The National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan., USA) is conducting a study to evaluate and improve U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification methods for vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) processed materials. Composite manufacturers are encouraged to complete a survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VARTM. Input received will help form new FAA policies and requirements. The survey contains 18 questions and should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The deadline to respond is Oct. 10.
Michael Effing announced on Oct. 1 the launch of his own company, AMAC (Advanced Materials Advisory & Consultancy), based in Aachen, Germany. With focus on the global lightweight construction industry, AMAC will offer services in three areas: Support for creation and development of networks and cluster between universities and industrial companies; training and education in the field of sales and marketing excellence; and industrial projects supporting individual companies and industry partners in the implementation of complex business projects. Furthermore, AMAC advises on mergers and acquisitions in the field of high-performance materials. Effing was most recently president of DSM Composite Resins. www.amac-international.com
Sika Corp. Industry and Automotive divisions (Madison Heights, Mich., USA) announced management promotions on Sept. 24. Dave Jones is promoted to the position of senior vice pres- ident – Industry and Automotive USA, effective Sept. 1, 2012. Scott Henry is promoted to corporate head, business unit Industry, effective Sept. 1, 2012. Henry will relocate to Switzerland in assuming his new role.
Tygavac Advanced Materials Ltd. (Rochdale, U.K.) announced on Sept. 4 that in early 2013 it will relocate to the Oldham Broadway Business Park, close to its current facility in Rochdale. Tygavac is part of the Airtech Advanced Materials Group (Huntington Beach, Calif., USA), a major manufacturer and supplier of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials.
The newly acquired 126,000-ft2/11,706m2 building is set on a 6-acre site.