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Raymor Receives Ti-6AL-4V Powder Contract From Ktech For Defense Application

Published on 2005-11-24. Author : SpecialChem

MONTREAL -- Raymor Industries Inc. (TSX-V: RAR) is proud to announce that its whollyowned subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc. (AP&C) has received an order for its spherical Ti- 6Al-4V (titanium alloy) powder from US-based Ktech Corporation for a defense application. Ktech identified AP&C as a powder supplier for cold spray applications, a new coating technique.

Ktech Corporation, an employee-owned company located in the Sandia Science and Technology Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1971, originally as a small research and engineering firm focused on the study and simulation of nuclear weapons effects. Ktech has expanded its core competencies into many different areas, including: applied physics and testing; research, facility operations, maintenance, and engineering; sensor research, development, production, and applications; thermal characterization and measurements; and cold spray technology.

Ktech counts Sandia National Laboratories as well as other military and non-military US government bodies among its client base. Ktech, with over 500 employees, generated US$49.2 million in sales in 2004, a significant increase as compared to US$35 million in sales generated in 2003. "Through our client, this sale introduces our unique, high performance titanium alloy powders to the defense sector," said Mr. Stéphane Robert, President of Raymor Industries. "Working with growing, technology-driven companies such as Ktech is pivotal to the success of Raymor," adds Mr. Robert.

AP&C's metallic powders are produced using the patented Plasma Atomization Process. This globally unique process produces a highly pure metallic powder with an exceptional sphericity. These two properties allow AP&C's metallic powders to offer the best performance for coating applications. The patented Plasma Atomization Process, of which AP&C holds an exclusive, worldwide license, was developed at the beginning of the 90's at Hydro-Québec's Shawinigan laboratory in collaboration with Noranda.

Cold Spray is a coating process which uses heated compressed gases to project metallic powder at an extremely high velocity (600-1000 metres per second) onto components. Through deformation, the powder and the component bond together. Layers of material build up rapidly on the component. Due to the low temperatures as compared to typical thermal spray processes, little oxidation of the powder occurs, thus avoiding the alteration of the coating characteristics.

RAYMOR INDUSTRIES INC. (TSX-V:RAR) has as its mission to become the leading Canadian developer of high technology and a producer of advanced materials and nanomaterials for high value-added applications. In November 2004, Raymor Industries created a wholly-owned, industrial subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings, specializing in nanotechnology and advanced materials, and comprising four operational divisions: (1) nanotechnology products, including nano-powders, nano-coatings, and single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWNT) for "the applications of tomorrow"; (2) thermal spray coatings, which largely targets military, aeronautical, aerospace, specialized industrial, and mining applications; (3) spherical metallic powders, primarily used for biomedical and aerospace applications; and (4) net-shape forming, a component manufacturing technique used for ballistic protection and other aerospace and military applications. Raymor holds the exclusive rights to more than 20 patents throughout the world, with other patents pending.

Stéphane Robert, President.

Source: Raymor Industries Inc.

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