AOC Installs New Emulsion Mixer at Mexico Manufacturing Plant

AOC Announces Price Increase

AOC Unveils New Gelcoat Mixer at Tennessee Plant

AOC Announces Price Increase for Europe

Visit AOC at JEC Europe

New Leadership Positions AOC for Additional Growth

AOC Presents Low Density SMC at SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition

AOC’s R058 Designed for Carbon Reinforced Composites

AOC’s Corrosion-Resistant Resins Critical to HCL Tanks

AOC Unveils New Vinyl Ester Reactor in Lakeland Florida Facility

AOC Launches Chroma-Tek Website

AOC, LLC has expanded manufacturing capabilities at its Mexico facility with the addition of a new emulsion mixer.  This highly-specialized mixer creates a key ingredient used in fiberglass manufacturing.  The equipment was installed to support AOC’s customer, Owens Corning, at their facility in Tlaxcala, Mexico.  Representatives from AOC and Owens Corning commissioned the new emulsion mixer at AOC Mexicana.

“We are continuing to invest in and expand our manufacturing capabilities to meet our customers’ needs,” said Fletcher Lindberg, AOC’s Vice President, Marketing.  

AOC has additional emulsion mixing capabilities at their manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ontario.  “Having two locations with this specialized mixing ability will increase our capacity and flexibility,” Lindberg added. 

The new mixer produces stable emulsions which meet customer’s specification and helps them improve their process efficiency.  AOC products utilize the company’s proprietary process control and data collection system.  Detailed data from every stage of every process is recorded, analyzed and stored to continuously improve quality and consistency from batch to batch.  


About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gelcoats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC’s proprietary manufacturing and control systems set the world standard for producing products of exacting consistency.  AOC delivers technology, quality, and service better than any other resin and gel coat supplier. For more information, visit www.aoc-resins.com or contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or LBeck@aoc-resins.com.


Representatives from AOC and Owens Corning commissioned the new emulsion mixer at AOC Mexicana.  Pictured left to right:

Troy Weyher, Director, Global Sourcing - Building Materials Group, Owens Corning; Karla Herrera, Sourcing Leader and Projects, Owens Corning Tlaxcala; Luis H. Martins, Vice President, Global Operations – Glass Reinforcements Solutions, Owens Corning; Brian Parker, Vice president, Global Business, AOC; Clyde Calhoun, Business Segment Sourcing Leader - Americas, Owens Corning; Fred Norman, President and CEO, AOC; Fletcher Lindberg, Vice President, Marketing, AOC; Juan Hernandez, General Manager, AOC Mexicana; Jeff Holshevnikoff, Managing Director, Mexico, AOC.

 

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.06 - $0.11/lb for all brominated fire-retardant resins.  The increase will be effective for sales shipped on or after August 1, 2015.

 

This action is due to recent sharp increases in bromine and brominated raw materials.  Only AOC products containing brominated raw materials will be impacted.  AOC’s global purchasing department continues 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, contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or via e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com.

AOC representatives gather for a dedication of the new gelcoat mixer.  Pictured left to right:  Tom Folda, SVP Technology; Greg Ladd, Tennessee Colorants Plant Manager; Chris Lenegar, VP Global Purchasing; Dan Cox, VP Operations; Fred Norman, President and CEO; Matt Watkins, Executive VP; Fletcher Lindberg, VP Marketing; and Mark Harber, Business Manager.  Due to increasing demand for gelcoat products, AOC, LLC has installed a new 2,200-gallon mixer at its gelcoat and colorants manufacturing complex in Collierville, TN. 

“Our continued investment in gelcoat and colorant manufacturing underscores our commitment to exceptional quality, technology leadership and customer service,” said Mark Harber, AOC’s Business Manager.  “This new equipment expands our overall ability and flexibility to meet current and future customer needs.”  

The new mixer is designed to produce very consistent and robust gelcoat products.  “Our manufacturing and engineering group studied every aspect of our mixing experience and technology,” said Harber.  “They provided the best automated mixing system available and our products have been extremely consistent and have easily met specification from the first batch produced.”

AOC’s new state-of-the-art mixer was added to meet increasing demand for AOC gelcoat products.  AOC gelcoats are produced with unique AOC polymer resins and utilize the company’s proprietary process control and data collection system.  Detailed data from every stage of every process is recorded, analyzed and stored to continuously improve quality and consistency from batch to batch.  

