AOC Announces Price Increase for Mexico

AOC Announces Price Increase for US and Canada

Firepel® K120-MTA Halogen-Free/ Fire Retardant Resins Produce Lighter Weight Composites

AOC Announces Price Increase for Europe

AOC Announces Price Increase for Latin America

AOC Announces Price Increase for US and Canada

AOC Named 2012 BMCI Supplier of the Year

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AOC & Hawkeye Manufacturing Innovate Spa Production

AOC Announces Price Increase for Europe

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Enhanced Oil Recovery in Southeast Asia includes Vipel® Technology

AOC Launches Chroma-Tek Website

AOC Announces Price Increase for Latin America and the Caribbean

AOC forms new Global Sales & Marketing Leadership

New AOC Operations Organization Sharpens Customer Focus

AOC Research and Development Team Promotions Enhance Innovation

AOC Leadership Structure Ensures Continued Growth

AOC Announces Price Increase for Caribbean, Central and South America

AOC Announces Price Increase for Europe

AOC, LLC Announces New Leadership

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UV cure provides solution for CIPP repair

New ‘AOC House’ Strengthens Company’s Commitment

AOC Features Styrene-Free and High-Performance Resins at No-Dig Show

AOC Announces Price Increase for Mexico

New vinyl ester series is designed for high-performance CIPP

LEED® certification reinforces AOC’s green leadership

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Brunswick Award recognizes AOC quality and service

Architectural masterpiece takes shape in composite forms

Record-breaking composite CIPP made with Vipel®

AOC expands its Corrosion Team

New FR Resin Guide covers 18 different standards

Leslie Ann Beck joins AOC as Director for Global Communication

New AOC resin makes smoother, lower cost tooling

AOC Announces New Agreement with BASF-Spain

Canada’s largest city takes its greenness underground

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AOC Expands Development of Green Technologies

Composite Stacks Save Taxpayers Money

AOC Realigns its Latin America Distribution Strategy

Green Website Earns Gold Award

Alpha Corporation Celebrates 50 Years With Grand Opening of New Headquarters

Composite Shelters Keep Transit Users Cooler

U.S. fabricator has right fit for Middle East job

Desert environment is no challenge for Vipel®

AOC promotes Lindberg and Harber

Markos makes gains in wind energy

CMS Renamed as AOC (UK) Ltd

Valuable Equipment Is Donated to the University of Memphis

New EcoTek™ no-styrene resin makes Catamaran Cruisers and the Environment better

Alaglas adds “green” appeal to pools, wins industry award

AOC leads composites into the ”green” revolution with EcoTek™

AOC appoints Parker and Oramas to new management positions

Composites withstand waste-to-energy exhaust heat

Composite filters serve huge Dubai water resort

AOC announces executive promotions

New clear gel coat reduces yellowing

SMC takes the heat

Superior Oil to distribute AOC’s complete product line

UV Technology Saves Historic Home

AOC starts European production of Vipel® vinyl esters

Denton turns to proven composite technology

Composite system has capital solution for park odors

Composite prevents steam manhole burns

CIPP provides timely solution for treatment plant

New literature optimizes Vibrin® gel coat selection

New Vicast® A830 casting resins lower costs

REACh Position Statement

Best Solutions to Corrosion Found On-Line

AOC technology helps Delphia Yachts grow

New power plant uses composite stack liner

AOC strengthens its global management strategy

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.04/lb for all polyester resin, gel coat and pigment products sold in Mexico.  Additionally, there will be a price increase of US$0.06/lb for all vinyl ester products sold in Mexico.  These increases are effective for all products shipped on or after February 24, 2014. 

This action is due to recent increases in AOC’s raw material costs.  These raw material costs are driven by the surge in petrochemical feedstocks, specifically aromatics and olefins such as benzene, propylene and ethylene.  In addition, recent energy increases have further impacted costs to produce petrochemicals and resins.  AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with their network of suppliers to manage costs and continue to meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.04/lb in the U.S. and CN$0.09/kilo in Canada for all polyester resin, gel coat and pigment products.  Additionally, there will be a price increase of US$0.06/lb in the U.S. and CN$0.13/kilo in Canada for all vinyl ester products.  These increases are effective for all products shipped on or after February 21, 2014. 

This action is due to recent increases in AOC’s raw material costs.  These raw material costs are driven by the surge in petrochemical feedstocks, specifically aromatics and olefins such as benzene, propylene and ethylene.  In addition, natural gas prices have risen with each winter storm, further increasing the costs to produce petrochemicals and resins.  AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with their network of suppliers to manage costs and continue to meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

 

One-Step System for Mass Transit Applications
AOC introduces its latest technology, Firepel® K120-MTA, a high-performance resin system ideal for mass transit applications.  The unique one-part system is halogen-free and does not require antimony or aluminum trihydrate (ATH) to achieve its fire-retardant properties.

Unlike conventional low smoke resins, K120-MTA achieves its fire performance through a proprietary intumescent mechanism.  As a result, K120-MTA offers excellent wet out and spray characteristics, crack resistance, and low density. This unique combination of properties produces fire-retardant and low-smoke composites that are lighter weight, stronger and easier to fabricate than those made from mineral-filled resins.

The increasing need to reduce the weight of vehicles will continue to drive the demand for composites’ use in buses, trains and other mass transit vehicles. Parts using K120-MTA have a potential weight savings of up to 30% compared to standard composites using antimony or ATH.

“K120-MTA is a unique product and outperforms every other resin on the market,” says Fletcher Lindberg, Vice President of Marketing for AOC.  “It utilizes proprietary halogen-free technologies to achieve the highest fire-retardant and low-smoke characteristics possible.   And because its excellent performance is achieved without ATH, K120-MTA has a much lower specific gravity, which makes it easier to process than traditional systems.”

Low Fire, Smoke and Toxicity
Firepel K120-MTA exceeds the requirements of mass transit applications in North America and demonstrates low flame spread, low smoke and excellent smoke toxicity data when tested according to:

  • ASTM E162, Standard Test Method for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source,
  • ASTM E662, Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials,
  • SMP 800-C, Toxic Gas Generation

Firepel K120-MTA is engineered for the hand lay-up and spray-up composite manufacturing processes.  AOC’s technical support team will help manufacturers maximize results through personalized consultation.  For additional information or to order samples, contact Scott Lane at slane@aoc-resins.com or 901-861-8362.

Mechanical Properties

 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC develops technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. For more information, visit www.aoc-resins.com or contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or lbeck@aoc-resins.com.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase in the amount of €80-100 metric ton for all products sold in Europe. The implementation date for the increase is October 1, 2013. 

This action is prompted by significant increases in raw material costs.  AOC has experienced steady increases since late July.  Recently, feedstocks such as benzene, butane, and mixed xylenes, among others, are increasing as part of their fall seasonality. 
 
AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318, e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com, or go to www.AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.06/lb for all products shipped to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America on or after October 1, 2013.

This action is prompted by significant increases in raw material costs.  AOC has experienced steady increases since late July.  Recently, feedstocks such as benzene, butane, and mixed xylenes, among others, are increasing as part of their Fall seasonality.  Energy prices have also risen substantially in the last two weeks, with oil regaining the highs of earlier this year. 
 
AOC’S global purchasing resources continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 ore-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.06/lb in the U.S. and CN$0.13/kilo in Canada for all resin and gelcoat products shipped on or after October 1, 2013.

This action is prompted by significant increases in raw material costs.  AOC has experienced steady increases since late July.  Recently, feedstocks such as benzene, butane, and mixed xylenes, among others, are increasing as part of their Fall seasonality.  Energy prices have also risen substantially in the last two weeks, with oil regaining the highs of earlier this year. 
 
AOC’S global purchasing resources continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC Mexicana has been named the first annual Supplier of the Year by the Mexico Division of Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc., the primary producer of thermoset compounds in Mexico. AOC Mexicana is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global resin supplier AOC, LLC.  The award is the premier recognition for supply chain partners who demonstrate distinguished performance in quality, customer support and technical expertise. 

Chad Nunnery, President of BMCI Mexico, said AOC has both global relationships and a local presence that allows BMCI to maintain a more consistent product internationally. “The BMCI Mexico team is very appreciative of the effort and performance by the AOC operation and staff,” said Nunnery. “We selected AOC Mexicana as our first Supplier of the Year not only based on their excellent service and product, but also their partnering efforts to support the growth of thermoset composites in Mexico.” The AOC team has achieved 4 years of outstanding service to the company without any late deliveries or major quality issues.

Supplier AwardAOC Mexicana, the leading supplier of composite resins in Mexico, operates a major resin manufacturing facility in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl inside the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.  The central location helps to facilitate BMCI Mexico’s localized, world-class supply base as well as maintain reduced freight and importation costs over other providers. BMCI’s primary markets are automotive and electrical industries producing applications such as headlamps, valve covers, and circuit breaker switch gears.

Our industry-leading franchise is positioned to create customer value and ensure their continued success,” said Brian Parker, AOC’s Vice President, Global Business. "This award recognizes AOC’s quality of service, its cutting-edge technology, and the synergy of both companies.” The Supplier of the Year award winner is chosen by BMCI Mexico’s team of quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.

About Bulk Molding Compounds Inc.
Founded in 1979, BMCI is the leading global supplier of high-quality glass reinforced, polyester thermoset compounds. Serving a broad range of industries, BMCI has successfully grown both organically and through acquisition to become the world leader in Bulk Molding Compounds. For more information, visit www.bulkmolding.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. For more information, visit www.aoc-resins.com or contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or lbeck@aoc-resins.com.

AOC and ECS Environmental Solutions worked together to create an integral part of the city of Austin’s complex wastewater infrastructure project. The new 3.9-mile wastewater tunnel increases capacity for the downtown district and facilitates residential and business growth in the area. An important part of the project is an odor control system.ECS field service technician Phillip Johnson, left, assists in the start-up, balancing and training of the bio-filtration unit.

ECS provided the odor control equipment and relied on AOC’s Vipel® resin for more than 1,000 feet of fiberglass ductwork and additional accessories.  The ductwork ranges in size from 12 inches to 72 inches in diameter. Approximately half of the ductwork is buried below ground and had to be able to withstand thousands of pounds of high-density traffic driving over the site. Additional elements of the project include field joint kits, flexible connectors, control and back-draft dampers, bolt gaskets and two fiberglass exhaust fans rated at 40,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM).

Long Life Cycle
ECS manufactured all of the fiberglass ductwork using a state-of-the-art computerized filament winder. The fiber was impregnated with AOC’s Vipel® K022 corrosion-resistant vinyl ester resin, which is ideally suited for filament winding. “The K022 resin was the best choice for this project,” says Jeff Jones, president of ECS. “Some of the gases in the air stream are corrosive – hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. There’s also sulfuric acid. Pipes built with this resin are very resistant to what goes in them: They will not easily corrode.”ECS supplied more than 1,000 feet of fiberglass ductwork and fittings, incorporating AOC’s Vipel® K022

To help ease installation, ECS prefabricated and sub-assembled the duct system at its facility, then shipped it to Austin about an hour away. A field crew of five from ECS traveled to the construction site and handled all the field layup. That’s when AOC’s service became invaluable, says Jones.

Unparalleled Service
“We work in a controlled environment in the shop, but in the field you are open to the elements,” says Jones. “Some of the days we were in Austin were cold and others were really hot. We had to adjust promotion levels and add inhibitors to work with the resin long enough to do a quality job under tough conditions.” AOC’s Scott Lane, product leader, offered technical assistance that helped ECS re-formulate the resin. Eric Stuck, AOC sales representative, also assisted ECS in meeting the demands of this material-intensive project. “With the long runs and thick pipes, we went through material much faster than normal, and AOC was very good at meeting this fluctuation in demand,” says Jones. “If we ran out of resin on this job, it would have put the project to a halt. AOC got materials here when we needed them. They were fantastic to work with!”

About ECS Environmental Solutions
ECS, Belton, Texas, is the nation’s leading supplier of odor control equipment and accessories. A division of family-owned TexGlass Industries, ECS designs and manufactures products at its 100,000-square-foot facility in central Texas. Its odor control systems have been installed across North America. For more information, visit www. ecs-env.com for environmental solutions or www.ecs-frp.com for manufactured offerings.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. For more information, contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or lbeck@aoc-resins.com.

Resin supplier AOC and spa producer Hawkeye Manufacturing collaborated to produce one of the largest, most complex single-piece spa liners on the market.  The Bossetti combination spa and hot tub from Barefoot Fitness Spas is a 2,000-gallon tub with seating for up to five adults.  Features include 37 stainless-steel spa jets, six adjustable-flow swim jets, flow fountains and a waterfall.  Named after an exotic Argentine waterfall, the spa offers a variety of options—from a family relaxation session to resistance exercises.

Hawkeye Manufacturing’s workforce uses AOC materials technology and technical support to ensure the quality and durability of this product.  “With a unit this large, we had to be right the first time,” declared Casey Murray, Vice President for Hawkeye Manufacturing.  “The unit’s size makes it difficult—and more expensive—to transport and install.  Any issues in the field would create an enormous cost.”

Hawkeye Manufacturing starts with a sheet of acrylic that is heated and vacuum-formed into the shape of the spa’s smooth, seamless uni-liner.  After mastering the technique for forming the large, complex Bossetti liner, the next challenge was developing a protocol for the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) structural composite back-up.

According to Murray, the major concerns for the composite manufacturing step were:
• Precisely controlling the composite thickness variations that are needed for the complex liner,
• Controlling the exothermic heat generated during composite cure to prevent temperature spikes that could distort the liner shape, and
• Ensuring an extremely strong adhesion between the composite and liner.

Murray said Hawkeye Manufacturing found the right solutions with help from AOC Sales Representative Berk Pleasants.  “Berk has been our ‘go-to’ person for composites technology for about twenty years.  We ran AOC’s recommendations by the acrylic supplier and received confirmation that the composite and acrylic liner were compatible.”
 
The first step for the back-up composite is the application of a skin coat consisting of chopped glass fibers and high performance Altek® H100 vinyl ester.  This technique is similar to that used in boat building and serves the same purpose, to prevent moisture from reaching and affecting the integrity of the thicker composite structure.  The vinyl ester also provides excellent adhesion between the composite and acrylic. To finish the back-up laminate, Hawkeye technicians apply chopped fiber in Altek C949 polyester.

“This spa is larger than anything we have ever produced before,” Murray stated. “The consistency of AOC resins and outstanding AOC technical support were essential to helping us reach this milestone.”

About Hawkeye Manufacturing
With corporate offices in Richmond, Virginia, USA, Hawkeye Manufacturing Inc. is the largest spa producer in the Eastern United States. Hawkeye Manufacturing’s waste reduction and recycling policies earned recognition from the State of Virginia Department of Environment Quality. The company’s product development and quality control standards earned a Five-Star “Best of Class” rating for industry media leader PoolandSpa.com. For more information about Hawkeye Manufacturing products, phone 804-231-7727 e-mail info@hawkeyemfg.com or go to manufacturing.com or www.hawkeyemfg.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail Lbeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC announces a price increase in the amount of €100 metric ton for all products sold in Europe.  The implementation date for the increase is March 15, 2013.

This action is due to ongoing escalation of raw material prices which continues to increase operational costs.  AOC’s global purchasing resources will continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC announces a price increase for all Vinyl Ester products in the amount of US$0.06/lb in the U.S. and CN$0.14/kilo in Canada for all products shipped on or after March 16, 2013.

The increase is due to recent significant cost pressures for both feedstock materials and the raw materials that are correspondingly used to produce Vinyl Ester resins.  Specifically, feedstock price increases for Benzene and Propylene, and additional increases for Epoxy and Methacrylic Acid, have contributed to this need.  AOC will continue to work with supply partners to manage these costs and meet customers’ needs. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To discover more, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com

One of Southeast Asia’s largest oil fields benefitted from the chemical resistance of Vipel® vinyl ester from AOC to improve oil recovery.  The manufactured storage vessel is set into place The manufactured storage vessel is set into place

Vipel technology played a critical role in one step of enhanced recovery at the Minas Oil Field in Province Riau, Indonesia.  This field has been serving the world’s energy needs since the middle of the 20th Century and still has significant oil reserves for owner Chevron Corporation.  However, the oil in older wells is becoming more difficult to reach.

To increase production, Chevron turned to global engineering resource Technip to design a recovery system that uses cutting-edge technology.  Technip provided engineering services, project management, and construction of an advanced system that maximizes oil recovery.  The system injects a special, low-cost, “surfactant” fluid into designated wells.  As fluid from the “injector” wells floods the underground reservoir, oil is pushed towards a “producer” well where pressure is increased to more easily extract the remaining oil. 

A by-product of this “flooding” is a highly corrosive brine solution that is extracted along with the oil.  Technip’s system separates and stores the brine in a special tank until it is ready for the next step in the process. 

On-site Manufacturing
Because of the high heat and corrosive nature of the brine, it was necessary to construct the storage tank from a high-performance material.  PT Graha Adhi Jaya Abadi FRP Engineering & Manufacturing, called GAJAFIBERGLASS, made the cylindrical vessel on-site using filament winding manufacturing.  The operation required precise control of the resin temperature, prior to winding, to prevent ambient heat from initiating a resin cure.With the addition of fittings and ancillary equipment, the tank is ready for service  

The process started with the application of an anti-corrosion liner made up of a resin-saturated surfacing veil onto a horizontal, cylindrical mandrel.  The liner was backed with a structural laminate of resin-impregnated continuous fiberglass that was applied as the mandrel rotated.  The finished tank is 25 feet in diameter by 16 feet high (7.6 by 4.9 meters) and has a capacity of 1,400 barrels (167,000 liters).

Corrosion and Heat Resistance
Gunawan Karim of GAJAFIBERGLASS said an effective presentation by Jason Triggs, technical consultant for Nuplex Composites, and a professional and quick response from AOC Corrosion Resin Product Leader, Scott Lane, secured the resin specification for Vipel technology. 

“We verified that Vipel F080 epoxy vinyl ester was suitable for containing brine solution at temperatures up to 210° Fahrenheit (99° Celsius), which is a critical requirement for the tank,” Karim said.  “Additionally, delivery of the AOC resin was excellent because we benefited from the tracking and follow-up service of Lany Aldrich, AOC Sales Manager – Asia,” he added.GAJAFIBERGLASS team members stand by their work at the installation site.

About Technip
Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.  The company offers the most innovative technologies for meeting the world’s energy challenges.  With world headquarters in Paris, Technip is present in 48 countries and all continents.  For more information, go to www.technip.com.

About Nuplex Composites
Nuplex Composites is a full-service distributor of materials, supplies and technical support for composite manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region.  For more information, go to http://www.nuplex.co.nz.

About GAJAFIBERGLASS
With headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, PT. Graha Adhi Jaya Abadi FRP Engineering & Manufacturing, or GAJAFIBERGLASS, has been making engineered fiber-reinforced composites to world-class standards since 1990.  End-use application expertise includes tanks, linings, coatings, pipes, fittings, roofs and gutters.  For more information, e-mail marketing@gajafiberglass.com or go to www.gajafiberglass.com .

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To discover more, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC-Colorants.comCollierville, TN—Global leader in resin manufacturing, AOC, LLC, announced today its launch of AOC-Colorants.com. The website is devoted to the company’s Chroma-Tek line of colorants, pigment dispersions and other resin additives. It serves as a resource for wide variety of plastic manufacturing clients in the automotive, bath, marine and other industries.

AOC-Colorants.com provides information about the company’s many product sectors, including polyester pigment dispersions, chemical thickeners and additives, pultrusion specialty colors, urethane and epoxy dispersions, marble dispersions and colorants for gel coats. Visitors can also learn about AOC’s advanced color science division and its experience in developing colorant solutions for clients worldwide.
 
About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. Sustainability is at the core of AOC’s culture through green ideas and actions in product technology, manufacturing, facility design, operations and corporate attitude. To learn more, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US $0.04/lb for all products shipped on or after February 7, 2013 for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.

AOC has experienced a significant increase in prices for all raw materials used to produce their materials.  These raw material increases are a result of a diminished supply of feedstocks, coupled with renewed demand and is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.  AOC will continue to work with supply partners to manage these costs and meet customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To discover more, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC announces Sales and Marketing leadership promotions to strengthen and expand the company’s presence as a growing enterprise in the global composites industry. 

“This team solidifies AOC’s position as a leader in the global composites industry,” said Chief Executive Officer Fred Norman in announcing the leadership change.  “With the experience needed for an ever-changing environment, this team will ensure continued industry growth by bringing the benefits of AOC’s superior technology, quality and service to more customers in more places around the world,” stated Norman.

Fletcher LindbergFletcher Lindberg is promoted to Vice President, Marketing, and is responsible for global marketing programs.  Lindberg joined AOC in 1996 as a sales representative and most recently held leadership positions for key business segments.  Lindberg graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. 

