News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2012

Amber Composites adds conveyorized CNC cutting table; Able Manufacturing & Assembly names William Pesch as president and CEO; CCP Composites to build gel coat plant in USA; thermoplastics composites conference scheduled for Oct. 29-30 in Bremen, Germany.

Amber Composites (Langley Mill, U.K.) announced on Sept. 18 that it has taken delivery of a Blackman & White 2300 conveyorized CNC cutting table. The new table enables Amber Composites to meet increasing demand to supply cut, kitted and ready-to-laminate prepreg. Amber has demonstrated that cutting prepreg to required dimensions in a temperature-controlled environment at time of manufacture offers benefits including extended material outlife, reduced waste and reduced labour costs. “Our high-volume customers find significant benefits in receiving pre-kitted prepreg and this addition to our cutting room will help us meet growing demand for this service”, says Jonathan McQueen, MD of Amber Composites. “The Blackman and White machine has a solid reputation in our industry and tests we have done indicate that it will be highly productive with our materials.” 

Able Manufacturing & Assembly (Joplin, Mo., USA) has appointed William Pesch as president and CEO. Previously, Pesch was president and CEO of McBride Electric and Driessen Aircraft Interior Systems, plus earlier experience with Siemens Building Technologies, Marconi, and Maytag in various manufacturing and marketing management positions. Pesch earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Able Manufacturing is a contract manufacturer and assembler of metal, composite fiberglass, and thermoformed plastic enclosures for a variety of industries.

CCP Composites (Paris, France) reports that it plans to expand its manufacturing footprint by adding a new gel coat production operation in North America. This new facility is scheduled to begin production in early 2013 and will be located in the Vancouver, Wash., USA area. “The expansion of our North American manufacturing network is an important step in our growth’s strategy," says Dominique Vincent, chairman and CEO of CCP Composites. This new manufacturing site will bring CCP’s North American facility total to 10, with eight locations in the United States and two in Canada.

Messe Bremen has announced the launch of the International Conference & Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (ITHEC), scheduled for Oct. 29-30 at the Congress Center in Bremen, Germany. Sessions will focus thermoplastic composites used in automotive, wind energy and aerostructures. Another session will explore manufacturing technologies. Visit for more information and to register.