North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT, Penthalaz-Cossonay, Switzerland) announces the recent appointment of James Austin as the new company CEO. Austin brings almost 30 years of experience in the composite industry to the Swiss company that offers weight saving prepreg and automation solutions. He replaces NTPT’s co-founder Francois Mordasini, who will remain with NTPT as Chairman of the Board and focused on NTPT’s business development.
The newly appointed CEO has, over the last 25 years, held a number of senior management positions, including COO of the Gurit Group, president of Gurit USA, head of Product Management & Marketing Director of SP Systems, and key account manager at Hexcel. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Sciences from the University of East Anglia.
"NTPT is extremely pleased to have James Austin on board," says Francois Mordasini. "Our company is currently transitioning into a growth phase following significant investments in lightweight prepreg technology as well as novel ways of automating the production of composite parts. NTPT will benefit from his experience in our quest to become one of the leaders in the high performance composite industry."
"NTPT is a company with significant potential due to its know-how and unique weight saving prepreg solutions," say Austin. "The automation of the production of high performance composite parts is an increasingly important factor in the successful adoption of composite materials for many applications, and is an area where we look for rapid commercial expansion with NTPT."
Austin will lead a team of 40 NTPT employees based in Penthalaz-Cossonay, Switzerland and Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland. Follow NTPT on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thinplytechnology. NTPT’s prepreg material includes UD tapes from 30 to 300gsm, multi-axial preforms and machinable carbon fiber blocks. Its thin plies are now used in a wide range of applications such as motorsports, marine/yachting, sports and leisure, aerospace and luxury goods.
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