Emilio Oramas is promoted to Vice President, U.S. Emilio Oramasand Canada Sales, and is responsible for the sales team in this key market.  Since joining AOC in 1984, Oramas has held various positions in sales, international operations and has led key business segments.  Oramas received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida, a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Thomas University, and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  
Brian ParkerBrian Parker is promoted to Vice President, Global Business.  Parker is responsible for sales, technical service and contract manufacturing relationships outside the U.S. and Canada.  This includes AOC distribution in the United Kingdom, AOC Mexico, and nine manufacturing locations in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific regions.  Parker joined AOC in 1989 and graduated from both Occidental College and the Executive Education Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

New leadership positions and the consolidation of several strategically-aligned departments within a new Operations organization, sharpen AOC’s focus on exceeding customer expectations.

“AOC measures success by how well we help our customers succeed,” said Chief Executive Officer Fred Norman in announcing the new Operations team.  “These changes keep AOC on the forefront of leading-edge processes and technologies that deliver the highest quality and most consistent products.” 

New Operations Leadership Team

Matt WatkinsMatt Watkins is promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations.  Watkins is responsible for manufacturing, engineering, safety and regulatory affairs, purchasing, and information technology.  During his 22 years of service to AOC, Watkins has held several leadership positions, each focusing on continuously improving product quality and service.  Watkins has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Auburn University.

Chris Lenegar is promoted Chris Lenegarto Vice President, Global Purchasing.  He is responsible for global procurement of all raw materials used to manufacture AOC products.  His focus is on securing the most reliable and lowest cost sources.  With 27 years of expertise in the buying, selling and distribution of petrochemicals, Lenegar joined AOC in 2007.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University.

Allen Brown is promoted to Director, Information Technology (IT).  Brown is Allen Brownresponsible for all information systems and technology.  Brown has held several IT positions since joining AOC in 1996.  He leads a team of IT professionals focused on technology and business strategy alignment.  Brown has earned two degrees from the University of Memphis – a Bachelor’s in Information Systems and an MBA in Management.  
 
Dan Cox is promoted Director, Operations, Danny Coxresponsible for manufacturing, engineering, safety and regulatory affairs.  Since joining AOC ten years ago, he has led the development of technologies and procedures that improve product quality, increase manufacturing productivity, and make AOC a more sustainable enterprise.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis.

AOC announces promotions in its Research & Development department, strengthening its commitment to the creation of innovative new technologies.

“These promotions effectively use the proven experience that our technology team members offer,” said Fred Norman, Chief Executive Officer.  “Delivering new products that improve performance and quality has helped AOC and our customers succeed – even through difficult economic times.  Our commitment to future creativity for the composites industry is stronger than ever.”

Dr. Tom FoldaResearch and Development Promotions

Dr. Tom Folda is promoted to Senior Vice President, Technology. Folda is responsible for all aspects of AOC’s product technology and research development.  He has served AOC for 15 years and earned his Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Mainz, Germany.

Mike Beebe is promoted to Director, Mike Beebe, DirectorResearch and Development (R&D), Open Mold Synthesis/Analytical. Beebe is responsible for synthesis and analytical projects that support open mold activities.  He also manages AOC’s laboratories in Tennessee and Indiana and is responsible for AOC’s polymer technologies in Europe.  Beebe has 35 years in the industry and has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Case Western University.

Dr. John McAlvin is promoted to R&D Director, Open Mold. McAlvin is responsible for new and improved material technologies for open mold customers.  He has been with AOC 12 years, during which he led the creation of EcoTek® Green Technologies and authored patents for styrene-free and UV-stable resins. McAlvin received his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Stony Brook University.

Dr. Thomas Steinhausler is promoted to R&D Director, Closed Mold. Steinhausler is responsible for developing new resins and low profile additives for the closed mold sector, including sheet and bulk molding compounds, resin transfer molding, infusion and pultrusion.  Steinhausler has been with AOC for 13 years. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry from Technical University Graz, Austria, and has completed post-doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin.

About AOC Research & Development

The AOC Technology Team develops chemistries that help customers improve quality, boost performance and reduce costs.  Their work is dedicated to improving the competitiveness of fiber-reinforced polymer composites and cast polymers versus alternative materials.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or  e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC announces key executive positions within a new leadership structure that will ensure continued future growth for the company and its customers.

“These promotions and new structure effectively use the proven experience that our executive team members offer,” said Fred Norman, Chief Executive Officer.  “The exceptional quality of leadership that has helped AOC succeed – even through difficult economic times – is stronger than ever. To stay on the path of success, this team is taking AOC’s already high standards for innovation, quality and service to new levels.”

AOC Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Tom Folda is promoted to Senior Vice President, Technology.  Formerly Vice President, Technology, Folda is responsible for all aspects of AOC’s product technology and research development.  

Jim Griffith is promoted to Senior Vice President after serving as Vice President, Global Purchasing.  He will assist in the transition of purchasing responsibilities prior to his planned retirement on June 30, 2013. 

Matt Watkins, formerly Vice President, Operations, is promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations.  Watkins will be responsible for manufacturing, engineering, safety and regulatory affairs, purchasing, and all information technology. 

John Griggs, Vice President, Finance and CFO will continue to manage accounting, finance and human resources. 

Chris Lenegar is promoted to Vice President, Global Purchasing.  Formerly Manager, Sourcing and Procurement, Lenegar will be responsible for procurement of all raw materials. 

Fletcher Lindberg, formerly Business Manager, Open Mold Reinforced Products, is now Vice President, Marketing.  Lindberg will be responsible for global marketing programs.

Emilio Oramas is promoted to Vice President, U.S. and Canada Sales from Director, Domestic Sales.  Oramas is responsible for sales in the United States and Canada. 

Brian Parker is promoted to Vice President, Global Business from Global Managing Director.  Parker is responsible for sales, technical service and contract manufacturing relationships outside the U.S. and Canada. 


Additional Promotions

Mike Beebe is promoted to Director, Research and Development (R&D), Open Mold Synthesis/Analytical from Manager for the same area.  Beebe is responsible for synthesis and analytical projects that support open mold activities. 

Allen Brown, formerly Director, Information Technology Operations, is promoted to Director, Information Technology.  Brown is responsible for all information systems and technology. 

Dan Cox is promoted to Director, Operations from Director, Engineering.  Cox will be in charge of manufacturing, engineering, safety and regulatory affairs. 

Dr. John McAlvin, formerly R&D Manager, Open Mold, is promoted to R&D Director, Open Mold.  McAlvin is responsible for R&D development work for open mold products.
 
Dr. Thomas Steinhausler
is promoted from R& D Manager, Closed Mold to Director, Closed Mold.  Steinhausler is responsible for R&D development work for closed mold products. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com

 

AOC, LLC announces a price increase in the amount of US$0.04/lb for products sold in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  The implementation date for the increase is October 1, 2012.

This action is due to ongoing price pressure on several raw materials.  AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and continue to meet our customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC announces a price increase in the amount of €100 metric ton for all products sold in Europe.  The implementation date for the increase is October 1, 2012.

This action is due to ongoing price pressure on several raw materials.  AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with suppliers to manage costs and continue to meet our customers’ needs.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

Randy Weghorst, Fred NormanAOC, LLC, a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, and colorants announces that Randall A. Weghorst will retire as CEO of AOC, LLC and Chairman of the Board of AOC’s parent company, The Alpha Corporation of Tennessee, effective September 30, 2012.  Frederick S. Norman, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Weghorst, assuming the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board.

“Randy’s leadership has helped AOC and our industry respond to many challenges and take full advantage of new opportunities,” Norman stated.  “While Randy is retiring from day-to-day operations, we are pleased that he will serve as Chairman Emeritus of our Board of Directors until September 2013.” 

“Fred will continue to help AOC thrive and grow by providing customers with the industry’s best technology, quality and service,” Weghorst remarked.  “Fred’s expertise and consistent focus have contributed to AOC’s success as an industry leader. The company is well-positioned for the future.”

Fred Norman
Norman started with the company in 1976 as Controller of AOC’s California plant and has held several key positions before he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1991.  He has been President and Chief Operating Officer since 2009.

Norman received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1975 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis in 1982.

Randy Weghorst
Weghorst is a 38 year veteran of the composites industry. He joined AOC in 1997 as Executive VP and COO and became President and CEO in 1998. Prior to AOC, Weghorst held a number of management positions with Owens Corning and Reichhold. Weghorst will continue to represent AOC through his work with ACMA (American Composite Manufactures Association), CGI (The Composites Growth Initiative), and SIRC (Styrene Information Research Center).

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

The SAFEHUT has been designed for multiple uses.

When people need a durable, reusable shelter that goes up fast, SAFEHUT offers the solution that literally unfolds before their very eyes. The building concept was created by David Smith, founder of SAFEHUT LLC, who envisioned the need for a new generation shelter.  SAFEHUT is a composite material made from fiber-reinforced polymers and creates a much superior alternative to trailers, sheds, tents and other inferior structures.

SAFEHUT “Unfolding Solutions” drew upon Smith’s more than 30 years experience in designing lightweight, high-strength composites.  He optimized the composite components for the SAFEHUT system by turning to state-of-the-art design, materials and process technologies.

Composites optimized for cost/performance
SAFEHUT’s composite walls, floor and roof panels are manufactured by the resin infusion process, which creates consistent, high-quality parts with extremely low emissions.

A cored laminate and molded-in ribs and beams enhance rigidity and reduce the weight of the panels.  The fiber reinforcement is a combination of traditional knitted E-glass and an infusion-specific reinforcing material.  The core is a low-density PET (polyethylene terephthalate) foam.

The resin is Altek® R961-IPF-40 from AOC; and the gel coat is Vibrin® G370LV, also supplied by AOC.  “The resin properties that are important are low viscosity to enable good flow across large panels, as well as minimal shrinkage during cure,” said Jeff Worden, Chief Operating Officer for SAFEHUT.  “In the gel coat, we need a material that sprays smoothly and evenly and has good weather-resistant properties.”

Worden explained the value that AOC service and support brings.  “AOC Sales Representative Bob Hoit has been a great asset by working with us to determine the best material choices,” Worden said.  “He provides technical help where necessary and works to maintain a good flow of product.”

Performance features and benefits
“The SAFEHUT is designed to last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance,” said Jeff Worden.  Wind and load calculations by Vectorworks Naval Engineering, LLC Titusville, Florida, concluded that SAFEHUT’s composite walls are designed to withstand:

• 155 mile (250 kilometer) per hour winds,
• 75 pound per square foot (3.6 kilopascal) snow load to the roof,
• 75 pound per square foot (3.6 kilopascal) live load to the floor, and
• 1.15 G lateral acceleration seismic load.

The collapsible SAFEHUT is easy to transport and set up.  Ten (10) units fit into a standard 40-foot (1203.6 centimeter) ISO cargo container.  Twelve (12) units can be transported on a 40-foot flatbed semi trailer.  “Three people can set up an individual SAFEHUT unit in less than 10 minutes, using a manual small crane system or forklift,” Worden pointed out.The smooth Vibrin® gel coat surface makes cleaning quick and easy.

Integrated latching systems and rubber seals are secured using only an Allen wrench (hex key) to form air- and water-tight connections.  Walls and floors are pre-wired for electricity, and units can be configured to include plumbing features that are connected to water supply and sewer/septic drainage.

A single SAFEHUT unit is 8 feet wide by 20 feet long by 8 feet high (2.4 by 6.1 by 2.4 meters) and weighs about 2,200 pounds (998 kilograms), depending on configuration. Modular design allows for multiple units to be connected in a variety of configurations, including T and H layouts.  With versatility in interior configuration as well, the
SAFEHUT system is ideal for a broad range of applications.  A partial list includes:

• Emergency shelter or command post for fire fighters and disaster relief workers
• Semi-permanent shelter for families displaced by natural disaster or war
• Tactical shelter or medic station for military staff and personnel
• Construction site office or secure storage unit
• Portable ice fishing or hunting cabin
• Kids’ playhouse, “man cave,” mother-in-law suite, guest quarters

About SAFEHUT
SAFEHUT, LLC, manufactures collapsible, reusable composite structures that provide “Unfolding Solutions” for emergency, tactical or temporary shelters.  For more details on how you can benefit from a SAFEHUT shelter, phone (407) 878-3845, e-mail sales@safehut.com, or go to www.safehut.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows
technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

Ed Wesson, a leading expert in corrosion-resistant and structural composites, joins AOC as a Corrosion and Infrastructure Specialist.
 
“Bringing Ed onboard further strengthens the industry’s best technical support,” said Jim Ness, Corrosion Market Specialist.  “Ed has extensive experience in composite manufacturing processes, including vacuum infusion for very large parts.  His expertise will help the composites industry grow by showcasing the benefits of composites as compared to other materials,” Ness added.
 
Prior to joining the AOC, Wesson was Manager for RPS Composites Alabama Inc. (formerly Non Metallic Resources), in Mobile, Alabama.  He led the development and expansion of RPS into new processes and applications.  

Wesson will be based in Mobile, Alabama, and will be responsible for supporting AOC’s corrosion-resistant sector in the Gulf of Mexico region and Southeastern states.

Wesson is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318, e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com, or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

NSFNew Vipel® F010-H2O-00 vinyl ester from AOC is Certified to NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects by NSF International, making it easier for customers to manufacture products for potable water applications.  The resin’s cobalt-free formulation also gives it superior corrosion resistance for applications that contain sodium hypochlorite, or bleach.  

Benefits of NSF Certification
The NSF/ANSI 61 standard establishes health effects requirements for products, components, and materials used in drinking water systems.  “Customers that fabricate products for drinking water use can be assured that this resin conforms to the health effects requirements for NSF 61,” said Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager for Open Mold, Reinforced Resins.  “This makes it faster and easier for those companies to obtain NSF Certification for their products,” said Lindberg.  “The Vipel F010-H2O data sheet describes the protocols for customers to follow to meet the requirements,” Lindberg added.

Benefits of Cobalt-Free
Vipel F010-H2O uses a special catalyst that does not require a cobalt promoter.  This feature makes the coating suitable for sodium hypochlorite containment.  In contrast, composite materials that use cobalt-based promotion weaken over time when exposed to bleach or sodium hypochlorite. 

“Since F010-H2O is formulated for sodium hypochlorite resistance, the composite equipment lasts longer and saves customers the cost of replacement,” explains Scott Lane, Corrosion Product Leader.  “This is a tremendous benefit for customers in the municipal water treatment sector where the use of sodium hypochlorite as a sanitizer is increasing,” Lane added.

How the new resin is used
Vipel F010-H2O is used as a coating system in tanks that hold at least 4,000 gallons (15,142 liters) and piping at least 6 inches (152 millimeters) in diameter.  When the resin is formulated and processed according to specifications, the coating system is suitable for both potable water (as demonstrated by the NSF 61 certification), as well as sodium hypochlorite containment used in potable water systems.   For more information on the new technology and AOC expertise, contact Scott Lane at SLane@AOC-Resins.com or (901) 861-8362.  Or, go to www.CorrosionResins.com

About NSF International
NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF International’s Water Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet the design, material and performance requirements. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all chemicals used to treat drinking water and materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  To discover more, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318, e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com, or go to www.AOC-Resins.com

The AOC resin used to make the liner is formulated to cure when exposed to UV light.  The Knoxville Utilities Board knew cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) would bring faster, lower-cost repair to an underground sewer pipe in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.  The 8-inch (203 millimeter) diameter clay pipe had been in service for more than 50 years. 

When the pre-installation video showed active leaks in the pipe, engineers were concerned how the deterioration might affect a traditional CIPP liner.  With traditional CIPP, the new liner is impregnated with resin that chemically cures, or hardens, into a solid when exposed to heat.  Active leaking creates cool spots where potentially incomplete cure can result in lower mechanical properties.

Engineers decided to have the pipe repaired with BLUE-TEK® ultraviolet cure technology from Reline America, Inc.  The fiberglass fabric liners for the job were impregnated with Vipel® unsaturated polyester that AOC Resins formulates for UV cure.  Because the resin hardens when exposed to UV light instead of heat, BLUE-TEK impregnated liners are not affected by cool spots.  These liners can also be shipped without refrigeration, unlike liners which cure when exposed to heat.   

“When Knoxville Utilities Board engineers heard that our liner was not affected by active leaks, they decided to use our technology for a pilot project,” said Danielle Verderame, Marketing Coordinator for Reline America.  “The project site was located in a combination residential and industrial area that has very limited access, lots of trees, and is close to buildings. Open cutting and pipe bursting would have been expensive and disruptive options.”

The pilot project for 2,991 feet (912 meters) was awarded to Portland Utilities Construction Co. LCC (PUCC).  PUCC has years of experience in pipe bursting methods but had yet to perform a CIPP repair.  Mike Woodcock of PUCC explained how Reline America technical support and AOC resin quality helped turn the pilot project into a new capability for PUCC. 

“Reline America did an outstanding job in training our crew,” said Woodcock.  “Their team helped us thoroughly learn the technique and become knowledgeable about the equipment and technology. 

“The liners were impregnated with the AOC resin under controlled conditions in Reline’s ISO-certified facility,” Woodcock continued.  “The AOC resin did everything that was expected – reacting smoothly during installation and performing very well in the finished liner.”

The first installation was so successful that right after the pilot phase was finished, the Knoxville Utility Board added 6,533 feet (1,991 meters) to the project for a total of 9,524 feet (2,903 meters).  PUCC continues to get more UV-cure CIPP projects, including work under Phillip Fulmer Way, a busy street near the University of Tennessee football stadium and basketball arena where any manner of excavation can cause major disruption.   

About PUCC
Portland Utilities Construction Co. LLC, specializes in sanitary sewer rehabilitation and replacement services, including video inspection, cleaning, pipe bursting, sliplining, and cured-in-place pipe.  The company has headquarters in Portland, Tennessee, USA, and branch offices in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Houston, Texas.  The company has completed projects throughout the Eastern United States.  For more information, phone Mike Woodcock at (615) 325-3374, e-mail michaelwoodcok@pucc.org, or go to www.pucc.org.

About Reline America
Reline America, Inc., Saltville, Virginia, is the exclusive North American partner for BLUE-TEK™ cured-in-place pipe liner and ultraviolet curing equipment technology established by Brandenburger GmbH, of Landau, Pfatz, Germany.  The technology combines a fiberglass fabric impregnated with ultraviolet cure unsaturated polyester resin to produce a high quality, high strength liner inside the host pipe.  To learn more, phone Danielle Verderame, Marketing Coordinator, at (276) 496-4000, e-mail dverdeame@relineamerica.com, or go to www.relineamerica.com.

About AOC
For cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), Vipel® resins from AOC process smoothly and perform impeccably time after time. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To find out more, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 854-7291, or go to www.cippresins.com

Fred Norman, President and COO, joins the AOC House team at their grand opening in Branthan, UK. Brantham, Manningtree, Essex, UK – Global resin supplier AOC strengthens its commitment to composites industry growth with the opening of “AOC House,” the new and expanded office and warehouse centre for AOC (UK) Ltd. and AOC Europe operations.   

The centre improves AOC effectiveness and efficiencies by relocating and consolidating functions and services that serve the UK and Europe within a single, focused campus.  The centre was created using state-of-the art design principles and uses advanced digital technologies to better serve customer needs.  The scope of AOC House includes:

  • AOC (UK Ltd.) staff
  • AOC Europe staff
  • Warehousing, blending and demonstration facilities
  • Technical support  

Research and development laboratory
The new centre, located at Brantham in Essex, UK, expands the distributor’s warehousing and manufacturing space to 5,110 sq m (55,000 sq. ft.) to better accommodate current needs and allow for projected growth. 

“As our products continue to expand into new markets and our company grows, we need to have the right facility in the right location,” said Peter Cheshire, Managing Director, AOC (UK) Ltd.  “Brantham was the best choice for our new facility because of a history where we can serve customers and provide convenience to valued employees.”

Stephen Olle, Managing Director, Europe, added, “AOC House is an investment in the future.  It will help customers expand the reach of AOC technology in power and energy, water and wastewater, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, transportation and other market sectors.” 

About AOC, LLC
With World Headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and additives for glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites and other manufactured products.  AOC serves the global composites industry from twelve manufacturing plants strategically located in nine countries throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

AOC Europe is part of AOC International Operations.  AOC Europe manages sales, service and technical support for AOC technology throughout Europe.  Their home offices are consolidated within the new Brantham campus. 

About AOC (UK) Ltd.
AOC (UK) Ltd. is a wholly-owned AOC company.  It is unique within the AOC group by supplying direct bulk manufactured resins to major users along with a full range of distribution composite materials that services composites manufacturers throughout the United Kingdom.  Products, equipment and services provided by AOC (UK) include:

  •  Unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins
  •  Gel coats and other surface coating products
  •  Release agents
  •  Core materials
  •  Catalysts
  •  Ancillary equipment and supplies
  •  The industry’s best sales and technical support.

AOC (UK) offers the widest range of materials and equipment options for balancing cost and performance objectives.  For more information, go to http://www.aoc-resinsuk.com.

