Biz Briefs: CT April 2013

News from Scott Bader, Lehmann & Voss & Co. and French Oil Mill Machinery Co.

Scott Bader Co. Ltd. (Northamptonshire, U.K.) has reached an agreement to acquire ATC Formulated Polymers Inc. (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), effective Feb. 4, 2013. ATC has a strong reputation for manufacturing a wide range of bonding, tooling, fairing, compression molding and other polyester- and vinyl ester-based pastes, supplied largely in the North America composites industry. This acquisition reportedly will make Scott Bader and ATC a global leader in the structural adhesives and bonding pastes business, with a full range of technologies and manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of composites customers. Tom Johannsen, ATC’s majority owner, states, “I was attracted to Scott Bader because of their wide range of adhesives, their vision to grow this market on a worldwide basis, and their employee-owned company structure.” Scott Bader will keep customers up to date on developments and the timing of new product introductions. The Scott Bader Inc. U.S. office, located in Stow, Ohio, will continue to sell Scott Bader’s trademarked Crystic resins and specialty chemicals.

Lehmann & Voss & Co. (Hamburg, Germany) has launched a subsidiary to produce its trademarked LUVOCOM compounds. The new entity will directly serve the North American compounding market. Located in Pawcatuck, Conn., the new company, LEHVOSS North America LLC, is staffed by an experienced sales, engineering and manufacturing team. Formerly, Lehmann & Voss & Co. was represented in the U.S. by the joint venture Techmer Lehvoss Compounds LLC (TLC). LEHVOSS North America says it will manufacture LUVOCOM materials in the U.S. to the same engineering specifications and quality standards as those adhered to by the parent company’s operations in Germany. “This is a strong commitment to our customers and is a major step forward to making sure customers have full access to our solution-based products and services,” comments Alfred Bartkiewicz, managing director of LEHVOSS North America. “We are now able to deliver our expertise and tailor-made products much faster and with the dedicated support our customers require.” LUVOCOM compounds are based on a broad range of thermoplastic resins with a special emphasis on high-performance polymers. The products can be divided into six product groups: high-temperature-resistant, lubricant-modified, electrically conductive, carbon fiber-reinforced, thermally conductive and detectable compounds. The primary industries served are automotive, medical, machinery and electrical. The company says it is committed to fast response times and quick delivery of newly developed, customized materials.

After a successful internal audit, the French Oil Mill Machinery Co. (Piqua, Ohio) has renewed its Det Norske Veritas (DNV) ISO 9001:2008 certification through Dec. 28, 2015. The certification ensures that French’s company-wide quality management process meets the stringent requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 International Standard accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). “The ISO certification renewal reinforces our quality standards and helps to assure our stakeholders that we are providing world-class products and services,” says Jason McDaniel, French’s president and COO. French received its initial certificate in 1998, and since then, there has been no interruption in the accreditation. French Oil Mill Machinery Co. is a family-owned 112-year-old company that custom designs, manufactures and supports presses for composites compression molding and a variety of other applications.