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6/30/2009 | 3 MINUTE READ

News briefs -- June 30, 2009

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Bodycote Testing Group changes its name to Exova; Composites One receives safety award; Sunny Ltd. to distribute Jet Edge waterjet cutters in Japan; China's Jilin Petrochemical begins carbon fiber manufacture; LMI Aerospace names Jim McQueeney president and COO; Scott Bader launches new Web site; Virginia Tech's Jeremiah T. Abiade wins award for research of thermoelectric materials and devices; IPS Corp. earns ISO 9001:2008 certification.


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Bodycote Testing Group (Macclesfield, U.K.), the worldwide testing and advisory business, has been relaunched with a new name, identity and website. The company will be known as Exova. The creation of a new name and identity which reflect the company's new direction, vision and values, has been prompted by the sale of the business by Bodycote plc last year. Bodycote Testing Group, which provides testing and advisory services to the aerospace, energy, oil and gas, civil engineering, transportation, pharmaceutical, food and consumer products industries and has more than 130 facilities in 25 countries, was acquired by the global private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice (CD&R) in October 2008.

Composites One LLC (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA) has been presented a Platinum award by Great West Casualty Co. as a part of the 2008 National Safety Awards Program. This is the seventh consecutive year that Composites One has been named an award recipient. The National Safety Awards Program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory award. The program drew more than 625 participants from across the country.

Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn., USA), a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet and abrasivejet systems for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, announced that Sunny Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has been selected as its new waterjet systems distributor for Japan. As a distributor of Jet Edge waterjets, Sunny is authorized to sell, install and service Jet Edge waterjet intensifier pumps, waterjet cutting machines and water blasting, surface preparation and cleaning equipment throughout Japan.

The China Chemical Fibers & Textiles Consultancy reports that Jilin Petrochemical, a Chinese chemical company, has begun manufacture of carbon fiber at a new facility. The report says that the facility opened in May 2009 and can produce 100 tonnes of carbon fiber annually. Information: Click here for original report.

LMI Aerospace Inc. (St. Louis, Mo., USA), a provider of design engineering services, structural components, assemblies and kits to the aerospace, defense and technology industries, has named Jim McQueeney president and chief operating officer. McQueeney will report to CEO Ronald S. Saks. McQueeney has held various positions with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., most recently as vice president, material.

Scott Bader (Wollaston, U.K.) has launched its new Web site, www.scottbader.com, that covers the range of products and services offered by the Adhesives, Composites and Specialty Polymers business units globally. The new site has been designed to be clear and easy for visitors to find out about the group’s principal business activities and brand names, its 86-year history and company philosophy. The site contains key information and downloads covering products, markets, technical data sheets, research and development activities and innovations, as well as Scott Bader’s locations and distribution partners around the world.

Jeremiah T. Abiade, assistant professor in materials science and engineering and in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, Va., USA), has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award for his research to increase the electrical output of thermoelectric (TE) materials and devices. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) presents the Powe Award to faculty members who are in the first two years of their tenure track as an investment in promising achievements in an important area. The award to Abiade will support his research to fabricate thick and thin film oxide thermoelectrics. Thermoelectric devices are capable of converting temperature differences at the junctions of dissimilar materials into electric voltages. Thermoelectric generators are being used to provide power in automobiles by harvesting heat from the vehicles exhaust system. Thermoelectric generators are prime candidates for future vehicles that will be lightweight with higher fuel economy and increased electrical power requirements, Abiade suggested. Major improvements in thermoelectric devices have been obtained using nanocomposite and nanoscale thermoelectrics. In the nanocomposite approach, which Abiade's group is using, the objective is to minimize thermal conductivity of the materials using nanoparticles to scatter phonons (atomic vibrations) primarily responsible for heat conduction in nonmetals.

IPS Corp. (Durham, N.C., USA) reports that its WELD-ON structural adhesives have been given ISO 9001:2008 certification for its manufacturing sites, development laboratories and business practices by DQS Inc. (Buffalo Grove, Ill., USA). The ISO 9000 family of standards represents a consensus on good management practices with the aim of ensuring that an organization can continually deliver the product or services that meet the clientís quality requirements.