News briefs: Feb. 23, 2010

AOC, Ashland, CCP increase resin prices; AVK calls for papers; Diversified Plastics achieves ISO 13485:2003 certification; Goldshield renews its ISO 9000 certification; RINA approves Scott Bader materials; Axel Seifert, Michael Skinner launch composites enabling business; University of Alabama at Birmingham announces 2010 composites conference.

AOC LLC (Collierville, Tenn.) has announced a price increase for all products, including polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel coats and colorants in the amount of $0.05 (USD) per pound for all shipments to and within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The implementation date for the increase is March 1 in the United States and Canada. The implementation date for the increase is March 15 in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Ashland Performance Materials (Dublin, Ohio, USA), a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., is increasing the price of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gelcoats, pigments and additives sold in North America by $0.05 (USD) per pound, effective March 1, or as agreements allow.

The AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is inviting submission of presentations for the International AVK Conference for Reinforced Plastics/Composites taking place Sept. 13-14, 2010 at the Congress Center Ost, Messe Essen, Essen, Germany. The presentations are to document innovations in the area of reinforced plastics. As in the years before, the AVK Conference is being organised in conjunction with the COMPOSITES EUROPE Trade Fair, Sept. 14-16, 2010. For more information, visit, or e-mail

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP, Kansas City, Mo., USA) has announced a $0.05 (USD) per pound price increase for all gel coats, unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, as well as all cleaning materials. New pricing is effective for all shipments on or after March 7, 2010.

Diversified Plastics Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.) reports it has achieved ISO 13485:2003 certification by showing it has established a quality management system to provide medical components and devices that consistently meet regulatory requirements for the medical device industry. Many medical device manufacturers are now requiring their suppliers to be ISO 13485:2003 certified. “Weʼve been ISO 9001:2000 certified for many years and this new level of certification provides us with the opportunity for producing a greater variety of products for a larger base of customers,” said Joe Bourgeault, director of quality, Diversified Plastics. “This takes our quality management system to the next level.”

Goldshield Fiberglass Inc. (Decatur, Ind., USA), a manufacturer of custom-molded composite products across a variety of industries including heavy truck and RV, today announced that it has successfully renewed its ISO 9000 certification, a designation given to companies that have implemented a quality system compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management System. This certification is a result of Goldshield Fiberglass, Inc. successfully completing an audit by an independent quality system registrar. Goldshield originally was QS-9000 certified in 1998. The company has maintained certification of its quality management system since then, with the most recent ISO 9001:2008 certification commencing in January 2010 and extending through January 2013.

RINA SpA (Genova, Italy) has given further composite application approvals to products in the Crystic Crestomer range of high-performance structural adhesives from Scott Bader (Norhamptonshire, U.K.). The latest RINA approvals have been awarded to two bulk grades: Crestomer 1152PA (MEKP-cured) and 1151A (BPO-cured), both supplied in 200-kg drums and 25-kg kegs, as well as the two 380-ml cartridge versions: Crestomer Advantage 10 and 30, which offer a choice of either a 10- or 30-minute working time. The RINA certification is for the use of these products for the structural bonding of glass fiber-reinforced plastic composites.

Axel Seifert and Michael Skinner, who together have more than 50 years experience in filament winding, software for composites, composites processes, composite product design and development, training and consulting, have launched Seifert and Skinner & Associates Inc. (SS&A), a new company formed to facilitate composites technology. Seifert said, "During my entire career, I have been enthusiastically dedicated to filament winding technology. In our new business I want to continue that tradition and expand our focus to become the foremost facilitators of composites technology." Skinner explained, "The company will provide a range of products and services, focusing initially on filament winding and its applications, product design and development and training. We want to broaden our offerings over time to have the services and products we need to give our customers easy access to composites technology. SS&A will have offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and Brussels, Belgium. Visit for more information.

The Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has announced the Alabama Composites Conference in Birmingham, Aug. 24-26, 2010. The conference invites agency and industry speakers to provide focused talks on composites technology developments. Also there are exhibits and high-quality student posters. This event is described as a "no frills, high-quality technical meeting." For more information, visit, or e-mail