Lincoln Composites Delivers High Pressure Hydrogen Tanks
ROSWELL, Ga., Oct. 1 - Advanced Technical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATPX), announced today that its Lincoln Composites division has concluded the contracted delivery of TUFFSHELL(TM) hydrogen fuel tanks to a Japanese OEM who is participating in the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), for their compressed hydrogen powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. Lincoln Composites delivered the first of these tanks in December 2000, making them the first METI (formerly MITI) approved 5,000 psi (35 MPa) service pressure hydrogen fuel tanks operating in Japan. Although other TUFFSHELL fuel cylinders for 3,600 psi hydrogen have also been delivered to this auto maker, the 5,000 psi tanks provide economic and range advantages.
Lincoln Composites has been the sole source NGV fuel tank supplier to New Flyer Industries' CNG powered transit buses since 1995 and for the Ohio manufactured Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle since 1998. Lincoln Composites' ability to manufacture these high pressure tanks for the alternative fuel vehicle industry supports our nation's efforts in reducing its dependency on oil imports, paving the way for increased use of cleaner, domestically produced fuels.
Lincoln Composites continues to use its three decades of aerospace experience to provide advanced technology products for the alternative fuel vehicle industry. Over the last 35 years, Lincoln Composites has delivered pressure vessels with operating pressures as high as 10,000 to 25,000 psi for the storage of hydrogen, nitrogen and helium. These spherical or cylindrical pressure vessels service the high pressure gas storage needs on aircraft, missiles, satellites and launch vehicles. The diameters of these pressure vessels range up to 100 inches, with lengths over 250 inches.
Richard Rashilla, President of Lincoln Composites, stated, "We are committed to the compressed hydrogen and natural gas vehicle industry and continue to invest in product development to meet the challenges and demands of the marketplace. Our steady growth in market share is due to providing leading edge technology, quality products and outstanding customer service."
Lincoln Composites specializes in filament winding high performance composite structures. This core technology was initially developed in 1963. In addition to the natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry, Lincoln continues to manufacture products for additional commercial markets and the Aerospace & Defense industries. The current product line includes: high pressure gas storage tanks for a variety of aircraft, NASA's space shuttle, and communications satellites and satellite rocket launchers; external fuel tanks for the UH-60, AH-64 helicopters and F/A-18 E/F fighter aircraft; a variety of solutions for the oil and gas industry including tubular products; and plastic lined pressure vessels for offshore oil platforms.
Advanced Technical Products, Inc.'s divisions include Intellitec, Lincoln Composites, Lunn Industries and Marion Composites. The Company's products are used in a variety of applications in the aerospace and defense industries, as well as commercial markets. ATP designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance radomes, aircraft components, rocket motor cases, pressure vessels, fuel tanks, shelter systems and other advanced composite products utilizing various production capabilities. The Company is also a leader in the design, development and manufacture of biological and chemical detection and protection systems. ATP also designs and manufactures electronic products for the specialty vehicle market. Further information on Advanced Technical Products, Inc. is available at www.atpx.com .