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CDI Energy Products, a global leader in high-performance polymer products, has qualified new elastomeric materials suitable for robust multi-industry applications. Base Resistant Elastomers (BREs) were initially created to serve the energy market for critical downhole applications. The BRE material development process was driven in collaboration with a long-term CDI energy market partner. Through our product development programs, this initial customer specific opportunity evolved into a set of non-proprietary materials available to all customers.

CDI Energy Products, a global leader in high-performance polymer wear components, just announced the launch of its latest case study on custom-engineered PEEK valve seats. The case study, entitled “CDI’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced PEEK Material Selected for New Valve Design” offers readers an insider’s view of an ambitious project where a leading manufacturer of high-performance valves sought to partner with CDI to redesign one of their highest volume products, with a target goal of completion and commercialization within one year.

CDI Energy Products has partnered with a global OEM to support a revolutionary electrostatic sprayer to combat COVID-19. CDI has introduced proprietary, custom engineered polymer products (piston cups) for a new electrostatic sprayer that provides 360 degree coverage for increased disinfectant protection. The result is an even 360° coating of disinfectant. Proper disinfection limits transmission of many communicable diseases including COVID-19, influenza, bacterial infections, other viruses.

EP Minerals, a U.S. Silica Company, signed an agreement with Lintech International LLC, a leading National Distributor of Specialty Chemicals, to manage its portfolio of filtration and filler products in specific U.S. markets. Lintech has been awarded an exclusive territory in the Southeastern U.S. for fine filler products and non-exclusive territory for filtration products. The agreement also includes non-exclusive sales regions in the Southwest, West and Midwest where Lintech will represent filler products.

Swan Chemical, Inc., a subsidiary of Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., became the North American Distribution Partner for Molecular Rebar® in Oil (MRO) products from Molecular Rebar Design on August 13th, 2020. MRO products are used in the O&G sector to improve performance of elastomer compounds & parts. For more info, please visit: www.thomas-swan.co.uk

Effective August 1, 2020 Swan Chemical is distributing Molecular Rebar Designs (MRD) carbon nanotubes to the rubber industry. MRD's nanotubes are clean, untangled, dispersed oil and ready for easy incorporation into polar and non-polar rubber compounds using traditional mixing equipment. For more info please visit: www.thomas-swan.co.uk

Active Minerals International LLC (AMI) has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Lintech International LLC to manage its portfolio of air-float kaolin clay products into the Adhesives, Coatings, Composites, Building Products and Sealants markets. Lintech is leading national specialty chemical distributor of resins, monomers, additives, pigments and performance minerals. Since 1983, Lintech has partnered with suppliers to meet the needs of customers in markets including coatings, inks, plastics, rubber, adhesives and composites. 

CDI Energy Products, a global leader in high performance polymer products, recently announced that it has successfully completed the API Spec Q1 Recertification. CDI’s custom engineered materials and wear components, coupled with excellence in manufacturing processes and procedures, are key to the company's respect and trust by industry leaders across the globe. For more info, please visit: www.CDIproducts.com

David Lalancette has joined RDAbbott Canada as Account Manager for Quebec and the Canadian maritime provinces. David has more than 20 years of experience in technical sales and account management. In his new role, David will focus on coatings and adhesives manufactured by Parker LORD. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. Prior to joining RDAbbott, he spent most of his career with Canada Colors & Chemicals (CCC), now Brenntag Canada.

MFP Seals recently expanded its injection molding capabilities, with capacities up to 300 ton, and up to 19 inches (485mm). For more info, please visit www.mfpseals.com.

Effective April 1, 2019, Quadrant, a global supplier of a broad range of polymer materials and components to land-based and subsea oil & gas industries, announced it is now officially Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM). The move is a crucial stepping stone in the history of the Quadrant Group, which includes EPP & CMS. Mitsubishi is a leading manufacturer of high-performance thermoplastic materials, with locations in 20 countries and more than 2,800 employees.  

Texas Injection Molding of Houston, Texas has added three new injection molding machines and launched Texas Prototype. Texas Injection Molding is certified to ISO 9001-2015. Texas Prototype is a full-service additive manufacturing company offering design, 3D scanning, SLA, SLS, FDM, polyjet, machining and low volume injection molding.  For more information, visit www.texasinjectiomolding.com or www.texasprototype.com

Salvatore Monte, president of Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc., announced that Kenrich recently focused their expertise and long history of developing industry-leading compounds on the area of graphene. In 2019, Kenrich joined The Graphene Council as a corporate member. Kenrich is one of the groundbreaking companies in specialty chemicals, and has been a vanguard in developing products for the polymer industry.

Rogers Corporation introduces DeWAL® DW402UV and DW 405BNCUV, UHMW-PE materials with a modified formula that aids in withstanding direct sunlight and other forms of UV light.  Chris Brooks, Senior Product Line Manager states, “We can now provide customers with a solution that can withstand the rigors of direct sunlight.” For more info please contact: chris.brooks@rogerscorp.com

Lianda Corporation has named Chad Atzemis as its COO. The newly formed position, along with the current executive team, will focus on developing and executing the company’s vision and growth plans. For more than twenty years, Lianda has been a distributor of specialty rubbers, plastics, and chemicals. The company has established itself as a reliable partner and source of high quality products for the rubber industry.

