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6/15/2009 | 2 MINUTE READ

News briefs -- June 16, 2009

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Ara Ashland names Mastergel Composites as distributor in southern Brazil; CCP, Interplastic raises prices $0.05/lb; ISU developing bio-plastics software; Jet Edge puts used equipment on its site; Lectra names Hervé Claverie as director of projects and strategic accounts; Scott Bader increases prices 4 to 6 percent; Sealant Equipment hires Ken Jacobs for marketing post; VISTAGY Inc. picks Joshua Fredberg as the company's first vice president of product management and marketing.


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Ara Ashland (Araçariguama, Brazil) has appointed Mastergel Compositos (Joinville, Brazil) to be its newest distributor in southern Brazil. "The composites market is known for being much spread out, and in the south the situation is not different. Now, with Mastergel, a larger number of customers will have easier access to our products," says Rodrigo de Oliveira, sales manager of Ara Ashland. The distributor will be able to sell the entire set of resins, including vinyl ester DERAKANE and HETRON.

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP, Kansas City, Mo., USA) has announced a $0.05/lb price increase for all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel coats and Thermaclean products effective for shipments made on or after July 6, 2009.

Interplastic Corp.’s Thermoset Resins Division (St. Paul, Minn., USA) is increasing the price of CoREZYN and Silmar brand products $0.05/lb for shipments on or after July 4, 2009. This increase includes all vinyl esters, polyesters, specialty resins, gel coats, colorants and putties.

Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA) researchers have begun development of a software program that can help determine the economic viability of a proposed bio-based product. David Grewell, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the software allows users to compare various petrochemical and biobased plastics. "It automatically generates reports and compares the costs and eco-profile of plastic parts from different materials," he said. Grewell chairs Iowa State's Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team, which will have an exhibit at the NPE2009 International Plastics Exposition June 22-26 in Chicago.

Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn., USA), a manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet and abrasivejet systems for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, reports that it is now posting used water jet machines, pumps and accessories for sale on www.jetedge.com. The waterjet equipment inventory includes ultra-high pressure water jet intensifier pumps, waterjet motion systems and accessories, and ultra-high pressure waterjet systems for mobile cleaning and cutting.

Lectra (Paris, France), a manufacturer of automated composites fabric cutting system and tables, has announced the appointment of Hervé Claverie as director of projects and strategic accounts worldwide. Since joining Lectra in 2005, Claverie has held various marketing management positions across both hardware and software divisions.

Scott Bader (Northamptonshire, U.K.) is increasing the price across European for all Crystic unsaturated polyester, DCPD and vinyl Eester resins, all gelcoats, pigments, bonding pastes and Crystic Crestomer structural adhesive products by 4 to 6 percent depending on the product. The new prices will be applied to all invoiced orders from July 1.  

Sealant Equipment & Engineering Inc. (Plymouth, Mich., USA) has hired Kenneth Jacobs as vice president of Global Sales and Marketing. For more than 20 years Jacobs has been a composites industry advocate. He was on the Board of Directors of the Composites Fabricators Association (now ACMA) during the mid-1990s; he presented various application papers at composite association meetings and has attended annual composite conference and exhibition tradeshows since their inception.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass., USA) has named Joshua Fredberg as the company's first vice president of product management and marketing. Fredberg will be responsible for managing VISTAGY's products, developing positioning and messaging and working with the company's partners. Fredberg brings VISTAGY deep software industry experience as well as expertise in defining target market solutions, strategy and messaging. Fredberg previously served as senior vice president of product and market strategy at PTC, where he worked on industry strategy, marketing and business development.