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Composites One Acquires Process Materials Business from Solvay
Introducing Aerovac – Major Supplier/Manufacturer of Process Materials and Tooling
Schaumburg, IL, March 2, 2021…Composites One, the leading North American supplier of composites materials and value added services, has completed its purchase of the Process Materials business from the Solvay Composites Materials Global Business. The acquisition is a unique opportunity for the company to add international manufacturing and sales capabilities in specialized materials used in a variety of vacuum-assisted composite manufacturing processes.
Working with Composites One on the successful acquisition was Emko Capital, which specializes in investing in and managing privately held industrial and manufacturing businesses.
The acquired business has been rebranded as Aerovac and is a major manufacturer, developer and supplier of process materials, tooling and services used in prepreg processing, vacuum infusion, glass lamination, and other industrial applications.
The Aerovac brand was first established in the 1970s in Europe and has always represented innovation in process materials. It changed in 2000 to Richmond/Aerovac, a name referenced in current Aerospace specifications. “The name Aerovac pays homage to the brand’s heritage and customer focus which is now combined with the market presence of Composites One,” said Robert Murdock, Vice President & General Manager of Aerovac.
The Aerovac line is comprised of an extensive array of vacuum bagging materials, from bagging films, breather fabrics, release films and fabrics, to peel plies, sealant tapes, valves and hoses. Also available are tailored process materials kits and hard and soft tooling.
These products are the same quality process materials that Composites One has been providing to customers the past two years while serving as Solvay’s North American distributor. “Aerovac is a natural, strategic extension of Composites One’s business.” said Steve Dehmlow, CEO of Composites One. “It positions us for future growth, and further establishes Composites One as a major supplier to the Aerospace, Wind Energy and Marine markets.”
“We believe that the Process Materials business will greatly benefit from being part of Composites One,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit. “Their intent is to grow and invest in the business, fostering innovation, reliability and customer service and build on the excellent work that our Team has done.”
With the acquisition, Composites One gains multiple manufacturing, kit design/fabrication and materials distribution locations including Santa Fe Springs, California; Sumner, Washington; Keighley UK; Mondovi, Italy and Toulouse, France. An additional site in Toulouse focuses on the design and manufacture of hard and soft tooling. Another attractive inclusion is a UK-based distribution business, Med-Lab, which trades in aircraft engine overhaul consumables and fuel testing instruments.
For more information about Aerovac, please visit www.aerovac.com.
About Composites One
Composites One is North America’s leading distributor of composite materials serving customers from more than 44 locations. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products 600 of the industry's top suppliers through a technical sales, technical support, and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value-added services that include closed mold technologies, process applications reviews, regulatory compliance assistance and unmatched technical support. Composites One is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. Find out more at www.compositesone.com.
About Emko Capital
Emko Capital focuses exclusively on investing and managing privately held industrial and manufacturing businesses. You can learn more about Emko at www.emkocapital.com.
Composites One Presented with 2019 Platinum Award from Great West Casualty Company
Award Recognizes Carrier Safety and is Company’s 18th Consecutive Great West Award
Composites One LLC was presented the Platinum Award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2019 National Safety Awards Program. This is the 18th consecutive year that Composites One LLC has been named an award recipient and the 17th Platinum Award in as many years.
The National Safety Awards Program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory Award. This past year, the program drew more than 800 participants from across the country.
“Composites One is always proud to receive this recognition by Great West. Being safe in our daily operations is a critical component of our core values at Composites One and translates directly to our value proposition for our customers in quality service and dependability. Our leadership in the composites industry includes a company-wide focus on safety and compliance each and every day.” said Leon Garoufalis, President & COO, Composites One.
Great West Casualty Company is the nation’s leading provider of property and casualty insurance for the trucking industry. With more than 60 years of experience, Great West offers risk management, underwriting claims, and loss control services exclusively to the trucking industry. Great West is headquartered in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and has regional offices in Meridian, Idaho; Bloomington, Indiana; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Arlington, Texas.
Composites One is the nation's leading supplier of composite materials serving customers from 44 locations in North America. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products from more than 600 of the industry's top suppliers through a technical sales and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value added services that include closed mold technologies, technical applications reviews, and unmatched regulatory compliance assistance. Composites One is headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL. To find more information visit www.compositesone.com or call 800-621-8003.
Composites One Presents High Quality Composites Tooling Webinar
This webinar is brought to you by Composites One and Solvay. Register Now!
