirectional noncrimp fabrics (NCFs) for the production of major primary structures for Bombardier’s CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft. The volume of orders during the next 10 years could exceed €250 million ($342 million USD). The CSeries is designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment. The Learjet 85 business jet is Bombardier’s first to feature a composite structure and wing.

Carbon fiber manufacturer Toho Tenax Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) announced that it will supply TENAX carbon fiber for use in compressed natural gas tanks developed and manufactured by Metal Mate Co. Ltd., a pressure vessel manufacturer in Samutprakam, Thailand. Toho Tenax envisions sales of $10 million (USD) per year under the agreement, which establishes Toho Tenax as the exclusive supplier of carbon fiber to Metal Mate. TENAX carbon fiber will be used in the production of lightweight, high-capacity tanks of the Type III design, which are metal cylinders fully wrapped with fiber-reinforced resin.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) revealed Feb. 2 that it will manufacture composite parts for the F-35 Lightning II program over the next 20 years. First parts will be delivered in 2012. Quickstep will produce as many as 16 different JSF components, including lower side skins, maintenance access panels, fuel tank covers, lower skins and in-board weapons bay doors, producing 36,000+ parts over the life of the program, with annual revenue of ~$50 million (USD) by 2015, and a program total of $700 million (USD).