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Composites in Infrastructure - Building New Markets by E Marsh

By E Marsh

Infrastructure is at present probably the most major markets for composite fabrics and is predicted to develop into much more major to the composites because the area raises its reputation of fibre and carbon bolstered plastics. This new document, from the writer of bolstered Plastics journal, examines the most infrastructure industry sectors in line with area, supplying marketplace forecasts for all major purposes worldwide.For a PDF model of the file please name Tina Enright on +44 (0) 1865 843008 for fee information.

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Akzo Nobel purchase 20% of the new business. August 1999 Negotiations fail for the sale of Advanced Technical Products Inc to a third party. September 1999 Borden Chemical Inc, Columbus Ohio acquires Blagden Chemicals Ltd, UK for s million. Blagden produces formaldehyde and resins, including phenolic resins, at four manufacturing sites in the UK and The Netherlands. September 1999 Advanced Technical Products Inc (ATP), RosweU, Georgia, USA announced that it had entered into a merger agreement with the Veritas Capital Fund LP to sell the company for US$135 million including debt.

Composite structures and materials have been a major area of focus. Total funding of US$102 million has been allocated for the six years 1997-2002, although this could be much higher with matching funding from the states. Under the TEA-21 programme, road and railway maintenance and enhancement are priorities with safety measures and environmental improvements. Projects must demonstrate improved technologies such as disaster-resistant design, lowered construction downtime, cost savings, reduced maintenance requirement, improved capacity, greater durability or increased service life, with an aim for the 36 Composites in Infrastructure- Building New Markets 2 Industrial applications latter of 75-100 years.

The values involved would the Dow Chemical-Union Carbide or BP-Amoco attention of the regulatory authorities. which has seen falling profit Vertrotex and Johns Manville merger between any of these put such a move on the level of mergers and would attract the The 'new industry' status of composites for infrastructure can be measured by the state of flux in company mergers and acquisitions in recent years. An illustration is the dizzying move of Hardcore which began life as part of DuPont, became part of True North (which was later closed), was acquired by Harris Specialty Chemicals, which was itself acquired by SKW Trostberg AG and its SKW-MBT Construction Chemicals Group with Hardcore placed as a unit under Master Builders Inc.

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