News Article | May 8, 2017
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced that the month of May is Certified Composites Technician (CCT) Month. CCT is recognized as the only certification program of its kind in the composites industry, and CCT Month celebrates the program’s benefits and contributions to industry professionals, technicians, companies, institutions, and the industry-at-large. Created by ACMA in 1999 as a response to the industry’s clear need for uniform training and technical skills, the CCT program provides consistent core knowledge for all current and aspiring members of the composites industry. The program is designed to elevate industry standards, enhance production performance, upgrade individual levels of knowledge and skill, and recognize professional expertise. The program offers various program-specific certifications, covering a wide range of processes and products within the composites industry, including cast polymer, compression molding, corrosion, light resin transfer molding, open molding, vacuum infusion, and wind blade repair. To kick off CCT Month, ACMA held a CCT Instructor course at Polynt Composites’ Application Center in North Kansas City, Mo. The course was an opportunity for current CCT qualified individuals to become qualified instructors. Participants who successfully complete the course are certified to teach CCT study courses and administer the CCT exams to candidates. These CCT- Instructors will be able to take the learned skills and provided materials back to their company and throughout the industry to deliver more effective and engaging training. According to ACMA Director of Certification Andrew Pokelwaldt, fifteen enrolled CCT candidates attended the course, the highest number in years. “Many employers we meet with have employees who don’t last because they don’t have the training they need to succeed,” explained Pokelwaldt, a certified composites technician himself. “By participating in CCT, not only can businesses help themselves by developing employees, but they can also create a pool of experts who can train other employees.” Tomorrow, ACMA will hold a CCT Open Molding review webinar at 11 am EST. The webinar will provide an opportunity to better understand and review industry standard open molding terminology, techniques and standards. For more information on getting certified in composites, visit ACMA’s Education Hub.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Vector Marketing, the sales and marketing arm of Cutco Cutlery, has created a new Application Center to streamline the application process for its sales representatives. The center is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It will employ 28 people seasonally to accommodate the swell of applications Vector sees as students seek summer work and jobs with flexible schedules. Vector Marketing contracts with tens of thousands of college students each year. These Vector student sales reps are responsible for selling millions of dollars of the world’s finest cutlery. Vector is making every effort to make the application process smooth and easy, said recruiting operations manager Jacob Coon. “This effort dramatically increases our application efficiency process,” said Coon, who has been with the company for some 18 years. “Vector offers a state-of-the-art, responsive application process, offering immediate access to the summer student work experience.” Applicants looking for summer work can visit the Vector Marketing Work for Students website. From that application site, they can request and schedule an interview via text message with a local Vector Marketing manager. Agents at the Application Center will help schedule these appointments, supporting an existing worldwide recruiting team. Vector Marketing recently named Kalamazoo, Michigan resident Beth Shishmanian its U.S. Application Manager, responsible for the Application Center. Shishmanian said she is excited to use modern technology such as text messaging to effectively communicate with students applying for work. “I am thrilled to implement a program that will enhance Vector Marketing’s recruiting operations for this day and age,” she said. “Text messaging is now standard communication for many people. It allows for both speed and efficiency. The center allows for this natural development and will be the hub of recruiting innovation for Vector Marketing.” About Vector Marketing: Vector Marketing is the marketing and sales arm of Cutco Cutlery, a 65-year-old company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Olean, New York. Vector sells Cutco products through a national team of sales representatives primarily consisting of motivated college students who are trained to do in-home and virtual demonstrations on a pre-set basis. Vector Marketing has over 200 locations nationwide and works with students of all majors with any levels of professional experience.
News Article | November 16, 2016
SINGAPORE, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore continued to be a hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups in Q3 2016, with the number of companies with a share capital of S$10,000 or less representing 76% of all business formations during the quarter, according to Hawksford's Singapore New Business Trends (previously known as the Singapore Business Formations Report) for the third quarter of 2016. The trend represents a small increase (1%) on Q2 2016, but further reinforces Singapore's reputation as an attractive place to launch new businesses. Against an uncertain global economic backdrop, entrepreneurs continue to flock to Singapore to capitalize on the business friendly regulatory framework of the region, which allows companies to register with a share capital of as little as S$1. The report also found that Singapore remains a popular destination for foreign enterprises to set up their regional operations and innovation centers. Despite the weak global economic recovery there were 32 Foreign Company Branch Offices registered in Singapore in Q3. The share of foreign subsidiaries and companies set up by foreigners also remained unchanged at 47% and 44% respectively. In Q3 Dentsu Aegis Network launched its Global Innovation Center, Philips launched an Application Center, CITIC launched an Innovation Center and energy giant, ENGIE, launched a green energy lab. The number of Exempt and Non Exempt Private Companies registered a year-over-year increase of 3.2% and 0.2% respectively for the third quarter. The surge in these two categories against Q3 2015 reflects the business optimism that remains unfazed amidst the lingering uncertainties of the global economy. In Q3 2016, the share of foreign held companies in the total company formation was 51%, slightly higher than the wholly locally held companies that accounted for 49%. The trend of a higher share of foreign held companies emerged since the preceding quarter, highlighting the growth in foreign investments in Singapore. Likewise, the share of companies with more than S$100,000 paid up capital has also remained constant since the preceding quarter. Jacqueline Low, COO of Hawksford Singapore, said, 'Singapore continues to offer attractive regulatory frameworks that support the growth of new and established businesses. The upturn in foreign held companies and start ups in Q3 provides a strong endorsement for the region's business credentials. 'The year on year growth of the Exempt and Non Exempt Private Company categories, though just moderate, bodes well for the business sentiments despite the economic headwinds. The continued uptick in the share of foreign held companies is a strong affirmation of Singapore as a regional business hub and going by the business service sector's measure, the business barometer is still reading healthy and we remain upbeat for the rest of the year.'
