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2/8/2011 | 3 MINUTE READ

News Briefs: Feb. 8, 2011

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Composite kitter CAD Cut opens new facility in Denton, Texas; Jet Edge opens service and showroom office in Shanghai, China; Marine Concepts celebrates 35 years in business; TP Composites recertified to ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 17025-2005; Teijin reorganizes carbon fiber and composites businesses; VISTAGY donates FiberSIM to UMass Amherst.


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CAD Cut (Middlesex, Vt., USA), a provider of cutting and kitting services to the composite industry, has opened a facility in Denton, Texas, USA. The Texas plant is equipped with multiple cutting systems located in environmentally controlled cutting rooms. The facility includes more than 10,000 ft3/283 m3 of freezer storage. The new location will service customers in the West and Southwest regions. CAD Cut has provided sheet and rolled goods cutting services to manufacturers nationwide for more than 18 years. The company operates both laser and knife cutting systems. CAD Cut specializes in processing composites and servicing the aerospace industry and is ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100:2004 certified.

Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn., USA), a manufacturer of ultrahigh pressure industrial water jet systems for cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, has announced the opening of its new water jet sales, service and showroom office in Shanghai, China. Jet Edge's China office will allow Jet Edge to directly supply and support local customers with service and training facilities, a water jet equipment demonstration showroom and a water jet parts warehouse.

Marine Concepts (Cape Coral, Fla., USA), a composites tooling and parts manufacturer, has announced the 35th anniversary of the company. Founded in 1976, Marine Concepts opened its doors under the leadership of Augusto "Kiko" Villalon, offering customers in the marine industry one of the first design and development companies that could take a project from concept to completion. In 1994, J. Robert "Bob" Long with his wife, Karen, purchased Marine Concepts. Matt Chambers, president of Marine Concepts/JRL Ventures, joined the company in 2006. Marine Concepts expanded into new markets with the addition of JRL Ventures Inc. in 2007 and has grown ten-fold and become more diverse. Marine Concepts/JRL Ventures continues to service its core customer base in the marine industry while broadening its reach in the composite industries.

Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) announced that on April 1 it will integrate its business units for carbon fibers and composite materials into the new Carbon Fibers and Composites Business Group, aiming to accelerate expansion of advanced composite materials business, one of the main components of Teijinís long-term growth strategy. Operating under the direct management of president and CEO Shigeo Ohyagi, the integrated group will enable Teijin to develop composite materials business more strategically, and strengthen both sales and profitability of its carbon fiber and composite materials businesses. The Carbon Fibers and Composites Business Group will comprise Toho Tenax Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary companies now in the current Carbon Fibers Business Group, which will be abolished as of April 1, the Teijin Composites Innovation Center and GH Craft Ltd.

Custom engineered thermoplastics compounder TP Composites Inc. (Aston, Pa., USA) announced on Feb. 1 that it has been successfully audited and re-certified by Global Registrars Inc. to the ISO 9001-2008 standard for Quality Management Systems, and has also been accredited for another three-year term to the ISO 17025-2005 standard for testing of plastic materials by Laboratory Accreditation Bureau.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass., USA), a provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, on Feb. 1 announced the donation of 10 FiberSIM composites engineering software licenses to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering (Amherst, Mass.). Researchers in the Wind Energy Center will be able to perfect their design of wind turbine blades. The Center for e-design can use the software to explore ways to model some of the manufacturability information that FiberSIM enables design engineers to capture in the native CAD tool using formal information modeling techniques. Newly hired faculty member Frank Sup will be able to use the software to improve the design of robotic prosthetic devices. The undergraduate team that designs and builds the super mileage vehicle each year can use FiberSIM to optimize the carbon fiber body. And students in the graduate introduction to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) course will be able to use it to develop more accurate FEA models.