The following items were reported by correspondent Roger Renstrom from the Composites '95 conference and exhibition, held Oct. 18-21 in Anaheim, Calif. S. African company triples distribution
Vivian Regina Sales Ltd. has tripled its U.S. and Canadian distributor network in the past year and has increased sales of fiber-reinforced plastic surface reinforcements, Roger J. Gilder, president and managing director of the South African firm, said at Composites '95.
Fibasil C-glass surface reinforcement is the principal product.
Vivian Regina entered the market in October 1994, operates a marketing office in Warwick, N.Y., and now lists 14 North American distributors, most recently adding links in Indiana, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Louisiana.
The company has supplied customers in Europe, South America and the Middle East for eight years.
Vivian Regina employs 33 and operates a 35,000-square-foot factory in Springs, South Africa, producing glass-fiber tissues for use in the processing of thermoset resins as reinforcements for pipe protection coatings, waterproofing compounds and paint coating systems.
Glass shortage curbs Advanced Textiles
Advanced Textiles Inc. experienced growth in its fiscal year ending Sept. 30 but ``lack of glass'' tempered the increase, and an order for new equipment has been put on hold, Peter DeWalt, president, said at Composites '95.
The company supplies knitted and woven fabrics to the reinforced plastics and composites industry and has seen particular growth among its customers in pultrusion and vacuum bag applications.
Founded in 1985, Advanced Textiles employs 61 and operates a 50,000-square-foot plant in Seguin, Texas, where it uses single-end rovings on knitting machines and weaving looms to produce fabric up to 150 inches wide.
DeWalt is based in Pittsburgh.