 

AOC, the leader in Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) resins, will highlight styrene-free resins and a new high-performance resin at the 2012 NASST No-Dig Show, March 11-15, in Nashville, TN, USA.   AOC experts will also showcase their complete product line of CIPP resins.

Non-Styrene Options for Cured-In-Place PipeStyrene-Free Featured in Technical Paper
AOC Product Leader, Bill Moore will present Technical Paper B-3-01, “Non-Styrene Options for Cured-In-Place Pipe”.  His paper details how AOC chemists have engineered new styrene-free resins that meet the same process and performance criteria of resins that include styrene.  The paper also highlights how the City of Toronto met its requirements for a more sustainable CIPP installation by using AOC’s styrene-free resin technology.  The resin was used for storm water lines and culverts which lead into the Don River and ultimately drain into Lake Ontario.  This presentation is critical for CIPP installers and specifiers looking for an ultralow odor alternative to styrene-based resins.

High Performance
Vipel® Epoxy Novolac Vinyl Ester Based Resin for Underground Sewer Pipe LinersAOC will also feature its newest technology for CIPP resins, Vipel® L085-PPA vinyl ester.  AOC experts will be in booth 1001 at the No-Dig Trade Show to discuss this revolutionary resin series.  It was created for applications that need greater resistance to aggressive chemicals and high heat.   The resin series offers proven corrosion resistance and durability in CIPP projects.  Vipel L085 vinyl ester also performs exceptionally well at high temperatures with a heat distortion temperature (per ASTM D648) of 300°F (149°C).

About AOC
AOC has developed the most comprehensive CIPP line in the industry with both traditional and sustainable resins.  The company’s experienced technical service team can create customized formulations to meet customers’ project-specific handling and process requirements.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To find out more, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 854-7291, or go to www.AOC-Resins.com.

AOC, LLC announces a price increase for all products, including polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel coats and pigments in the amount of US$0.06 per pound for all shipments within Mexico. The implementation date for the increase is March 15, 2012.

This action is due to price increases for several raw materials which are driven by rising demand, increased feedstock costs, planned outages and a stronger export market for petrochemicals.  These conditions are expected to continue throughout the first quarter of 2012. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or via e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

Vipel® L085 Vinyl Ester Resin for Underground Sewer Pipe LinersAOC expands the industry’s best selection of cured-in-place pipe resins with new Vipel® L085-PPA epoxy novolac vinyl ester.  AOC created this new technology for applications that need resistance to aggressive chemical solutions and high heat.     

Vipel L085-PPA Series offers proven corrosion resistance, durability and toughness in formulation packages that are designed for CIPP processing.  The resin’s epoxy novolac chemistry provides superior resistance to acids, bases and many organic solvents. 

Vipel L085 vinyl ester also performs exceptionally well at high temperatures with a heat distortion temperature (per ASTM D648) of 300°F (149°C).

“This new technology underscores our commitment to leadership in CIPP resin development”, said Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager, Open Mold Reinforced Resins.  “Our CIPP line is the most complete in the industry and also includes ultra-low volatile organic compound (VOC) resins for emission- and odor-sensitive projects, as well as renewable- and recycled-content resins.  Our experienced technical service team can customize formulations to meet project-specific handling and process requirements.”

Featured at Trade Shows
Vipel L085-PPA resins will be featured at the 2012 Underground Construction Technology International Conference and Exhibition, January 24-26, San Antonio, TX, USA (booth 1044), and the 2012 No-Dig Show, March 11-25, Nashville, TN, USA (booth 1001).  Show visitors can learn more about the new resin and discover the benefits of putting AOC innovation and service to work on their next underground construction project.

Vipel® and EcoTek® CIPP resins from AOC process smoothly and perform impeccably time after time. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To find out more, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com or phone him at (901) 854-7291.

AOC LLC has earned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of its World Headquarters in Collierville, TN.

LEED certification is an internationally recognized standard for green building. Factors such as site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, waste management, indoor environmental quality and design innovation earn points for a LEED candidate during evaluation.

 AOC’s LEED Silver qualifications include:

  • A geothermal HVAC system
  • Building materials with recycled or renewable content
  • Regionally produced construction materials & certified wood
  • Pollution prevention during construction
  • Low-emitting sealants, paints & construction materials
  • A reflective roof which eliminates heat buildup
  • Maximum use of ambient lighting
  • Increased ventilation & outdoor air deliver monitoring
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Recycling facilities
  • Water-saving systems
  • Incentives for employees to use low-emitting vehicles and bicycles


AOC's Corporate OfficeAs a result of these forward-thinking building tactics, the company’s new headquarters conserves 30% more energy and water than similar non-LEED buildings, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste, and requires lower operating costs.

The company also made a point of using customer-produced and other composite materials to enhance the building’s décor. Customer-produced products include HanStone solid surface counter tops throughout the facility, Strongwell FRP railing and Kohler composite showers and plumbing fixtures.  The core stairs and second floor safety rail were produced by 3form with co-polyester recycled content product.  Other composite materials incorporated in the building include epoxy terrazzo tile in the main lobby and restroom stall divider panels and doors.

“AOC’s LEED Silver Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USBGC President, CEO and founding chair. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further. AOC serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

AOC Chairman and CEO, Randy Weghorst said, “From inception, we wanted our World Headquarters to reflect our continuous commitment to the environment. Sustainability is a critical corporate objective and is reflected in our headquarters, products and manufacturing facilities. And to help customers meet sustainability goals, we continue to grow our EcoTek® product line of bio-renewable content, recycled content, and/or styrene-free materials.”

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification was verified by the Green Building Verification Institute, a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of green building programs in the U.S.

About AOC
AOC is a major global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier. With EcoTek® technologies, AOC is leading the development of green materials for producing composites that are friendlier to the environment. Sustainability is at the core of AOC’s culture through green ideas and actions in product technology, manufacturing, facility design, operations and corporate attitude.  To discover more contact Leslie Beck, Global Marketing Director at 901-854-2318 or email, LBeck@AOC-resins.com

About USGBC
Based in Washington D.C., the U.S. Green Building Council is America’s leading authority on green building design, construction and operation. USGBC estimates that greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy and that a national commitment to green building can generate 2.5 million American jobs. The organization’s LEED certification program recognizes commercial, institutional and residential buildings that save money, reduce harmful emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment.

With a broad industrial base, historic architecture and rugged natural surroundings, Arequipa City, Peru, is a popular destination for both commerce and tourism.  The city’s strategy for growth includes a Master Plan for improving and expanding its potable water network.  

The lightweight of Flowtite™ composite pipe allowed the pipe to be installed without the use of heavy cranes.The expansion uses 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers) of Flowtite™ fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite pipe manufactured by O-Tek Internacional S.A. using a Vipel® unsaturated polyester from AOC.  The gravity-flow pipeline conveys water from an intake in the Chili River to the La Tomilla II water treatment plant. La Tomilla II’s first stage is designed to handle 34.2 million gallons/day (1.5 cubic meters/second).
 
Three different pipe diameters were used:  43 inches (1100 millimeters), 47 inches (1200 millimeters) and 51 inches (1300 millimeters).  Internal pressure requirements range from 145 to 464 pounds per square inch (10 to 32 bar).The project to expand the potable water supply for Arequipa City uses 9.8 kilometers (6.1 miles) of composite pipe.

Two tunnel design 
A special project feature is how pipe installation included two independent tunnel segments.  In one tunnel – 623 feet (190 meters) in length – the pipe is installed as an interior liner.  As a result, the pipe is not affected by internal water pressure loads or external soil pressure loads.  The other tunnel – 4,167 feet (1,270 meters long) – uses aerial pipe installation according to manufacturer recommendations.

Because the high strength composite pipe weighs less than metal or concrete alternatives, transportation and installation was easier and lower cost.  Eliminating the need for heavy equipment was especially helpful when dealing with challenging site conditions.  In addition, the ability to nest smaller diameter composite pipe within larger diameter pipe reduced shipping costs.

O-Tek manufactured the pipe using licensed Flowtite technology.  The process combined continuous and chopped glass fibers in a Vipel polyester formulated to proprietary Flowtite specifications.  The smooth pipe interior ensures excellent flow properties that allow for smaller diameters than pipe made with alternative materials.  The Vipel resin is engineered to provide decades of corrosion-resistant service.

About O-tek Internacional
O-Tek Internacional S.A. is located in Medellin, Colombia, and is part of Grupo de Inversiones Mundial (IMSA), also headquartered in Medellin.  IMSA is licensed to produce composite Flowtite™ pipe using technology provided by Flowtite Pipe Amiantit´s Technology Center in Sandefjord, Norway.  Other O-tek products and services include production and installation of water storage tanks and trenchless pipe rehabilitation. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  To discover more, contact Corrosion and Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Jim Ness by e-mailing jness@aoc-resins.com or phoning (503) 694-1264.

When a power company expansion in Indonesia needed a new concrete aeration pit, its surface was protected with Vipel® F010 vinyl ester from AOC.  The versatile resin technology was supplied through Nuplex Composites.The Vipel® resin formulation addressed thixotropic needs for vertical application.

The new power plant will add 815 megawatts of capacity to PT Paiton Energy’s complex in Paiton, East Java, Indonesia.  The site has an existing 1,230-megawatt facility.  General contractor for the expansion project is TOA Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

The new unit will use the aeration pit for seawater that is circulated through the cooling water system and for water used to scrub sulphates from stack emissions.  Temperatures as high as 122°F (50°C) increase the aggressive nature of the liquid environment.

Technology for the criteria
“We worked closely with the civil contractors to demonstrate that the AOC technology meets the demanding criteria for the application,” said Jason Triggs, technical sales consultant for Nuplex Composites.   “The Vipel F010 resin series is based on a versatile bisphenol-A epoxy chemistry that allows for a range of formulations.  Nuplex Composites was able to tailor the resin to balance process, cost and performance requirements.” 

PT Samudera Indoraya Perkasa, of Surabaya, Indonesia, applied the protective composite liner.  After preparing the concrete surface, workers manually applied a laminate of Vipel F010 resin-impregnated fiberglass chopped strand mat.  In a final step, a topcoat of Vipel F010 resin with synthetic surfacing veil established a resin-intensive layer with superior corrosion resistance.

More than 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of concrete surface were rehabilitated and strengthened.Teaming up with AOC
Triggs said AOC’s technical service team helped Nuplex Composites support the project from quotation to application.  The resin was promoted to process well at high temperatures and meets the need for a long pot life.  The formulation also addressed thixotropic needs for vertical application to 16.4-feet (5-meter) high walls without running.
   
In addition to the resin, Nuplex Composites supplied the veil and mat used to protect the concrete substrate of two aeration pit sections and its beams.  A total of 40,709 square feet (3,782 square meters) of surface received the corrosion-resistant protection. 

About Nuplex Composites
Nuplex Composites (formerly “FGI”) is a full-service distributor of materials, supplies and technical support for composite manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region.  From large ocean-going vessels to small “one-off” components, Nuplex Composites helps customers achieve the optimum composite solution.  For more information, go to http://www.nuplex.co.nz.  

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  To discover more, contact Corrosion and Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Jim Ness by e-mailing jness@aoc-resins.com or phoning (503) 694-1264.  

 

Brunswick Award - Crown Club Supplier of the year For helping to improve bowling ball quality and providing exceptional delivery and service, AOC has been awarded the 2011 Supplier of the Year Award from Brunswick Bowling and Billiards Corporation.

Unsaturated polyesters help Brunswick offer an almost endless variation in bowling ball cover designs.   But before the ball leaves the manufacturing plant, the surface must meet Brunswick’s extremely high standards for quality.  Brunswick and AOC research teams worked together to develop a resin formulation that dramatically improves surface quality. 

Higher quality = lower costs
“AOC’s ‘No Crack’ cover and core resin improved our Reynosa facility’s ball quality and substantially reduced total costs,” said Andrew Logg, Director of Supply Chain, Brunswick Bowling and Billiards.  “In 2010 and 2011, AOC had 100% Quality and 100% On-time Delivery metrics.  The relationship between the two companies is maintained more than effectively at all levels of management, and AOC constantly evaluates and makes changes were necessary throughout all aspects of the business.”

The materials for Brunswick were developed at the AOC World Headquarters R&D Center and manufactured in the AOC Mexico facility.  The Brunswick-AOC partnership is managed by Jeff Holshevnikoff, Managing Director, South America, under the leadership of Brian Parker, Global Managing Director.

“The entire AOC organization should be proud of this accomplishment,” said Fred Norman, AOC President and COO. “To achieve the top award over 500 other suppliers is a testament to our commitment to quality and customer service.”

About Brunswick Bowling and Billiards
Brunswick is the bowling industry’s premier full-line, full-service provider.  Brunswick has always been dedicated to improving both the tenpin game and the experience around it. For more than a century, Brunswick has continually worked to grow bowling on a global scale and has helped to create the $10 billion industry that it is today.  For more information, go to www.BrunswickBowling.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, live quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  To discover more, e-mail Leslie Beck at LBeck@AOC-Resins.com or phone her at (901) 854-2381.

Composite forms gave this dramatic staircase its shape.The architectural centerpiece inside the Texas A&M University Health Science Center is a dramatic spiral staircase made possible by the artistic collaboration of two highly divergent material systems.  One of the materials is the steel bar-reinforced concrete that forms the stairway’s sweeping treads and connecting platform landings.  The other material is the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite that MFG Construction Products (MFG-CP) made into forms that gave the concrete its structure and aesthetics. 
 
MFG-CP’s experience as a premier manufacturer of FRP forms for architectural concrete was useful in meeting the engineering and design challenges of the project.  The architectural design required three forms, one for each floor.  At the job site, concrete was poured into the forms which remained in place until the concrete cured.
 
A design feature was engineered into the form so that the top riser could accommodate an overlaid marble cover that matched the surface of the floor at the top.  In addition, MFG-CP engineered a solution on site that allowed one form to be modified so it could form the staircase around an already-installed large column.
 
The architectural firm was GS&C Group, and structural engineering was handled by Structure + Haynes Whaley.  Both are headquartered in Austin, TX.

MFG-CP made the pouring forms with Altek® resinHow the forms were made
Before the composite forms could be made, MFG-CP used engineering drawings to create pre-construction replicas of finished stairway sections out of wood and masonite.  The replicas served as precise dimensional models for building the FRP forms that would give the poured concrete its final shape.

To keep the FRP forms from adhering when removed from the model, the surface of the model is coated with a special wax.  Workers then apply the first layer of the form itself – a sandable gel coat that will create the finished surface of the concrete.  Next comes the critical structural laminate that keeps the form rigid for shipping, on-site handling, and the pour and cure cycles.  The laminate is formed by lay-up of resin-impregnated glass fiber mat and woven roving.     
 
To achieve the required rigidity, select areas of the laminate are internally cored with balsa wood and externally braced with hardwood pieces.  The coring and braces are encapsulated into the laminate to result in a monolithic unit when the resin reactively cures into a crosslinked solid. 

The resin MFG-CP used to mold the forms was Altek® H864, a low-shrink unsaturated polyester from AOC.  MFG-CP Sales Manager Jim Williams pointed out characteristics of the resin that contributed to the laminate’s strength and physical integrity.  “This is a very good all around resin that wets the glass fibers well and rolls out easily,” Williams said.  “And by showing very little entrapment of air, Altek H864 also ensures a more solid laminate construction.”

About MFG Construction Products
MFG Construction Products Company (MFG-CP), Independence, Kansas, USA, has more than four decades of experience and expertise in the technology, engineering and manufacture of FRP composite forms for concrete.  The company offers a complete range of forms for columns, domes, pans, floors and custom architectural shapes.  For more information, phone (800) 225-5634 or email customerservice@mfgcp.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

Vipel® technology was used for a custom composite liner.A record-breaking application of higher strength iPlus® Composite cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology significantly reduced the time and cost of expanding San Diego International Airport.  Insituform Technologies®, Inc., completed the work using Vipel® resin from AOC.  

Expansion plans by the San Diego Airport Authority put a new terminal over a 96-inch (2,438-millimeter) diameter concrete sewer pipeline.  The pipe was 25 feet (7.6 meters) underground and not designed for the structural loads the new project would add.   Because pipe excavation and replacement would have created headaches for taxpayers and air travelers alike, engineers explored trenchless technologies.

Keeping the wall thickness of the new liner under 1.26 inches (32 millimeters) became a critical design factor for ensuring that the upgraded pipe’s flow rate could handle current and projected volumes.  To make the liner strong enough, slip-lining would have added approximately 12 inches (305 millimeters) of wall thickness; and conventional CIPP would have added 2.07 inches (51 millimeters).

For a solution, general contractor Charles King Co. brought in Insituform Technologies® to install a custom, 1,700-foot (518-meter) long fiber-reinforced iPlus® Composite liner.  Carbon fibers in the iPlus Composite for the airport project resulted in a pipe strong enough to withstand the new structural loads at a wall thickness that is 40 percent less than conventional CIPP.

CIPP eliminated the need for pipe excavation and replacement.The Vipel 102NA resin is specially designed to efficiently wet out the reinforced liner,” said Bill Moore, AOC Product Leader for CIPP.  “The resin technology optimizes the performance and superior mechanical properties of the carbon fiber-reinforced composite structure.”

With no appropriate manhole available for the installation, site workers created a single access point for two inversions in opposite directions. The job established a new benchmark for iPlus® Composite technology, which to date had not been used for a water inversion greater than 200 feet nor in a host pipe larger than 60 inches in diameter.

About Insituform®
Insituform Technologies® Inc. is a leading worldwide provider of proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water and other underground piping systems without digging and disruption. To learn more, visit www.insituform.com.

About AOC
For cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), Vipel® resins from AOC process smoothly and perform impeccably time after time. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier. To find out more, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 854-7291, or go to www.cippresins.com.

Jim Ness has joined the AOC team as Corrosion & Infrastructure Market Development Specialist, announced Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager for Reinforced Resins.

“Jim brings valuable experience and relationships from many levels within the industry,” said Lindberg. “He will work with engineers, specifiers, and fabricators to expand the awareness of AOC’s Vipel® corrosion and fire retardant resins on a global basis,” Lindberg added.

Ness will be based in Portland, Oregon, and can be reached via email at jness@aoc-resins.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information contact Steve Martin at smartin@aoc-resins.com.

 

Fire-Resistant Resin GuideAOC’s new Fire Retardant Resin Guide helps composite specifiers and manufacturers choose the optimum resin for 18 different fire and smoke standards from around the world.  

 “AOC’s fire-retardant and smoke-suppressant technologies cover a wide range of cost-performance options, including halogen-free and synergist-free systems,” said Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager for Reinforced Resins.  “Innovative new technologies are incubating in our laboratories to underscore our commitment to serving this important performance sector.”

Ease of use
The new Guide simplifies fire-retardant resin selection into two basic steps:

  1. Choose the unsaturated polyester, methacrylate modified or vinyl ester resin that most cost-effectively meets end-use performance requirements for such properties as strength, elongation, corrosion resistance and heat distortion temperature.
  2. Within the selected resin category, match the fire and/or smoke standard that is written in the specification with the AOC product or products that have been tested to that standard.


“With comprehensive tables and extensive notes, the guide is designed to help users navigate through the maze of different fire and smoke standards that are written into specifications,” said Scott Lane, AOC Product Leader and architect of the guide’s technical data.  “To further direct the selection process, there are several examples of how Firepel and Vipel FR technologies have been put into action.”

For a copy of the Fire Retardant Resin Guide, contact an AOC sales representative or distributor.  Or go to www.firepel.com, AOC’s Internet-based resource about fire-retardant and smoke-suppressant composites.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than other resin supplier.  For more information, contact Steve at smartin@aoc-resins.com, or by phone (901) 854-2847.

Leslie BeckLeslie Ann Beck has joined AOC, LLC as Director for Global Communication, announced Jack Roesle, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing.

“AOC is very fortunate to have Ms. Beck join our Sales and Marketing team,” Roesle said.  “Her more than 20 years of broad communication, public relations, marketing and brand-building successes with Hilton Worldwide/Promus Hotels will be an asset as we continue to provide our customers with value-added products and services.”

Beck is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and earned a Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, contact Steve Martin at smartin@aoc-resins.com, or by phone (901) 854-2847.

MoldTru LPT-68000New MoldTru™ LPT-68000 low-profile tooling resin from AOC can reduce the cost and time to make Class A surface composite tools by up to 70%.  The new resin is designed to make tools for open molding, resin transfer molding and resin infusion.

“Because MoldTru LPT-68000 resin’s unique chemistry produces very low exotherm heat, up to five layers of tooling laminate can be built simultaneously without causing surface distortion,” explained AOC Business Manager Fletcher Lindberg.    

“Making the same mold with conventional tooling resin takes five individual steps, each followed by an overnight cure,” he continued.  “With MoldTru LPT-68000 technology, all that extra labor is eliminated, and finished parts are going out the door much sooner.”