With gelcoat manufacturing facilities in Collierville, TN and Guelph, Ontario, AOC gelcoats are used in a variety of products such as bathware, electrical applications, wind energy, boats, recreational vehicles, and heavy trucks. 

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gelcoats, colorants, dispersions and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC’s proprietary manufacturing and control systems set the world standard for producing products of exacting consistency.  AOC delivers technology, quality, and service better than any other resin and gel coat supplier. For more information, visit contact Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or email LBeck@aoc-resins.com.

AOC, LLC announces a price increase in the amount of €80 per metric ton for products sold in Europe.  The increase is effective for all orders shipped on or after June 15, 2015.

The increase is necessary as the price of raw materials has risen in Europe, at a rate well exceeding expectations and is projected to continue.  AOC’s global purchasing resources continue to work with their network of 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, a worldwide supplier of resins and gel coats for the composites industry, will exhibit at the JEC Europe Composites Show and Conferences March 10 – 12 in Paris.

AOC will showcase its full line of resins, including the following:
• Vipel®, world-leading resins for corrosion resistance
• Altek®, versatile resins with proven performance

AOC serves customers globally with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In addition to AOC resins and gel coats, AOC UK offers a variety of other materials for the composites
industry, including reinforcements, coatings, release agents, core materials, catalysts and ancillaries.

JEC Europe will take place at Paris Porte de Versailles, with exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all three days. AOC will be located at stand D47 in hall 7.3.

This is the 50th session of JEC Europe, the world’s largest composites event. Last year, nearly 1,240 companies participated – a record number. More than 35,000 attendees from 88 countries attended the event to network and share knowledge with peers in the global composites industry.

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives 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, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318, e-mail LBeck@AOCResins.com, or go to www.AOC-Resins.com.

AOC recently announced promotions to its leadership team that will strengthen the company’s presence as a leader in the global composites industry. 

“Our dedicated people strengthen our commitment to delivering unparalleled customer support, technical leadership and product quality,” said AOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Norman. “This leadership will ensure our continued growth by bringing the benefits of AOC’s innovation and service to more customers around the world.”

Matt WatkinsMatt Watkins was promoted to Executive Vice President.  Watkins is responsible for overseeing all manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, safety and regulatory processes, information technology, finance, accounting and human resources.  During his 24 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 Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Allen BrownAllen Brown was promoted to Vice President, Information Technology.  Brown is responsible for administering and coordinating all IT infrastructure.  Brown has held several IT positions since joining AOC in 1996 and leads a team of IT professionals focused on technology and business strategy alignment.  Brown has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.  
 
Dan CoxDan Cox was promoted to Vice President, Operations. Cox is responsible for the management of all manufacturing, engineering, safety and regulatory processes.  Since joining AOC as a project engineer in 2003, he was promoted to Director of Engineering in 2008 and Director of Operations in 2012. During his time at AOC, Cox has led the development of technologies and procedures that improve product quality, increase manufacturing productivity, and enhance sustainable operations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering 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 develops 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.

 

AOC announced a revolutionary new low-density sheet molding compound (SMC) at the 14th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) in Novi, Michigan on September 10, 2014.   The new low-density SMC system features lower weight, superior strength, and Class A surface finish to meet the transportation industry’s demand for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

AOC Technical Service Specialist, Jeff Klipstein, presented the details of the new low-density SMC system at SPE ACCE, showcasing AOC’s improved weight savings, damage resistance, and fuel efficiency over traditional systems.  AOC’s new system achieves a specific gravity of 1.2, making it comparable to aluminum.  The below chart illustrates how AOC’s low density SMC performs compared to similar materials.

 

 “AOC’s technical team has succeeded in making significant advances in SMC technology,” said Mike Dettre, AOC Business Manager.  “The automotive industry is facing huge challenges to improve fuel efficiency and AOC is making a major impact towards achieving this goal.”

AOC’s low density system is currently going through approvals at several OEMs.  Production is expected to begin by the end of 2014.

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.

About SPE ACCE
SPE ACCE is the world’s leading automotive composites forum. The event provides excellent networking opportunities and draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. For more information, go to www.speautomotive.com.

