News Briefs: Feb. 1, 2011

Ceramaterials moves headquarters to Port Jervis, N.Y.; Delta Composites wins small business award; Barry Ashton joins HK Research sales team; PPG glass qualified for aerodyn wind blades; Royal Engineered Composites completes fifth Nadcap audit; Seco Tools offers Feb. 8 machining seminar.

Ceramaterials reports that it has moved its central headquarters and main warehousing facilities to Port Jervis, N.Y., USA, for expanded warehouse operations allowing increased stocking and inventory levels as well as improved transportation resources. This move was done to improve support and service capability for an expanding international customer base. Ceramaterials has additional warehouse facilities in New Jersey, Kentucky, California and China opened in the past year to expedite delivery of materials. Ceramaterials markets and distributes graphite and ceramic insulation including felt, blanket, boards and customized rigid shapes.

 At the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) Business Excellence Awards Dinner at the NEC Birmingham (U.K.) on Jan. 13, Delta Composites Ltd. (Buckingham, U.K.) received the Small Business Of The Year Award 2010. Attended by an audience of 500 senior executives from the international motorsport business community, nominations for the awards in seven categories are made by MIA members. Delta Composites beat Anglo-American Oil, FHC Motor Racing, PWR Europe and Race-Tec Sealing to win the award.

Gelcoat manufacturer HK Research (Hickory, N.C., USA) announced on Jan. 26 the addition of Barry Ashton the company's technical sales team. Ashton will be responsible for developing new business, manage direct and distribution sales and provide service and technical assistance for current HK Research accounts in Indiana,
Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) announced on Jan. 25 the qualification of HYBON 2026 direct roving fiber glass for use in selected fabrics and epoxy resin systems of aerodynBlade 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-MW wind turbine blades by aerodyn, an independent engineering firm that develops wind energy turbines and blades. HYBON 2026 fiber glass is a high-performance roving produced at five PPG fiber glass manufacturing locations — three in the United States; one in Wigan, U.K.; and one in Zibo, Shandong Province, China, that is a joint venture of PPG and Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass Co. Ltd.

Royal Engineered Composites (Minden, Neb., USA) recently successful completion of its fifth consecutive Nadcap aerospace composites audit. This audit recognizes conformity for composite manufacturing services and processes. Mike Mertz, quality manager, said, "Coming through with zero findings is an outstanding achievement and speaks to Royal's exceptional quality and attention to detail." Nadcap (formerly NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is a global cooperative standards-setting program for aerospace engineering, defense and related industries.

Seco Tools (Troy, Mich., USA) has announced a seminar to focus on working with difficult-to-machine materials, such as high temperature superalloys, titanium base alloys, stainless steel and composites. Titled, “Solutions for Machining Materials Common to the Aerospace Industry,” the event will take place on Feb. 8, 2011, at Mazak’s North American Headquarters and National Technology Center in Florence, Ky., USA. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with lunch provided from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Speakers from Seco Tools and Mazak will cover numerous topics, including high-pressure coolant systems, using solid carbide tooling in composites applications and dovetail machining. To register for the event, visit www.secotools.com.

Specialty Plastics Inc. (Marlton, NJ., USA), has established a partnership with SIMONA AMERICA Inc. (Hazelton, Pa., USA), to stock, distribute, develop, and promote the range of SIMONA Polypropylene AlphaPlus and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fabric-backed linings. Specialty Plastics, Inc. is a supplier of high-purity and corrosion-resistant products to the semiconductor, chemical processing, oil and gas, petrochemical, energy and power industries. Key products include tubing, pipe, valves, fittings, pipe support systems, clamping solutions, and tank linings.

Structural Composites (Melbourne, Fla., USA) announced Jan. 23 that it was one of 13 Florida companies to share nearly $3 million in grant funding through the Florida Research Commercialization Matching Grant Program (FRCMGP). Structural Composites was awarded $245,000 to boost its lightweight boat technology in this highly competitive grant program. Scott Lewit, president of Structural Composites, notes, "We are very excited to have these grant funds as it will greatly leverage our efforts as we develop the next generation of cost effective lightweight boats for the military. The grant boosts our federal efforts and will accelerate the deployment of our technology into the recreational boat and recreational vehicle industries."