June 05, 2008 16:23 ET

IDES & Firehole Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership to Develop Searchable Composite Materials Database

LARAMIE, WY--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - IDES Inc. (, home of The Plastics Web® and the fastest growing search destination for the plastics industry, and Firehole Technologies Inc. (, a developer of innovative simulation technologies for composite materials and structures, announced today that both companies have entered a strategic partnership to develop a searchable composite materials database.

"There is a significant need among the engineering design community to be able to quickly locate candidate composite materials, compare them to similar materials, and access reliable material data for those materials," said Jerad Stack, CEO of Firehole Technologies Inc. "We approached IDES because they are the industry leader in managing complex materials data."

"Firehole Technologies has extensive actual test data for composite materials, making it an excellent fit for our database technologies that are specifically suited for managing complex materials information," said Mike Kmetz, president of IDES Inc. "We are excited to be working with them to develop a comprehensive search engine for composites."

The tool will offer powerful, engineering specific search functionality for a vast array of composite materials.

About IDES Inc.

IDES is a plastic materials information management company. The Plastics Web® from IDES is a website with a vertical search engine connecting tens of thousands of companies around the globe with plastics content and technical data sheets from 600 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom resin selectors for nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe. For more information, visit

About Firehole Technologies Inc.

Firehole Technologies supplies innovative computer-aided simulation software and services for composite materials to the aerospace, defense, automotive and energy industries. Firehole's insight™ software enables the design of composite structures without the numerous expensive testing cycles traditionally deployed, allowing for a faster time-to-market and more reliable designs. The company's mission is to enable widespread use of composite materials leading to lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient applications. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Nathan Potter
    IDES - The Plastics Web®
    +1-307-742-9227 ext. 246
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    Jason Gies
    Firehole Technologies Inc.
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