QUANTUM: THE NEXT MICROSOFT??
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Quantum ist im Brennstoffzellenbereich tätig.
Quantum baut keine Brenstoffzellen sondern sämtliche
Technologie drumherum, die nötig ist, dass die
Brennstoffzelle läuft, und darin sind sie Technologie-
Finding the next Microsoft
Jonathan Burton covers the mutual fund industry for CBS
MarketWatch.com. CBS MarketWatch reporter Rex Crum
contributed to this story.
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide
Rising gasoline prices are driving expectations for hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The U.S. Army and Japanese automakers are focused on the new technology, but for many investors, fuel-cells are a pipe dream.
Not for Jack Robinson, co-manager of the Winslow Green Growth fund (WGGFX: news, chart, profile). "We are going to have fuel cell vehicles for sure, in this country and globally," he says.
A main beneficiary, he says, will be Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide (QTWW: news, chart, profile), an Irvine, Calif.-based maker of ceramic hydrogen storage tanks.
"They make everything you need for a fuel cell system in a vehicle except the fuel cell itself," he adds.
That distinction is crucial, Robinson says. Quantum doesn`t compete with Ballard Power Systems (BLDP: news, chart, profile) and other fuel-cell manufacturers. Quantum`s major rival, he notes, is a privately held Canadian maker of metal storage tanks.
"They`ve got leading technology, an experienced management team, and a strong balance sheet," Robinson says of Quantum. Customers include General Motors (GM: news, chart, profile), which owns 15 percent of the company, Ford Motor, Japan`s Toyota Motor and South Korea`s Hyundai Motors.
Just three brokerage analysts follow the stock, which has a market value of about $200 million. They expect 33 percent earnings growth for Quantum this year and 55 percent in 2005. "This will be the first profitable fuel cell company in the country," Robinson says.
Quantum Ships First Fuel Cell Vehicle to U.S. Army
Monday October 25, 1:00 pm ET
WASHINGTON, and IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., (Nasdaq: QTWW - News) and the U.S. Army TARDEC`s NAC (Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center`s National Automotive Center) unveiled a high performance, fuel cell off-road vehicle at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, DC. The "Quantum AMV(TM)" (Alternative Mobility Vehicle), nicknamed the "Aggressor," is a fuel cell vehicle designed and manufactured by Quantum at its California operations for the U.S. Army under contract with the NAC. This vehicle provides significant advantages to U.S. troops for high mobility in stealth operations.
Features of the Quantum Aggressor include:
* Stealth mode: virtually silent operating mode with reduced thermal
* High-performance: far superior acceleration compared to similar
diesel or gasoline-powered all-terrain vehicles
* Export power: on-board electric power generation to support
communications, surveillance, targeting, and other electronic
The Quantum Aggressor runs on compressed hydrogen utilizing Quantum`s proprietary Type IV impact resistant carbon fiber storage tanks. A 10 kW fuel cell is coupled with an energy storage module in a parallel hybrid configuration, which provides power on demand to a high-torque electric motor driving the rear-wheels. Preliminary tests have shown that the acceleration of the Quantum Aggressor is far superior to an unmodified gasoline internal combustion engine-powered all-terrain vehicle, reaching 40 miles per hour twice as fast. Ungoverned, the Quantum Aggressor is capable of reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. Quantum`s electronic control system imposes torque and speed limits on the drivetrain to enhance traction and safety.
The Quantum Aggressor can be driven to the intended destination and then be used as a silent power generator to produce high quality electricity for telecommunications, surveillance, targeting, and other battlefield equipment. The vehicle does not produce any emissions throughout the different operating modes.
More information about the Quantum Aggressor can be found on the following website: http://www.qtww.com/products/quantum_aggressor.shtml.
In addition to being on display at the AUSA meeting, the Quantum Aggressor will be displayed at the annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 2 through 5, 2004, and the Special Operations Forces Week and Advance Planning Briefing To Industry Conference (SOCOM-APBI) in Tampa Bay, Florida, next June. Quantum and the NAC will also test and evaluate the vehicle on different military bases for a period of six months.