Replicating the master model
AOC chemists leveraged the company’s leadership in automotive Class A resins to engineer a special additive technology that gives the new tooling resin a near-zero shrink feature.  Ultralow shrinkage combines with excellent fiber and filler wetting to ensure that the mold surface is essentially a precise replica of the master model’s surface.  For some applications, vacuum can be used to produce high glass content tooling with technical fabrics.

Data and guide
A new brochure has more information, including properties data and detailed guidelines on how to make smoother, lower cost molds in less time. For a copy of the new MoldTru LPT-68000 literature, ask an AOC sales representative or distributor, or download a PDF from www.aoc-resins.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  To learn more, phone Fletcher Lindberg at (901) 854-7277, e-mail flindberg@aoc-resins.com, or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

AOC announces today that they have entered into an agreement with BASF-Spain for the exclusive manufacturing of the AOC UPR product line. BASF operates UPR facilities in Tarragona, Spain.
 
"Our long association with BASF gives us tremendous confidence in this new venture. BASF is the global chemical leader with truly world-class manufacturing capability," said Brian Parker, AOC’s Global Managing Director. This new relationship will allow AOC to better supply its customers in the growing European market.
 
AOC operates throughout Europe with plants in the UK, Poland and Slovakia.
 
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service, please contact Stephen Olle, (44) 1473 288997, or e-mail solle@aoc-resins.com.
 
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas.

 

Nationally recognized in Canada for environmental leadership, the City of Toronto has taken its greenness underground by specifying a more Earth-friendly material for storm sewer rehabilitation. 

Under the direction of Toronto Water’s Senior Engineer Kamran Sarrami, P. Eng., a sensitive rehabilitation project with respect to timing and location had new cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) installed inside old corrugated steel pipe.  By eliminating the need to excavate, CIPP was the lowest cost, much less disruptive to the public and businesses in the area, and much friendlier to the environment. rehabilitated pipe and culvert carry storm water through a golf course

The environmental advantage increased when installer Capital Sewer Services Inc. used new EcoTek® L040-TNVG-33 vinyl ester resin from AOC.  Unlike conventional CIPP resins, EcoTek L040-TNVG-33 uses proprietary, styrene-free monomer chemistry with ultra-low volatile organic compound (VOC) content.

“We continually seek leading-edge technologies to turn problems into solutions,” said Capital Sewer Vice President Brian Ratchford.  “The EcoTek resin was part of a pilot program with the City of Toronto to reduce VOC emissions.  New Canadian regulations for lower VOC limits are on the horizon.  This experience puts the City and Capital Sewer ahead of the game for tomorrow’s mandate while providing an environmental benefit today.”Access matting helped workers reach the job site and protected the terrain during repair.

The project rehabilitated approximately 700 feet (200 meters) of sewer line and culverts that carry storm water through a golf course into Don River.  The river drains into Lake Ontario, Toronto’s only source of drinking water.  Host pipe diameters were 30, 36 and 48 inches (762, 914 and 1,219 millimeters).  A pipe failure in the 30-inch section led to flooding of an apartment building and the golf course. A spot dig and further CCTV inspection revealed that all pipe sections were showing signs of rust and decay that caused leaking and threatened pipe integrity. 

The CIPP Process
Capital Sewer used the EcoTek resin to impregnate non-woven polyester felt tubes supplied by National Liner LLC, Houston TX, USA.  The felt products were impregnated at Capital Sewer’s facility where the resin’s styrene-free technology resulted in lower VOC workplace emissions. The impregnated tubes were shipped to job sites in refrigerated trucks to prevent premature resin cure. Capital Sewer Services used an EcoTek styrene-free resin for its ultra low VOC content.

During installation, interior water pressure advanced the tubing forwarded as it was inverted through the host pipe.  When an insertion of predetermined length was achieved, hot water or steam was introduced.  The heat initiated the chemical reaction that cured the liquid resin into a molecularly crosslinked solid polymer.  The result inside the host pipe was a new, seamless, conforming liner with excellent durability and corrosion resistance. Host pipe was up to 48 inches (1,219 millimeters) in diameter.

Natural transition to EcoTek
To facilitate the transition to styrene-free technology, AOC scientists developed EcoTek L040 resin to process like conventional materials, which use styrene as a diluent to optimize resin viscosity.  “The handling and processing characteristics of EcoTek L040 resin are identical to those of resins we have always used,” Ratchford pointed out.  “We get the same workability, the same wetting, the same pot life, and the same or better physical properties. 

“And because the resin is from AOC, we get the same excellent delivery, service and technical support,” he added.  “Sales Representative Steve Maybee and CIPP Product Leader Bill Moore helped us reach this milestone and were on site for our first styrene-free resin installation.”new liner emerges during the inversion process through a culvert.

About Capital Sewer Services Inc.
Formed in 1998, Capital Sewer Services Inc. has become recognized as a major force in the field of pipeline maintenance, inspection and reconstruction. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, is one of the largest municipal, commercial and industrial service providers in Canada.  For more information, phone (905) 522-0522, e-mail pipeservices@capitalsewer.com or go to www.capitalsewer.com.

About AOC
For cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), AOC offers resins that process smoothly and perform impeccably time after time.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other resin supplier.  For more information, phone CIPP Product Leader Bill Moore at (901) 854-7291, e-mail wmoore@aoc-resins.com, or go to www.cippresins.com.

A new water filtration plant under construction in The Bronx is the centerpiece of the largest single construction project in the history of New York City.  An-Cor tanks are certified to standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute.

The filtration plant is designed to ensure that water from the Croton System watershed is aesthetically pleasing and meets or exceeds all drinking water quality standards.  When completed in 2012, the plant will provide roughly 10 percent of New York City’s 1.4 billion gallon average daily demand for water.  During drought or other conditions affecting other watersheds servicing New York, the new plant can deliver up to 30 percent of in-City water needs.

To achieve a design capacity of 320 million gallons (1.2 million cubic meters) per day, each link in the filtration process chain has been engineered for the optimum in reliability and performance.  That is why An-Cor Industrial Plastics made 38 fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite tanks for the filtration plant to standards set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute (FRPI). 

The following table summarizes the An-Cor products, functions and dimensions:
 

Quantity

Function/Media

Diameter

U.S. feet (meters)

Height

U.S. feet

(meters)

Capacity gallons (liters)

14

Bulk storage of aluminum sulfate or polyaluminum chloride coagulant

12

(3.7)

14.5

(4.4)

12,267

(46,435)

4

Bulk storage of cationic coagulant aid polymer

10

(3.0)

14

(4.3)

8,225

(31,135)

8

Bulk storage of

sodium hypochlorite

12

(3.7)

14

(4.3)

11,844

(44,834)

4

Day tanks for

sodium hypochlorite

(pre-filter feed)

7

(2.1)

10.5

(3.2)

3,023

(11,443)

4

Day tanks for

sodium hypochlorite

(post-filter feed)

5.5

(1.7)

10.5

(3.2)

1,866

(7,064)

4

UV cleaning system

waste storage

5

(1.5)

17

(5.2)

2,490

(9,426)

How the tanks were made
To achieve performance requirements, An-Cor used Vipel® vinyl ester resins from AOC.  The inner corrosion barriers of each vessel were made withVipel F010 bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester because of its excellent corrosion resistance and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant properties.  The barrier liners were formed using hand lay-up of the resin with veils and fiberglass mats.  In addition to the standard barrier, each tank designed to hold sodium hypochlorite added a 116 mil (2.95 millimeter) thick corrosion allowance for extending the equipment life.

Structural laminates were manufactured with Vipel K022 bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester.  The high performance resin meets project specifications for high strength, excellent chemical resistance and, with synergist addition, Class I fire-retardant properties per ASTM E84.

“The Vipel resins were selected for their ability to meet critical end-use performance specifications,” said Rob Merrill, An-Cor  (Vice President-Operations).  “The technical support that AOC provided with the resins was excellent.  AOC Corrosion Specialist Bill Holtzclaw’s knowledge of FRP processing and quality standards was very helpful.  Both Bill and AOC Product Leader Scott Lane were quick to respond when we needed to optimize processing.”

The corrosion barriers of the cylinders were made using the hand lay-up method utilizing fiberglass taped goods. Depending upon the diameter of the tank, the structural portion of the cylinders were built using mechanical applications of chop strand mat, woven roving, and/or winding glass.

The top and bottom heads of the 10- and 12 -foot (3- and 3.7-meter) tanks were resin-infused using Vipel K022-EBB resin.  Balsa wood cores were encapsulated into the glass fiber-reinforced laminate to achieve higher stiffness.  The heads of the smaller tanks were made by hand lay-up of fiberglass and resin.  All tanks were post-cured in a convection oven prior to shipment.

Double-Certified
The tanks that An-Cor delivered to the Croton Project were backed by certification from two prestigious industry associations — the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute (FRPI).  An-Cor is the first composite manufacturer to be certified by both organizations. Horizontal and vertical tanks await delivery at the An-Cor facility.

ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization whose mission includes the establishment and maintenance of engineering codes and standards.  An-Cor is among the elite group of composite fabricators that meets certification requirements for ASME RTP-1 “Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment.”

ASME certification ensures design rules, fabrication methods, testing procedures and quality control programs are followed.  Each tank was successfully hydro tested after installation at 5 psi (0.3 bar) to validate designs in accordance with the standard.

FRPI is a non-profit membership organization that audits and tests laminates of corrosion-resistant equipment on a job-by-job basis.  “The versatility of FRP composites allows corrosion-resistant equipment to be custom-designed to meet specific project needs,” said Gary Arthur, Executive Director and President of FRPI.   

“FRPI certification tells specifiers and buyers that the FRP equipment materials for their project meet their specification,” Arthur said.  “This provides confidence that the equipment will meet objectives for quality, consistency, reliability and performance.”

In addition to meeting manufacturing standards, tanks, subassemblies and components that come into contact with stored products or the process stream meet FRPI food-grade standards. 

Engineer and Construction
The project sponsor was the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, who will ultimately be responsible for running the plant. The main contractor is a Skanska/Tully Construction joint venture.  Haley & Aldrich was geo-technical consultants, digital automation architecture was provided by Emerson, and a Hazen & Sawyer/Metcalf & Eddy joint venture acted as client consultant.  URS provided support in construction management, cost estimating plus resident engineering, geotechnical engineering and tunneling inspection.

About An-Cor
Based in North Tonawanda, NY, USA, An-Cor Industrial Plastics specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of custom fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite industrial equipment.  Applications include tanks, scrubbers, pipe and fittings, ductwork, stacks and chimney liners.  An-Cor is part of Group DKG.  For more information, phone (716) 695-3141, e-mail info@an-cor.com or go to www.an-cor.com.

About FRPI
Established in 2003, FRPI is the industry’s only fiberglass reinforced plastic materials certification non-profit organization, In providing certification, FRPI educates FRP manufacturers and specifiers and buyers of FRP equipment through seminars and publications.  For more information, phone (508) 380-2232, e-mail contact@frpi.org, or go to www.frpi.org.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other composites resin supplier.  For more information, go to www.corrosionresins.com, the Internet’s comprehensive and user-friendly resource on corrosion-resistant composites.

AOC expands the development of new EcoTek® greener resin technologies that help customers achieve green objectives.  The company focuses on its commitment to green technologies during the Composites 2011Exhibition and Convention sponsored by the American Composites Manufacturers Association February 2-4 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. 

Show attendees can learn the latest in EcoTek technologies by visiting Booth 504 and by listening to an exceptional technical paper authored by Dr. John E. McAlvin, a Research and Development Manager for AOC.

“The objective of EcoTek green resin technologies is to offer a seamless transition for composite fabricators,” McAlvin points out.  “EcoTek products need to offer processing characteristics and end-use performance properties that are better than or equivalent to conventional resin technologies.”

McAlvin’s presentation is titled “Green Composites Through the Use of Styrene-Free Resins and Unsaturated Polyesters Derived from Renewable and Recycled Raw Materials.”  The paper details AOC progress in the development of EcoTek greener resins that are:
 • derived from biologically renewable materials
 • derived from recycled materials, and/or
 • free of styrene.

Infrared analysis comparing unsaturated polyester made with bio-derived propylene glycol with unsaturated polyester made petro-derived PG shows identical spectra.

Six Resin Categories
Supported by numerous equations, tables, figures and references, the paper features newer EcoTek work in six resin product categories:

  1. Renewable/Recycled Cured-In-Place-Pipe.  The reactivity, stability, viscosities, density, peak temperature and other properties of a new bio-derived isophthalic acid-propylene glycol (ISO-PG) resin matches the specifications of petrochemical-based products.
  2. Styrene-Free Cured-In-Place-Pipe.  A new styrene-free resin reduces emissions and odor and helps CIPP installers meet regional government requirements.  For these styrene-free systems, mechanical and liquid properties such as viscosity, gel time, cure profile, wet-out, and initiated stability meet requirements suitable for a range of CIPP applications.
  3. Renewable/Recycled Casting Resins.  EcoTek casting resins exhibit stain resistance and strengths that are similar to those exhibited by isophthalic-neopenytyl glycol polyesters, the standard for the cast polymer industry.  All physical properties of the renewable resin are within acceptable ranges for most solid surface and engineered stone applications.
  4. Acrylic Bonding Renewable/Recycled Resin.  The green alternative is designed to be used with filler as a back-up laminate for acrylic sheets, typically used in bathware applications. Liquid and mechanical properties of the EcoTek resin are similar to those of conventional resins.  Testing according to ASTM C297 demonstrates excellent bond strength between the EcoTek unsaturated polyester and the acrylic substrate.
  5. Fire Retardant Renewable/Recycled Resin.  A new resin system derived from renewable and recycled material is designed to be blended with alumina trihydrate (ATH) to provide fire retardant properties for mass transit applications.
  6. Styrene-Free Laminating Resins.  A novel polymer system developed with non-styrene reactive diluents results in a thermoset network with a crosslink density comparable to conventional resins. Mechanical properties of the styrene-free resin compare favorably to the DCPD-derived, general purpose marine laminating resins.

Building the EcoTek Portfolio
In addition to the new product introduction and technical paper at Composites 2011, AOC will unveil a new EcoTek video.  The show will also provide the first major platform for the new AOC corporate tagline used with EcoTek products:  “Proven Performance.  Protecting the Planet.”  The theme under the corporate logo underscores the dedication of AOC to EcoTek.

About AOC
AOC is a major global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  With EcoTek® technologies, AOC is leading the development of green materials for producing composites and cast polymers that are friendlier to the environment.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more about EcoTek technologies, go to www.green-resins.com, an award-winning website.

Each stack was designed to meet air velocity requirements.An alternative specification for two new towering exhaust stacks not only significantly reduced initial costs for the Camden County Municipal Authority.  The durability and superior corrosion resistance of the stacks’ all-composite design will essentially eliminate maintenance costs at a Camden, New Jersey, wastewater facility for years to come. 

The 96-inch diameter by 72-feet tall stacks were designed and manufactured by Composite and odor control specialists Engineered Composite Systems.  ECS made the stacks and odor control system components with corrosion-resistant and fire-retardant Vipel K022 bisphenol A epoxy vinyl ester from AOC.

Two 72-foot tall stacks were installed.To meet the specification for freestanding stacks without guy lines, the Authority  initially selected stacks made of steel.  A thin inner liner of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite was to be added to protect the metal for corrosive exhausts.  President, Jeff Jones pointed out how all-composite stacks could do the job better for less.

“We explained how composite can be engineered to be freestanding and to withstand the same forces that the steel stacks were designed for" said Jones.  "In addition, the solid composite ensures superior corrosion resistance and a Class 1 fire rating throughout the entire structure  ̶  inside and out.” 

The stacks were manufactured by the filament winding process in which continuous fiberglass roving is encapsulated in the Vipel resin.  One design parameter that helped each composite stack meet the freestanding requirement was to manufacture the cylinder wall to be well over 1-inch (25.4-centimeter) thick.   

The installed stacks cost less than steel.Building a composite that thick can compromise laminate integrity because of excess exotherm, the heat generated when a composite resin cures into a structural solid.  “Controlled exotherm was another benefit of using the AOC material," Jones pointed out. AOC’s Eric Stuck worked with us to develop a resin formulation that keeps exotherm down until the resin was fully cured.”

120,000 CFM System
Suggesting the all-composite stacks drew upon Engineering Composite Systems’ reputation for offering superior solutions with high value.  “Like everyone else today, municipal authorities are looking for ways to trim costs," saide Jones.  "We offer a variety of odor control systems to help meet performance requirements in the most cost-effective way.”

Composite ducting moves air toward the stacksThe stacks were a natural extension of an odor control system designed to move 120,000 cubic feet (3,400 cubic meters) per minute of air.  The system’s 100-inch (254-centimeter) diameter, filament wound composite ducting and open-molded composite covers and dampers were also made with in the ECS facility with Vipel K022 vinyl ester.

Vipel K022 resin resists the highly acidic internal operating environment of the anti-odor system where pH levels can get as low as 2.  Furthermore, with minimal synergist addition, the resin meets ASTM E84 Class 1 flame spread and smoke requirements. or go to www.ecs-frp.com. \About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergist systems for composites and cast polymers. Offering a wide range of Vipel resin technologies, AOC is the leading producer of corrosion-resistant resins in North America. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier. For more information, e-mail Ben Bogner, P.E., C. Eng., at BBogner@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (630) 665-2675, or go to www.corrosionresins.com.

About Engineered Composite Systems
Headquartered in Central Texas, Engineered Composite Systems specializes in the design, manufacture, sales and service of equipment for the municipal, chemical and power industries.  ECS / BPI is the largest odor control system supplier in North America. Product offerings include a full line of odor control systems, such as carbon adsorbers, chemical scrubbers, several different biological systems, ductwork, dampers, chemical storage tanks and odor control covers.  For more information, e-mail jeff.jones@ecs-frp.com

AOC, LLC announced today that the company has ended its exclusive distribution strategy with Poliformas Plasticas in Mexico. 

“After many years of a mutually successful supply arrangement with Poliformas, AOC, LLC has decided on a new distribution strategy.  AOC appreciates the work done by Ing. Rosillo and his company and we wish him well in the future,” said Jeff Holshevnikoff , Latin America Sales Manager. This move comes as AOC realigns its Latin American supply policies. AOC operates AOC Mexicana de Resinas located in the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area. For any questions regarding authentic AOC products, please contact Jeff Holshevnikoff, +1(408) 544-0926 or  by emailing: jholshevnikoff@aoc-resins.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC, LLC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC resins are manufactured in facilities strategically located throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  For more information on AOC’s innovative technology, high quality and expert technical service, contact Steve Martin by e-mailing smartin@aoc-resins.com or phoning (901) 854-2847.

EcoTek® Green Resins The website for EcoTek® Green Technologies of AOC has earned a Gold Award in the Website/Home Page Design category of the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.   The award was presented by the international association for the manner in which website exceeds high industry standards. 

“When we introduced EcoTek material technologies last year, we set out to create a website that reflected our commitment to sustainable practices for ourselves and our customers,” said Steve Martin, Director Global Communications.  “We are pleased to see that our efforts to present the EcoTek line in an informative, user-friendly and aesthetic package have been recognized.”

The award-winning website is at www.green-resins.com and was designed by Kelley & Associates Advertising Inc., Bartlett, Tennessee.  The site helps users choose the EcoTek products that best meet process, performance and sustainability objectives. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers services better than any other supplier.  For more information, contact Steve Martin at smartin@aoc-resins.com or phone (901) 854-2847.

The Alpha Corporation celebrates 50 years as a global enterprise Friday, October 29, with the Grand Opening of its new World Headquarters in Piperton, Tennessee. 

Through its flagship business, AOC LLC, Alpha provides materials technology and service to the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite and cast polymer industries.  AOC materials are produced in 12 facilities, strategically located in nine countries throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions.

Fred Norman, President & Randy Weghorst, Chairman of the Board“The Alpha Corporation and AOC are proud to celebrate this milestone as a business in Western Tennessee,” said Randy Weghorst, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “For fifty years, we have provided jobs, paid taxes and encouraged community participation for the benefit of the Greater Memphis area.  Many of our employees volunteer time and financially support local universities, schools, places of worship, and charitable organizations.  We look forward to being a corporate citizen of this region for many more years to come.”

Fred Norman, President and Chief Operating Officer, added, “Building the new headquarters here reaffirms our commitment to the future of Western Tennessee.   Because of the way the building incorporates green solutions, it has been certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) system of the U.S. Green Building Council.  These actions recognize how we strive to be a responsible business neighbor of this region as well as a model environmental steward.”

The AOC Business 
The AOC unit of The Alpha Corporation is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and additives.   AOC is North America’s largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins — a family of high performance plastics that are specified for their durability, strength, resistance to corrosion, light weight and other features.

AOC success is derived from innovative research technology, world-class manufacturing quality, and superior technical support and service.  The company’s industry leadership is seen in the recent introduction of “EcoTek®” Green Technologies.  EcoTek materials offer environmentally friendly alternatives with renewable resources, recycled content and/or lower emissions. 

