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Avaya Donates Patents on Plastics Manufacturing process to University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Engineering


LOWELL, MASS. ­ Patents covering a unique method of bonding plastic components, originally developed for manufacturing telephone handsets, have been donated by Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a global leader in corporate networking solutions and services, to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Institute for Plastics Innovation.

The patented technology, developed in the early 1990s for high-speed bonding of thermoplastic parts, has been used to assemble millions of telephone sets and is valued at approximately US$23 million.

The university plans to license the patented technology to others for use in a wide range of commercial applications. The university also will commit resources to further develop the technology and incorporate it into its curriculum.

The University and Avaya commemorated the donation today in a ceremony at the Lowell campus attended by William T. Hogan, chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Mun Yuen Leong, vice president and chief technology officer, Avaya.

"The patented high-speed bonding of thermoplastic parts is a highly effective, cost-saving technology that eliminates the need for screws, glue and other fastening methods," said Mun Yuen Leong, vice president and chief technology officer, Avaya. "Although this particular process is not a part of Avaya¹s core technology, it has potential application in numerous industries, ranging from toy manufacturing and consumer electronics to automotive and medical applications. We¹re delighted the University of Massachusetts will extend this technology and we look forward to learning about new uses and advances we believe the school¹s faculty and students will discover."

Avaya noted the thermoplastics bonding technology originated in its Connectivity Solutions business, a leader in structured cabling systems. It is an example of how R&D advances in one area can be transferred and used in other applications throughout a business.

"We are pleased to accept this gift of intellectual property, said William T. Hogan, chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell. "As a public, technologically oriented school, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to the sustainable economic and social development of the region. Exploring the uses of technology and guiding that technology into commercial application is good for our students, our industry partners and the community at large."

Avaya, headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., is a leading global provider of communications solutions and services that help businesses, government agencies and other institutions ‹ including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500 ‹ excel in the customer economy. Avaya offers Customer Relationship Management Solutions, Unified Communication Solutions, Hosted Solutions, Multi-Service Networking Infrastructure, and Converged Voice and Data Networks ‹ including the company's no-compromise Enterprise-Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) ‹ all supported by Avaya Services and Avaya Labs. Avaya is the worldwide leader in unified messaging, messaging systems, call centers and structured cabling systems. It is the U.S leader in voice communications systems. Avaya is an official partner for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 2003 Women's World Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup championships. For more information on Avaya, visit its website at .

UMass Lowell offers the only ABET-accredited plastics engineering undergraduate degree program in the nation. The world-renowned Plastics Engineering Department educates students at the bachelor¹s and master¹s level for employment in the polymer industries. UMass Lowell supplies nearly 20 percent of all engineers and scientists graduated annually who are trained for these industries. UMass Lowell¹s Francis College of Engineering began in 1895 as the Lowell Textile School, later the Lowell Technological Institute. The college proudly continues its tradition of hands-on education and enrolls 1,600 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in six academic departments. Ties to industry are maintained through interdisciplinary research centers, an industrial advisory board, and co-op internship programs. ###