Dennis Wend, Executive Director of the U.S. Army`s National Automotive Center, said, "The U.S. Army is constantly evaluating new technologies with partners like Quantum to provide innovative solutions that provide significant advantages or address the military`s challenges in the battlefield. The Quantum Aggressor is a model for more efficient, high performance stealth vehicles through the use of fuel cells and advanced hybrid electric drivetrain technologies. The vehicle has an integrated power plant, which provides more functionality for our soldiers. What we`ve learned from this project definitely has the potential to translate into real solutions to give our Soldiers an advantage."
Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum said, "We designed the Quantum Aggressor for the U.S. Army specifically to leverage the benefits that a fuel cell drivetrain has to offer. The vehicle`s stealth mode, significant acceleration capabilities, and exportable power are significant advantages for U.S. Army troops. This vehicle may also be very well-suited for other commercial applications such as homeland security and border patrol operations."
About the NAC
TARDEC, headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Michigan, is responsible for developing and maintaining vehicles for all U.S. Armed Forces, many federal agencies and more than 60 foreign countries. TARDEC`s National Automotive Center is the Army`s official link to commercial industry, academia and government in developing new dual-use automotive technologies that meet the needs of both defense and commercial industries. Together, they lead the way in providing our Soldiers with vehicles and vehicle technologies that will increase survivability and ensure mobility on the battlefield while reducing design, manufacturing, operations and maintenance costs.
U.S. Army to Exhibit Quantum`s Aggressor AMV Fuel Cell Vehicle at SEMA Show
Monday November 1, 9:02 am ET
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., (Nasdaq: QTWW - News) announced today that the U.S. Army TARDEC`s NAC (Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center`s National Automotive Center) will exhibit a high performance, fuel cell off-road vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from November 2 -- 5, 2004. The "Quantum AMV(TM)" (Alternative Mobility Vehicle), nicknamed the "Aggressor," is a fuel cell vehicle designed and manufactured by Quantum at its California operations for the U.S. Army under contract with the NAC.
The Quantum Aggressor will be on display at the annual SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, to demonstrate several advanced technologies that have the potential dual use, that is, in both military and commercial applications.
After the SEMA show, the vehicle will commence testing and evaluation at military bases around the U.S. for a six-month period. Next summer, the vehicle will be on display at the Special Operations Forces Week and Advance Planning Briefing To Industry Conference (SOCOM-APBI) in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The Quantum Aggressor vehicle was unveiled last week at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, DC, where it received a tremendous amount of attention from soldiers and military personnel from around the world.
More information about the Quantum Aggressor can be found on the following website: http://www.qtww.com/products/quantum_aggressor.shtml.
Quantum eher nicht.
Also 2 Paar Schuhe......
Der Vergleich mit MSFT betrifft natürlich nur die
Die Entwicklung in der Brennstoffzellentechnologie
befindet sich im Anfangsstadium.
Quantum wird ein Hauptprofiteur werden.
Auf lange Sicht meines Erachtens gigantische Wachstumsmöglichkeiten
bei QTWW ergibt sich heute und vermutlich auch noch in den
nächsten Tagen eine Gelegenheit zum Einstieg oder Nachkaufen.
Quantum übernimmt Starcraft, und auf Grund dieser Nachricht
bricht der Kurs ein, zur Zeit um ca. 14%.
Für die zukünftige Entwicklung ist dieser Zusammenschluss
ein sehr gute Entscheidung, denke ich.
Der Kurs von QTWW steht zur Zeit auf 6,31US$, bei 6US$
ist eine starke Unterstützung.
Ich habe bereits aufgestockt zu 6,31 und lege eine weitere
Kauforder bei 6,01.
