News briefs -- Jan. 5, 2010

AVK calls for papers; Jason Baranowski named account manager at Cook; Firehole Technologies announces FEA webinar; Metris USA becomes Nikon Metrology.

The AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is inviting submissions for the International AVK Conference for Reinforced Plastics/Composites taking place Sept. 13-14,  2010 at the Congress Center Ost, Messe Essen. These presentations are to document innovations in the area of reinforced plastics. The AVK Conference is being organized in conjunction with the COMPOSITES EUROPE Trade Fair. Presentations ought to focus primarily on automotive and transport, aerospace, construction, mechanical engineering, plant engineering and construction, electrical/electronics, medical technology, boat and shipbuilding, power generation and power engineering, sports and recreation and environmental technology. Presentations are due March 10, 2010. For more information, visit or e-mail

Cook Composites and Polymers (Kansas City, Mo., USA) has named Jason Baranowski account manager for the Composites Division. Baranowski was most recently employed by Thermafiber (Wabash, Ind., USA) where he was responsible for generating new business while providing account management. In his new role with CCP, Baranowski will be responsible for territory development and management for customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and a portion of Indiana.

Firehole Technologies (Laramie, Wyo., USA) has announced a webinar, titled, "Improving the Accuracy of Composites FE Analysis," scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10 am and 4 pm EST. The webinar will discuss some common challenges and pitfalls associated with composite finite element analysis (FEA) and present tips for overcoming these challenges. For more information, visit or call +1 307-460-4763.

Following the announcement in late October 2009 that Metris USA has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nikon Corp., the corporate name of Metris USA has now changed to Nikon Metrology Inc. (Brighton, Mich., USA). Nikon Metrology systems are available in both fixed and portable configurations, equipped with a single or multiple sensors for use in aerospace, electronics, automotive, medical, consumer and other industries.