About this Webinar
Solvay's DForm® technology is a labor and cost-saving tooling prepreg that combines the conformability of a short fiber molding compound with the directional characteristics of a high performance, long fiber composite. This webinar presented by Composites One and Solvay will expand on the benefits of Solvay DForm® as well as discuss Solvay’s complete tooling solution – including tooling and process materials like bagging film. Composites One is the exclusive authorized distributor for Solvay Tooling materials.
- DForm® advantages over standard long fiber woven fabric prepreg, and random short fiber and infusion tooling systems.
- Solvay's Epoxy and BMI based tooling materials, including their handling characteristics and molded surface quality, both being superior.
- Overview of Solvay's innovative process materials, including vacuum bagging consumables, infusion materials, customized kitting, and reusable vacuum systems.
Jason Gibson, Ph.D Chief Applications Engineer, Composites One Jason Gibson, Ph.D is the Chief Applications Engineer at Composites One where he manages growth of composite materials for defense and aerospace markets and is engaged in researching and developing hybrid composite armor solutions for military ballistic and blast mitigation applications. With over 20 years in the composites industry Jason has a thorough understanding of how composites and advanced materials are revolutionizing manufacturing. Jason holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Composites One Postpones Wind Workshop
Following the recent reports of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) throughout North America, Composites One and IACMI have made the difficult decision to postpone Wind Energy Production for the Next Decade: Repair and Process Advancements for Manufacturing to held at the NREL Flatirons Campus in Boulder. Colorado, March 31-April 1.
This was a difficult decision, but after consulting with several members of our industry community, we believe it is the right thing to do. We determined the best way to protect the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and team members is to postpone. We have made the decision to reschedule for late October/early November 2020 at either NREL or another location to be determined.
It is disappointing that we will not be able to bring our manufacturing community together at this time, but we are looking forward to hosting everyone registered later this year. We want to thank all our vendors and attendees for their patience, support and feedback. Wind Energy Production for the Next Decade was on track to be one of our best workshops ever and we will do everything we can to provide the same valuable content and networking opportunities later this year.
Composites One Presents Next Gen Wind Energy Webinar
This webinar is brought to you by Composites One with the support of our suppliers Solvay, 3M, Owens Corning, and Sika.
About the Webinar
Thu, Mar 19, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Next Gen Wind Energy: Production and Repair for the Decade Ahead is focused on exploring advances in materials and processes within the Wind Industry. During this webinar, Composites One and Wind Energy and Technical Process Professionals from Solvay, 3M, Owens Corning, and Sika - Wind Blade Repair Systems will provide an engaging presentation on new and innovating products and processes as well as a brief overview on the outlook of the Wind Industry.
- Solvay Bagging Materials and Kits
- Advanced Repair Materials from 3M
- Sealing and Bonding Solutions from Sika - Wind Blade Repair Systems
- Owens Corning's Ultrablade® X Fabric Solution
Wind Energy Sales Manager, Composites One
With more than 30 years working in the composites industry and more than 10 years focused on wind energy, Mark Kirk has a thorough understanding of how composites and advanced materials are revolutionizing manufacturing in this important market segment.
Technical Support Manager, Composites One
Neil Smith is a Technical Support Manager for Composites One, supporting and assisting customers with manufacturing and design needs for the past six years. Neil has over ten years working as a Composites Engineer in marine design and manufacturing. As well as over five years as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer of Composites in the Wind Industry for Clipper Windpower, a Pratt & Whitney Power Systems Company.
Composites One to Present Wind Energy Workshop in Boulder, CO, March 31 – April 1
Wind Energy Production for the Next Decade: Repair and Process Advancements for Manufacturing
During this two day workshop, presented by the Closed Mold Alliance, leading wind energy professionals will provide engaging presentations and hands-on demonstrations pertaining to the technologies and advancements in wind energy.
About the Workshop:
This workshop is focused on exploring advanced materials, new repair techniques and inspection processes, and informing the growing wind energy workforce on the basic manufacturing processes you need to know.
March 31 – April 1, 2020
National Wind Technology Center
About the Closed Mold Alliance:
The Closed Mold Alliance is comprised of three industry experts: Composites One, Magnum Venus Products (MVP), and RTM North Technologies. The Closed Mold Alliance operated with one mission in mind: to provide leadership, knowledge, training, and resources for the successful evolution of closed mold processes. This team of experts is dedicated to providing composites manufacturers with a complete closed mold solution. From introduction and education to tooling resources to implementation consultation, the Closed Mold Alliance is there to help!
Composites One Presents 2020 Workshop Schedule
Composites One, IACMI, and the Closed Mold Alliance are excited to announce our 2020 Workshop schedule. Led by industry experts, each workshop will feature hands on demonstrations and insightful presentations discussing new technologies and advancements in the composites industry.
