News briefs -- Nov. 11, 2008

CompositesWorld changes dates of CompositesWorld Expo 2009 to Sept. 28-30; Altair offers composites design seminar on Nov. 25 in the U.K.; IFAI seeks feedback for two 2009 events; Plasticolors names Dan Leslie technical service representative; Wisconsin Oven forms partnership with Elmetherm, names Chris Thomas vice president; Gerber acquires Virtek.

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly e-newsletter, has announced a date change for CompositesWorld Expo 2009. The event will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. It will feature a two-day conference Sept. 28-29, followed by the expo, Sept. 29-30. For more information, visit

Altair Engineering Inc. (Troy, Mich.) is hosting a free composites design seminar on Nov. 25, 2008. The event includes presentations from some major composite manufacturers who will discuss how they are taking advantage of the latest virtual design technologies to optimize composites for weight and material use. "Unlocking the Flexibility of Composite Materials" will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, U.K. Presenting companies include Eurocopter Group, Lola Group, Gurit and Force India F1. The morning session demonstrates how virtual models can be efficiently generated and the resulting performance assessed. The afternoon session showcases composite optimization techniques. To find out more and to see the full agenda, visit:

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is planning two events for 2009 and is looking for ideas on how to make the Advanced Textiles '09 Conference (April 2-3, Brussels, Belgium) and the IFAI Expo 2009 (Sept. 23-25, San Diego, Calif.) good learning experiences. IFAI is looking for feedback about topics of interest, potential exhibitors and speakers, presentation ideas, training/educaiton needs, and subject ideas for a symposium or conference. Contact Jill Rutledge, director of events, at 651-225-6981 or

Plasticolors Inc. (Ashtabula, Ohio), a manufacturer of custom colorant and chemical dispersions for the thermoset plastics and paint and coatings industries, has announced the appointment of Dan Leslie as technical service representative for its Thermoset Composites Business Unit. Leslie will be responsible for technical service and new product development.

Wisconsin Oven Corp. (East Troy, Wis.), a supplier of industrial ovens, has announced a partnership with Elmetherm (Saint-Auvent, France). Elmetherm specializes in the design and manufacture of mechanical, thermal and automated systems. Both companies supply equipment to the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. In other Wisconsin Oven news, Wisconsin Infrared Systems (a Wisconsin Oven Corp. company) has announced the appointment of Chris Thomas as vice president. Thomas has been working in the industry for 15 years in sales, construction, and design of gas catalytic and electric infrared equipment.

Gerber Scientific Inc. (South Windsor, Conn.) has announced that its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary Gerber Scientific International Ltd. has acquired Virtek Vision International Inc. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Virtek is a provider of high-value industrial laser solutions serving the needs of the global manufacturing sector by providing templating, inspection, marking and engraving products. Virtek serves customers in the aerospace, prefabricated construction, transportation, metalworking, tool and die and moldmaking industries.