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August 2006 — Composite Reinforcements appointed UK distributor for world-leading wollastonite producer, Nyco Minerals Inc.


Composite Reinforcements has been appointed UK distributor by Nyco Minerals for their extensive range of wollastonite materials. The agreement covers the distribution of both the Nyad powder and the Nygloss high aspect ratio grades to all market areas.


Nyco's high aspect ratio grades are produced through special attrition milling and air classifying to maintain the integrity of their particle size and aspect ratios. The aspect ratio of the Nygloss products ranges from 5:1 to 20:1.


Bob Barham, Director of Composite Reinforcements believes the future is a bright for these highly functional, reinforcing fillers as demands for added-value materials increases. “We are delighted to be representing the World’s leading producer of these products and are looking forward to helping them further develop the UK market”.


Wollastonite is used primarily in ceramics, friction products (brakes and clutches), metalmaking, paints, and plastics. Some of the properties that make wollastonite so useful are its acicularity, high brightness and whiteness, low moisture and oil absorption, and low volatile content. Acicularity imparts significant strengthening properties and is of considerable importance in wollastonite’s diverse market applications.


About Nyco Minerals


NYCO is dedicated to the marketing and sales of wollastonite products and services worldwide. The company has annual sales of around $40 million and produces surface modified and untreated wollastonite products at 2 locations - Willsboro, New York and Pilares, Mexico. Opened in 1997 Pilares is the world's largest capacity wollastonite mine and processing facility. Both operations are certified to ISO 9001:2000 and the ISO 14001.


About Composite Reinforcements UK Ltd


Formed in 1999 Composite Reinforcements has grown to become a leading supplier of reinforcements to the UK composites industry from its distribution centres in Birmingham and Leeds. The company represents the global glassfibre company Johns Manville, the woven and multi-axial fabric company Dipex, as well the North American wollastonite company Nyco Minerals.


Offering the best customer service as well as competitively priced materials, Composite Reinforcements aim to support customers business by offering the best value for money option for their raw material purchases.

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