2020 Workshop Schedule:
Wind Energy Production for the Next Decade: Repair and Process Advancements for Manufacturing
Topic: Advanced Composites / Wind Energy and Repair
Date: March 31 - April 1
Location: National Wind Technology Center. Boulder, Colorado.
Topic: Advanced Composites / Aerospace
Date: June 23 - 24
Location: Davis Technical College - Freeport West Campus (D5). Salt Lake City, Utah.
Topic: Advanced Composites / Aerospace
Date: August 4-5
Location: Gulf State Community College. Panama City, Florida
Topic: Advanced Composites / Emerging Markets
Date: October 27 - 28
Location: Dayton Composites Center. Dayton, Ohio
Composites One Acquires Canadian-Based Polynt Composites Distribution
Arlington Heights, IL, December 2, 2019…Composites One, the leading North American supplier of composites raw materials and value added services, announced today that it has closed on the purchase of Canadian-based Polynt Composites Distribution from Polynt-Reichhold Group, the leading North American manufacturer of thermoset resins, gel coats and other raw materials focused on the composites market.
Polynt Composites will continue to own and operate its resin and gel coat blending operations in Brampton, Ontario and Drummondville, Quebec, to provide these products to Composites One and the market. Polynt Composites is well-known throughout Canada, providing outstanding products and excellent service.
Harold Visser, Executive Vice President Americas said, “This divestiture reflects Polynt-Reichhold’s commitment to concentrate its resources on manufacturing industry leading resins, gel coats, and other specialties, while maintaining a critical channel to market through our important distribution partner, Composites One.”
Leon Garoufalis, President and COO of Composites One commented, “Composites One has been committed to expanding our business by providing real value to our customers. By combining the talented and experienced people from both organizations, we are creating an even stronger platform to service Canadian customers who produce products using advanced and traditional composites products and processes. Our goal with this acquisition is to provide all of our customers in Canada with the products, support and service to help them to grow their businesses and be successful.”
About Composites One
Composites One is North America’s leading supplier of composite materials serving customers from 41 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products from more than 600 of the industry’s top suppliers through a technical sales and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value added services that include closed mold technologies, technical applications reviews, and unmatched regulatory compliance assistance. Composites One is headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL. To find more information visit www.compositesone.com.
About Polynt-Reichold Group
Polynt-Reichhold Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of composites for the industrial, transportation, building, construction and marine industries. The Company is also one of the largest manufacturers of specialties and intermediates for the medical, consumer and food additive markets. Polynt-Reichhold Group has 37 manufacturing operations throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information visit www.polynt.com.
Solvay and Composites One Announce North-America Distribution Agreement for the Process Materials and Tooling Product Lines
Solvay has appointed Composites One as a new North America distributor for its process materials and tooling product lines. Composites One, now part of Solvay’s authorized distribution network, will offer a large range of consumables, including vacuum bagging films, release films, release fabrics, peel plies, breather fabrics, sealant tapes and adhesive tapes, as roll stock or engineered kits, as well as tooling prepreg.
This new appointment provides Solvay with wider access to a large geography and multiple market segments, thus improving its ability to service customers.
“Solvay’s market approach is very much aligned with the Composites One value proposition – a broad portfolio delivered to customers through world-class service coupled with product and process technology expertise. Composites One has a proven track record of bringing technical products to market through its extensive North American distribution network and we are excited about this new opportunity.” said Maria Gallahue-Worl, Executive Vice President Industrial Business Line of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit.
“Composites One and Solvay have entered into this partnership to expand their ability to service the entire composites industry. Solvay’s expansive and recognized product line can be utilized in a wide variety of industrial and aerospace applications. It simplifies composite manufacturing processes, improves cost efficiencies, and fits in very well with our existing close mold process and advanced composites offerings. It also positions us to expand further in markets like Aerospace. We are excited about the potential this partnership offers both companies and our customers.” said Dave Smith, Composites One Vice President of Marketing.
Solvay’s new Global Business Unit Composite Materials is a global provider of technologically advanced light-weighting material solutions that enable our customers in the aerospace, automotive and other demanding industries to design, develop and efficiently manufacture high-quality, high-performance and complex composite structures. Composite Materials has the most extensive product portfolio, including prepregs, resin systems, adhesives and surfacing films, carbon fiber, textiles, tooling and vacuum bagging consumables, thanks to its leadership in advanced materials science, chemistry and application engineering. Solvay Composite Materials combines the former Cytec Aerospace Materials and Industrial Materials businesses.
Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its light-weighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 26,800 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were €10.1 billion in 2017, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB – Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program. Financial figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.
Composites One is the nation’s leading supplier of composite materials serving customers from 41 locations in North America. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products from more than 600 of the industry’s top suppliers through a technical sales and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value-added services that include closed mold technologies, technical applications reviews, and unmatched regulatory compliance assistance. Certifications include AS9120 at five U.S. distribution locations, along with one distribution location in Canada. Composites One is headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL.
To find more information visit www.compositesone.com or call 800-621-8003.
Composites One Receives AS9120 RevB Multi-Site Certification
Composites One announced today that EAGLE Registrations Inc., a third-party certification body who audits businesses to meet international standards, awarded several Composites One LLC locations the AS9120 RevB Multi-Site Certification, which includes the ISO9001:2015 Standard. Those locations include Lenexa, Kansas; Monessen, Pennsylvania; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Santa Fe Springs, California. The Composites One corporate headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, also received certification as a support location. The assessment was performed in accordance with the requirements of AS9014/1:2012. EAGLE Registrations is accredited under the aerospace Registrar Management Program.
The Composites One/BMB Solutions Composites location in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, also received the AS9120 Rev B certification using a local accredited registrar.
AS9120 is an aviation, space and defense quality standard based on the ISO 9001 quality management system and supported by the International Aerospace Quality Group. The standards are published by the ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) International Organization of Standards and require third party independent confirmation of conformance to the standards. The AS9120 recognizes Composites One as a compliant, reliable and preferred supplier to the Aerospace Industry. The AS9120 designation puts Composites One in a unique position to service aerospace and advanced composites customers who require this certification. Previously, Composites One was only certified at its Monessen, Pennsylvania, location. This new designation now brings the total to five U.S. distribution locations, along with one in Canada, with more to come in the future.
“This is a major accomplishment for the organization and credit goes to those who led this effort,” said Leon Garoufalis, President & COO of Composites One. “Our Distribution Center and Corporate Teams put in a great deal of extra work to make this happen – on time and with no major non-conformities identified during the audit.”
Over 150 Attend Composites in Wind Workshop in Boulder, Colorado
Two-Day Session led by Composites One, Closed Mold Alliance, MVP and IACMI-The Composites Institute in Cooperation with National Renewable Energy Lboratory (NREL)
Over 150 students, academics, technicians, and business owners from 27 states now have a better understanding of the latest developments in advanced materials and processes, thanks to attending a two-day school presented by Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, and Magnum Venus Products (MVP) in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), one of eight organizations comprising the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Also participating in producing the workshop was the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Composites One Announces Educational Partnership with IACMI
Composites One, Closed Mold Alliance, and MVP to lead Four Advanced Composites Schools in 2016
Composites One, the nation's leading distributor of composite materials, and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), one of eight organizations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, announced their new partnership to customers, exhibitors and the press during CAMX 2015 in Dallas.
Through the new partnership, Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and Magnum Venus Products (MVP), will lead four schools in advanced processes and products at key IACMI locations beginning in Spring 2016. A public-private partnership, IACMI is supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and is one of eight organizations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.
“Composites One, like IACMI, is dedicated to the advancement of our industry,” said Composites One President and COO Leon Garoufalis during the announcement. “With this new partnership, we can help prepare the next generation of composites professionals, as well as ensure that our industry’s existing workforce is up to speed on the latest technologies.” Also speaking at the event were IACMI CEO Dr. Craig Blue and MVP President & CFO Peter Hedger.
“We are proud to partner with Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and Magnum Venus Products. Cross-organization collaboration reinforces our mission to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced composites. This partnership will positively impact innovation in manufacturing and advance the existing workforce composites ecosystem.” said IACMI-The Composites Institute, CEO Craig Blue.
The upcoming schools, dates and locations include:
- Process & Advanced Materials Workshop – April 5-6 in Knoxville, Tennessee (Oak Ridge National Lab)
- Intermediate Processing & Wind Energy Workshop – June 14-15 in Denver, Colorado (NREL)
- Process & Advanced Materials Workshop – August 9-10 in West Lafayette, Indiana (Purdue University)
- Process & Automotive Market Advances in Composites – November 1-2 in Detroit, Michigan (Michigan State)
To read the full press release click here.
All-New Composites One Website - Now Live
Composites One Launches New Website to Composites Industry
Composites One is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. The new Composites One website is a complete redesign with much more product and process information, technical data, supplier links, and other information regarding composites applications, manufacturing, and product sourcing. A mobile version is also available for those that prefer to use cell phones to search for product or process information.