AOC products are essential ingredients of customer material systems that are manufactured into finished products.  While often not readily identifiable in finished products, AOC materials play a major role in finished product performance and appearance.  Finished products that benefit from AOC materials technology include:

  • lightweight car and truck parts that reduce emissions by improving fuel economy;
  • boats, bowling balls, snowmobiles, swimming pools, spas and other recreational outlets; 
  • entry doors, fireplace surrounds, vanities and tub/shower units for the home;
  • architectural panels and structures for residential and commercial application;
  • pollution control equipment that would corrode if made of other materials, and
  • wind energy and other components used by the power industry.

AOC World HeadquartersNew World Headquarters
The new World Headquarters for The Alpha Corporation and AOC uses state-of-the-art technology and consolidates management functions under one roof for improved efficiencies and response.  All research, development and technical support functions are now consolidated in the building which formerly housed parts of both management and technology.

The LEED certification for the new building recognizes how design and construction demonstrate environment and resource stewardship through improved energy savings and water efficiency, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and other green strategies.  The building is the first in Fayette County to be LEED-certified. 

Chroma-Tek® pigment dispersion consistently ensures the precise green shade for composite bus shelter grids.Designing a bus shelter for a desert climate is serious business that strives to protect waiting passengers from the danger of excessive heat.  An Arizona State University study concluded that the heat inside a traditional metal bus shelter can rise above 140°F (60°C).   
 
A shelter solution created by architect Jeff Jarvis of TranSystems Corporation integrates a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite grid structure into a unique microclimate system.  The color of the composite was optimized in a cooperative effort between Fibergrate Composite Structures, manufacturer of Fibergrate® panels, and AOC, supplier of Chroma-Tek® colorants for composites.
 
The performance of the composite-based bus stations for the City of Mesa, Arizona, USA, has been so positive that the Valley Metro Regional Public Transit Authority has expanded its use to the next series of stations built in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert.
 
The shelter structure is based on composite because the material does not conduct heat the way metals do.  The design calls for composite grating panels to be used for vertical walls and the roof to take advantage of the grating’s inherent grid pattern. 

The Grid is “Softer”
“The grid design is ‘softer’ than a hard, solid mass,” Jarvis said.  “The grid in the ‘fiberglass’ [composite] is much more open than the perforations that are typically used in metals.  The grid provides shade while also allowing air to flow through.”

The panels for the shelters were made using Fibergrate’s unique manufacturing process, which automatically places continuous fiberglass roving into the channels of a special open mold.  The channels are between raised partitions that give the mold the look of an inverted waffle iron. After the high-strength fibers in the mold are resin-impregnated, the resin cures into a crosslinked solid to form a structural composite.

The molded panels are corrosion-resistant and fire-retardant, have a high strength-to-weight weight ratio, and can withstand high wind loads.  In addition to referring to data generated by standard tests, Jarvis subjected demonstration panels to “real world” situations.
For example, Fibergrate samples successfully withstood full swings of a baseball bat and torching from a high-powered portable lighter.  Furthermore, Jarvis says, the surface of the molded Fibergrate grating panel is not affected by standard anti-graffiti cleaning materials and equipment.

Landscape trees combine with the composite panels to create a microclimate system that casts shade on waiting passengers.  The trees are Desert Museum palo brea, a drought-resistant, U.S. Southwest native species that has been hybridized to eliminate thorns.  The system is designed to ensure that at least six of the ten available seating locations will be in shade at any given time of the day. 

Color is Critical
“The color is critical to the application,” Jarvis states.  “Green makes a statement.  It is psychologically cooler and blends with the native trees.  The value of the green has to be absolutely neutral to be able to radiate heat away and to allow bus drivers and others to see inside.  If the green is too dark, the view is hidden.  If the green is too light, the view has too much glare.”

To achieve the precise color that works best, Fibergrate asked AOC to provide three different custom-color cast resin samples made with Chroma-Tek pigment dispersions.

”We have a long history with AOC’s colorants unit,” said Darryl Moczygemba, Director of Corporate Quality and Supplier Relations for Fibergrate.  “Working with our AOC sales representative Eric Stuck and AOC color expert Mark Harber, we were able to provide the architect samples within the very short time frame we had available.” 

“We had to respond quickly,” said Harber, Business Manager - Open Mold Non-Reinforced, “but we knew we could push it through.  We ensure that the carrier resin and pigment dispersion mixture is homogenous and that carrier resin reactivity is totally compatible with Fibergrate’s processing resin and UV stabilization system.”

John Sauer, Territory Manager for Arizona and Southern California added:
“We wouldn’t be able to do this if it weren’t for AOC’s technical support.  And the pigment dispersion that went into production is exactly the same as the dispersion for the approved sample.  I wouldn’t say Chroma-Tek consistency is good.  I’d say it is excellent.”

About TranSystems Corporation
Located in Kansas City, MO, USA, TranSystems provides complete transportation infrastructure solutions to clients in nine different market sectors: freight rail, passenger rail and transit, states and municipalities, airports and air carriers, manufacturers and distributors, ports and maritime, trucking and automotive, energy and communications, and federal government.  For more information, phone (816) 329-8700 or (800) 800-5261, e-mail marketing@transystems.com, or go to www.transystems.com on the Internet.

About Fibergrate Composite Structures Inc.
Fibergrate Composite Structures Inc., is a global supplier of high-performance, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite grating and structural shapes for industrial, commercial and recreational applications.  Fibergrate is the world leader in molded composite grating.  For more information, contact corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX, USA:  phone (800) 527-4043 or (972) 250-1663; e-mail info@fibergrate.com; website www.fibergrate.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information about Chroma-Tek® colorants, phone Mark Harber at (901) 854-7293 or e-mail mharber@aoc-resins.com.  For other AOC information, phone Steve Martin at (901) 854-2847 or e-mail smartin@aoc-resins.com.  AOC’s website is www.aoc-resins.com.

Tank sections manufactured under ASME-certified conditions were assembled at a riverside site.Precision engineering and manufacturing were key to the way RL Industries overcame logistical obstacles to successfully fabricate composite storage tanks for a chemical plant in Saudi Arabia.  To resist the highly acidic nature of the storage media, the resin used for the tanks was Vipel® F010 bisphenol A, epoxy vinyl ester from AOC.

The job required three large composite tanks to store a 32% solution of hydrogen chloride or a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide.  Based on previous experience, the U.S.-based engineer commissioned to design the tanks recommended RL Industries to give the customer the highest level of quality and structural integrity.

Compared to on-site fabrication, RL Industries’ dedicated manufacturing facilities eliminated the potential for ambient contamination and provided infinitely better control of process parameters.  In addition, the company’s manufacturing is certified to demanding American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards for corrosion-resistant structures.

Vipel® technology & AOC service
Making the tanks took foresight and planning.  RL Industries’ strategy started by filament winding cylindrical sections of Vipel resin-impregnated fiberglass roving.  Winding was accomplished over a high performance corrosion barrier, formed with chopped strand mat and two layers of carbon veil in the Vipel resin matrix.  Nozzles and attachment features for ladders and rails were integrated into the wound sections.

To mold top and bottom end closures, the Vipel resin was vacuum-infused through fiberglass reinforcements and structural sandwich core.  For enhanced load-bearing, RL Industries designed the bottom end closure with an integral, high-strength knuckle radius.  The top and bottom end closures were integrated into the cylindrical shell during the shop winding process.

RL Industries Engineering Manager Brian Linnemann explained why Vipel resin technology was specified for all the work.  “We turned to AOC because of our favorable history with them on other projects,” he said.   “They provide a very good corrosion resin recommendation with excellent documentation of process constituents and chemical service details.  A Vipel resin is proven technology that is optimized for the application.” 

The tanks were loaded on a barge for transport on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.Assembled for shipping
After the tank sections were manufactured, they were assembled at a site 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.  Special permits were obtained to ship the tank sections over the road to the assembly site. 
 
At the assembly site, the cylindrical sections were sequentially assembled using laminating techniques that are similar to the way chimney liner “can” sections are joined.  The end-result for each tank was a high-strength, monolithic structure ready to go to work when installed. 
 
RL Industries made three 20-foot (6.1-meter) diameter chemical storage tanks for the project.  One tank was 47.7 feet (14.5 meters) high; the other two were 41.3 feet (12.6 meters) high.  The tanks were design-engineered for 8 inches (+20 mbarg) positive pressure and 1.2 inches of water (10 mbarg) negative pressure.  The design temperature is 194°F (90° C).
 
The contract also called for two 7-foot diameter by 16-foot high (2.1 meters by 4.9 meters), shop-fabricated tanks for holding non-potable water for emergency safety showers.  To keep ambient Saudi temperatures from making the water too hot, these tanks have 2 inches (5 centimeters) of sprayed urethane foam insulation encapsulated within the laminate.
 
For their final journey, the composite tanks were transferred to an ocean-going vessel at a Gulf of Mexico port.After all tanks successfully passed hydro-testing protocols, they were loaded on a barge for transport down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to a Gulf of Mexico port.  The equipment was then transferred to an ocean-going vessel for shipment to Saudi Arabia.

About RL Industries
RL Industries, Inc., Fairfield, Ohio, USA, has been manufacturing high quality corrosion-resistant composite equipment and systems for more than 40 years.  The company is accredited by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to certify that the composite vessels that RL Industries builds meet the ASME RTP-1 standard and Section X of the ASME National Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.  For more information, phone (513) 874-2800 or e-mail sales@rl-industries.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Corrosion & Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Ben R. Bogner, PE, CEngr., at (630) 306-0872; e-mail bbogner@aoc-resins.com, or go to www.corrosionresins.com, the Internet’s best resource for corrosion-resistant composites.

Vipel® technology joins cooling water pipeline for the world’s largest HDPE plant.The world’s largest high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Abu Dhabi uses fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite pipe to cool manufacturing process water with seawater.  The critical joint system for the extensive pipe system relied on the corrosion-resistant and process-friendly properties of Vipel® F013 bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester from AOC. 

Called “Borouge 2,” the plant is owned by Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. of Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.  Engineering, procurement and contracting was under the direction of the Middle East unit of Técnicas Reunidas, S.A., which has headquarters in Madrid, Spain. 

The project included elbows and connectors for above- and below-ground pipe.The pipe system conveys 36° to 46°C (97° to 115°F) temperature seawater to cool process water that is in the 40° to 50°C (104° to 122°F) temperature range.  The pipe and joints were designed to withstand 11.3 bar (160 psi) of service pressure and were successfully hydro-tested at 15 bar (215 psi).  

The pipe was installed by Granite Construction Co. and manufactured by Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI), both of Abu Dhabi.  Butt and wrap field joints that connected pipe section to pipe section were accomplished by Vayyu Composites Technologies (Pvt.), Ltd., Chennai, India, a subsidiary of Vayyu LLC, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA. 

The Vipel® resin was process-friendly in the demanding desert environment.Vayyu crews resin-impregnated fiberglass woven roving mats with 270, 360 and 580 grams per meter densities to field-laminate 858 joints.  The job involved above- and below-ground pipe ranging in diameter from 900 to 3600 millimeters (36 to 144 inches).  Vayyu used 327 technicians — laminators, supervisors and engineers — to complete the job within 12 months.   

Vipel® F013 bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester resin was specified for its high resistance to corrosive attack from the hot, saline seawater.  The laminating crew also appreciated the resin’s excellent wetting, handling and curing characteristics in the hostile desert environment.

More than 850 joints were formed in 12 months time.“In spite of extreme temperature ranges of 10°C (50°F) during winter nights and 46°C (115°F) during summer days, the resin performed consistently,” said G.S. Viswanath, Senior Partner & Chief Technical Officer.   “The gel time was extremely predictable.  We were also pleasantly surprised by the shelf life of the resin in the intense summer heat.”

About Vayyu Composite Technology
Vayyu CompositeTechnologies (Pvt.) Ltd., Chennai, India, provides composite pipe design, engineering, fabrication and installation expertise for projects around the world. 
Vayyu Composite Technologies is a subsidiary of Vayyu LLC, Malvern, PA, USA.  For more information, phone (888) 236-6006, fax (888) 236-6006, e-mail info@vayyu.com or go to www.vayyu.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  To discover more about AOC technology, quality and service for corrosion-resistant composites, e-mail Ben Bogner, P.E., C. Eng., at BBogner@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (630) 665-2675, or go to www.corrosionresins.com.

 

Borouge 2 Pipe Joint Summary

Borouge 2 Pipe Joint Summary

Fletcher LindbergFletcher Lindberg is promoted to Business Manager - Open Mold Reinforced applications for AOC, LLC. Lindberg most recently served as Business Manager for AOC’s Non-Reinforced and Distribution segments. Earlier he was AOC’s sales representative in its South Central Region. He joined AOC in 1998. Lindberg received his Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and MBA from University of Memphis.

Additionally, Mark Harber is promoted to Business Manager – Open Mold Non-Reinforced products, a position that manages AOC’s gel coat, pigment dispersion, and specialty product lines. Harber was most recently Research & Development Manager and has held a number of positions since he joined AOC in 1982. Harber graduated from the University of Memphis, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mark HarberLindberg and Harber will report to Jack Roesle, Sr. Vice President Global Sales and Marketing. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, specialty products and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, contact Steve Martin by e-mailing smartin@aoc-resins.com or phoning him (901) 854-2847.

 

Markos workers finish the interior of a 9-meter long nacelle.Composites technology is contributing to the highest growth in wind energy use since ancient mariners learned to sail.  That growth is given a greater boost in the way that Polish manufacturing company Markos is advancing large part production with infusion and open molding. 
  
“Infusion technology has been successfully used in our factory for the last two years,” said Piotr Targowski , Deputy Director, Proxy.  “Markos considers infusion to be a strongly pro-ecological technology and a more efficient way of production.”  Targowski added that infusion has put more emphasis on resin quality because the process is more demanding than hand lay-up.

Some ventilation system housings are designed to be intergrally molded into the nacelle interior.For infused and open molded production, Markos relies on the technology, quality and service of global resin supplier AOC.  “AOC became a Markos supplier mainly due to the infusion and vacuum qualities of Altek® R937 and H834 low-shrink resins. These resins are outstanding and perfectly meet production regimes.” 
  
For hand lay-up production, AOC supplies an Altek H834 series low profile laminating resin that meets Markos objectives for lower styrene emissions in the workplace.  This resin is also engineered by AOC chemists to provide the proper viscosity for excellent fiber wetting. “We found AOC as a well-oriented partner who is flexible and trustworthy,” said Bernard Marciniak, Shareholder.

Components for Wind Energy
For wind energy, Marcos infuses nacelles up to 29.5 feet (9 meters) long and 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) high and hubs (also called spinners) up to 13.1 feet (4 meters) high.  Depending on the application, reinforcement materials include glass fiber chopped strand mat, woven roving, woven fabrics, and combination materials. 

Wind energy hubs await shipment.Sandwich and core construction is used in locations that can benefit from added stiffness at a lower weight.  Some hand lay-up parts, such as housings for ventilation systems are integrally molded into the larger parts.  Depending on the design specification, several composite wind energy components are manufactured to meet flame retardant requirements.

About Markos
Markos Co. Ltd was created by two Polish Partners Bernardyn Marciniak and Cezary Koseski, both Naval Architects. Few years ago Fassmer of Berne/Motzen, Germany became third Shareholder. Markos has approximately 86,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of modern production facilities in Globino, Poland.  Company specialties include lifeboats and sailing and motor yachts as well as components and systems for wind energy.  For more information, go to www.markos.pl.

About AOC
AOC is helping the world turn to the benefits of composites for systems that convert wind into a major resource for clean, efficient energy.  Building on experience and expertise, AOC researchers are creating new process and material synergies for manufacturing wind turbine blades and other large composite applications.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  

CMS has been renamed as AOC (UK) Ltd, effective from 30th April 2010.

CMS has always been a wholly owned company of AOC LLC, and this name change will reinforce the AOC trading name in the UK market. AOC (UK) Ltd will continue with all its other product lines giving a total service to the UK composite industry. AOC (UK) say that AOC is committed to be the world leader in resin technology and that their customers will benefit from the strength of a global manufacturer.

AOC (UK)) Ltd.

 

Dr. Hoeglund with donated DSC.Loyalty to the alma mater that helped shape a career has led to the gift of a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) from resin producer AOC to the Chemistry Department of the University of Memphis.   The equipment is valued at US$44,000.
 
The catalyst, so to speak, behind the donation was Dr. Adrienne Hoeglund, a Senior Analytical Scientist for AOC.  Consolidation of research and development to improve efficiencies left AOC with a redundant DSC.  Hoeglund saw a need for the equipment at the University of Memphis where she earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry.  She set a plan in motion to have the system donated to the university.

Students and researchers in the University of Memphis Chemistry Department can use the DSC for a variety of analyses, including the thermal characteristics, purity and/or processing characteristics of polymers, foods and pharmaceuticals.

“I am incredibly proud of being a U of M graduate and want people to know where I went,” Hoeglund commented.  “I cannot say enough good things about the Chemistry Department.”  Hoeglund is a native of Denver, Colorado, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Clemson University.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other composites resin supplier. For more information, e-mail Steve Martin at smartin@aoc-resins.com or phone him at (901) 854-2847. 

A 14-by-40-foot (4.3-by-12.2-meter) Catamaran Cruiser is launched into service.For more than 30 years, Catamaran Cruisers has been making houseboats that are highly affordable, durable, stable, maneuverable and fuel efficient.  Now, Catamaran Cruisers is the first in the marine sector to adopt AOC’s new Eco-Tek™ styrene-free technology that is better for the environment and the workplace.
 
Catamaran Cruisers uses the hand lay-up and spray-up processes to manufacture cabins, hulls, bulkheads, galley sinks, slides, gates, rails and other features of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite.  Typical composite boat construction uses a resin that is formulated to incorporate styrene.  However, the new EcoTek H164 polyester resin that Catamaran Cruisers now uses shows how the company strives to be far better than typical.
 
In a composite resin formulation, styrene serves as a diluent for wetting out reinforcing fibers and as a reactive monomer that helps transform the resin into a molecularly-crosslinked polymer.  EcoTek H164 polyester has a revolutionary, AOC-patented formulation that replaces styrene with diluent monomers with lower volatility and fewer emissions. 
 
“A primary reason for switching to the EcoTek resin is to create a healthier and safer work environment for our employees,” said company President Dirk Wiley.  “Workplace exposure to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions is significantly reduced.  Reduced emissions are also better for the Environment and make our product more attractive to customers looking to make greener buying decisions.”

HAP-Free Technology
Unlike styrene, alternative monomers in the EcoTek resin are not regulated as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  “Our emissions into the air are only about fifteen percent of what we are allowed for our operation,” said Wiley. “We are staying ahead of the game with help from AOC who is working with us to bring our emissions down even more.”
 
Wiley said EcoTek H164 resin also helps Catamaran Cruisers make a more state-of-the-art boat.  That’s because the resin works well in a proprietary manufacturing process that is engineered for a lighter more durable composite laminate.  Reduction in the use of heavy wood in major areas results in weight savings of up to 30 percent.  Catamaran Cruisers’ new construction techniques have increased insulation properties and fuel efficiency.  One customer claimed up to a 50 percent fuel savings with the lighter construction.
 
The new EcoTek green resin for lamination is part of an AOC material system that Catamaran Cruisers uses to make superior marine composites. Composite construction starts with a Vibrin® gel coat designed by AOC specifically for marine applications.  For maximum resistance to surface blistering, the gel coat is backed up with a barrier coat manufactured with a high performance Hydropel® vinyl ester resin from AOC.
 
Wiley pointed out that an AOC shipment comes with more than material technology.  “AOC provides very good delivery, service and support,” he said.  “Their people are very helpful and knowledgeable,” he said.  “From laboratory testing to technical assistance with our environmental program, AOC is an excellent resource for whatever we need.”

About Catamaran Cruisers
Catamaran Cruisers manufactures a full line of houseboats, ranging in size from a trailerable 8 feet by 31 feet (2.4 by 9.4 meters) boat to full-time “live-aboards” up to 14 feet by 58 feet (4.3 by 17.7 meters) in size.  The spacious houseboat cabins are built on double catamaran hulls that feature individual composite bulkheads every three feet and a hard chine for a smoother houseboat ride.  For more information, phone (800) 365-1255, e-mail sales@catamarancruiser.com or go to www.catamarancruiser.com on the Internet.

About AOC and EcoTek™
AOC is a leading supplier of green materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  EcoTek green technologies include products made with renewable content, renewable content and/or styrene-free chemistry.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than other supplier.  To discover more about EcoTek technologies, go to www.green-resins.com.

Alaglas swimming pool wins the Superior Quality in an Open Molded Part award from the American Composites Manufacturing Association.For more than 20 years, Alaglas Swimming Pools owners have enjoyed the high strength and low maintenance that the company inherently builds into its structures.  With new EcoTek™ “green” resin from AOC, Alaglas is now also the first composite pool manufacturer to assure customers that their pool was made with more environmentally friendly technology.
 