News Article | December 16, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hexion Inc. (“Hexion” or the “Company”) today announced plans to build a new European technology center in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany. The new facility will consolidate activities from several research and development facilities located in nearby Duisburg. The facility will be located at the Dieprahm Technology Park and includes an existing 1,400 square meter (15,000 square feet) building housing office and warehouse space, adjacent to which will be built a 1,600 square meter (17,200 square feet) new laboratory facility. “The new facility in Kamp-Lintfort will add additional capacity, increase opportunities for innovation, and stimulate growth,” said Craig Morrison, Chairman, President and CEO. “By consolidating activities that had been decentralized, we will be able to better leverage diverse skill sets across multiple businesses and industry segments on behalf of our global customers. We have a strong track record of partnering with our customers and the new technology center will further accelerate our ability to collaborate with customers on new product development initiatives.” The new facility will house research and development activities including the Transportation Research and Application Center (TRAC), which develops technology solutions to enable growth of composites for the automotive industry. The Kamp-Lintfort facility will also increase Hexion’s process technology research and improve formulation development capabilities for coatings, civil engineering, aerospace composites and electrical casting applications. This new facility will complement Hexion’s high-tech lab dedicated to wind energy applications in Esslingen Germany, which is housed within a high-capacity specialty epoxy resin blending facility. “We are looking forward to moving into a new research and development facility so that we can further support novel developments in strategic technologies, such as composites and water-borne coatings, and continue to foster an innovative culture,” said Jody Bevilaqua, Chief Operating Officer. Modifications to the existing building and initial construction on the new facility are expected to begin immediately. The Company plans to complete the project in mid-2018. The new site at Dieprahm Technology Park is approximately 15 miles (24.2 km) from Hexion’s existing facility in Duisburg. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. (formerly known as Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.) is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Hexion Inc. is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about Hexion Inc. and its products is available at www.hexion.com.
News Article | December 8, 2016
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2016) - Integran (Canada) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Christian Koenen GmbH (Germany) to act as the exclusive distributor of Nanovate™ SMD Solder Stencil Foils in Europe. "Integran is very pleased to have entered into this partnership with Christian Koenen GmbH, known for their high tech capabilities in laser-cut SMD and Semicon Stencils," says Gino Palumbo, CEO of Integran Technologies Inc. "We've seen some outstanding properties from Integran's Nanovate™ materials, and they are certainly translating into stencil performance," says Michael Zahn, industry veteran and Business Development Manager at Christian Koenen GmbH. "We strive to deliver the highest quality product to our customers and we search the world for the best materials to do so," he says, adding that "we recognize the need for innovation to spread across the industry, so we will be distributing Nanovate™ foils throughout Europe." Christian Koenen GmbH - HighTech Stencils (www.christian-koenen.de) is specialised in the manufacture of high-precision metal stencils for technical printing. The highest product quality is reflected in all processes. In the fully air-conditioned manufacturing facilities, the company produces stencils for wafer, LTCC and SMD technology on eight state-of-the-art cutting lasers, including three LPKF MicroCut II. An extensive range of measuring and quality assurance technologies are available for product quality inspection. The company is ISO 9001-2000 certified. Through technological innovations and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, the company has developed to the technologically leading stencil manufacturer within only a few years. Christian Koenen GmbH also operates an in-house Application Center. It provides facilities for implementing process optimisations and printing tests based on customer parameters and materials. The achieved results are incorporated into the custom-designed stencils of the customers and represent the basis for stable and reproducible production processes Integran Technologies Inc. (www.integran.com) is a leading international supplier of nanotechnology-enabled metallurgical products and services. Operating under AS9100C/ISO9001 quality standards for the aerospace and defense sectors, Integran is already a leading supplier of fine-grained electroformed hard nickel foils (www.nanovatefoils.com) to the North American market with a reputation for high quality manufacturing and customer service with fast (2-3 business day) turnaround.
