New Briefs: Aug. 23, 2011

Troy DePuma named CFO at AGC Composites Group; Aviation Week hosting free webinar on future of airframe construction, highlighting composites and metals; GRPMS to distribute Aerovac products in Scandinavia; Thomas Loken receives SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition scholarship;

The AGC Composites Group (Oklahoma City, Okla., USA), a part of AGC Aerospace & Defense, announced on Aug. 11 the appointment of Troy DePuma as chief financial officer to oversee financial activities for Unitech Composites and Structures as well as Integrated Composites Inc. DePuma has more than 25 years of experience in aerospace and defense and manufacturing. DePuma spent close to 20 years with the Textron companies, increasing his responsibilities in accounting and finance throughout his tenure. He was most recently vice president of finance for customer support and service at Textron’s Bell Helicopter.

Aviation Week is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9:30-10:30 am EDT titled, "Materials Debate: The Future of Airframe Construction." Speakers will showcase the current state of the materials issues facing the industry, debate the relative advantages of both composites and metals, evaluate the potentials of each material and future use of them in new and next generation aircraft, and assess the current balance and co-existence of metals and composites. The webinar will conclude with 20 minutes dedicated to questions and answers from the audience. Visit for more information and to register.

GRPMS and Aerovac Systems, both subsidiaries of Umeco plc, have entered into a non-exclusive agreement for GRPMS to distribute the Aerovac Systems product range in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Aerovac Systems operates out of facilities in the U.K., Italy and France. The company specialises in the sourcing, distribution and development of composite process materials, providing single-use and reusable vacuum bagging systems. GRPMS is a European composites distributor and has established a portfolio of advanced composites products, including Advanced Composites Group’s prepregs and Sigmatex’ carbon fiber materials.

Thomas (Tom) G. Loken, a doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisc.) as well as a project engineer at The Madison Group (Madison, Wisc.), is the second 2011-2012 winner of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) graduate-level scholarship in transportation composites research. Loken, who is from Winona, Minn. and expects to graduate in 2014, won this year’s second scholarship for a research project analyzing the effects of processing conditions on fiber-length distribution in short-fiber composites. He will receive his $2,000 USD check this fall and will report the results of his research during the twelfth-annual SPE ACCE, September 11-13, 2012.