Coats Appoints Global Sales Director for Wire & Cable Products Coats, a world-leading industrial thread manufacturer, has appointed Jordi Pérez to the newly created role of Global Sales Director, Wire and Cable Products. The role will consolidate and coordinate Coats’ global commercial strategy and activity for this key wire and cable industry. Pérez will lead the Wire and Cable Global Team based in major markets across the world including China, India, the USA and across EMEA and south Asia. Customers will benefit from a uniform service offering from a single global team with fully integrated sales and commercial activities. Shantanu Banerjee, President, Performance Materials at Coats, commented, “The wire and cable industry is an important focus for Coats and we are constantly looking at how we can most effectively deliver benefits to all our customers. This newly created role will bring together technology and commercial synergies that improve our service to customers and ensure our full value added engineered yarns offering is available in all our markets across the world.” Pérez also retains his current role as General Manager of Gotex. The Spanish-based company designs and manufactures high performance fibers, yarns and tapes for use in the telecommunications, energy, composites and oil and gas sectors and was acquired by Coats in June 2016. Coats and Gotex combine their long standing expertise in industrial threads and engineered yarns with innovative technologies to identify new end uses specifically tailored for the wire and cable industry. Technical yarns are transformed via unique and proprietary coating technologies to reinforce, insulate and protect fiber optic cables. Cutting edge products are available in a wide range of material substrates for use as strength members, ripcords, binder yarns, marker yarns and for dry water blocking. www.coats.com NIEHOFF Magazine 2/2017 is Now Available The NIEHOFF Magazine, issue number 2/2017 is now available for distribution by Niehoff Group of Germany. The magazine can be downloaded from: http://www.niehoff-gmbh.info/de/up-to-date/niehoff-magazines www.niehoff.de SMS group Wins Two Supply Contracts in China Hejin Hongda Special Steel Co. Ltd., based in Shanxi, China, has recently placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a high-speed outlet for producing wire rod in quality steel grades. The central element of the 700,000 ton-per-year line will be a tenstand wire rod block of proven, highly reliable SMS group design. The range of rolled products will include wire rod in diameters from 5.5 to 20 mm and rebar in diameters from 6 to 14 mm finishrolled at speeds of up to 105 mps. In addition to the wire rod block, SMS group will supply the shear group ahead of the block and the loop layer complete with a pinch roll unit. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for summer 2018. Also, Xinji Aosen Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., based in Shijiazhuang City in the Chinese province of Hebei, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of high-speed equipment for its wire rod mills Nos. 8 and 9. Each of the wire rod mills will be designed for an annual capacity of some 700,000 tons. They will roll wire rod in sizes from 5.5 to 16 mm and rebar in diameters from 6 to 16 mm at rolling speeds as high as 105 mps. The wire rod outlet of mill No. 9 will be equipped with one six-stand and one four-stand wire rod block. Installing two separate blocks will allow Xinji Aosen to cool the rolling stock before and behind the blocks in such a manner that all sizes can be finish rolled at low temperatures (thermomechanical rolling) and to very close tolerances. Xinji Aosen considers this an outstanding feature of the mill. Already ten wire rod mills in China use this mill concept developed by SMS group. Both mills will be equipped with loop layers and pinch roll units of the latest design. The thus equipped mills will be able to produce wire rod of premium quality and at high productivity. Commissioning will take place in the summer of 2018. www.sms-group.com Chemetall Wins Airbus Best Performer Award The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, has received the Best Performer Award from Airbus. The award acknowledges top-level industrial performance and significant contributions in partnering with Airbus. Chemetall supplies Airbus with high-quality products, which meet the strict requirements of the international aerospace industry. The award was presented at the Airbus Supplier Conference Awards dinner in Tianjin, China. “The Airbus Best Performer Award is another milestone in the longtime successful collaboration between Airbus and Chemetall,” said Hendrik Becker, Chemetall’s Global Aerospace Manager. “This prestigious award is a clear sign of trust, combined with the Airbus conviction that Chemetall now part of the BASF Coatings division will grow together and become an even stronger partner in the future. We look forward to supporting the Airbus growth strategy now and in the future.” Over