Biz Briefs: HPC May 2013

News briefs from Autodesk, Firehole Composites, French Oil Mill Machinery and Mitsubishi Rayon.

Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, Calif.) reported on March 19 that it has completed the acquisition of Firehole Composites (Laramie, Wyo.), a privately held software company that specializes in design and analysis software for composite materials. Through the acquisition, Autodesk will expand its expertise and technology to help its customers work with the next generation of composite materials. Autodesk intends to sell and support the existing Firehole Composites product line, which includes Helius:MCT and Helius:CompositePro, while enhancing the technology for closer integration with Autodesk solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A spokesperson for Autodesk told CompositesWorld that the Firehole team of approximately 15 people will continue to be based in Laramie as part of the Autodesk Design, Lifecycle and Simulation (DLS) product organization. Autodesk intends to continue to enhance and support the Firehole Helius products and make them available for purchase. Autodesk will invest in integrating Autodesk technologies into the Helius products where appropriate. Says Buzz Kross, senior VP for Autodesk DLS, “The Firehole team will add significant expertise in next-generation materials and nonlinear analysis, as well as industry-leading technologies that strongly complement our solutions for structural, thermal and plastics analysis.”

The French Oil Mill Machinery Co. (Piqua, Ohio) has renewed its Det Norske Veritas (DNV) ISO 9001:2008 certification through Dec. 28, 2015, ensuring that its quality management process meets the 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 there has been no interruption in the accreditation since the company first completed the audit process. The family-owned, 112-year-old firm designs, manufactures and supports presses for a variety of applications.

Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) president Hitoshi Ochi announced on Feb. 25 that his company launched on April 1 a new business called Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc. The new entity consolidates the company’s U.S. group companies, carbon fiber manufacturer Grafil Inc. (Sacramento, Calif.) and Newport Adhesives and Composites Inc. (Irvine, Calif.), a manufacturing and sales subsidiary that supplies composites materials and adhesive films. Grafil and Newport have operated as separate entities since they were acquired by Mitsubishi Rayon in the early 1990s. The launch of Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc. and the recent acquisition of Aldila Inc. (Poway, Calif.) are part of the parent company’s new thrust in the U.S. market.