Seifert and Skinner expands laboratory capacity in Europe

Seifert and Skinner & Associates has expanded its composites laboratory and opened a new facility and office in Hasselt, Belgium, to test composite pressure vessels.

Seifert and Skinner & Associates (SSA, Hasselt, Belgium and Logan, Utah, USA) reported on Jan. 17 that it has expanded its composites laboratory and opened a new testing facility and office in Hasselt, Belgium. The new facility will give SSA the equipment and space to perform prototype fabrication and nearly all of the testing required to design and certify composite pressure vessels. These composite pressure vessels are used for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) storage and transport.

Axel Seifert, managing associate of SSA, says, “Our new 400-square-meter facility will give us plenty of room to build and test composite cylinders. There is great interest in these kinds of products right now and the extra room will allow us to accommodate this demand. Adding the new testing equipment allows us to offer a full set of services to our clients. We can do all of the prototype fabrication and most of the testing needed for LPG and CNG tank certifications now in house.”

Nicolas Gervais, SSA associate, is the new testing facility manager and offers experience in quality control and testing. Kristof Wecks, SSA associate, will remain as manager of the composites laboratory. The new facility will meet the ISO9001 standards.

SSA also announced the addition of Leo Ericksen as a senior associate. Ericksen has worked in the composite industry for many years, beginning at Thiokol and its descendent companies. He recently worked as director of marketing and sales for TCR Composites, maker of prepreg products. Erickson will be responsible for all composites sales in North America and other selected regions around the world.