News briefs - 1/15/2008

Tina Ogburn named operations manager at Fiberforge; Lola Cars celebrates 50 years in business; Automotive Composites Alliance launches new website.

Fiberforge (Glenwood Springs, Colo) has announced the appointment of Tina Ogburn, formerly Tina Smith, as operations manager. Ogburn comes to Fiberforge from global electronics firm Celestica, where she was the production manager responsible for a facility with $313 million in sales. Ogburn successfully led the implementation of a plant-wide transformation to a Lean production system including improvements in floor space, work in process, cycle time, lead-time, performance measures, direct labor efficiency and quality. Previously Ogburn led lean transformation at 19 facilities, each with its own unique cultural challenges, to deploy Lean practices worldwide.

Lola Cars (Huntingdon, U.K.) has celebrated 50 years in motorsport and remains Great Britain’s longest-serving manufacturer of racing cars. Established in 1958 by Eric Broadley MBE, Lola experienced an extraordinary rise to prominence, from the club classes to Formula 1 and endurance sports racers to Indycars. Since 1997, when businessman Martin Birrane acquired the company and invested in its future, Lola has become even more successful. To mark the occasion Lola has launched a 50th anniversary logo and the Lola team in Huntingdon has selected its favorite images of landmark Lola cars.

The Automotive Composites Alliance (ACA) of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) has announced the creation of its new website: In addition to furnishing information about ACA and its member companies, ACA’s website provides general market information for those outside the composites industry as well as more substantive technical resources for engineers and designers of automotive and truck OEMs.