Element Materials Technology proudly announces the opening of its 55,000 square foot Center of Excellence for Oil & Gas materials testing in Houston. Following the integration of the Houston Exova laboratory and a major upgrade of $5m USD in technologies and technical expertise with ISO 17025 and Nadcap accreditation, the Element Houston site now hosts 150 experts across eight departments.

Effective January 1, 2020, Gary D’Abate will be retiring after 16 years as Technical Director at Pinnacle Elastomeric Technology. Gary has been a major contributor to the company’s growth and establishment of quality systems. Ed Cole, an industry veteran and FKM specialist, has joined Pinnacle as Technical Director. Ed obtained his experience compounding high-performance elastomers at Parker Hannifin and 3M.

After four years as Educational Symposium Chair, EPG Lifetime Member Charles Edwards of CNE Polymers will be stepping down, and replaced by Jim Goodson of JGoodson Polymer Consulting.  Charles has organized some of our organization’s most comprehensive symposiums, and his expertise and organizational efforts will be greatly missed. For more info about CNE: cedwards@cnepolymerconsulting.com

In 2019, Maverix Solutions, Inc. celebrated their 20th year anniversary. For this milestone, Maverix announced a new class of non-silicone ceramic-based mold releases, which will release all elastomer types with one Mavcoat® product. Customers can now consolidate their mold release inventory and upgrade their production value. Please visit www.mavcoatmoldrelease.com to learn more about Mavcoat® mold releases.

Zeon Chemicals in Louisville, KY has announced the retirement of President/CEO Bob Barlow, effective January 1, 2020. Barlow will be succeeded by current Zeon Chemicals VP of Corporate Technology, Michael Recchio. Recchio’s successor as VP of Corporate Technology will be named by the end of 2019. Also, Zeon Chemicals was proudly named one of Rubber & Plastics News’ Best Places to Work in 2019, one of only eight companies in the rubber industry to receive this honor. Zeon Chemicals is the leading producer of specialty elastomers in North America.

Akrochem proudly marks its 90th year of providing high quality rubber chemicals and compounding materials, plus expert technical advice on how to use them. The company’s experienced technical staff is recognized for going “above and beyond” to help customers find the most intelligent solutions. For more info, please contact Akrochem at: www.akrochem.com 

Polymer Products is pleased to announce the acquisition of Griffith Polymers Inc., a leader in custom polyurethane manufacturing located in Tualatin, Oregon. Griffith has been a family-owned organization since the 1960’s and Polymer Products is dedicated to carrying on the company’s legacy. Griffith will continue to operate under the Griffith Polymers’ name, and manufacture the company’s line of products in the current plant.

Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc. (sbhpp) introduces its new Application Development Center in Manchester, Connecticut. SBNA has added capabilities to prototype composite parts through compression, injection, and transfer molding along with machining and microscopy on-site to ensure consistent quality application support. Working together with the OEM, its material and molding specialists provide superior customer prototype support. For more information, contact Glenn Baber at 832.948.2140.

CSI Calendering, Inc., North America’s leading provider of custom-calendering solutions, continues to invest in its manufacturing capabilities with a wide calender producing over 80” material widths, warehouse capacity, and workforce. CSI recently broke ground on a facility expansion for 2020 to drive operating efficiencies and create more opportunities for supplying high quality compounds and textiles, including aramid to its customers.

In 2019, Eutsler Technical Products celebrated its 55th anniversary. An ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Eutsler has acquired new testing equipment for its lab as well as additional presses, lathes and a CMM for inspecting customer parts. Eutsler is also pleased to announce the return and promotion of Andy Anderson as Technical Director. Andy will focus on new development and technical assistance for its customers.

AirBoss Rubber Solutions has invested heavily in its manufacturing, testing and development in the last year, adding 60MM pounds capacity. The company’s Scotland Neck, NC plant received its second 330 liter intermesh style mixer and the Kitchener facility received a new dedicated color line, as well as a state-of-the art A2LA development lab. AirBoss is currently installing a third new line which will support specialty and scale-up requirements in a 35 liter tilt style mixer.

Moss Seal Company announces the addition of a sales office in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. This new location allows the company a more efficient means of reaching its Canadian customers, as well as providing customized stocking options for Moss Seal’s Canadian customer base. Please contact Karen Hetherington @ 780-434-1111 or sales.ca@moss-seal.com for more information about Moss Seal’s Canada operations.

