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2/17/2010 | 3 MINUTE READ

News briefs: Feb. 16, 2010

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Brian Parker, Emilio Oramas named to new positions at AOC; Composites One to sell SIKA epoxies; Fibre Glast launches new website; Tom Haulik joins Hexcel from Sigmatex; Scott Bader to distribute for METYX Composites in Europe; SeaGen tidal turbine passes 1,000 hours of operation; cancellation makes Wisconsin Oven system immediately available.


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Brian Parker and Emilio Oramas have been appointed to new positions in a management team reorganization by AOC LLC (Collierville, Tenn., USA). Parker is named to the new position of global managing director and is responsible for all International Operations. Oramas is appointed to the newly created position of director of sales: U.S. and Canada.

Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA) says it will introduce a new line of formulated epoxy resin products to the U.S. market manufactured by SIKA Corp. (Lyndhurst, N.J., USA). The product line will include epoxies for hand lamination, filament winding and closed mold processes like infusion and resin transfer molding (RTM), and will offer options to emerging markets like wind energy, light aircraft and defense. Other core composites markets like marine and underground construction will be able to take advantage of the formulated epoxies as well.

Fibre Glast Developments Corp. (Brookville, Ohio, USA) has a newly redesigned website (www.fibreglast.com) that provides an up-to-date Internet-based ordering service for professionals that need composite materials and supplies shipped within 24 hours. The site's new technical features include a Materials Calculator, Learning Center and graphics design that presents a user-friendly interface for users to navigate the portfolio of products to select information and place orders. The Learning Center provides information with how-to brochures for composites novices and veterans.

Hexcel Corp. (Duxford, U.K.) has announced that Tom Haulik has joined the company as carbon fiber sales manager, reporting to Mike Canario, VP, Americas Sales and Marketing. Haulik has 28 years experience in business development for carbon fiber products, most recently as sales manager for Sigmatex High Technology Fabrics. Prior to that, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions including sales director for Cytec Carbon Fibers and its predecessor Amoco. Haulik will be responsible for Hexcel’s carbon fiber business development activities, managing key customer accounts and leading efforts to enhance the status of HexTow carbon fiber in the market.

METYX Composites (Istanbul, Turkey) has announced an agreement to make Scott Bader (Northamptonshire, U.K.) the exclusive distributor of METYX Composites products in France. METYX Composites now has a global network of distributors in 24 countries. The new distribution agreement with Scott Bader will provide essential infrastructure for the needs of the French market, including improved access to METYX Composites products, streamlined logistics, and a range of customer services.

SeaGen (Bristol, U.K.), manufacturer of the composites-intensive prototype tidal energy turbine designed and deployed by Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT, Bristol, U.K.), announced that its system has exceeded 1,000 hours of operation in Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough. It is said to be the first tidal current or wave energy system in the world to have achieved this milestone. The 1.2-MW tidal current turbine, the largest megawatt scale grid-connected marine renewable energy system in the world, has achieved a capacity factor of 66 percent and so far delivered 800 MW/h into the national grid. This high capacity factor means that the tidal turbine delivers energy on average at the same rate to be expected from a wind turbine of approximately twice the rated power.  Furthermore, the output is predictable. This performance has exceeded expectations largely thanks to the intensity of the Strangford Lough tide race and MCT's conservative design predictions.

Due to a cancellation, Wisconsin Oven (East Troy, Wis., USA) reports that it has one indirect gas-fired heavy-duty walk-in series oven, a Model SWH-81610-GR/EP, available for immediate delivery. The oven’s original sale price was $150,000 and has been reduced to $100,000. This oven is new and has never been used. The oven was designed for curing composites, and includes many options used in composite curing applications. The oven chamber is 8 ft wide by 16 ft long by 10 ft high (2.4m by 4.8m by 3m). The maximum temperature rating is 500°F/260°C with a normal operating temperature of 350°F/177°C.