September 26, 2011 – Schenectady, NY – Starfire Systems, Inc. (, a leader in Polymer-to-Ceramic™ technology, announced today the signing of an agreement with Thorn Tree Technology outlining plans for cooperation in the development of a lightweight ceramic brake rotor for Thorn Tree’s Turbine Rotor Division.

“Our collaboration with Thorn Tree comes on the heels of our recently announced technological advancements to our Polymer-to-Ceramic Composite (PTCC) Friction Materials,” stated Al Cornell, VP of Sales and Business Development for Starfire Systems, Inc. “Starfire technology enhances customer products, adding market value and providing them with a clear competitive edge. As a raw material and technology supplier, we are eager to continue development with Thorn Tree, and are looking forward to adopting our Polymer-to Ceramic™ technology for use in more commercially viable products.”

This partnership comes with great improvements to Thorn Tree’s Turbine Rotor Division’s lightweight brake technology. In addition to broadening the product line, Starfire’s technology will allow Thorn Tree to offer a competitive price point on high-performance Carbon Ceramic rotors, which are used extensively in the performance and racing communities, but have historically been too costly for mass commercialization.

“We have subjected the combined Turbine Rotors and Starfire technologies to on-car, brake dynamometer and FEA testing, and have been very impressed with the braking characteristics,” said Ralph Hansen, President of Thorn Tree Technology. “The performance and racing benefits of these rotors are significant, and with the competitive price point we are in a prime position to appeal to a much broader market segment.”

The Turbine Rotors brand leverages patented segmented design and composite technologies that are extensively tested using SAE test protocols.

About Thorn Tree Technology

Thorn Tree Technology Corporation, located in Toronto, Canada is focused on providing ultra-lightweight, high wear and corrosion resistant aluminum composite materials to multiple industry segments. Its Turbine Rotors division currently has multiple brake technologies for the consumer and commercial markets.

About Starfire Systems, Inc.

Starfire Systems, a leader in the field of Polymer-to-Ceramic™ technology, engineers advanced materials for customers in need of low cost, environmentally friendly ceramic components. Their patented processes result in lightweight, durable ceramic products that offer powerful resistance to the heat that is generated in today’s complex technologies. Think of the spacecraft that explore our vast solar system. Imagine the compact microchips that are making our cell phones faster and smaller. As technology expands our world, the possibilities grow evermore fascinating, and Starfire Systems provides the strength and protection to make it possible.

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