In February of 2019, CTG celebrated its 35 year anniversary.  CTG’s commitment to long term relationships with both customers and suppliers, plus a dedication to continuous improvement, have helped the team at CTG achieve a longstanding legacy of excellence. CEO Cory Jackson is recognized for utilizing key performance indicators and industry trends to help keep CTG healthy in both uptrends and down. For more info: www.ctgasket.com

Vanseal Corporation manufactures mechanical, radial lip, and hydraulic rubber seals, primarily focused on large shaft seal applications for commercial, off-road, AG, fluid pump, and aerospace equipment. The engineering team offers a range of support, from prototype design to making improvements to existing applications. For more info please visit: vansealcorp.com

Longwood Elastomers is proud to be part of Wabtec Corporation [NYSE: WAB] which celebrated its 150th Anniversary in October 2019. The company was founded in 1869 when George Westinghouse invented the locomotive air brake. Wabtec is a diversified, global leader in equipment, components, services, software and systems for transportation and industrial markets.

In Q2 2019, LORD Corporation entered into an agreement to be acquired by Parker Hannifin – a deal that will bring new resources and capabilities, enhancing LORD’s ability to serve its customers while continuing to bring innovative solutions to the market. At press time, Parker’s acquisition of LORD was pending deal closure.

MAPLAN continues to focus on ways to upgrade existing systems alongside its newly structured range of machines at K 2019. A horizontal RAPID+ 700 dual/300 and vertical ERGO+ 6000/400 with automation modules were presented as examples of the new machine range, demonstrating MAPLAN’s capabilities as a purveyor of 360° full-system solutions.

Lintech International, LLC announces its newest strategic partnership with Elkem, one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon-based advanced materials. The addition of this national product line of silicone gums and bases will continue to broaden Lintech’s product portfolio for the rubber industry. For additional information, please visit: lintechinternational.com

In 2019, Gummiwerk KRAIBURG – a leading specialist for the development and manufacture of rubber and silicone compounds – invested in a new Troester calender line. With this additional modern production line, KRAIBURG continues to supply quality calandered sheets used in a wide variety of applications including oil & gas, aerospace, wind energy and many other areas. To find out more, please go to: www.kraiburg-rubber-compounds.com

Founded by Jesse Lowrance in 1964, Lowrance Machine Shop, Inc. is proudly celebrating 55 years in business. Owned and operated today by his son Ron Lowrance, the company is a leading manufacturer of rubber molds and other engineered components. Lowrance operates with an unparalleled attention to service, detail, and solutions…combined with experienced professionals, state-of-the-art equipment, and an array of services. For more info, please visit: www.lowrancemachine.com/

Molded Products, Inc. recently added two new 80”x30”presses to their existing twenty presses, offering even more flexibility and cost-competitive rubber molded solutions. Molded Products Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 manufacturer that processes all rubber elastomers and offers engineering design assistance, specific turn-key solutions and in-house tool & die capabilities. The company manufactures 24 hours a day, five days a week.

IDEX Sealing Solutions welcomes Wayne Sanson as new Vice President of Operations. Wayne will be based at Precision Polymer Engineering’s facility in Blackburn, but will be working closely with their facility in Brenham (TX, USA) as well as other IDEX Sealing Solutions businesses FTL Technology (Leeds, UK), and Novotema S.p.A. (Villongo, Italy). Prior to starting his new role, Wayne held a range of senior positions in manufacturing environments.

Newly established Ensinger Thermoplastic Composites Schweiz GmbH is recognized for outstanding design and engineering experience in the development and manufacturing of parts. Ensinger’s development services include layup design, thermoplastic material selection, mechanical simulation, prototype manufacturing, dimensional and mechanical testing. Visit www.ensingerplastics.com/en/thermoplastic-composites

R.E. Carroll Inc. is pleased to announce its distribution agreement with Delta Energy to distribute their reclaimed Phoenix® Carbon Black product to the elastomer industry. Phoenix Carbon Black’s unique process development does not break all of the sulfur bonds which give carbon black its reinforcing strength as a filler, while providing an economic and ecological benefit to its users. Please visit: www.recarroll.com

Greene Tweed’s Chemraz® perfluoroelastomers celebrate 30 years in service. In October 1989, Greene Tweed launched its first FFKM compound, Chemraz®505. With three decades of proven, reliable performance and continuous R&D, the portfolio has grown to over 80 compounds for unique applications. Additionally, Greene Tweed has acquired Lancer Systems’ product portfolio of fiber optic solutions and related intellectual property to complement their Seal-Connect® electrical connector portfolio.

ARDL announces its new Metravib DMA+2000 Viscoelastic and Fatigue Testing Machine. The MetravibDMA+2000 offers advanced capabilities for mechanical property characterization, frequency sweep, temperature sweep, stress and/or strain amplitude, wave form, and environmental exposure. Available tests include DMA, TMA, tensile/compression tests, glass transition, heat buildup, creep, crack growth, Goodrich flexometer testing, stress relaxation, exothermic reaction, shrinkage and rheological properties.

Material and Design Solutions of Houston is pleased to announce its association with Winova Ltd., Pte of Singapore. Winston Ng and his team will act as local distribution throughout Southeast Asia for all MDS elastomeric and thermoplastic components. Winston has been leading companies, including Greene, Tweed Singapore for over thirty years.Winova will offer MDS’ design capabilities and MDS’ unique FFKM products and polyketone plastic portfolio.