the past 25 years, Chemetall and Airbus have established a longlasting and successful business relationship. From production sites in Langelsheim, Germany and Soissons, France, Chemetall supplies numerous Airbus sites with aircraft sealants, corrosion protection products, cleaners and pre-treatment technologies. In February 2017, Chemetall received the highest award as Accredited Supplier in the Airbus “Material & Parts SQIP” program, for the third time running. www.chemetall.com www.basf-coatings.com PolyVisions Introduces Advanced Compound PolyVisions, Manchester, PA, USA, a leading innovator and producer of thermoplastic compounded materials for industry, has announced the introduction of a durable, chemical-resistant, nonhalogenated flame- retardant (FR) material designed for demanding applications. FRX Polymers, Inc., the supplier of the polymeric FR additive, is a global leader in halogen-free FR solutions. The DuraPET product line exhibits excellent processability and outstanding physical properties. DuraPET FR is a graft-modified polyester compound capable of withstanding temperatures from -40°C to more than 180°C. The combination of DuraPET with FRX Nofia® polymeric flame retardant has achieved a UL-listed (E494117-1755339) V-0 rating at 1.5 and 3.0 mm. The product is suitable for a variety of applications in automotive, transportation, medical equipment, construction and electronics. It can be processed by injection molding, extrusion (sheet and film), and thermoforming. FRX Polymers’ Nofia polyphosphonate enables DuraPET FR to achieve outstanding FR performance with no compromise to properties and performance. “We believe DuraPET FR achieves a combination of impact strength, chemical resistance and flame retardancy not available in any material at any price today,” said Scott B. Howard, CEO of PolyVisions Inc. PolyVisions announced that a version of DuraPET FR is also available made from recycled PET. Howard also noted, “Our reactive extrusion process allows us to use postconsumer regrind PET for up to 90% of the formulation. This allows film and sheet producers and injection molding companies to offer an innovative, sustainable alternative for their customers.” Marc Lebel, CEO of FRX Polymers, commented, “FRX Polymers is excited that its Nofia polymeric additive has been selected as the FR solution for the DuraPET FR product by PolyVisions. DuraPET FR exhibits improved properties in addition to flame retardancy not possible using nonpolymeric, halogen-free FR solutions. PolyVisions’ innovative product demonstrates the value of Nofia polyphosphonates as a performance halogen-free FR additive, what we refer to as ‘FR Plus’.” www.polyvisions.com Hildebrandt Group Supplied Drums for Power Grid Interconnection The Hildebrandt Group successfully supplied 80 drums and equipment to one of the leading high-voltage cables producer in Europe for a major power grid interconnection between Germany and Norway. “With this project, the Hildebrandt Group achieved a new level as a full range supplier of reels. We supplied 80 drums with suitable cradles to enable a secure transport of the cable by vessel. The drum and cradles were designed according to DNV-GL guidelines. To ensure a safe and proper handling, we supplied as well two sets of lifting equipment with all necessary accessories and storage cases. This lifting equipment has been delivered with EG/ CE declaration and was approved by DNV-GL by a proof load test. We continuously enlarge our service level and develop custom-made solution for cable handling,” said Christoph Braun, Head of Sales. “Our customers recognize and appreciate our know-how in cable business and we are happy to develop business beside of drums.” The Hildebrandt Group is reportedly Europe’s leading supplier for drums made of wood, steel, plywood and plastics. The range compromises drums and cradles as well as lifting and handling equipment and machineries. The group is represented by nine production and assembling sites around Europe and North Africa and has more than 140 employees. www.cabledrum.com SGS Acquires Govmark Testing Services, Inc. SGS has announced the acquisition of Govmark Testing Services, Inc. (Govmark), which is based in Farmingdale, NY, USA. Govmark is a highly regarded independent laboratory for fire resistance and reaction to fire testing. It tests products including furniture/furnishings, wire and cable, building materials and fire safe materials for the transportation industry. Founded in 1971, Govmark employs 30 people and generated 2016 revenues in excess of US$3 million. “The acquisition enhances our global network of fire testing laboratories and will support further expansion of these activities,” commented Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS. www.sgs.com Davis-Standard Completes Maillefer Acquisition Davis-Standard, LLC, Pawcatuck, CT, USA, recently announced that it has closed its acquisition of Maillefer International Oy of Vantaa, Finland and Ecublens, Switzerland. Maillefer is the global leader in wire, cable, pipe