Yamaha Named Innovation Award Winner for Nanotechnology Engineering in Personal Watercraft

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA announced today that its new lightweight, nano-engineered hull and deck material, NanoXcelâ„¢, has won the JEC Group's 2008 Innovation Award, the world's most prestigious recognition in the composites industry. Yamaha is one of only eight companies worldwide to receive this honor.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA announced today that its new lightweight, nano-engineered hull and deck material, NanoXcelâ„¢, has won the JEC Group's 2008 Innovation Award, the world's most prestigious recognition in the composites industry. Yamaha is one of only eight companies worldwide to receive this honor.

Yamaha's NanoXcel hulls, decks, and liners are featured on Yamaha SHO® and Yamaha High Output WaveRunner® personal watercraft models.

"This award highlights the impact our engineering achievements have had not only on our customers and products, but on the global manufacturing industry as a whole," said Bryan Seti, national marketing manager for Yamaha Watercraft. "This is the first time products utilizing nanotechnology have been available to customers in the personal watercraft industry and it is not available anywhere else."

JEC Group is the largest international composites industry organization in the world and grants its annual innovation awards to those companies that demonstrate excellence in the areas of technical distinction, market potential and originality.

Yamaha utilizes a state of the art, environmentally-sound, high compression molded process to create its personal watercraft hulls, decks and liners. In an effort to reduce weight and increase performance, Yamaha engineers have deployed an exclusive, nanotechnology formula, called NanoXcel, in its hull, deck and liner manufacturing. Yamaha's hulls, decks and liners using NanoXcel are 25 percent lighter than before while being significantly stronger.

The 2008 Innovation Awards will be presented on April 1 at the Louvre Museum in conjunction with JEC's annual composites conference in Paris.

Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia. Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company is responsible for the marketing and distribution of Yamaha WaveRunner® watercraft and Yamaha Sport Boats in the United States. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is a leading distributor of motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, golf cars and marine products in the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.yamaha-motor.com.

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