Ron Taibl has been appointed executive vice president of Compsys Inc. (Melbourne, Fla., USA). Taibl previously worked within Brunswick's Strategic Sourcing Group/Supplier Development Team. His focus at Brunswick was eliminating waste and reducing variation across the supply chain. Prior to Brunswick, Taibl worked his way up from value stream manager to operations manager for Hexcel Composites. Rounding out his background he worked for Allied Signal in quality, Lean, Six Sigma and research and development. Compsys manufactures PRISMA Composite Structural Preforms, used in the boat manufacturing industry as lightweight and structural stringers, bulkheads and deck framing systems.
Cytec Engineered Materials (Tempe, Ariz., USA), a business unit of Cytec Industries Inc., has announced that its Havre de Grace, Md., and Greenville, Texas, facilities have received Spirit AeroSystems’ (Wichita, Kan., USA) Outstanding Supplier Award. Cytec's Greenville facility supplies Spirit AeroSystems with carbon fiber composite materials, and Havre de Grace supplies metal bond adhesives, surfacing films, core fill materials and primers. Some of Spirit’s recent successes, which Cytec has supported with quality materials and service, include production of a complete “ready-to-hang” nacelle/thrust reverser package for business jet applications and an integrated cockpit/cabin/tail assembly for military rotorcraft applications.
General Plastics Mfg. Co. (Tacoma, Wash., USA) has graduated 25 employees from its year-long Overview of Manufacturing Principles program. The program, which began last September and concluded at the end of June, prepares promising employees for future leadership positions at General Plastics. The program was managed and presented through Tacoma Community College’s Corporate and Continuing Education Division. The General Plastics program is partly funded by a grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. All the employees who began last September completed the 9-month program, earning a Manufacturing Management Professional Certificate from Tacoma Community College and eight college credits that can be applied toward a college degree.
Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have developed a composite material modified with nanoparticles that is economical and could also help automakers meet new fuel efficiency standards. The new nanocomposite is based on a nanomaterial invented at MSU – xGnP Graphene Nanoplatelets – which is added to sheet molding compound (SMC) to make it stronger and tougher, as well as electrically conductive. Since the new nanocomposite is stiffer and stronger, less of it can be used to manufacture finished parts. And that could be a boon to automobile manufacturers who are faced with meeting the new automotive fuel efficiency standards, which will require automakers to increase fuel efficiency by more than 5 percent per year starting in 2012. To achieve these standards, automotive companies will need to take considerable weight out of their future cars (while still maintaining structural safety), and this SMC formulation could help. The research was led by Lawrence T. Drzal, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, director of MSU’s Composite Materials and Structures Center (CMSC) and chief scientist at XG Sciences Inc., a start-up company headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., USA.
Premix Inc. (North Kingsville, Ohio, USA), an early pioneer of thermoset composites, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. “Our founders were among the first to recognize the unique properties and superior performance of thermoset technology,” said Tom Meola, Premix president and COO. The company began in a small rented facility in Conneaut, Ohio, where two boyhood friends, George Kaull and Ford Davey, were quick to understand and recognize a future in the composites industry. Over time, their drive to formulate and mold custom-engineered materials to meet critical industry standards led Premix to develop innovations in the electrical, HVAC, business equipment, appliance, corrosion, transportation, construction and aircraft industries. Premix is a global leader in the development, design, and manufacture of thermoset composite materials and custom-molded components. The company markets a wide range of commercial composite materials including, sheet molding compounds (SMC), bulk molding compounds (BMC), thick molding compounds (TMC) and engineered structural composites (ESC) under the trademarks Premi-Glas, Premi-Ject and Lytex.
Reichhold Inc. (Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA), a manufacturer of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, has announced an agreement to expand its distribution network in the Southeastern U.S. (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama) with the addition of Whitaker Oil as an authorized distributor for Reichhold composite resin products. Whitaker Oil will handle Reichhold resin products ATPRIME, DION, HYDREX and POLYLITE.
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