A pool made with the resin earned Alaglas the 2010 Superior Quality in an Open Molded Part award in the annual ACE Competition of the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA).  The award is presented to the open-mold-manufactured application that best demonstrates exceptional fit, finish and quality
 
Alaglas pools made with EcoTek™ resin carry the same 50-year structural warranty that has been offered on pools made with traditional resin.Alaglas started using EcoTek H460-EKAG polyester for the structural segment of its state-of-the-art composite pools.  While most thermoset resins are produced solely from unsustainable petrochemical feedstocks, EcoTek H460-EKAG resin is 28 per cent derived from biologically renewable resources and/or recycled materials. 
 
“This resin makes us a better environmental steward and enhances the pool’s appeal to customers looking to make greener lifestyle decisions,” said Monty Felix, CEO of Alaglas.  “The same manufacturing process techniques and equipment were used to seamlessly incorporate the new green resin into our material system,” he continued.   “We didn’t have to change a thing.  Resin conversion was a simple matter of moving our suction wand out of one drum and into another.”

How Greenness is Achieved 
The renewable content in EcoTek H460-EKAG comes from agricultural products such as corn and plant oils that are precursors to the building blocks of the polymeric backbone.  Resins made with these building blocks provide green alternatives to resins produced from building blocks that are wholly derived from crude oil and natural gas.
 
The resin’s recycled content comes from reclaimed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that would otherwise be destined for a landfill and/or from reclaimed glycols that would require diversion into a chemical waste stream. 
 
Mechanical properties of EcoTek H460-EKAG are equal to or better than those of a conventional resin designed for open-molded products such as swimming pools.  As a result, Alaglas pools made with green resin technology are durable enough to be sold with the same 50-year structural warranty that has been offered with pools made with traditional resin.

Made with EcoTek™
Alaglas pool construction begins with a sprayed-on, moisture-resistant gel coat that is backed up with a layer of chopped glass fibers in a Hydropel® H010 vinyl ester.  This elite marine grade resin from AOC forms a high performance barrier against moisture intrusion that can cause blisters on the gel coat surface.
 
After barrier coat application, EcoTek H460-EKAG resin is used to wet out the reinforcing glass fibers in three manufacturing steps that create an engineered structural laminate:  1) spray up of chopped glass fibers and resin, 2) lay up of  resin-impregnated stitched fabric that combines biaxial woven fiberglass cloth with multidirectional strand mat, and 3) another sprayed-up layer of chopped fibers and resin.  
 
“The special stitched mat gives us a higher glass-to-resin ratio,” Felix stated.  “The higher fiber content, the strength distribution of the fabric’s fiber architecture, and the EcoTek resin’s low air entrapment synergize to deliver high structural integrity.  Our pools are so strong enough to meet some customers’ preference for aboveground installation.”

About Alaglas
Alaglas Swimming Pools opened its doors in St. Matthews, SC, USA, in 1987. Since then, the company has built thousands of swimming pools and has advanced its manufacturing process beyond industry standards.  Alaglas pools are sold through an extensive dealer network throughout the Eastern U.S.  For more information, phone (877) 655-7179 or go to www.alaglas.com.

About AOC
AOC is a major global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  With EcoTek™ technologies, AOC is leading the development of green materials for producing composites that are friendlier to the environment.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more about EcoTek technologies, go to www.green-resins.com.

 

AOC introduces new EcoTek™ Green Technologies for leading composites and cast polymers into the “green” revolution that is occurring in the global marketplace.  EcoTek technologies help customers become better environmental stewards, follow green regulatory standards, and meet the growing demand for manufactured goods that are friendlier to the environment.

EcoTek™ Green Technologies

The EcoTek line debuts with a comprehensive listing of unsaturated polyesters and vinyl esters detailed on the new www.green-resins.com website.  AOC chemists engineer EcoTek technologies to seamlessly offer processing and end-use properties that are better than or equivalent to conventional materials.  Conversion to EcoTek green is backed by the industry’s best technical support team and most knowledgeable sales force.
 
“AOC pioneered green resin technology in the 1980s when the company introduced unsaturated polyesters which chemically incorporate recycled polyethylene terephthalate, or PET,” said Emilio Oramas, Business Manager - Open Mold Reinforced.  “Over the years, we expanded development of Earth-friendly materials that support customer preferences and requirements for greener practices.  Our work has grown to the point where we can launch our new class of EcoTek materials.”

How EcoTek™ Is Green
EcoTek™ product technologies follow three major paths toward greenness.  Many products follow more than one path:

1.  Renewable Content
AOC can offer several resin options that use building blocks derived from renewable resources instead of fossil fuels.  The renewable content comes from agricultural products such as corn, plant oils and/or other sustainable resources that are precursors to the building blocks of the polymeric backbone.  Resins made with these building blocks provide green alternatives to resins produced from building blocks that are wholly derived from crude oil and natural gas.

2.  Recycled Content
EcoTek recycled content comes from reclaimed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that would otherwise be destined for a landfill and/or from reclaimed glycols that would require diversion into a chemical waste stream. 

 3.  Styrene Free
AOC has patented a revolutionary, new resin technology that is entirely free of styrene.  New resin formulations incorporate alternative reactive diluent monomers that have very low volatility for reduced exposure in the workplace and lower emissions in the environment. 

EcoTek™ Product Listings
 EcoTek™ technologies are available for the primary composite manufacturing processes and end-use market sectors.  The initial product listings on www.green-resins.com and in new AOC literature are:

 1.  Cast Polymers
 2.  Cured-In-Place Pipe 
 3.  Closed Mold
 4.  Corrosion
 5.  Open Mold Laminating
 6.  Styrene-Free

EcoTek literature can be downloaded from www.green-resins.com or www.aoc-resins.com or can be requested from an AOC representative.

Leadership by Example
AOC follows manufacturing and operational practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship and go beyond required legal compliance.  AOC adheres to Six Sigma Lean principles that lead to improve efficiencies.  Leaner manufacturing reduces fossil fuel consumption, lowers emissions and reduces waste.
 In addition, AOC new headquarters facility earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building achieves exceptionally high heating, ventilation and air conditioning efficiencies through the use of a groundwater recirculation system.

Learn More at Composites 2010
AOC will officially launch EcoTek Green Technologies during Composites 2010, the annual exhibition and trade show of the American Composites Manufacturing Association.  This year’s event is set for February 9-11, 2010, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  

To get a first-hand introduction to EcoTek technologies, event visitors can stop by the AOC exhibit at Booth 502.  AOC will also accompany the launch with three different presentations during Composites 2010:

Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 p.m.
Introduction of EcoTek™ Green Resins
By Emilio Oramas, Business Manager - Open Mold Reinforced

Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.
Green Resins for Cast Polymers
By Dr. John McAlvin

Thursday, February 11, 1:00 p.m.
Advancements for Unsaturated Polyester Based Composites:
Renewable, Recycled and Environmentally Friendly Resins
Technical Paper by Drs. John McAlvin and Thomas Steinhausler

About AOC and EcoTek™
AOC is a leading supplier of green materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  EcoTek green technologies includes products made with renewable content, renewable content and/or styrene-free chemistry.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than other supplier.  To discover more about EcoTek technologies, go to www.green-resins.com.

 

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee, USA – Brian Parker and Emilio Oramas are appointed to new positions in management team reorganization by North American resin leader AOC LLC.  Parker and Oramas will report to Jack Roesle, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, who made the announcement.
 
Brian Parker,  Global Managing DirectorParker is named to the new position of Global Managing Director and is responsible for all International Operations.  Parker will retain current responsibilities as Western Regional Sales Manager and Managing Director of Latin America.  Reporting to Parker are:  Stephen Olle, Managing Director for Europe and Asia, and Peter Cheshire, Managing Director of CMS, a United Kingdom-based distributor and wholly-owned AOC subsidiary.
 
Emilio Oramas, Director of Sales - US & CanadaOramas is appointed to the newly created position of Director of Sales: US and Canada.  Oramas assumes responsibility for all sales in the United States and Canada.  Reporting to Oramas are Eastern Regional Sales Manager Eric Lindberg, South Central Regional Sales Manager Joe Simpson and North Central Sales Manager Brad Walker.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information, contact phone Steve Martin at (901) 854-2847 or e-mail SMartin@aoc-resins.com.

The stack liners were manufactured using Tunetanken’s cutting-edge winding technology. More than 40 years of experience and expertise helped Tunetanken A/S obtain the contract for high-performance, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite chimney liners for a modern waste-to-energy incineration plant.  To get the best technology, quality and service for the liner resins, Tunetanken specified Vipel® epoxy novolac vinyl esters from AOC.   
 
The incineration plant in Bergen, Norway, is operated by BiR Avfallsenergi, a company owned by various municipalities to convert waste that otherwise would have to be landfilled into useful energy.  Incineration exhaust is sent through two 75-meter (246-foot) tall stacks in a combined housing made of steel. 
 
The liners were installed in the housing by Tunetanken customer, chimney manufacturer Steelcon A/S, Esbjerg N, Denmark, before the lined housing was sent to the plant for erection.  One liner is 69 meters (226.4) tall, while the other is 72 meters (236.2 feet) tall.  Both liners are 1400 millimeters (55.1 inches) in diameter.
 
Incineration exhaust is so hot that one liner must withstand an operating temperature of 150°C (302°F) and exposure to 180°C (356°F) for up to one hour.  To meet these requirements, the liner was made with Vipel F086 epoxy novolac vinyl ester.  The design temperature for the other liner is 130°C (266°F), and the maximum one-hour exposure temperature is 160°C (320°F).  These requirements are met with Vipel F085 epoxy novolac vinyl ester.

The composite liners were installed in a combined steel housing that was shipped to the plant site.Manufacturing the liners
Tunetanken manufactured the liners by filament winding resin-impregnated, E-glass roving over a cylindrical mandrel.  Each liner was made in three sections that were joined using composite lamination in the field.  The longest individual section was 27 meters (88.6 feet). 
 
Laminated joints and the top section of each liner were manufactured using hand lay-up.  To improve the resistance of interior surfaces exposed to the hot and corrosive exhaust,  2.5-millimeter (0.1-inch) thick barrier layers were formed with resin-impregnated ECR veils.

“The Vipel epoxy novolac vinyl esters are easy to process for both our winding and hand lay-up operations,” said Tunetanken Administrative Director Henrik Kjærholm.  “AOC also has a very fast and helpful team when we need resin chemical resistance data and performance specifications.”

About Tunetanken A/S
Located in Vejen, Denmark, Tunetanken A/S has more than 40 years experience in the design and manufacturing of superior corrosion-resistant composite parts and systems.  Applications include silos and tanks for agricultural and industrial use as well as flue gas scrubbers, ducts and stack liners.  For more information, phone +45 75588188, fax +45 75588537, e-mail hk@tunetanken.dk, or go to www.tunetanken.dk.

About AOC
With World Headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC, LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC serves the global composites industry from twelve manufacturing plants strategically located in nine countries throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information, e-mail Ben Bogner, P.E., C. Eng., at BBogner@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (630) 665-2675, or go to www.corrosionresins.com.

Appalachian Plastics, Inc., manufactures water filters up to 96 inches (243.8 centimeters) in diameter. Once considered only a major oil producer, Dubai, one of seven United Arab Emirates, has diversified its economy and emerged as a major 21st Century tourist destination.  
One of the most spectacular visitor attractions in Dubai is Atlantis The Palm, one of the largest and most exciting water-themed resorts in the world.  The aquatic center features:

  • 42 acres of waterpark with slides, rivers, rapids, pools and beaches,
  • a sprawling, interactive dolphin exhibit in three tropical lagoons, and
  • underwater tunnels to view the lost chambers of Atlantis and 65,000 marine animals.


Keeping the water clean at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, is a daunting task that is facilitated by 167 special mega-filters.  Seventy-five ISO shipping containers were needed to transport the filters from the U.S. to Dubai.  The filters were supplied by Neptune-Benson™ whose expertise in filter design and marketing blends perfectly with the filter manufacturing expertise of Appalachian Plastics, Inc. (API). 

 To achieve high strength and outstanding chemical resistance, API turned to resin technology from AOC.  The large fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite housings for the filter systems are produced with Vipel® F010 bisphenol A epoxy-based vinyl ester.  The resin is certified for API use in filters by NFS International, an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods.

Making filters that last
 Appalachian Plastics manufactured the horizontal, cylindrical components for the filters by winding resin-impregnated glass fiber reinforcement on a rotating mandrel.  The fiber reinforcement was a combination of continuous roving for hoop strength and stitched fabric for axial strength.  The end caps for each filter were open molded of chopped strand mat and woven roving.  The interior surfaces of all composite components used C-veil to create a resin-intensive corrosion barrier that protects the reinforcing fibers and provides a seal against internal pressure. 

API General Manager Allen DeBusk, said the Vipel F010 resin processes well for both winding and hand lay-up operations and is backed by very good technical support.  He added how the toughness and durability of Vipel F010 vinyl ester helps resist cracking and crazing.

 “To meet requirements for corrosion resistance, the filters could be made with an isophthalic polyester resin,” DeBusk said.  “But isopolyesters are brittle and develop surface cracks under the cyclic action of the filtering process.  This does not affect structural performance but encourages unwanted algae to grow.”

The horizontal composite filters for Dubai are 5 feet in diameter by 12 feet long (1.5 by  3.7 meters).  Each filter has an internal manifold made of polyvinyl chloride.  Water is pumped into the filters and conveyed under pressure through a bed of sand filtering media which trap dirt and particles.  The filters are designed to withstand pressures up to 100 psi (6.9 bar).

About Appalachian Plastics, Inc.
 Supplying Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, was a natural extension to the reputation of Appalachian Plastics, Inc., which is based in Glade Spring, Virginia, USA.  The company is the world leader in the manufacture of water filters for zoos and aquariums.  Filters range in size from 30 inches to 96 inches (76.2 to 243.8 centimeters) in diameter.  API also manufacturers composite lightpoles and a range of corrosion-resistant equipment and systems.  For more information, e-mail api@comcast.com, phone (276) 429-2581 or fax (276) 429-2631.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Corrosion & Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Ben R. Bogner, PE, CEngr., at (630) 665-2675; e-mail bbogner@aoc-resins.com, or go to www.corrosionresins.com, the Internet’s best resource for corrosion-resistant composites.
 

Fred NormanFred Norman has been appointed to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer of AOC. Norman will report to Randy Weghorst, who continues in his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Jack Roesle, Senior Vice President - Global Sales & Marketing, Tom Folda, Vice President - Technology, Jim Griffith, Vice President - Global Purchasing, Jim Kunz, Vice President - IT, & CIO, Matt Watkins, Vice President Operations; will report to Norman.  
 
John GriggsJohn Griggs, Vice President - International Development, has been appointed to the position of Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer and will also report to Norman.  Hazel Butler, Director of Human Resources, Steve Jameson, Senior Manager-Treasury Service, and Mike Bayless, Corporate Controller, will report to Griggs.
 
Norman joined the Alpha Corporation, a co-founding company of AOC, in 1976.  He held several positions in Alpha for Alpha Resins and its subsidiary SynTechnics, Inc., before being promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alpha in 1991.  Instrumental in the formation and financing of AOC, formerly the joint venture between Alpha and Owens Corning, Norman was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AOC before his current promotion.
 
Norman received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1975 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Memphis State University in 1982. 
 
Griggs joined Alpha in 1983 and served as Corporate Credit Manager, Division and Corporate Controller.  In 1997 he joined AOC as Vice President and Treasurer.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Rhodes College in 1973. 

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC, LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC products are manufactured in twelve manufacturing plants strategically located throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Steve Martin at (901) 854-2847, e-mail SMartin@aoc-resins.com or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

New Vibrin® G415AA clear gel coat from North American resin leader AOC LLC is designed to dramatically reduce yellowing in cast polymer surfaces.  “Laboratory tests show that Vibrin G415AA clear coat can reduce high temperature-induced yellowing by up to 50%,” said Dan Oakley, Gel Coat Product Leader for AOC.   
 
The new product’s unique chemistry was developed to help maintain the original color of surfaces that are artistically enhanced by the Photofuzion™ process of Design Imaging LLC.  Because the process and performance characteristics of Vibrin G415AA are similar to standard clear gel coats, it can be used in all types of casting applications. 
 
Vibrin G415AA is a prepromoted, thixotropic, neopentyl glycol isophthalic polyester gel coat designed for spray application.  In addition to its high resistance to yellowing, the new gel coat offers excellent clarity and color, good air release and leveling, and good resistance to ultraviolet light.

Natural look at a lower weight 
Patented Photofuzion technology and methodology are licensed to authorized dealers for reproducing natural stone and other imagery on cultured marble and solid surface materials.  Granite, marble and other stone reproductions have the look of nature’s creations at a lower weight and without the potential for design imperfections.
 
Design Imaging licensees can access an extensive library of large format, high resolution images of natural stone, wood, accent strips, patterns and scenery.  The heat and vacuum of the Photofuzion press integrally transfers images into the gel coat at depths as great as 0.006 inch (0.152 millimeter).  The technology creates a sophisticated upscale look for a variety of applications such as tub and shower walls, vanity tops, splashes, and solid surface murals.

About Design Imaging LLC
Based in Orem, Utah, USA, Design Imaging, LLC, offers Photofuzion technology that creates the look of beautiful natural granites and marbles at approximately the same cost as granite chip and veining techniques but with far better results.  The technology can create 1:1 ratio, intricately detailed images up to 5 feet by 10 feet (1.52 by 3.05 meters) in size.  For more information, phone (801) 655-5230, fax (801) 655-5240, e-mail sales@design-imaging.com or visit www.design-imaging.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC products are manufactured in twelve manufacturing plants strategically located throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Fletcher Lindberg at (901) 854-7235, e-mail flindberg@aoc-resins.com or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

Composite heat shield by Pilot Automotive State-of-the-art technology, a free trade market and quick supplier response proved to be the right ingredients for new business at Pilot Automotive SRL.  Headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pilot Automotive is a world-class manufacturer of sheet molding composite (SMC) parts.
 
Pilot Automotive added a heat shield to the list of products that it provides Ford Motor Company, using sheet molding compound (SMC) from SMC SA, Montevideo, Uruguay, the leading SMC supplier in South America.

The heat shield, which is used to insulate the fuel tank from the high temperature of engine exhausts, presented a new challenge. The composite requires an unconventional chopped glass fiber loading of 50%.  The compound also has to flow smoothly as it is being processed in heated matched metal dies on high compression presses. 

Composite cross car beam by Pilot Automotive“We needed a new compound very quickly if we were going to get the Ford heat shield business,” said Leandro S. Solofrizzo, Purchasing Manager for Pilot Automotive.  “Jacinto Muxi and Yamandu Bermudez in charge of the production department at SMC SA met our needs in record time.  Thanks to this, we added new business at a time when the automotive market is soft.” 

The heat shield is the latest in the list of SMC components that Pilot Automotive makes for Ford and was formulated with AOC resin. The resin is especially formulated for structural SMC applications that require higher mechanical properties when exposed to a hot or corrosive environment.

SMC CA state-of-the-art facilitySMC SA produces molding compound for automotive parts using unsaturated polyester resin from AOC.  The resin is specified for its good fiber wetting characteristics, proven high reactivity for a broad range of end-use applications, and smooth surface finish when used for appearance parts.

The partnership between Pilot and SMC SA began many years ago and together both enterprises have developed several parts, always with success. The most technically complex, is a structural cross vehicle beam which integrates several functions into a single component with stringent safety requirements. 

Pilot also supplies components for other automakers Dodge, Peugeot, Citroën and Chery International, bus manufacturer Tatsa Motors.  Components are sold in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. 

Argentina and Uruguay are full members of Mercosur. Pointing to the role of the Southern Common Market, or “Mercosur,” in the project, Solofrizzo added,  “It is very important for us to have a qualified SMC supplier in a Mercosur partner country.” 

About Pilot Automotive
Pilot Automotive SLR is a major supplier of sheet molding composite parts and systems for automotive, truck and mass transit vehicles.  Pilot Automotive develops proactive design, process and material solutions for its customers.  In addition to SMC molding, company capabilities include injection molding, welding, tube-bending, pressure testing and subassembly.  For more information, phone company headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina at +54 11 4003 5500, fax +54 11 4003 5501, or go to www.pilotaut.com.ar.

About SMC SA
SMC SA is an ISO 9001 and 14001-certified producer of fiberglass-reinforced polyester sheet molding compound for compression molding operations.  From state-of-the-art facilities in Montevideo, Uruguay, the company ships SMC to composite manufacturing facilities throughout South America.  SMC SA supplies products for the automotive industry, as well as the electrical and construction industries.  For more information, phone the company factory in Montevideo, Uruguay, for Jacinto Muxi or Yamandu Bermudez at +(598 2) 305-3568, fax +(598 2) 305-3567, e-mail info@smc.com.uy or jmm@smc.com.u.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC products are manufactured in twelve manufacturing plants strategically located throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Steve Martin at (901) 854-2847, e-mail smartin@aoc-resins.com or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

North American composites resin leader AOC appoints Superior Oil Company as a distributor for AOC’s full product line, including unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel coats and pigment dispersions.

