New Briefs: June 7, 2011

Oxeon consolidates its spread tow products under TeXtreme brand name; Osborne Industries named Outstanding Supplier by Altec Industries; PPG-Devold earns ISO 9001:2008 certification; JD Lincoln receives 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award; Companies of North Coast receives performance award; Hexcel U.K. lab accredited for wind energy products.

Spread tow reinforcements manufacturer Oxeon AB (Boras, Sweden) has announced the consolidation of all its spread tow products under the brand TeXtreme. Andreas Martsman, vice president of Oxeon, says, "TeXtreme is used to make ultra light composites, no matter what kind of spread tow reinforcement our customers are using. We have made this change to accentuate the point that TeXtreme enables us to offer an optimized reinforcement for each specific product, no matter which variant is chosen." Available fiber types include HS, IM and HM carbon fibers as well as other types of high-performance fibers, in a variety of fiber angles and areal weights.

Osborne Industries Inc. (Osborne, Kan., USA), a custom resin transfer molding provider, reports that it is one of only three suppliers out of 500 selected as an Outstanding Supplier by Altec Industries. “Osborne’s exceptional quality and on-time delivery combined with a cost performance that has remained under the industry’s raw material indexes propelled Osborne to being named an Outstanding Supplier,” said Ryan McKinney, the Altec commodity manager who presented the award. Osborne reports that since 1985 it has had an on-time delivery rate greater than 95 percent.

PPG-Devold LLC, a joint venture of PPG Industries and Devold AMT, has received registration from UL DQS Inc. after auditors found the company's quality system to be in compliance with ISO 9001:2008. The company manufactures multiaxial stitched fabrics for the composites industry at its operation in Shelby, N.C., USA.

JD Lincoln Inc. (Costa Mesa, Calif., USA), a member of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) North America, a division of Umeco plc, recently received the 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance. JD Lincoln Inc. maintained a silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.

The Companies of North Coast (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) reported on June 3 that it was among 82 Northeast Ohio companies being honored at The 2011 Crain’s Leading EDGE Awards on May 19 at Cleveland State University’s Student Center in Cleveland. In its fifth year, this award was created and developed by The Entrepreneurs EDGE to recognize value-creating, middle-market companies in the region. Honored companies were identified by the value they create in the regional economy, based on a sum of their EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) and taxable employee compensation. “We are honored to be recognized along with the 81 other companies in the Greater Cleveland area. Being able to grow and add value to the community is very gratifying”, said Rich Petrovich, president and CEO.

Hexcel reports that its entire test lab at Duxford, Cambridge (U.K.) has been accredited and certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for the mechanical and analytical testing of wind energy products. As part of the accreditation process, Hexcel’s qualification testing facilities were audited for high standards of testing expertise and a professional approach. The GL accreditation allows certification testing to be carried out in-house by Hexcel, avoiding the need to subcontract the work to other approved test houses. The Hexcel test lab has more than 15 test machines carrying out mechanical testing from 5-kN to 600-kN frames and includes two robotic test frames.