News briefs -- April 7, 2009

Ashland Distribution will distribute Hercules Specialty Resins; Jim Chastain named sales and marketing manager at Composites Universal Group; Eastman to exhibit at WINDPOWER Expo; Mike Dorf, Steve Zeller named sales engineers at J.D. Lincoln; Matthew Key named vice president of safety at Knight & Carver; Paul Caprio named president of of KraussMaffei Corp.; Rhodia, Millet to cooperate to recycle polyamide; SABIC wins Green Dot award for Hyundai QarmaQ work.

Ashland Distribution, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (Dublin, Ohio, USA), has begun to distribute the Hercules Specialty Resins product group of Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients (AAFI), to serve markets including adhesives, coatings, plastics and others. Hercules Specialty Resins products now available from Ashland Distribution include Foral, Staybelite, Pentalyn, Hercolyn and Piccolyte resins for pressure-sensitive adhesives, inks, coatings, rubber, plastics, adjuvants and other specialty applications.

Composites Universal Group (CUG, Scappoose, Ore., USA) has named Jim Chastain to the newly created position of sales and marketing manager. Chastain brings extensive sales and marketing experience and a proven record of business development to CUG. Previously Chastain served as business development manger with pcb assembler Milwaukie Electronics Cos. He has a BS EECS from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in marketing management from the University of Santa Clara. 

Eastman Machine Co. (Buffalo, N.Y., USA), manufacturer of cutting machines, automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and software solutions, has announced that it will exhibit at the 2009 WINDPOWER Expo, May 4 to 7, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Eastman's Eagle-EC3 Conveyor is a low-ply CNC cutting system that automatically feeds and spreads material for cutting. The system is designed for cutting/plotting a variety of materials and thicknesses at speeds of up to 60 in/sec (152.4 cm/sec). The Eastman Eagle-EC3 Conveyor is the system of choice by leading turbine blade manufacturers and other fiberglass facilities around the world. It is capable of cutting multiple plies of fiberglass at a time, increasing material utilization and reducing labor costs.

J.D. Lincoln (Costa Mesa, Calif., USA) has announced the hiring of Mike Dorf and Steve Zeller as sales engineers. Dorf previously held a variety of sales, marketing and operations positions with Lewcott Corp., Quadrax Advanced Materials, and Textron Specialty Materials. He is a graduate of Cornell University where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Dorf will be responsible for Northeastern U.S. Zeller, also owner of Southbrook Technologies, has held previous sales, engineering and manufacturing positions with Garrett Airesearch and HITCO. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Foreign Policy Analysis. Zeller will be responsible for the Southeastern part of the U.S.

Knight & Carver Wind Group (National City, Calif., USA), which provides blade repair, service and new-blade fabrication to the wind energy industry, has announced the hiring of Matthew Key as the company’s vice president of safety. Key joins Knight & Carver on a full-time basis after serving the company for the past three months as a consultant on executive loan from Lockton Insurance. He has more than 30 years of safety experience and holds numerous industry certifications in the field. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to safety publications and has produced numerous industrial safety training videos. 

KraussMaffei (Munich, Germany) has named Paul Caprio president of KraussMaffei Corp., responsible for the U.S. activities of all technology divisions (Injection Molding Machinery, Extrusion, Reaction Process Machinery) of KraussMaffei. Caprio has been working for KraussMaffei for 15 years and has held the position of vice president of Injection Molding for the last eight years. During this time frame, KraussMaffei grew its market share position in the U.S. significantly.

Polyamide manufacturer Rhodia (Lyon, France) and mountaineering equipment maker Millet (Annecy-le-Vieux, France) have announced their intent to develop closed-loop recycling flows for polyamide. The two companies have launched an initial project aimed at recycling used mountain climbing rope into engineering plastic materials for the manufacture of mountain sports equipment. Rhodia’s objective is to develop closed loops for end-of-life polyamide and expand the development of its 4earth range of recycled polyamide. Millet’s objective is to secure and expand its approach to eco-design. Working with a leading polyamide expert, such as Rhodia, will provide access to its specialized expertise and its global industrial recycling network.

SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, Mass.) has received the 2009 Green Dot Award in Transportation for its codevelopment of the Hyundai QarmaQ Advanced Technology Demonstration Vehicle. SABIC and Hyundai used next-generation composite materials and thermoplastic resins to reduce weight in applications such as glazing, interior components, an Elastic Front pedestrian safety system, fenders and hood. SABIC said it was able to reduce weight by 60 kg/132 lb vs. traditional materials that are used in those applications. That could amount to a savings of about 80 liters/21 gal of fuel per year and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200kg/441 lb.