Superior Oil is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and serves the composites and cast polymer industries from shipping locations in Springfield, Missouri; Elkhart, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; Effingham, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Orrville, Ohio, and St. Louis, Missouri.

“AOC is very pleased to welcome Superior Oil as a distributor,” said Randy Weghorst, AOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “Superior’s experience and breadth of knowledge will no doubt create new opportunities for AOC.” 
 
Tom Fleming, Superior’s Vice President and General Manager for Composites, said, “We are excited about the opportunities afforded to us to be representing North America’s largest polyester resin manufacturer.”

About Superior Oil Co.
With corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, Superior Oil is a leading independent chemical and fiberglass distributor.  The company’s fiberglass and resins unit sells to customers in range of market sectors, including corrosion-resistant equipment, recreational vehicles, bathtubs and showers.  For more information, e-mail sochq@superioroil.com, phone (317) 781-4400, fax (317) 781-4401, or go to www.superioroil.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC products are manufactured in twelve manufacturing plants strategically located throughout North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Fletcher Lindberg at (901) 854-7235, e-mail flindberg@aoc-resins.com or go to www.aoc-resins.com.

UV-cure technology was ideally suited for repairing pipe at the remote job site.Ingenious underground pipe repair technology that uses ultraviolet (UV) light helped preserve an 18th Century home nestled among hills near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Reline America, Inc.®  technology installed by Abel Recon also restored natural water flow to the picturesque creek that runs past the historic building.  The Vipel® UV-cure resin system for the job was supplied by AOC. 
 
The problem was occurring in 647 feet (197 meters) of old 10-inch (25.4-centimeter) diameter clay sewer line that runs near the home and creek.  Water that should naturally flow through the creek was entering the pipe through cracks and failing joints.  The “infiltration and inflow” (I/I) problem left the creek bed dry.  The extra water reduced the pipe’s capacity to carry wastewater and added to the workload of the treatment plant.
  
“By far the largest obstacle was the physical location and historic nature of the property,” said Tom West, Construction Technical Advisor for Reline America, Inc. “Once the sewer was repaired, the creek became one-third full in 24 hours.” 
 
- To eliminate excavation, the special Blue-Tek® slip sheet was guided into the host pipe through an existing manhole.The solution was designed by Gateway Engineering Inc. for the Municipality of Penn Hills.  Engineers specified a cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) inside the existing pipe to eliminate trenches that would add costs, create delays and threaten the structural integrity of the historic home. 

Shining a new light on CIPP 
Abel Recon installed the new CIPP using Reline America’s “Blue-Tek®” technology.  Pat Godwin, Business Development Manager for Abel Recon explained how this technology can provide advantages over conventional CIPP. 
 
“The I/I at the Penn Hills site was so severe that the pipe still had seven to ten percent flow even after the by-pass was installed,” said Godwin.  Blue-Tek technology starts with a slip sheet that protects the resin-impregnated liner as the liner is winched into place.”
 
The liner was custom-made for the job in Reline America’s certified facility.  Because UV-cure resin is not affected by temperature, the liner was shipped without costly refrigeration. 
 
At the job site, the liner was pulled instead of inverted as is the case with most conventional CIPP.  The Blue-Tek liner was then inflated, and a UV light “train” was introduced into the liner to initiate resin cure.  A traditional cure would have taken two to three hours and would release styrene.  The Penn Hills project cured at three to five feet per minute with no styrene release. 

Superior liner and resin technology The fiberglass liner was inflated on top of the slip sheet.  
Godwin pointed out, “The material for Blue-Tek liner is made of spirally-wound fiberglass.  The finished product is a reinforced composite that is half as thick and at least four times stronger than a conventional felt-based liner.”
 
For resins used in Blue-Tek projects, Reline America’s Tom West emphasized the importance of professional technical support.  “Bill Moore of AOC’s technical staff and AOC Sales Representative Berk Pleasants helped us formulate a resin specifically to the needs of the job.  We work with AOC as a team to get consistent characteristics.”

About Reline America
Reline America, Inc., of Saltville, VA, USA, uses Blue-Tek® ultraviolet light-cure, trenchless pipe rehabilitation technology developed by Brandenburger Co. of Landau, Germany.  The technology has successfully rehabilitated approximately 10 million feet (3,048 kilometers) of pipeline in more than 24 countries worldwide. For more information, call Mike Burkhard at (276) 496- 4000, email mburkhard@relineamerica.com; or call Tom West at (276) 698-7008, e-mail twest@relineamerica.com; or visit www.relineamerica.com.

About Abel Recon
Specializing in infrastructure rehabilitation, Abel Recon, Mountville, PA, offers a wide variety of services for consulting engineers and governmental authorities.  Abel Recon is the authorized installer of Blue-Tek® technology for Pennsylvania, Northeast Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Ohio.  For more information about Abel Recon, call Hap Witmer, General Manager, at (717) 285-3103, e-mail hwitmer@abelrecon.com, or visit www.abelrecon.com.

About AOC
For cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), engineers and installers want a resin that processes smoothly and performs impeccably time after time. That’s why AOC resins are the leading choice for CIPP in North America.  AOC world headquarters are in Collierville, TN, USA.  AOC products are manufactured in 12 plants strategically located in North America, Europe and Asia.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier. For more information, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 854-7291, or go to www.cippresins.com.

Power plant chimney liner cans made with Vipel® vinyl ester are field bonded together and installed on siteHigh performance Vipel® vinyl ester resins are now offered from manufacturing facilities in Europe.  This action gives specifiers, manufacturers and users of corrosion-resistant composites in Europe, the Middle East and Africa more flexibility to take advantage of AOC’s extensive range of material technologies. 
 
Products available for shipment from Europe include standard bisphenol A vinyl esters, high elongation vinyl esters, and thixed and promoted systems.  Vipel vinyl esters combine with Vipel unsaturated polyesters to form a range of reliable materials to choose from to optimize the manufacturing process and meet performance specifications. 
 
As seen in AOC’s Case History library at www.CorrosionResins.com, Vipel vinyl esters are used in the energy, chemical processing, food processing, infrastructure and other sectors where equipment is exposed to highly corrosive environments.  Vipel vinyl ester technologies are also available for marine laminates, barriers and skin coats.  
  
Custom sewer liner panels are molded with an outer layer of Vipel® unsaturated polyester and inner layer of Vipel vinyl ester.Vipel corrosion-resistant resins can be formulated to be process-friendly in filament winding, hand lay-up, spray-up, resin transfer molding, resin infusion and other composite manufacturing operations. 
 
In addition to providing superior materials technology, AOC is the industry leader in technical service and support.  To help with proposals, specification writing, and production planning, AOC’s technical staff can provide formulation assistance, processing data, and relevant information on long-term chemical exposure and structural integrity.  

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic material systems for composites.  AOC products are manufactured in 12 plants strategically located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Stephen Olle at (44) 1473 288997, e-mail SOlle@aoc-resins.com, or got to www.aoc-resins.com.

The Flowtite® system resulted in quick installation and tight joints that met Public Works Standards for holding internal pressure.Denton, Texas, is a fast-growing city with a reputation for keeping a keen eye on the future. So when engineers needed a sewer line to the city’s expanded wastewater treatment facility, they chose a composite pipe technology with decades of proven performance around the world.
 
The installation for the city’s Water Utilities Department involved 4,700 feet (1,433 meters) of 48-inch (122-centimeter) underground pipe.  The pipe’s performance comes from Flowtite design and process technology provided by U.S. Composite Pipe South LLC.  USCPS manufactured the pipe with Vipel® unsaturated polyester resin technology and service from AOC.  The project was designed by the City of Denton Utility & CIP Engineering Department.
 
The pipe was installed by Texas United Excavators under the direction of Project Manager Rocky Hill.  “This was the first time we used composite pipe,” said Hill, “and my foremen really like it.  Compared to the alternative, which was PVC (polyvinyl chloride), the composite showed no deflection and installed in less time.  The ‘Flowtite’ composite coupling system with gasket snapped right into place.  And with composite pipe lengths of 28 feet (8.5 meters) versus 21 feet (6.4 meters) in PVC, there were 25 percent fewer joints.”  
 
Stand-offs (white bands around the cylinder) allowed the pipe to be installed through existing iron drainage channels without having to excavate the channels.Curtis Donovan, a certified independent inspector, tested the pipe’s integrity before the line was put into operation. “The pipes were joint-tested according to the Public Works Standards published by the North Central Texas Council of Governments,” he said.  “The protocol calls for holding at a steady internal pressure of 3.5 pounds per square inch (0.24 bar) for 2 minutes.  Then the compressor is detached, and the pressure is observed for a period of 10 seconds.  A drop of greater than one PSI during the final 10 seconds results in a failed test.  For this project, every FRP-to-FRP joint passed on the first attempt.”
 
Commenting on the pipe’s dimension stability, Donovan said he walked the entire length of the installation at least two times and found every section of pipe to be “perfectly round.” 

Flowtite®/Vipel® Synergy
The Flowtite process manufactures pipe on a continuous advancing mandrel that provides a high production efficiency rate for fast and just-in-time delivery.  The composite wall of the pipe is reinforced with a combination of continuous and chopped glass fiber to achieve the optimum balance of cost and performance.
 
The resin for the Denton pipeline was a Vipel unsaturated polyester formulated to proprietary Flowtite specifications.  Garrett J. Doucet, PhD, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for U.S. Composite Pipe South said Flowtite formulation provides smooth processing characteristics for high finished quality.  In addition, the chemistry of the formulation ensures high resistance to the corrosive effects of wastewater and sewer gases.  
 
The project needed 4,700 feet (1,433 meters) of Flowtite® composite pipe made with optimized Vipel® resin technology.Addressing the subject of AOC service, Doucet added:  “AOC delivery is fantastic and always on time.  When we need technical support, Eric Stuck, Tony DeMaio and Brad Walker are very knowledgeable and quick to respond.”
 
With a history that can be traced to Norway in 1965, Flowtite technology is proven in thousands of miles (kilometers) of installed pipe around the world.  Supported by Vipel resin consistency, quality and performance, the Denton, Texas, project is the latest installation to join this heritage of success.

About U.S. Composite Pipe South
U.S. Composite Pipe South LLC (USCPS) of Zachary, Louisiana, is the U.S.-owned manufacturer of Flowtite® composite pipe and Meyer® polymer concrete pipe.  USCPS offers a range of composite and polymer concrete pipe solutions for water, sewage, and industrial applications.  Flowtite and Meyer technologies offered by USCPS are under license from FTEC, a world  leader in pipe systems and technologies.  For additional information about USCPS, contact Jeffrey A. LeBlanc, P.E., at (225) 658-6887; e-mailjleblanc@ktircp.com, or visit the website at www.uscpsouth.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC LLC is a leading global supplier of materials and systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To discover more, phone Corrosion & Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Ben R. Bogner, PE, CEngr., at (630) 306-0872; e-mail bbogner@aoc-resins.com, or go to www.corrosionresins.com, the Internet’s best resource for corrosion-resistant composites.

Because of its extensive, diverse and award-winning park system, Austin, Texas, often refers to itself as “A city within a park!”  

Vipel® technology helps the composite components resist the highly acidic nature of the odor control system by Engineered Composite Systems.When foul smells at one park challenged that reputation, engineers found a capital solution in a biological system from odor control specialist Engineered Composite Systems.  The system’s technology is based on proprietary aggregate media that are housed in a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structure made with corrosion-resistant Vipel® vinyl ester resin from AOC.

The green space and playgrounds of the 7.6-acre Montopolis Park and Recreation Area are popular draws for local residents and students of the nearly Austin Community College-Riverside.  The park is in a low-lying, riverside area that by chance includes an underground wastewater conveyance tunnel.  Sewer gases inside the tunnel emitted noxious odors that were a major nuisance for park-goers, college students and local residents alike.

“ECS was contracted to develop a cost-effective odor-control solution that would stay within the city’s constrained budget,” said Jeff Jones, President of ECS.  “By offering several different odor-control technologies, we can tailor a solution based on the cause and magnitude of the problem.” 

Analysis of the Montopolis Park situation led the use of a dual-stage biological system utilizing two different types of odor-eating bacteria.  Sewer gas odors are absorbed as the system moves 3,000 cubic feet of air a minute from a sewer lift station through the media.

ECS was responsible for supplying a complete system which included various components manufactured using AOC resins.  These components included the vessel, ductwork and isolation dampers tested to protocols established by the American Composites Manufacturers Association.

Superior Vipel® resistance

The anti-odor process creates a highly acidic internal operating environment where pH levels can get as low as 2.  As a result, ECS manufactured the system’s composite components using a Vipel K022-C bisphenol A epoxy vinyl ester resin from AOC.  In addition to its exceptional corrosion resistance, the Vipel resin with minimal synergist addition meets the site’s critical requirement for an ASTM E84 Class 1 fire rating.

 Jones explained how the Vipel resin included helpful technical service.  “It was imperative that the large panels in the system stay flat and uniform through our manufacturing process,” he said.  “If the exotherm heat in a vinyl ester cure cycle is too high or spikes too quickly, a large panel may exhibit unwanted warpage,” he said.  “For this application, Eric Stuck of AOC helped us develop a resin formulation that ensured the panels would be extremely flat and uniform.” 

The flat composite panels were assembled into a shell that was 10 feet (3 meters) wide by 36 feet (11 meters) long by 9 feet (2.7 meters) high.  The panels and composite damper components were made by hand lay-up of alternating layers of resin-impregnated fiberglass chopped strand mat and fiberglass woven roving. 
 
The 16-inch (40.6-centimeter) diameter cylindrical ductwork components for moving air were filament wound of continuous fiberglass roving wet-out with the Vipel vinyl ester.  “The resin processed perfectly for both our open molding and filament winding operations,” Jones stated.  

Surfaces that are directly exposed to the odor-scrubbing process were manufactured with a layer of synthetic surfacing veil.  This technique resulted in a resin-intensive layer that provides maximum corrosion protection of the reinforcing fibers encapsulated within the composite.

About Engineered Composite Systems
Engineered Composites Systems specializes in the design, manufacture and sales of equipment for the air and water industry.  The ECS manufacturing location is a 100,000 square foot (9,290 square meter) facility located in central Texas. The company’s main focus is on municipal applications with special emphasis on municipal odor control. ECS is the largest odor control supplier in North America.  Product offerings include a full line of odor control system, such as carbon adsorbers, chemical scrubbers, several different biological systems, ductwork, dampers, chemical storage tanks and odor control covers.  Manufacturing capabilities include filament wound vessels to 16 feet (5 meters) in diameter, ductwork and dampers to 144 inches (366 centimeters) in diameter, and large odor control covers.  For more information, e-mail jeff.jones@ecs-frp.comor go to www.ecs-frp.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergist systems for composites and cast polymers.  Offering a wide range of Vipel resin technologies, AOC is the leading producer of corrosion-resistant resins in North America. AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information, e-mail Scott Lane, at slane@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 861-8362, or go to www.corrosionresins.com.
 

 

Production starts by grit-blasting a cast iron “dish.”People and animals who inadvertently touch steam manhole covers made of cast iron have been burned, and even branded.  
 
To solve this problem, Industrial Fiberglass Specialties, Inc., (IFS) developed a hybrid cover that includes an insulating layer of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite.  In addition to making the surface safer to touch, the high-performance composite makes the overall cover stronger.  The resin for the composite is a Vipel® vinyl ester, engineered by AOC for enhanced resilience and superior resistance to heat, steam and corrosion.
 
The composite cures into a high-strength, thermally-insulating layer.“Engineers looked at cast iron with conventional insulation, but this did not provide enough reduction of heat transfer,” said Ted Morton, President of IFS. “The composite layer of the hybrid cover meets the need to reduce heat transfer.  In addition to protecting against burns, the non-metallic composite layer is a deterrent to scrap metal thieves.”
 
The steel for the hybrid design already met required AASHTO [American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials] traffic standards of 25,000 pounds (11.3 metric tons).  Testing showed the combination steel and composite hybrid manhole covers can handle traffic loads up 100,000 pounds (45.4 metric tons). 
 
The 0.25-inch (6.4-millimeter) thick composite laminate adds only 35 pounds (15.8 kilograms) to the 255-pound (115.7-kilogram) cast iron dish for a final hybrid cover weight of 290 pounds (131.5 kilogram). 
 
A serial number is engraved into each part before shipping.The making of a hybrid 
The hybrid manhole cover is 31.2 inches (79.2 centimeters) in diameter.  Manufacturing starts by grit-blasting a cast iron “dish” to achieve a white metal surface that provides excellent bonding between the composite and iron.  The grit-prepared surface is coated with Vipel impact-modified vinyl ester.  The resin chemistry includes an epoxy component that provides good adhesion properties that also contribute to the excellent metal-to-composite bond.  
 
Next, layers of Vipel resin-impregnated glass fiber are manually applied to build a structural composite.  Before the wet laminate chemically cures into a solid state, the service provider’s logo is integrally molded into the top of the cover.  Final production steps are applying a special skid-resistant coating that has won praise from customers and engraving a serial number into the surface.   

An installed hybrid cover prevents burns and branding.“Future versions of the cover under development will be based entirely on FRP,” Morton said.  “These all-FRP covers will be lighter weight, meet AASHTO requirements, and have even greater thermal insulating properties to protect people and animals from serious harm.”

About Industrial Fiberglass Specialties, Inc.
For more than 60 years, Industrial Fiberglass Specialties, Inc., has been a premier custom manufacturer of fiber-reinforced polymer composite products for superior strength and corrosion resistance.  The company is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and has manufacturing facilities in Dayton and Polk County, Florida.  For more information, phone 937-222-9000, e-mail sales@ifs-frp.com or go to www.ifs-frp.com

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  For more information, e-mail
Corrosion & Infrastructure Market Development Specialist Ben R. Bogner, P.E., C. Engr.
at bbogner@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (630) 665-2675, or go to www.corrosionresins.com.

Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology and professional planning from Reynolds Inliner, LLC, provided a timely and cost-effective solution for damaged pipe at a wastewater treatment plant near the Mississippi River.  User-friendly Vipel® polyester resin from AOC contributed to the project’s success.

After the splitter box discharges were cleaned and prepared (left), they were lined with CIPP (right) and sealed.The T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Plant of the City of Memphis, Tennessee, has four, 180-foot (55-meter) diameter primary clarifiers.  Clarifiers 1, 2 and 3 were built in 1980 with 54-inch (137-centimeter) diameter concrete inlet pipes.  Looking forward, engineers designed the splitter box that distributes influent to the clarifiers to allow for a fourth clarifier, which was added in 1996 with a 48-inch (122-centimeter) diameter concrete inlet.  

After 27 years, the floor of Clarifier 2 started shifting enough to affect the operation of the clarifier’s scraper arms.  Inspections showed that the ground beneath the clarifier needed to be stabilized and the underground inlet pipes for Clarifiers 1 and 2 needed to be repaired.       

“Over the years, the concrete pipe was exposed to highly corrosive sewer gases in a constantly moist environment,” said Ken Thompson, Operations Manager for Reynolds Inliner.  “The most severe damage was an opening in the crown of one pipe that was approximately 70 feet (21.3 meters) in length and 15 to 18 inches (38 to 46 centimeters) wide.  Inlet pipes for Clarifiers 3 and 4 were CIPP-lined as a proactive, precautionary measure.”   

Steve Lindsey, Senior Pipelines Rehabilitation Specialist, Jordan, Jones & Goulding, Inc. (JJG), designed the pipe project.  “Because the inlet pipes run under the clarifiers, excavation and replacement was out of the question,” he said.  “It was essential to keep the plant running, so the repairs had to be scheduled to coincide with planned maintenance downtimes.”

No more than two clarifiers could be shut down at any given time and only short periods The plant’s maximum flow rate is rated at 160 million gallons per day (605.7 million liters per day).  The design average daily flow is 90 million gallons (340.7 million liters).

Seamless liners from end-to-end 
Reynolds Inliner repaired the entire lengths of the four inlet pipes, including the steel discharge elbows that taper out of the splitter box in a 20-foot (6-meter) long, sweeping 90-degree turn.  Reynolds Inliner used the inversion process to install new, seamless liners into the discharge and pipe.  

Each liner section consisted of a special felt tube that was impregnated with a Vipel unsaturated polyester resin in a wet-out facility.  AOC chemists engineer CIPP resins to provide consistent wetting, handling and cure characteristics.  The wet-out tubes were shipped to the job site in a refrigerated truck to prevent premature resin cure.  