News Article | November 16, 2016
Heidelberg Instruments, a leader in design, development and production of laser lithography and Maskless Aligner Systems, has announced the opening of its Process And Application Center in Suzhou, China, in partnership with Stella International Corporation. The new PAL cleanroom will house state of the art Heidelberg Instruments MLA 150 Maskless Aligner System, as well as supporting process, measurement, and analytical tools. “The new clean room will be our first fully dedicated technical application center in China and will be managed by some of our most experienced technical staff”, states Alexander Forozan, Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development. “It will boost our plans for continued presence and success in the region, enable us to closely interact with the leading lithography and micro technology manufacturers and researchers in China and will provide an effective tool for future business and technology development”. About Heidelberg Instruments, GmbH: With an installation base of over 700 systems in more than 50 countries, Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH is a world leader in production of high precision laser and maskless lithography systems. Due to their flexibility, these systems are used in research, development and industrial applications for direct writing and photomask production by some of the most prestigious universities and industry leaders in the areas of MEMS, BioMEMS, Nano Technology, ASICS, TFT, Plasma Displays, Micro Optics, and many other related applications.
News Article | November 29, 2016
« Audi deploying smart glove Mark from ProGlove in logistics department at Ingolstadt | Main | California Air Resources Board posts revised draft of strategy to reduce “Super Pollutants” » Toshiba Corporation broke ground on a new Hydrogen Application Center at its Fuchu Complex in western Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation in April 2017, the center will be built around a newly designed H2One hydrogen power system that will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen and supply it to fuel-cell powered forklifts operating in Fuchu Complex. The system is controlled by Toshiba’s hydrogen energy management system, H2EMS, which includes a new hydrogen demand prediction function that forecasts supply requirements for fuel cell vehicles, allowing space saving optimization of the area devoted to hydrogen storage.
News Article | November 28, 2016
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today broke ground on a new Hydrogen Application Center at its Fuchu Complex in western Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation in April 2017, the center will be built around a newly designed H2One™ hydrogen power system that will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen and supply it to fuel-cell powered forklifts operating in Fuchu Complex. Fuel cells can be quickly refueled and are available 24 hours a day, a clear advantage over batteries
News Article | November 29, 2016
« DOE to award nearly $25M to enable innovative electrical motors used in manufacturing | Main | Toshiba begins construction on integrated Hydrogen Application Center » Audi has begun using smart gloves from Munich-based startup ProGlove in its international logistics department at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, where the group handles the worldwide dispatch of car components. The glove—named “Mark”—has an embedded barcode scanner on its back; employees trigger the scanning function by pressing the thumb and first finger together. As a result, the users have both hands free and can work more ergonomically, without needing to pick up and put down a conventional barcode scanner. After a four week pilot phase, Audi employees are now using ten of these wearables in five positions in the Ingolstadt plant. The intelligent glove has an ergonomically optimized trigger button on the index finger, which operates the scanner when it is pressed against the thumb. The employee doesn’t have to focus on the barcode, because the scanning function is integrated in the natural hand movement. By means of optical (LED light), acoustical (buzzer) and tactile (vibration) signals, the user knows that the article has been scanned. The scanner communicates with the receiver unit by radio. This access point is connected via USB or a normal serial connector; the installation of additional software is not necessary. The battery charge is designed to last for the period of a working shift and can then be fully recharged within two hours. Audi’s deployment of the Mark gloves in the CKD Packing area is the first step towards widespread use of wearables in production. In parallel with CKD Packing in Ingolstadt, the glove is also being tested in pilot phases in other areas of production at Audi. ProGlove was founded in December 2014 by Thomas Kirchner (CEO), Jonas Girardet (CTO), Paul Günther (Product Engineer) and Alexander Grots (Advisor) after winning the Intel “Make It Wearable” Challenge in Silicon Valley. This year, ProGlove has successfully closed its first funding round of $2.2 million led by Intel Capital, GETTYLAB, and Bayern Kapital. ProGlove’s goal is to bring wearables to industrial environments and prepare the worker for Industry 4.0.
