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2/1/2011 | 2 MINUTE READ

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News from Huber, Quantum Composites, Siemens, Ashland.

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Huber Engineered Materials (HEM, Atlanta, Ga.) and Almatis Inc. (Dalton, Ga.) have reached an agreement under which the latter will toll manufacture for HEM certain specialty hydrate flame-retardant products, trademarked Hydral 710, Hydral PGA and SpaceRite, which previously were produced and marketed by Almatis. HEM will immediately assume the sales and marketing and technical support responsibilities for the products. “The addition of the Almatis product line will further strengthen HEM’s portfolio offering of nonhalogen flame retardants,” says Jerry Bertram, VP and general manager of HEM’s Industrial Minerals business. “Along with HEM’s recent acquisition of the Kemgard flame retardant and smoke suppressant business, we now have an extensive line of environmentally friendly products for a variety of applications.” A supplier of flame retardants and smoke suppressants for more than 30 years, HEM produces alumina trihydrate (ATH), magnesium hydroxide (MDH) and molybdate-based products.

Investment firms Highlander Partners LP (Dallas, Texas) and Capstone Capital Partners (Cleveland, Ohio) announced on Jan. 4 the acquisition of Premix Inc. (North Kingsville, Ohio) and its wholly owned subsidiary Quantum Composites Inc. (Bay City, Mich.). Premix, which markets commercial composite materials, including sheet molding compound (SMC), bulk molding compound (BMC) and thick molding compound (TMC), and also manufactures custom-molded components, will be combined with another Highlander/Capstone company, custom composites molder Hadlock Plastics LLC (Geneva, Ohio). The intended result is a new, vertically integrated company that will offer customers a full range of engineering and manufacturing processes, from prototype through production. Hadlock Plastics president Terry Morgan will lead the combined company as CEO. Premix COO Tom Meola will assume the COO role at the new company, which will maintain its three existing facilities and combined 430-employee workforce in Ohio and Michigan.

Siemens (Erlangen, Germany) will deliver to U.S. utility MidAmerican Energy (Des Moines, Iowa) 258 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 MW, for several wind farms in Iowa. After commissioning in January 2012, the turbines’ combined capacity of 593 MW will be sufficient to meet the electrical needs of 190,000 U.S. households.

Ashland Inc. (Dublin, Ohio) announced on Nov. 17 the launch of CompositeBuild.com, a Web site intended to connect composites manufacturers with architects, engineers, designers and builders. The new site is a resource for learning about and specifying composite building materials for various commercial and residential building projects. “We introduced this Web site to help connect those who specify and source building products with composite manufacturers who participate in that market,” said Ted Harris, president of the Ashland Performance Materials division. “This effort truly assists designers, architects and engineers with finding composite material solutions for their creative building plans.”
The Web site is open to all composite building materials manufacturers. Fabricators of composite building materials or their distributors can be listed on the site free of charge. The interactive design of the site allows visitors to move through a residential or commercial building and find areas of construction where composite materials are a good fit.