As the tube was installed through the splitter box opening, water pressure inside the tube moved it forward while inverting it along the host pipe interior.  To effectively cover the damage in the inlet pipe crowns, the liner was designed to be 1.25-inches (32 millimeters) thick.  

To minimize clarifier downtime, heated water from two boiler trucks accelerated resin cure.After each inversion was complete, the water in the tube was heated to accelerate the reaction that turns the resin into a permanent, chemically-stable solid with the superior corrosion resistance of Vipel technology.  Reynolds supplied two boiler trucks to shorten the job’s total cure cycle and thus minimize clarifier downtime.  

The total linear feet of CIPP rehabilitation performed by Reynolds Inliner was 680 feet (207.3 meters).  Before a clarifier was brought back on-line, the area where the splitter box connects with the discharge elbow was cleaned and sealed to improve resistance to corrosive wastewater being distributed from the box.

About Reynolds Inliner, LLC
Reynolds Inliner is a full-service rehabilitation company specializing in its proprietary Inliner CIPP technology.   In addition to that core business, Reynolds offers a variety of other rehabilitative measures including U-liner, manhole renewal, lateral rehabilitation and traditional excavation.  For more information, contact Denise McClanahan at Reynolds Inliner in Orleans, Indiana, at (812) 865-3232, e-mail dmcclanahan@reynoldsinc.com, or go to www.reynoldsinliner.com. or www.inliner.net.

About JJG
Based in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, and with offices in eight states, Jordan, Jones and Goulding, Inc., offers a broad range of engineering and other services.  Areas of expertise include water, wastewater, water resources, and storm water management.  For more information, phone corporate headquarters at (770) 455-8555 or go to www.jjg.com.

About AOC
For cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), engineers and installers want a resin that processes smoothly and performs impeccably time after time.  That’s why Vipel® resins from AOC are the leading choice for CIPP in North America.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than any other supplier.  To find out more, e-mail Bill Moore at wmoore@aoc-resins.com, phone him at (901) 854-7291 or go to www.cippresins.com.

Vibrin - More Than Meets the EyeAOC organizes its Vibrin® gel coat product line into a new presentation package to help composite and cast polymer manufacturers choose the optimum gel coat for their specific applications.

“The keys to a gel coat’s performance are the technologies that go into the base resin and colorant,” said Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager, Non-Reinforced Products.  “AOC leverages global technical leadership positions in both resins and colorants to deliver a variety of gel coats for targeting specific cost and performance requirements.  The new literature package, ‘Vibrin®  Gel Coats — Much More Than Meets the Eye,’ is organized by end-use market sector to facilitate the gel coat selection process.”
 
The new literature points out how Vibrin gel coats add value with AOC’s chemical expertise, superior quality and the world’s best technical support team.  The new presentation package includes product guides covering four major end-use segments:

 ∙ Transportation/RV/General Purpose
 ∙ Marine
 ∙ Bathware
 ∙ Cast Polymer 

To obtain a copy of the helpful new literature, contact an AOC sales or technical service representative or download it from the Literature library at http://www.aoc-resins.com/web/site/literature/

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC knows technology, lives quality and delivers service better than other supplier.  That is why there is much more to a Vibrin gel coat than meets the eye.  For more information, contact Steve Martin by e-mailing SMartin@aoc-resins.com or phoning him at (901) 854-2847.  AOC’s Internet home is at www.aoc-resins.com.

Vicast® A830 resins are designed for both automated and manual casting operations.  AOC introduces new Vicast® A830 casting resins for cultured marble manufacturers who want to lower material costs by 10 percent or more.  Users save money because the technology is designed to work when more filler and less resin is used to produce finished marble composite product.  
 
When tested to industry standards, the performance of products made with Vicast A830 technology is similar to products made the traditional, more expensive way.  Vicast A830 can lower the cost of making a myriad of cultured marble applications, such as vanity sinks, tubs, shower pans, fireplace surrounds and flat panels. 

“It may seem unusual for a resin supplier to introduce technology that lowers resin consumption per part,” said Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manager, Non-Reinforced Products.   “However, this reinforces AOC’s commitment to help customers become more profitable and competitive.  We succeed when our customers succeed.”

How Vicast A830 works
The secret to Vicast A830 polyester casting resins is their ability to allow significantly higher filler loadings at the same styrene monomer content as traditional cultured marble casting resins.  The resin series is engineered for marble composite filled with marble-quality calcium carbonate or specific lightweight fillers. 

“The viscosity of the new resins is typically in the 150 to 250 centipoise range,” Lindberg pointed out.  “This low viscosity not only allows for — but actually requires — a 10 to 20 percent reduction in resin content.  That translates into significant cost savings for cultured marble manufacturers.”

A new brochure introducing the new resin technology includes a Material Cost Reduction Calculator that allows cast polymer manufacturers to calculate how much money the switch to Vicast A830 will save for any given part.

Processing with Vicast A830 
A830 marble casting resins are designed to work with all three typical casting methods: hand batch mixing, auto-dispensing, and continuous metering and dispensing (commonly referred to as autocasting). 

Vicast A830 resins are non-thixotropic, low-shrink materials that incorporate dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) chemistry.  Vicast A830 resins are pre-promoted for room temperature cure using methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) initiator.  Products made with A830 resins exhibit excellent green strength and end-use physical properties.  The resins have a shelf life of 90 days.  

Reaping the generous rewards of Vicast A830 technology calls for a few key process variations that are covered in the Field Guide section of the new product literature.  “Vicast A830 Series Marble Casting Resins For Manufacturers Who Want to Lower Costs” is available from AOC sales and technical service representatives.  The brochure can also can downloaded from the Literature library at www.aoc-resins.com.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC resins are manufactured in ISO 9001:2000-certified facilities that use proprietary process control technology to ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  AOC adheres to Six Sigma Lean principles for improved quality and efficiencies.  Cast polymers are a priority at AOC.  For more information, contact Fletcher Lindberg by e-mailing FLindberg@aoc-resins.com or phoning him at (901) 854-2800.

The purpose of this communication is to advise our customers of AOC, LLC intentions for REACH compliance.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) entered into force in all countries of the European Union (EU) beginning June 1, 2007. REACH is the new single regulatory system for chemicals management in the EU. It will require all EU based manufacturers and importers of Chemical substances to register their products with the new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by certain dates (according to the volume and classification of the substance). In order to "qualify" for these "extended" deadlines, it is necessary to pre-register all phase-in (existing) substances by December 1, 2008. The legal responsibility to ensure that imported substances are registered and fully compliant with all aspects of the REACH legislation rests with the importer established within the EU. Manufacturers based outside of the EU are unable to pre-register directly with ECHA but can appoint an Only Representative (OR) who can then relieve importers of this registration obligation.

While polymers are exempt from the scope of the legislation, the monomers and certain additives used in the manufacture of the polymer product are not exempt and must be pre-registered by the manufacturer / importer.

AOC, LLC is fully committed to meeting the REACH compliance requirements for products that are imported into the EU. As a part of our strategy, AOC, LLC has appointed the below identified company to act as our Only Representative (OR) according to article 8(1) of the REACH regulation (regulation 1907/2006/EC).

INTERTEK Semko Service AB,
A company, incorporated under the laws of Sweden, having its head offices located in Torshamnsgatan 43, SE164 22 KISTA, SWEDEN registered to the commercial registrar of 556161-6953.

Only Representative Contacts
Salman Khan
salman.khan@intertek.com

Angelique Pereira
angelique.pereira@intertek.com

www.intertek.com

AOC, LLC intends to pre-register with ECHA all substances which it imports into the EU by the December  1st, 2008 deadline. Pre-registration and registration will be conducted by our Only Representative and will also cover the substances (including, if applicable, substances intentionally released from articles) purchased from us by your company with the following caveats:

1.  AOC, LLC will pre-register substances and be in compliance with REACH regulations for all EU importers and customers that are supplied directly from any AOC, LLC location within the United States or Canada.  Your annual importation volumes will be reported to our Only Representative.  If you require a Declaration of REACH Compliance (DRC), please contact our Only Representative, myself or your local AOC, LLC sales representative.

2.  If you purchase AOC, LLC products outside the EU and take delivery in the United States or Canada and then import then into the EU as an article or substance, then AOC, LLC will not be able to issue you a Declaration of REACH Compliance (DRC) unless you do both of the following: 

a.  Provide to our OR the name, address and respective volume of impacted AOC, LLC products exported to each EU importer.
b.  Report this information on a minimum yearly basis and within 60 days following the end of the calendar year

EU importation volumes are required by our Only Representative to support substance(s) volume registration under REACH. Our Only Representative is obligated to track the product substance volumes directly supplied by AOC, LLC that are imported into the EU on an annual basis.

If you purchase AOC, LLC products outside the EU, take delivery in the United States or Canada and then import them into the EU as an article or substance, then you must confirm your acceptance of the terms found in paragraph 2 (above) to the AOC, LLC Only Representative. Upon receipt of your acceptance of these terms, AOC, LLC will issue you a Declaration of REACH Compliance (DRC).

Should you have any REACH questions regarding AOC, LLC products, REACH legislation or a request for a Declaration of REACH Compliance (DRC), please contact one of the following:

1. Intertek, our Only Representative
2. Your AOC, LLC sales representative
3. Director of Regulatory Affairs, Frank Sizemore fsizemore@aoc-resins.com
Cell: 901-493-5636
Office: 901-854-2850

The internet’s best place for corrosion-resistant composites is www.corrosionresins.com.Fabricators, engineers and end-users looking for the best solutions to fight corrosion can by-pass their web browsers and go directly to www.corrosionresins.com.  This internet site’s state-of-the-technology content is presented and regularly updated by the AOC Corrosion Team.

Resin Selector
The heart of the site is the comprehensive Resin Selector system, which offers three distinct paths to engineered solutions for corrosion resistance.  Users can search by Market Segment, Chemical Environment or Competitive Product to arrive at specific Vipel® technologies that are best designed for the entered criteria.

The Vipel resin family offers an extensive range of isophthalic polyester, terephthalic polyester, vinyl ester and other polymer chemistries.  As a result, engineering teams can specify Vipel-based composites that most cost effectively achieve the required performance. 

Because each Vipel resin has a distinct niche for resisting corrosive attack, the Vipel line covers resistance profiles for a wide range of chemicals, solvents and hydrocarbons.  Higher performing resins target specifications that call for enhanced properties such as flame retardance and resistance to fatigue, thermal shock and mechanical shock.

Available on the “corrosionresins” site, AOC’s popular Fabricators Guide was recently updated, expanded and improved.Market Development Leadership
In addition to helping fabricators choose the optimum Vipel® resin for the job, www.corrosionresins.com showcases the benefits of corrosion-resistant composites to engineers and end-users.  Tutorials, technical data, technical papers, case histories, reference guides and resources demonstrate AOC’s commitment to lead the market development and growth of  the global composites industry. 

The “Benefits of FRP” section is an especially helpful brief on how composites are made and how they outperform other materials of construction such as metals, concrete and wood.  In addition to offering superior corrosion resistance, composites can lower system costs, reduce paperwork, and have an integral finish that eliminates costly painting and maintenance.

www.corrosionresins.com features several technical guides that can be an education tool for those new to composites or a ready reference to technical data and advice for the more experienced.  A host of case histories shows proven applications where engineers turned to Vipel technologies to meet demanding requirements.

In addition, the menu appearing at the top and bottom of each page offers entry into a helpful Resources directory.  This service facilitates the search for engineering consultants, inspectors and testing labs for composite manufacturers and their customers. 

Histories help engineers and specifiers better understand composite benefits.Transparent Access
The web site offers two user-friendly routes to connect with individuals ready to help.  The first route is a click on the Corrosion Advisor button that appears throughout the site.  The button opens an e-mail directly to AOC’s Corrosion Product Leader, a chemical engineer with years of corrosion technology expertise. 

Site visitors can also e-mail, phone or fax any member of the AOC Corrosion Team by accessing the Team directory through the menu bar on each www.corrosionresins.com page.  Many site visitors use the Team button to find the Corrosion Specialist assigned to their specific geographic region.  AOC Corrosion Specialists are experienced professionals who offer practical technical support and become an integral part of the corrosion engineering process. 

Other AOC Corrosion Team members are the Open Mold-Reinforced Business Manager, the Corrosion Product Leader, Regional Sales Managers and the Technical Service Managers of North American resin plants.

By paying strict attention to quality, competitiveness and performance, Delphia Yachts Boatyard has become Poland’s largest boat building and is one of the fastest growing in the world.  For hull and deck construction, a Hydropel® and Altek® resin system from AOC is seamlessly suited to Delphia’s philosophy of total process control of the manufacturing process.

Company founders, brothers Piotr and Wojciech Kot, have taken the business from a modest shop with a dozen workers in 1990 to a 140,000-square foot (13,000-square meter) shipyard with 600 workers today.  Delphia makes about 300 Delphia, Sportina and Phila sailing yachts and about 2,500 Quicksilver and Cortina motor craft per year.  Boats range in size from 15.1 feet (4.6 meters) to 46.3 feet (14.1 meters).

The international reputation of Delphia brands has created growing demand.  As a result, the company is served by a dealer network that covers Europe, Russia, the United States, Japan, Australia and the Republic of South Africa.

Delphia invests in state-of-the-art equipment to meet objectives for higher productivity and environmental protection.  Hull and deck laminates are produced in open molds using mostly spray-up and some hand layup.  Manufacturing includes both monolithic and cored constructions.

Delphia Yachts specifies Altek H834 DCPD-content unsaturated polyester for its main laminating resin and Hydropel® H034 Vinyl Ester for the moisture blocking skin coat.  This system has been proven around the world to be the optimum cost/performance solution for resisting osmosis and surface blistering.

The resins deliver very good gel and cure profiles, ensure excellent fiber wetting and exhibit high heat distortion temperatures.  In addition, the Altek H834 laminating resin provides a smooth surface and results in strong adhesion between the laminate and PVC foam, balsa and other core materials.

About Delphia Yachts
Delphia Yachts has become one of the fastest growing boat manufacturers in the world by offering boats of the highest quality.  The company’s main sailing yacht production facility outside the town of Olecko, Poland, is one of the most modern yacht production facilities in Europe.  For more information, go to www.delphiayachts.pl.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  AOC resins are manufactured in ISO 9001:2000-certified facilities that use proprietary process control technology to ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  AOC adheres to Six Sigma Lean principles for improved quality and efficiencies.  The marine market is a priority at AOC.  For more information, contact Steve Martin by e-mailing SMartin@aoc-resins.com or phoning him at (901) 854-2847.   

Vipel® K022-AC vinyl ester provides a user-friendly processing window.A new coal-fired power plant being built in Springfield, IL, USA, will help make the U.S. more energy independent while bringing more electric power to residents and businesses. 

In the United States, coal resources are larger than remaining natural gas and oil resources, according to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy.  To bring energy self-sufficiency closer to home, plans call for the completed plant to annually burn up to 700,000 tons (63,500 metric tons) of coal mined from the State of Illinois.

The plant was designed by the engineering firm of Black & Veatch to be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly coal power units in the U.S.  At the end of the greenhouse gas scrubbing system, the plant has a 440-foot (134-meter) tall concrete chimney with a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite liner.  Composite was specified for the liner because it is more cost-effective than metals for resisting the hot, corrosive environment of the exhaust process.

Tri-Clor, Inc., Hasting, MI, used state-of-the-art filament winding to manufacture the liner in 27 sections that were shipped to the construction site.  Each section, referred to as a “can,” was 13.5 feet tall by 15 feet in diameter (4.1 by 4.6 meters).  For joining in the field, the sections were aligned to within 0.25-inch (6.35-millimeter) tolerance.  After surface preparation, the sections were then bonded together with interior and exterior laminates of  0.375-inch (9.53 millimeter) thick fiberglass/resin composite.  A top coat was applied after cure.

The 13.5-foot tall by 15-foot diameter liner cans were shipped from Tri-Clor’s Hastings, MI, facility.The high performance resin for the liner was Vipel® K022-AC fire-retardant, bisphenol A epoxy vinyl ester from North American corrosion resin leader AOC.  AOC also provided valuable technical support, said Seumas St. George, lead engineer for Kiewit Black & Veatch (KVB), the joint-venture general contractor for plant construction.
 
“The stack liner was highly successful because of the way AOC and Tri-Clor worked together,” said St. George.  “Ben Bogner and other AOC technical experts are very knowledgeable and helped Tri-Clor optimize the manufacturing process for liner sections.  

“The cooperation between fabricator and resin supplier and Tri-Clor’s workmanship were important elements in keeping the chimney project precisely on schedule,” added St. George.  He said the quality of the liner cans was monitored by independent composite quality control consultant Juan L. Bustillos, P.E., President of Bustillos & Associates, LLC, Lake Jackson, TX.

Modern fabrication process
Tri-Clor manufactured the 27 cans in its modern, arch-shaped facility in Hastings, MI.  Despite their impressive sizes, the building and equipment are designed to be portable for projects that would benefit from on-site composite cylinder fabrication. 
Tri-Clor’s cylinder-shaping mandrel is 14 feet (4.3 meters) in diameter, the standard dimension for many filament-wound composite applications such as tanks and scrubber shells.  To achieve the 15-foot (4.6-meter) diameter requirement for the stack liner cans, Tri-Clor added a layer of urethane foam, which was then encapsulated between the initial 14-foot (4.3-meter) cylinder and an outer layer of additional filament wound composite.

During filament winding, non-woven fiber veils and glass fibers are impregnated with resin, then applied to the rotating mandrel.  For the power plant stack liner, the resin was Vipel K022-AC, a vinyl ester engineered by AOC chemists to offer a combination of process and performance benefits.
 
“The production technicians really like the versatile workability of the resin,” commented Tim Schoessel, Tri-Clor President.  “The material has good wetting characteristics and works within a wide processing window that is very accommodating.”

The composite cans were installed into the chimney to form a heat- and corrosion-resistant liner.Vipel® can take the heat
Vipel K022-AC was also specified for its extraordinary performance properties.  The resin resists the hot, moist exhaust smoke that will enter the stack with trace amounts of acidic gases.  Such an environment would corrode the concrete chimney surface.  

For strength, the resin’s high mechanical properties combine with fiber reinforcing properties to withstand the static load of the 440-foot (134-meter) high, assembled structure.  For fire retardance, the resin meets ASTM E84 Class I flame requirements without synergist.

The standard operating temperature within the chimney is expected to be in the 130° to 180°F (54° to 82°C) range.  A published technical study by AOC Technical Corrosion Specialist Scott Lane demonstrated excellent resistance to temperature surges.  Lane’s analysis concluded that laminates made with brominated vinyl esters such as Vipel K022-AC can meet structural and corrosion-resistant specifications after short-term exposure to temperatures as high as 500°F (260°C).  Lane’s paper is available in the Technical Paper section under News & Information at www.aoc-resins.com.

About Tri-Clor
Tri-Clor Inc. is a premier FRP composite and dual laminate fabricator located in Hastings, MI.  Tri-Clor provides in-house engineering, design, fabrication, and field services for corrosion and pollution control equipment needs.   As evidenced by the service provided for the CWLP stack liner, Tri-Clor is committed to working within the customer’s critical time constraints to minimize the financial effects of shutdowns and emergency repairs.  For more information, contact Tim Schoessel by phoning (269) 948-9310, e-mailing tim@tri-clor.com, or going to www.tri-clor.com.

About AOC
Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, USA, AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.  For more information on AOC technology, quality and service for the corrosion-resistant market sector, contact Ben Bogner, P.E., C. Eng., by e-mailing bbogner@aoc-resins.com or phoning (630) 665-2675.  AOC also offers the world’s most comprehensive and user-friendly website on corrosion-resistant composites at www.corrosionresins.com.

New global management team

AOC announces a new global management team to reinforce the value advantages of AOC technology, quality and service in every region of the world.  All changes are effective October 1, 2008.

“Our new organizational and reporting relationship changes are designed to better focus the company for international business growth, while maintaining our leadership position in North America,” said Randall A. Weghorst, President and CEO, in making the announcement.

In the new organization, Jack Roesle, formerly Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, is appointed to the new position of Senior Vice President, International Business.  Roesle is responsible for all sales to Europe and Asia and future investments outside North America.  He leads the newly formed International Business Team of:
• John Griggs, Vice President of International Development;
• Stephen Olle, Managing Director, Europe & Asia;
• Peter Cheshire, Managing Director, Composites Material Supply, a UK-based distributor, and
• George Sutch, Manager of International Operations.

Reagan Stephens, formerly Vice President - Manufacturing, is named Vice President - Sales & Marketing, North America.  Business Managers, Regional Sales Managers, the Director of Marketing Communications and the Customer Service Manager report to Stephens.  Brian Parker continues as both Western Region Sales Manager and Managing Director for Latin America.

Matt Watkins, former Plant Manager - Gel Coats and Colorants, is named Vice President Operations.  North American Plant Managers and the Corporate Operational Support Staff report to Watkins.

Roesle, Stephens, and Watkins report to Weghorst.