Starcraft to Merge with Quantum Fuel Systems
Tuesday November 23, 3:30 pm ET
GOSHEN, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 2004--Starcraft Corporation (NASDAQ:STCR - News) today announced that it has entered into an agreement whereby Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. ("Quantum"), (Nasdaq:QTWW - News) will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Starcraft Corporation in a tax-free stock-for-stock exchange valued at approximately $185 million, including the assumption of debt and other consideration. Under the terms of a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger dated November 23, 2004, each Starcraft shareholder will receive 2.34 shares of Quantum common stock for every share of Starcraft common stock. The merger of Starcraft and Quantum will create a well-capitalized company with strong, complementary revenue streams with a solid product and service portfolio to address the mainstream automotive and hydrogen economy markets.
The proposed transaction has the unanimous support of both Boards of Directors, which are recommending that shareholders approve the transaction. Four of Starcraft`s largest shareholders, who collectively represent 51.3% of Starcraft`s outstanding common shares, have entered into a voting agreement with Quantum pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their Starcraft shares in favor of the merger. General Motors, Quantum`s largest stockholder, owning 14.2% of outstanding common shares, has entered into a voting agreement with Starcraft agreeing to vote in favor of the transaction.
Alan Niedzwiecki will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum, while Jeffrey P. Beitzel, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Starcraft will become Chief Operating Officer of Quantum. Upon closing, Mr. Beitzel will also join the Quantum Board of Directors. Starcraft`s operations, comprised of Tecstar and Wheel to Wheel, will be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quantum with Michael H. Schoeffler as President.
The combined company will have an extensive range of operational expertise in areas such as vehicle systems design, powertrain engineering, systems integration, validation, assembly and service readiness for traditional vehicles, alternative fuel platforms, and hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles. The complementary strengths of each company will engender an expansion of current customer programs and create the potential to attain new OEM programs. The company will maintain operations in California, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, and Ontario, Canada, with its headquarters located in Irvine, California.
"Starcraft has been a leading supplier to the automotive industry for many years," said Starcraft Chairman Kelly L. Rose. "We believe this merger allows us to take our operational and engineering expertise to the next level and capitalize on the evolutionary change occurring in the automotive industry. We are excited about this merger and the opportunities that we believe exist by combining our respective strengths."
"This transaction represents an exciting opportunity to bring together unique operating strengths and synergies and applying them to business opportunities in mainstream and leading edge automotive markets, including hydrogen-based vehicles," said Jeff Beitzel, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Starcraft. "We see numerous opportunities to expand our collective programs with current customers as well as to build new OEM relationships within the combined business. This transaction will allow us to leverage our technologies, integration capabilities, manufacturing, assembly expertise and customer base. We are excited about this merger and strengthening our profile as a leader in the specialty vehicle design and assembly industry, especially the hydrogen-based opportunities."
Quantum is a leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of packaged fuel systems for fuel cells and alternative fuel applications in the transportation, fuel cell stationary power generation and hydrogen refueling infrastructure markets. Leveraging its core competencies in ultra-light weight composite fuel storage, fuel injection, fuel metering, electronic controls, OEM-level systems integration, and years of OEM production experience, Quantum also designs and manufactures hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
Quantum is a Tier 1 OEM supplier and has product commercialization alliances with General Motors, Sumitomo and IMPCO. Quantum`s customer base includes General Motors, Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford, Sunline, Yamaha, AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army. Quantum`s website is www.qtww.com.
"We believe this acquisition will expand Quantum`s OEM one-stop-shop capability with expanded resources in vehicle system design, powertrain engineering, systems integration, validation, and second stage manufacturing and assembly for all future alternative fuel and fuel cell vehicle programs," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, Quantum`s President and Chief Executive Officer. "Merging the two companies will allow the combined company to expand its current OEM capabilities while positioning itself as a major player in the early stage development and production of fuel cell vehicles. The Starcraft product portfolio coupled with its service and assembly capabilities will position Quantum as a specialty vehicle designer, integrator and assembler for low-volume programs with the military and growing OEM customer base."