and tube production technologies. “We are proud to welcome the entire Maillefer team to the Davis-Standard family, together we become the market leading global extrusion systems and services provider to a world-class customer base,” said Jim Murphy, Davis- Standard President and CEO. “It is an exceptional opportunity to team up with an organization that shares our values and commitment to providing superior customer solutions.” “This is a historic day for all Maillefer customers and employees as we join Davis-Standard, an organization built on technology and service,” stated Lars Fagerholm, preceding CEO of Maillefer and newly appointed as Davis- Standard’s Executive Vice-President, Maillefer. “Maillefer is proud to join an organization with as strong a brand and industry reputation as its own. Together, the dedication to our products, service and customer support will continue as it has in the past.” Murphy closed with, “This transaction is a major milestone for the growth of Davis-Standard and all our stakeholders. Together with our majority owners, ONCAP, we are enthusiastic to include Maillefer in our vision for the future.” www.davis-standard.com First License on Norner’s Advanced Polyethylene Production Technology Norner AS, Stathelle, Norway, has announced that it has signed the first license agreement for its Norner Trimodal Technology (NTT). Norner developed and patented a breakthrough technology for production of PE polymers by Trimodal Technology (NTT). The NTT concept is based on a system of three polymerization reactors where a small fraction of a third high molecular weight polymer is introduced in a small third reactor containing comonomer. This enables a cost-efficient upgrading of existing bimodal plants by adding a third reactor. Norner’s polymer experts have used their deep knowledge in combination with our advanced polymerization lab to develop the new three-reactor concept. This is a smarter way of producing Trimodal materials since it enables a higher comonomer content in the highest molecular weight, which boosts the performance of the materials. The technology will be very suited for applications such as pipe, blow molding and films. Key material and application benefits are improved pressure and stress crack resistance, better impact resistance and excellent processability. “We are very proud of the team effort and knowledge among our experts that have developed NTT for Norner over the last years,” said Research Director, Morten Lundquist. “The agreement has a value for Norner of multimillion USA dollars for the first factory and is a step stone for us to enable investments in people and assets to be in the position as a global market leader of Industrial R&D services in Polymers”, said CEO, Tine Rørvik. NTT technology is protected by patents and is commercialized through Norner Verdandi. www.norner.no New UL Certification Program for ICT Power Cables Safety To benefit end-product and cable manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and end users, UL, Northbrook, IL, USA, has launched a new safety certification program for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) power cables. These cables are used to power or charge IT and communication devices such as laptops, tablet computers, smart phones, power banks and more. While the power capabilities of ICT cables are growing to meet the demand for faster charging and to power higher wattage devices, so are the potential risks of overheating and fire due to the use of poorly constructed cables. This program addresses the potential safety hazards of cable assemblies that provide power or charging for connected equipment in a circuit that does not exceed 60 VDC, 8.0 A and 100 W. UL’s program addresses the safety concerns of ICT power cables through the control of connector/cable materials and electrical design, and by performing testing in accordance with the recently published UL 9990, Outline of Investigation for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Power Cables. Cables tested/certified to UL 9990 are covered under UL’s surveillance program. UL surveillance includes regular inspections at the cable assembly manufacturing facilities and ongoing testing of the products from both the manufacturing facilities and marketplaces to help determine continued compliance. industries.ul.com NanoAl Wins Contract to Develop Lightweight Aluminum Conductors According to NanoAl LLC, energy loss, due to the resistance of electrical conductors in transmission and distribution systems currently costs the USA economy some US$20 billion annually. This energy can power 24 million homes per year, and it provides considerable motivation to improve the transmission and distribution system efficiency. The development of advanced and highperformance electrical conductors is critical to improve efficiency, to lower system costs and to improve robustness of the USA electrical grid. NanoAl has been awarded a Phase II SBIR grant of over US$1 million from the US Department of Energy to develop a