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1/25/2010 | 5 MINUTE READ

News briefs -- Jan. 26, 2010

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ZCL Composites acquires Dualam Plastics; Cereplast Inc. names David J. Homyak as West Coast regional director; Composites One announced COMPOSITES 2010 closed mold demos; World Pultrusion Conference announced; Flow receives $11 million in new orders; Interplastic Corp. names Peter Surmak business manager - Vinyl Ester/Engineered Resins of the Thermoset Resins Division; NIAR to host composites maintenance course; Park Electrochemical Corp. appoints Susan E. Macaluso as program manager; Zyvax announces distributor training for new nano-based materials.

Boxwood Partners LLC (Richmond, Va., USA) has announced the strategic sale of Dualam Plastics Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to ZCL Composites Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).  ZCL has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Dualam. The purchase price for Dualam is $20.5 million, subject to closing adjustments, including adjustments for working capital and certain post-closing vendor indemnities. Boxwood Partners advised Dualam with respect to the transaction. Dualam is a manufacturer and field service installation provider of custom engineered fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and dual-laminate composite products for use in corrosion-resistant applications primarily for the chemical manufacturing, power generation, and mining industries, amongst others. ZCL is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of cost-effective fiberglass tank systems to the petroleum industry.

Cereplast Inc. (Hawthorne, Calif., USA), a manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, announced that it has appointed David J. Homyak as West Coast regional director, sales and marketing. Homyak has been an executive level sales professional for over 30 years. Cereplast also has extended its distribution agreement with A. Schulman Inc. to include all of Europe. A. Schulman Inc. is an international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins used as raw materials in a variety of markets.

Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA), along with the Closed Mold Alliance and 10 industry partners, will host one of the most comprehensive, ongoing demonstrations of closed mold technology live on the show floor during COMPOSITES 2010 in Las Vegas. To be held in a specially designed staging area at booth 917, the main presentations will be at 2 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and 1 pm on Thursday, Feb. 11, with other demonstrations continuing throughout show hours. At the event, manufacturers can experience work cells demonstrating three closed mold processes — Light Resin Transfer Molding (Light RTM), the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP), and Closed Cavity Bag Molding (CCBM) — used to produce wind blades, mini-catamarans and other production parts. Highlighting this year’s event will be the infusion of a replica wind blade.

The EPTA – European Pultrusion Technology Association, has announced the 10th World Pultrusion Conference, April 8-9, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain. This conference, which takes place every two years, offers practical presentations with up-to-date information as well as applications for pultruded reinforced plastics. The conference ends on the second day with a plant visit at Owens Corning (Sant Vicenç Plant) in Sant Vicenç de Castellet. The program and the registration form are available at the EPTA website, www.pultruders.com/images/PDFs/programmeworldpultrusionconference2010, or via e-mail at info@pultruders.com.

Flow International Corp. (Kent, Wash., USA) announced that it has received approximately $11 million of orders for several new projects in its Advanced segment. These orders are for Composite Machining Center abrasive waterjet and routing machine tool systems to be completed over the next 12 to 18 months. The majority of the purchase orders are from Airbus supplier partners working on multiple Airbus programs.

Interplastic Corp. (St. Paul, Minn., USA) has announced that Peter Surmak has been appointed business manager - Vinyl Ester/Engineered Resins of the Thermoset Resins Division. Surmak will be responsible for managing all aspects of the vinyl ester and engineered resins business. Surmak has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry, with marketing, operations, and technical responsibilities. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Prior to joining Interplastic, Peter held a variety of positions in business management with Celanese International and H.B. Fuller.

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) through the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) will host an on-line Composites Maintenance Technology course that will focus on critical composite materials maintenance and repair safety issues beginning March 1. This course will provide students with an awareness of composite materials technology principles with a focus on repair and maintenance of composites and associated safety issues. There will be two enrollment options for the course: Intro to Composites Maintenance Technology online course (non-credit) $950; Intro to Composites Maintenance Technology online course (2 credit hours - WATC) $1,174. The dates and enrollment for the optional three-day Composite Composite Maintenance Technology lab will be available at the close of the online course. Additional prices for the Composite Maintenance Technology lab are: Composite Maintenance Technology lab (non-credit) $1,000; Composite Maintenance Technology lab (2 credit hours - WATC) $1,224. To enroll, visit www.niar.wichita.edu/webcourse. For more information contact Laura Rhoades at +1 316-978-3873.

Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y., USA) has announced the appointment of Susan E. Macaluso as program manager. Park’s program managers are responsible for the management of key aerospace composite structures programs and product development projects for both the electronic materials and advanced composites markets. Macaluso will report to David Dahlquist, Park’s vice president of business development. Macaluso joins Park with 15 years of manufacturing experience, focused primarily in the areas of quality, project and manufacturing management. Most recently, she was the director of product assurance at Data Device Corp. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Zyvax Inc. (Ellijay, Ga., USA) has announced a distributor training event for its new Nano-line of mold release and other products designed to support environmental requirements for all types of advanced composites molding. The company will bring distributors together in an invitation-only training and orientation summit to orient them to the latest cost-effective solutions focusing on environmentally friendly products, applications and market requirements. Some 30 technicians representing 19 countries will receive the training, which will be conducted at fully equipped facility in Lyon, France. Attendees will receive hands-on experience in application procedures and will produce molded parts using resin transfer molding (RTM), infusion and adhesive bonding, hand lay-up, with additional instruction in rotational molding. Zyvax R&D team members and staff instructors from Australia, Europe and the U.S. will provide the training. Nancy Layman, CEO, believes the program is just the beginning of a new way of looking at the molding process. “We’re at the front end of a change that is sweeping the planet—the requirements for pollution control and emission-free manufacturing today pale in comparison to what’s coming in the future.”