2/6/10 – Lockheed Martin Subsidiary Signs Agreement With Owens Corning to Develop Next-Generation Composites
2 June 2010
The next generation of carbon composite materials moved closer to commercialisation with the announcement that Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC,ANS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation and Owens Corning have signed a joint development agreement to support the commercialization of carbon-enhanced reinforcements.
The companies plan to combine carbon infusion technology with reinforcements expertise to create a family of next-generation composite materials. These new materials are aimed at meeting the demands of large-volume applications and provide mechanical properties with customizable electrical and thermal conductivity. The arrival of any new composite material will represent an opportunity to the abrasives and tooling industry in terms of the development of suitable manufacturing solutions.
"Joining together with Owens Corning is a natural next step as we look to scale up our production capabilities," said Jeff Napoliello, president of ANS. "We expect that this agreement will permit us to shorten the development time to produce customizable material attributes for commercial and defence applications."
"This agreement builds on key strengths of both companies to drive the speed and efficiency in bringing new materials to market," said Chuck Dana, president of the Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business. "Potential applications range from wind turbines for renewable energy to protective packaging for electronics to composite armour for defence applications."