low-cost, improved conductor alloy for overhead power. In Phase I, NanoAl developed a new class of low-cost and scalable AA6000-series aluminum wire conductors that has simultaneously high electrical conductivity, high fracture strength and high thermal stability. Moving forward, NanoAl will scale the technology and leverage the capabilities of its commercial partner to produce overhead conductors for real-world test and evaluation. Other applications for this technology are in transportation, developing lightweight conductive wire and strip to replace heavy and expensive copper as well as in thermal management, developing high-strength thermally conductive heat sinks. www.nanoal.com New Development Extruder at Davis-Standard Lab To further advance mechanical, controls and process development initiatives, a next-generation Thermatic® Series 4.5" (114 mm) extruder is available for trials at Davis-Standard’s Extrusion Technology Development Center in Pawcatuck, CT, USA. The extruder, installed in July 2017, is being used for internal R&D and product development for customers. The extruder’s modern platform represents a collaborative effort among Davis-Standard’s mechanical, electrical, process and controls engineering departments to create optimal processing for Davis-Standard’s full portfolio of extruder applications from blown film to wire and cable. It features enhancements across the board and provides multiple possibilities with L/D ratios of 24, 30 and 34:1. According to John Christiano, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Technology, this extruder epitomizes processing functionality and the future of extrusion efficiency. “This new extruder platform is a reflection of experience and collaboration. Because of its relevance across all extrusion applications, it will serve as an excellent platform to support our customers’ extrusion needs now and for many years to come,” said Christiano. Features of the new Thermatic include 400 HP water-cooled motor technology, a screw speed range up to 375 rpm, advanced and conventional vent diverter geometry, an improved barrel cooling system and next generation gearbox technology. The extruder is equipped with an EPIC III® control system that features a streamlined console, high-data transmission rate and improved graphics. It is also engineered with smart extruder technology for preventative maintenance monitoring of vibration, oil composition, motor parameters, heater status, screw wear algorithm and energy consumption. Other advantages include a high wear-resistant barrel and feedscrew, an integrated melt pump with controls, static mixer and an optimized mezzanine design. The extruder can be fit with the complete line of Davis-Standard DSB® feedscrews including the DSB I, DSB II, DSB III and DSB III-Plus designs as well as the TS DSBM, TS Metering and TS DS-Blend, in addition to a variety of metering screws and other specialized designs. www.davis-standard.com Huber Closes Sale of Silica Business to Evonik The J.M. Huber Corporation, Edison, NJ, USA, has completed the sale of the Silica business unit of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) to Evonik Industries AG, a global specialty chemicals company. The US$630 million transaction, completed after approvals from the European Commission and other global regulatory bodies, transfers ownership of the HEM Silica facilities in North America, Europe and Asia to Evonik. Strategically, the transfer of the Silica business is advantageous for both companies. Proceeds from the sale will enable Huber to invest and expand its product portfolio in other areas, including potential future acquisitions of specialty chemicals or materials businesses. For Evonik, bringing together the two diverse Silica businesses will further improve the company’s value proposition as an integrated global provider, better positioned to serve a broader base of customer needs, particularly in North America and Asia. Huber will continue as usual to serve its HEM customers who use other nonsilica materials such as ground calcium carbonate and fire-retardant additives across a broad range of applications. As an expert in developing and manufacturing specialty engineered materials, HEM takes great pride in delivering exceptional products and service to its industrial customers worldwide. www.huber.com Capacity Boost for Teijin Technora Aramid Fiber Teijin’s Aramid Business has announced the completion of a new production line at its Technora production facility in Matsuyama, Japan. As of now, extra Technora capacity is available for Teijin Aramid’s customers globally. The investment was announced in March 2016 and from now on the extra production line at the Technora production facility in Matsuyama, Japan, is ready to produce on full capacity. Technora was independently developed by Teijin in Japan and has been available since 1987. Technora aramid fiber features high tensile strength and resistance to impact, fatigue, chemicals, moisture and heat; meeting the specific requirements of a range of applications such as reinforcement materials for transmission belts and hoses for industrial and automotive applications and the oil and gas industry. The demand for Technora is continuously growing and has been produced by full-capacity operation, with its global market steadily increasing since 2014. Gert Frederiks, CEO and President of Teijin Aramid BV, said, “With the expansion of our Technora capacity we are able to meet the growing market demand for this unique hig-performance product. We are working on very interesting developments in offshore such as cables for lifting applications. The product has proven itself for already 30 years now and is used in many different applications and markets.” Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids with production locations in the Netherlands, Thailand and Japan. www.teijinaramid.com www.teijinendumax.com M. Holland to Acquire T&T Marketing Resin distributor M. Holland Company, Northbrook IL, USA, has announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire T&T Marketing, a leading distributor of polymer resins and compounds to the wire and cable market. Headquartered in Andover, MA, USA, T&T has annual revenues of about US$40 million and distributes throughout the United States and Canada. “We identified wire and cable as an attractive market segment, but lacked the technical expertise and product portfolio to effectively compete,” said Marc Fern, M. Holland Commercial Vice President. “T&T is extraordinarily strong in both, making it a perfect complement to our Business Development Group.” M. Holland formed its Business Development Group in 2016 to apply focused marketing, technical and applications development resources to certain markets. The group currently is comprised of market development teams focused on automotive, healthcare, flexible packaging, rotational molding and color and compounding markets. T&T Marketing has 26 employees and ships from seven strategically located warehouses in the USA and Canada. It provides a wide range of testing and applications development services at its lab in Easton, PA, USA. T&T Marketing will continue to be led by Owner and President, Tom Jordan, and all employees will be retained. Said Jordan, “We are delighted to be linking with M. Holland, the ideal partner to help take T&T to the next level. Besides the scale and resources M. Holland provides, we share the same core values, which was very important to us.” T&T Marketing has been represented by M&A advisor Trudeau & Trudeau Associates of Boston. “First and foremost, we think that T&T Marketing will be a great cultural fit,” said Ed Holland, President and CEO of M. Holland Company. He also noted that T&T Marketing’s technical and commercial teams each have more than 30 years of industryspecific experience. “At M. Holland, we pride ourselves on developing best-in-class talent, and we believe T&T Marketing will make a great addition to the M. Holland family,” continued Holland. This transaction is expected to close in November 2017. www.mholland.com Bartell Adds Shelly Brennan to Its Wire & Cable Group Bartell Machinery Systems, headquartered in Rome, NY, USA, has announced the addition of a new Sales Engineer for the Wire and Cable business unit, Shelly Brennan. Brennan’s role will focus on customer-facing activities that reaffirm and expand Bartell’s markets presence with domestic customers while supporting business growth opportunities internationally. This role reports to Bartell’s Director of Wire and Cable Sales, Tim Murphy, and will be based out of the Rome office. Brennan brings over 10 years of sales experience within various industrial environments to the position. Most recently as a Manufacturing Account Manager at Grainger, Brennan developed a strong ability to understand customers’ needs and deliver key solutions in competitive manufacturing environments which allowed them to remain competitive. Murphy added that, “With our focus on continued growth Shelly’s customer-centric approach will help solidify, to existing and new customers, what makes Bartell a leading supplier; helping our customers win in the market with superior products and service.” From 1992 to 2000, Brennan also served as a U.S. Army Reservist. Bartell Machinery Systems is a global leader in providing highlyengineered industrial manufacturing equipment for the tire and rubber, oil and gas and wire and cable industries. Bartell has delivered innovative solutions to leading manufacturers since 1940, with over 8500 machines installed worldwide. Bartell has sales and service capability around the globe. www.bartellmachinery.com Sandvik Hyperion Adds Jerry Blanton as Sales Director Americas Sandvik Hyperion has announced that Jerry Blanton is joining the company as Sales Director Americas. Blanton comes with a wide leadership experience in the industry, and in this role he will be responsible for the regional sales teams and their strategic direction for all the hard and superhard advanced materials businesses. According to Alexandra Kusoffsky, VP Sales, “These