News Article | November 29, 2016
« Toshiba begins construction on integrated Hydrogen Application Center | Main | Nemaska Lithium announces drill results from Doris discovery; new lithium bearing zone » The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a revised draft of California’s proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy. SLCPs are a category of pollutants which remain in the atmosphere for a relatively brief period, but have global warming potentials that are much higher than those of CO . SLCPs may account for an estimated 40% of global warming, increasing the impacts of climate change. SLCPs include black carbon (soot), methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—the fastest-growing source of GHG emissions in California and globally—which are used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants and insulation. Black carbon. California has already cut anthropogenic black carbon emissions by more than 90% since the 1960s, and existing measures are projected to cut mobile source emissions by 75% and total anthropogenic emissions by nearly 60% between 2000 and 2020. These reductions have come from strong efforts to reduce on-road vehicle emissions, especially diesel particulate matter. Car and truck engines used to be the largest sources of anthropogenic black carbon emissions in California; the existing air quality policies will virtually eliminate black carbon emissions from on-road diesel engines within 10 years. With the reduction in on-road black carbon, regulators are turning to focus on off-road mobile, fuel combustion in the industrial and power sectors, and woodstoves and fireplaces. Although wildfire is the largest source of black carbon in California, the legislative direction and intent of SB 1383 is to include only non-forest sources of black carbon in the target. Therefore a target for forest-derived black carbon emission reductions is not included in the SLCP Strategy. Methane. The major sources of methane in California are livestock (~30% of the state’s methane emissions), followed by landfills and oil and gas production. Methane is 72 times more efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO , which is the most prevalent global warming gas. CO remains in the atmosphere for up to a century. Methane and the other SLCPs have much shorter lives, but do disproportionate damage. New legislation (Senate Bill 1383, Lara) requires, among other things, that state agencies and affected stakeholders develop measures to reduce methane emissions from dairy and other livestock operations. The revised draft of the SLCP Strategy includes a more detailed look at how this might be accomplished through extensive collaboration with the industry and other stakeholders. The draft SLCP Strategy also takes into consideration public and stakeholder comments on other aspects of the revised strategy, as well as other legislative requirements. The SLCP Strategy also establishes a goal of reducing fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas by 40% below current levels in 2025 and a minimum 45% in 2030, and from all other sources by 40% in 2030. This aligns with the federal government’s current goal of reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations by 40–45% below 2012 levels by 2025. The ARB is developing a regulation to reduce fugitive methane emissions from the oil and gas production, processing and storage sector, which will be among the most stringent such regulations in the country. HFCs. More than three-quarters of HFC emissions in California come from the use of refrigerants in the commercial, industrial, residential, and transportation sectors. The “Kigali Amendment” resulting from the annual Montreal Protocol Meeting of Parties in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda targets phasing down the production of HFCs globally. The agreement requires a reduction in the production and supply of HFCs for developed countries, including the US, as follows: 10% reduction in 2019; 40% in 2024, 70% in 2029, 80% in 2034, and 85% in 2036. Developing countries will not have to begin the phasedown until 2029, and will be allowed until 2045 to reach the 85% reductions in HFC consumption. The ARB will sponsor a third-party assessment of the impact of the Kigali Amendment on HFC emissions and reductions in California, especially as they pertain to meeting the 40% emission reduction goal. The assessment will be completed in early 2017, and pending results of the assessment, specific HFC reduction measures may be revised accordingly. In this SLCP Strategy, we outline SLCP emission reduction actions that provide a wide array of climate, health, and economic benefits throughout the State. The State’s organic waste should be put to beneficial use, such as for soil amendments/compost, electrical generation, transportation fuel, and pipeline-injected renewable natural gas. Organic wastes converted to biogas could supply enough renewable natural gas for about 2 million residential units. Practical solutions must be developed and implemented to overcome barriers to waste gas utilization for pipeline injection and grid interconnection. Additional data on SLCP sources must be collected in order to improve California’s SLCP emission inventory and better understand potential mitigation measures. Finally, the State should provide incentives to accelerate market transitions to cleaner technologies that foster significant system-wide solutions to cut emissions of SLCPs. Many of the sources and sectors responsible for SLCP emissions are concentrated in communities with high levels of pollution or unemployment, which could especially benefit from targeted investments to improve public health and boost economic growth. CARB began publicly evaluating controls for SLCPs with the first AB 32 Scoping Plan in 2008. Since then Governor Brown signed SB 32 (Pavley), codifying a reductions target for statewide GHG emissions of 40 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030. SLCP emission reductions will support achieving these targets. Also, Senate Bill 605 (Lara, 2014) requires ARB to develop a plan to reduce emissions of SLCPs, while SB 1383 requires the Board to complete and approve the plan by 1 January 2018. SB 1383 also sets targets for statewide reductions in SLCP emissions of 40% below 2013 levels by 2030 for methane and HFCs and 50% below 2013 levels by 2030 for human-caused black carbon, as well as provides specific direction for reductions from dairy and livestock operations and from landfills by diverting organic waste. Research now shows that immediate action to cut super pollutants in California will reduce damage to forests and crops, lower background ozone and help clean the air in the state’s most polluted regions, including the Central Valley. The SLCP Strategy is due to come before the Board for consideration in March 2017.