Under the terms of the definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger, Starcraft common shareholders will receive 2.34 shares of Quantum stock for every share of Starcraft stock on a tax-free basis. Starcraft common shareholders will own approximately 40% of the pro forma Quantum common shares outstanding immediately following completion of the transaction. Quantum will maintain its listing on the Nasdaq National Market. Starcraft Corporation will survive the merger with a newly formed Quantum subsidiary and will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantum.
The transaction will be submitted to the shareholders of both companies for approval. The transaction is also subject to customary regulatory review and closing conditions, and is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar year 2005.
Starcraft and Quantum will host a conference call Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at 4:00 pm EST to discuss the transaction. Access to the call may be obtained by calling (800) 442-9702 or (706) 643-3625, Conference ID# 2479280. Please call in five minutes prior to the call start. This conference call will be available via replay until Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 11:55 p.m. EST. You can reach the replay by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, Conference ID# 2479280.
Starcraft Corporation is a leading supplier to the OEM automotive supply market. It also supplies after-market parts and accessories to wholesale and retail customers throughout the United States.
Starcraft Corporation (Nasdaq: STCR), through its joint-venture ownership interest in Tecstar, LLC, is a leading supplier to the OEM automotive supply market. It also supplies after-market parts and accessories to wholesale and retail customers throughout North America. Starcraft reported annual revenues of $192 million, up 84% from the prior year, for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2003.
Starcraft hat seine Einnahmen im Vergleich zum Vorjahr
um 84% auf 192Millionen gesteigert.
Auch Starcraft ist eine Wachstumsfirma mit Zukunft.
Zusammen mit Quantum wird ein noch aussichtsreicherer
QTWW befindet sich zur Zeit auf einem Niveau das günstig
zum Einsteigen ist, auch längerfristig.
Monday January 10, 1:40 pm ET
DETROIT, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With a 25-percent more powerful fuel cell stack, GM`s next-generation fuel cell power system helps Sequel achieve a 300-mile range and 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 10 seconds, while emitting only water vapor.
Sequel`s 300-mile range is made possible by advances in high-pressure storage that enable the vehicle to carry 8 kg of hydrogen, more than double that of GM`s HydroGen3 fuel cell vehicle. Developed in conjunction with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., Nasdaq: QTWW , of Irvine, Calif., three lightweight, carbon composite tanks store hydrogen at 10,000 psi (700 bars), compared to 5,000 psi (350 bars) in Hy-wire, Sequel`s predecessor. The larger tanks also enable a better ratio of stored hydrogen mass versus fuel storage system mass.
Quantum Awarded Fuel System Production Contract for General Motors` 2006 Natural Gas Sierra and Silverado Pick-Up Trucks
Monday January 24, 9:00 am ET
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW - News) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by General Motors Corporation to develop and produce natural gas fuel systems for GM`s Model Year 2006 full-size pick-up trucks.
Quantum will provide the engineering effort to accommodate the model year changes for the fuel system. Quantum will also produce the alternative fuel systems and provide the specialty vehicle assembly of the fuel systems into the new trucks. In addition to integrating roughly 250 components into the vehicle, Quantum was also responsible for the powertrain and systems engineering to ensure that the system is optimized for performance, durability, safety and emission compliance over the life of the vehicle. Quantum`s engineering effort extends to the vehicles being validated through a wide range of operating extremes including hot weather, cold weather, high altitude and crash testing prior to going into production.
"We are very pleased to continue this business with General Motors. This program allows us to strengthen our skills as a systems integrater, which we are leveraging into many programs including our hydrogen hybrid and military vehicle programs," said Alan Niedzwiecki, President & CEO. "This also allows us to advance our capabilities as a Tier 1 production supplier, which we will be critical for us as we move toward the commercialization phase of fuel cell applications."
More information about GM`s Alternative Fueled Vehicles can be found on its website at www.gm.com/automotive/innovations/altfuel/.