are exciting times for Hyperion and our markets, Jerry has the energy we need to make sure we provide a great experience to our loyal customers in Americas.” Sandvik Hyperion is a leader in hard and super-hard materials, with over 60 years of experience in cemented carbide, diamond and cubic boron nitride technologies and applications. www.hyperion.sandvik.com Borealis Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Student Innovation Award Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its international Borealis Student Innovation Award. Created to support outstanding young academics working in the fields of polyolefins and base chemicals, the award embodies the Borealis aim of Value Creation through Innovation by honoring three visionary and pioneering research papers each year. The Borealis Student Innovation Award recognizes outstanding thesis or dissertation research papers at the three graduate degree levels—bachelor, master and doctoral. In this tenth year of the competition, students from around the world working in a range of fields—sustainability, chemistry, polymer chemistry, polymer science, polymer analytics, technical chemistry, mechanical and industrial engineering; or those engaged in developing specific applications in polyolefins, olefins or base chemicals, are eligible to submit an application. High-level representatives from the Borealis research team serve on the Borealis Student Innovation Award jury. Winners in the anniversary year 2018 will receive an all-expense paid trip in May 2018 to Stenungsund, Sweden, where they will visit the Borealis Innovation Centre. While there, winners will meet with Borealis scientists and engineers and discuss their research papers with the Borealis research team. The recipients also receive a monetary award ranging from €1000 for the bachelor awardee, to €2000 for the winning master’s thesis, and finally €5000 for the winning doctoral application. www.borealisgroup.com DSM Increases Global Production Capacity for F.O. Materials Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announces that it has increased capacity with the addition of the DSM-AGI Taiwan facility for production of UV curable coatings for its fiber optic materials business. This expansion allows the business to meet increased customer demand and provide a local supply chain for the Asia market. DSM’s fiber optic business continues to grow with the increased demand for high-speed and quality telecommunication networks. The complete of the acquisition of the joint venture partnership with AGI on August 9, 2017, allowed the business to expand its manufacturing footprint to the Taiwan facility. AGI has many years of experience in the production of UV curable materials and the business team has been working closely with customers to qualify coatings that are produced at this facility. “We are excited about the growth that is taking place in the telecommunications industry and as a result expand production of the DeSolite® Supercoatings product line to our facility in Taiwan,” said Aukje Doornbos, President of DSM Functional Materials. “The team in Taiwan is very experienced producing UV curable materials and this investment allows us to have more capacity available to meet our product demands and to provide local supply to our customers.” www.dsm.com Aurora Plastics Acquires S&E Specialty Polymers Aurora Plastics, LLC, a leader in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds, has announced the acquisition of compounder, S&E Specialty Polymers of located in Lunenburg, MA, USA. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ second acquisition this year and represents the company’s initial expansion into thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and further expansion into the company’s flexible PVC capabilities. S&E builds on Aurora Plastics’ ongoing commitment to offering the highest quality PVC products in the industry, backed by the best customer service. “S&E Specialty Polymers has a strong history of solving customer problems with unique compound solutions, combined with a strong focus on customer service and response,” said Darrell Hughes, CEO at Aurora. “Aurora and S&E share a common focus on being our customers’ first choice in polymer compounds.” The combined company offers a broad range of custom compounding capabilities and technologies including rigid PVC powders; rigid and flexible PVC pellets (cubes and hexcut); lear, opaque and colored flexible PVC with a variety of properties; rigid cellular PVC (Auroralite™); clear rigid and flexible PVC; PVC/acrylic pellets (AuroraShield ™); chlorinated polyethylene (CPE); custom thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO); low-smoke, zero-halogen compounds (LSOH); styrene-butadienestyrene (SBS) and styrene-ethylene/ butylene-styrene (SEBS) block copolymers; plastic concentrates; and purge compounds The acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers further expands Aurora Plastics’ supply chain and manufacturing footprint across the United States and