 

 

Global resin supplier AOC has developed a line of resins to meet the increased demand for high-performance composites in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, military, marine and other markets. Section of an automotive part made with AOC’s R058 and carbon fiber reinforcement. The R058 series of epoxy vinyl ester resins is specifically designed for carbon fiber reinforcements and creates lightweight composite parts with exceptional strength-to-weight ratios.

The R058 series packs a double punch, combining the performance of epoxy resins with the processing speed of unsaturated polyester resins. Designed for vacuum infusion and resin transfer molding (RTM), R058 has excellent mechanical properties and chemical resistance. Other benefits of the epoxy vinyl ester resins include:

  • Room temperature cure for laminates as thin as two millimeters.
  • Low viscosity for shorter mold fill times and complete fiber wet-out.
  • Low laminate exotherm for improved surface aesthetics.
  • Superb strength, toughness and chemical resistance over a broad range of temperatures.

“The R058 series is an excellent choice for applications requiring lightweight and high-performance laminate,” says Mike Dettre, AOC’s Business Manager. “They don’t require post-curing or autoclaving, which makes them faster to process than most pure epoxy resins. And that’s critical for high-volume applications.”

About AOC
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives 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, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318 or e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com

 

Next month, oil and gas distributor Panther Industries Inc. will open a new 10-acre transload facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, to move shipments of hydrochloric acid (HCL) from trains to trucks for transport to oil fields. A critical part of the facility are four fiberglass surge capacity tanks that ensure the company has enough product on hand for shipments.

Chemposite®, based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, designed and manufactured the HCL tanks and liners, which feature AOC’s Vipel® F010 and F085 corrosion-resistant resins. “Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive liquid and there are a lot of concerns,” says Jamie Dewar, Fort Saskatchewan project manager for Panther Industries. “We had to ensure the tank was designed to handle both vacuum and pressure. And the choice of resin had to be compatible with the product as well.”

The surge capacity tanks control pressure differences caused by the flow of HCL during the unloading process.  They are designed to handle seismic loads, winds and frigid temperatures in Alberta. The tanks incorporate a dual resin system: Vipel® F010, which is used in the structural layer, is a premium epoxy vinyl ester, bisphenol-A and offers a good balance of corrosion resistance and processability. The liner utilizes Vipel® F085, which is an epoxy novolac vinyl ester resin that has an exceptional organic solvent resistance with improved high-temperature properties.

AOC was a perfect partner for this project, says Marvin Hlynka, P.Eng., the engineer with Chemposite who designed the tanks. “AOC offers a good working relationship, great technical support with user friendly resin systems and they were very competitive in pricing and delivery.” 

To read the complete case history of the HCL tanks and scrubber, as well as case histories on more than 50 other AOC projects, visit 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 develops 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.

About Chemposite®
Chemposite is an industry leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and supply of corrosion-resistant fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and advanced composite products for a wide range of industrial applications. Its products include pipe and fittings, ducting and stacks, tanks and vessels, pressure vessels, scrubbers and internals, carbon absorbers, hoods and covers, dampers, pump basins and stations, pultruded structural shapes and custom fabrication.

Ribbon Cutting CeremonyGlobal resin supplier AOC, LLC recently announced the installation of a new high-performance reactor for the production of vinyl ester resins at its manufacturing plant in Lakeland, Florida.  This investment underscores AOC’s commitment to the growing corrosion-resistant composite market which relies on the unique properties of vinyl ester resins.   

Driven by unparalleled customer support, technical expertise and product quality, AOC’s comprehensive line of vinyl ester resins has become the preferred choice for corrosion-resistant markets.  AOC’s vinyl ester resins meet customer specifications for a range of applications, including water and wastewater treatment, marine, industrial tanks and pipes, and chemical processing.

“This new reactor is a major investment and exemplifies our continued focus on technology and growth,” said Fletcher Lindberg, AOC’s Vice President of Marketing.  “The new equipment greatly expands our capacity, which allows us to serve more customers and meet their needs for larger jobs.” 

The Florida manufacturing plant was the chosen location to maximize AOC’s global logistics network.  Installation of the new state-of-the-art reactor started more than a year ago with actual resin production beginning in March.   The reactor utilizes AOC’s proprietary manufacturing and control systems that set the world standard for producing resins of exacting consistency. 

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-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.