News briefs -- Feb. 10, 2009

Ahlstrom changes its name, doubles production capacity; Seminars for Engineers to offer two-day composites seminar; Cook Composites & Polymers announces 2009 class schedule; Ceramaterials will represent BJGW in North America; CGTech will demo fiber placement software at JEC; David Schofield leaving Gurit; Thermoset Resin Formulators Association invites techical papers for annual meeting.

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Ahlstrom Glass Nonwovens LLC (Bishopville, S.C.) has changed its name from Ahlstrom Specialty Reinforcements LLC to Ahlstrom Glass Nonwovens LLC to better reflect products offered. The company also is doubling manufacturing capacity at the Bishopville facility. New multiaxial and other stitchbonding equipment has been added to better serve the North American wind energy, marine, transportation and infrastructure markets. New combination fiberglass fabric products will be brought to market at the end of the second quarter of 2009 to assist customers who are using a vacuum infusion process.

Seminars for Engineers has announced a two-day seminar on composites materials, design, failure analysis and repair technologies. The seminar will be held Feb. 24-25, 2008, in Anaheim, Calif, USA. For more information, visit, call +1 973-560-9092 or e-mail

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP, Kansas City, Mo.) has announced its 2009 CCP University Class Schedule. The courses are offered at the Technology Center in North Kansas City, Mo., and are conducted by CCP professionals with many years of experience in the composites industry. Each topic will provide brief classroom sessions with extended hands-on workshops intended to offer practical tips and techniques for better quality parts. The schedule includes: Feb. 11-12, Gel Coat Application and Patching 201; March 4-5, Closed Mold 101; April 22-23, Composites 101; May 6-7, Tooling 201; June 17-18, Marble 101; Aug. 12-13, Closed Mold 201; Sept. 23-24, Gel Coat Application and Patching 101; Oct. 21-22, Tooling 101, Nov. 4-5, Composites 101. E-mail for more information.

Ceramaterials (Malta, N.Y.) has signed a contract with BJ Great Wall (BJGW, Beijing, China) for exclusive representation in North America. BJGW, a manufacturer of graphite insulation and solid carbon, will work with Ceramaterials to offer PAN- and Rayon-based carbon graphite felt, rigid board and customized shape products and machined graphite. Ceramaterials has warehouse facilities in New York, Kentucky and California to expedite delivery of materials. Custom shapes in graphite insulation are offered made to print with high-temperature heat treating and halogen purification available. Additional products include graphite foil and carbon/carbon composite sheets and shapes made to print.

CGTech (Irvine, Calif.) will present its latest developments in composite fiber placement programming and simulation at the JEC End-user Automation Forum during the JEC Composites Show, March 24-26 in Paris, France. The presentation will be given by CGTech's product marketing manager, Bill Hasenjaeger, on Wednesday, March, 25. Most users of CNC automated fiber placement (AFP) machinery use offline NC programming software delivered with their machine, forcing companies to adopt multiple software applications for multiple brands of machines. Hasenjaeger's presentation will discuss the implementation and use of machine-independent, offline NC programming software as it applies to CNC fiber placement machines.

Gurit (Wattwil, Switzerland) has announced David Schofield's departure as head of corporate development and purchasing by the end of March 2009. Schofield joined Gurit in 2004 and last served as director of corporate development and purchasing in Gurit's Executive Management Team. He has decided to leave Gurit to pursue other professional opportunities outside the Group. Gurit thanks Schofield for his commitment shown and the contributions to Gurit during the last five years.

The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) invites submission of technical papers for presentation at the association's 2009 Annual Meeting, to be held Sept. 13-15 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pa. Possible topics include but are not limited to: green chemistry; novel curing technologies; developments in nanotechnology; coatings techniques for composites, green concrete and application in water; academic research updates. Those interested in submitting a technical paper for consideration should submit a title and abstract to as soon as possible.