Canada, allowing more efficient support for customers. www.sespoly.com LANXESS Urethane Systems to Research Next-Gen Materials The Urethane Systems business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, Cologne, Germany, decided to join the Center for UMass/ Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA, in order to enhance its scientific research on next generation materials. CUMIRP acts as a cross-roads where university research and education meet with industrial partners in polymer materials, engineering and processing to leverage resources and foster collaboration. LANXESS will join Flammability Cluster (Cluster F) and Mechanical Properties & Additive Manufacturing Cluster (Cluster M). This collaboration targets the development of novel urethane materials, it focuses on in-depth understating of structureproperty relationships to develop new process methods and new chemistries. The collaboration came into effect in October 2017. In the long run, LANXESS expects cost savings through sophisticated, highly efficient solutions as well as benefits in business competition by using progressive technologies and the recruiting of qualified specialists. Furthermore, access to other companies who could be potential partners and/or customers will be provided. Dr. Polina Ware, Head of Global Research and Development at LANXESS Urethane Systems business unit, said, “The research clusters are targeted towards specific research areas and allow small team dynamics and interactions as well as collaboration between industrial members, faculty and students. This team-oriented approach fosters crossindustry collaboration as well as gives us access to top experts in polymer science as consultants. As members of Cluster M and F, we expect to gain potential cost savings and business growth though new product innovation.” www.lanxess.com New England Wire Selects CableSuite from InnoVites InnoVites B.V. announces that New England Wire Technologies Corporation (NEWT) has selected CableSuite as its IT platform of choice. NEWT selected the CableSuite to streamline its business processes across the company and enhance productivity of resources. CableSuite offers the state-of-the-art technology that provides NEWT the business solution, specific to its industry, to achieve its objectives. NEWT intends to position itself for future growth and looked for sustainable IT solutions that would give the company a long-term competitive advantage. After a thorough selection process, in which multiple options were considered, NEWT decided that the CableSuite would be the best solution to achieve this objective. The CableSuite from Innovates provides multiple components including the following: • CableERP is the complete ERP solution for wire and cable manufacturers, based on the advanced Microsoft Dynamics D365. It comes with all features that are needed for this specific industry. • CableBuilder is the leading cable design software that enhances the processes of engineering, costing and product data maintenance. • CableMES is the modern MES application for the cable industry, designed to improve the OEE for the cable factory. It easily integrates with machines and provides operators on-line information about the status of machines, quality of products and progress of jobs. Tom White, President at NEWT, said, “CableSuite is the right solution for NEWT. As innovative cable manufacturer we have special requirements that are not covered by other business solutions. With the CableSuite we avoid customizations and have a sustainable solution out-of-the-box that will help us execute our strategy for the future.” Albert Groothedde, CEO at InnoVites, added, “We are very proud to serve NEWT as our customer. NEWT is a leading and innovative company that delivers specialized wire and cable solutions to the market. We look forward to a long-term partnership, using our business solutions and services to leverage the unique capabilities of this company.” InnoVites is partner of Cimteq, the owner of the CableBuilder and CableMES software. www.innovites.com Gendon Polymer Announces UL Approval of GenNex™ LSHF Gendon Polymer Services, located in Bolton, Ontario, Canada, has recently announced the approval of its GenNex™ 3350 Low Smoke Halogen Free Primary Insulation by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Gendon Polymer Services has received notification from Underwriters Laboratories that the GenNex 3350 LSNH Primary Insulation product has successfully passed all required testing to UL44 for an RHH/RHW-2 product, and has been added to the UL QMTT2 Bulletin for use as a primary insulation at voltages up to 2 kV. The listing of the GenNex 3350 primary will allow Gendon’s customers to immediately use the product for ULlisted products requiring a low-smoke, halogen-free primary insulation. To obtain additional information and technical specifi cations on GenNex 3350 LSNH Primary Insulation, visit: www.gendon.com Cimteq Wins WCNW Award for Export and International Trade Cimteq Ltd., a leading software provider for