Contact: Martina Bar Kochva
48 South Service Road
Melville, NY 11747
PARK ELECTROCHEMICAL CORP. ANNOUNCES
NEW NAME FOR PATENTED COMPOSITE STRUT DESIGN
Melville, New York, Monday, October 10,
2011……Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE – PKE) announced SIGMA STRUT™,
the new name for its patented composite strut design. A strut is a
structural load carrying element which transfers loads between two
points. The SIGMA STRUT design provides significant weight savings
compared to metal struts and other composite struts. The SIGMA STRUT
design utilizes a unique metal end-fitting, which is co-cured into each
end of the strut without the use of adhesives. This technique allows the
fittings to carry the full load of the strut body without having to rely
on bond areas to carry shear loads as with typical designs.
SIGMA STRUT designs have been qualified for use on programs such as the Kistler Aerospace K-1 launch vehicle, NASA Space Shuttle Orbiters and NASA’s Max Launch Abort System (“MLAS”) program which was developed with Northrop Grumman Corporation. NASA has also tested the SIGMA STRUT design as part of the Structurally Efficient Tapered Strut (“SETS1” and “SETS2”) programs in an effort to select one design to use across multiple NASA programs. In each of these programs the SIGMA STRUT design was chosen for its ability to meet all of the program requirements while still being the lightest solution available.
Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company which develops and manufactures high-technology digital and RF/microwave printed circuit materials principally for the telecommunications and internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies for the aerospace markets. Park’s core capabilities are in the areas of polymer chemistry formulation and coating technology. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, China, France, Connecticut, Kansas, Arizona, California and Washington.
Additional corporate information is available on the Company’s web site at www.parkelectro.com.