the design and manufacture of cables, has won the award for Export and International Trade by the WCNW Chamber of Commerce. Cimteq Ltd. was awarded the trophy at the WCNW Chamber Annual Ball, which was held on October 13, 2017. The award recognizes companies that stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant increases in their export activity. Ali Shehab, the Chief Executive Officer at Cimteq Ltd., said, “We at Cimteq have always worked hard to be the best at what we do. But it is very special when the Chamber of Commerce recognizes our contribution to the industry and the economy.” Cimteq was established in 1998 and now boasts a portfolio of more than 200 customers on a global scale including Southwire, Nexans and JDR. The company provides service to companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, South America, United States, Canada and China. The company actively exhibits on a worldwide basis at exhibitions including Interwire, IWCS and wire in Germany. www.cimteq.com CTS Global Incorporated Purchases NAKO Incorporated Chris Semonelli, President of CTS Global Incorporated, which is the representative for Marldon airwipes and traverse units, has recently announce the purchase of NAKO Incorporated, which is one of the premier manufacturers of payoffs and take-up units in the wire manufacturing industry. The payoffs and take-ups that are available from NAKO Incorporated are machines of very high quality, which are competitively priced and are relatively free of maintenance requirements. Semonelli states that this acquisition represents the beginning of a great partnership with a synergistic impact that will propel the resulting company to a level of service for its existing and future customer base unequaled in the industry today. Semonelli says that to learn more about the new partnership combination, please visit the CTS Global Incorporated website listed below. www.ctsglobalinc.com. FRX Polymers Appoints Ina Jiang & Dr. Ulrich Girrbach to Key Posts FRX Polymers Inc., located in Chelmsford, MA, USA, a global leader in polymeric halogen-free, flameretardant solutions, has announced a pair of key personnel appointments as part of its focused development and commercialization of a breakthrough line of halogen-free flame retardant (FR) products. FRX Polymers Inc. has recently named Ina Jiang to the position of Vice President of Marketing. The company has also announced Dr. Ulrich Girrbach as Vice President of Fibers and Textiles. The appointments were announced recently by Marc-André Lebel, President and Chief Executive Offiers of FRX Polymers. “We’re pleased to announce these important personnel appointments as FRX Polymers Inc. moves forward to commercialize its unique non-halogen polymeric flame retardants for a range of markets,” commented Lebel. “We are excited to be able to attract such great, talented people who will assist us in managing and directing our technical and marketing resources through an exciting period of growth.” Ina Jiang, who will be based at FRX Polymers headquarters in Chelmsford, will oversee the company’s overall marketing efforts. She is a Chinese national who previously served as Global Strategic Marketing Manager and then the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Chemtura Corp. J Jiang brings a broad range of experience in flame-retardant materials, coppe-clad laminates and foam products for electronics, plastics, industry, transportation and building and construction markets. “I look forward to joining a dynamic team and driving our global strategic marketing efforts with the goal of delivering exponential growth for our unique FR products,” said Jiang. Dr. Ulrich Girrbach, who will be stationed in Dusseldorf, Germany, has held several high-level managerial positions in companies operating in the fibers and textiles industries. “I am excited to join this fast-growing company and help them to globally expand their true sustainable footprint in the area of flame-retardant additives for fibers and textiles,” commented Dr. Girrbach. Dr. Girrbach served as Director and Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Sales for Hoechst/Trevira. He developed and implemented a global marketing strategy for flame-retardant fibers and intermediate yarns, leading to strong growth in the USA (greater than 70% over two years). As the Global Marketing Manager for Trevira CS, Dr. Girrbach was involved in the introduction of comprehensive market segmentation for different end users. He was also involved with a unique product branding strategy, which resulted in strong sales growth for the company. FRX Polymers Inc. is the developer and manufacturer of a new, environmentally friendly line of inherently flame-retardant plastics and oligomers, whoich are trade named Nofia®. Additionally, FRX Polymers Inc. is the global leader in halogen-free polymeric flame-retardant solutions. To learn more about the products and services available from FRX Polyemers, visit: www.frxpolymers.com
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