CINCINNATI - England's Scott Bader Co. has boosted its ownership in its North American, low-pressure molding compound licensee, National Composites Inc. of South Bend, Ind. National Composites also named a new president, Sean McMullen, who spent 20 years with Owens Corning.
McMullen most recently was director of marketing and sales at Creative Pultrusions Inc. of Alum Bank, Pa.
At Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio, McMullen worked mainly in the transportation sector, including a post as automotive business manager.
National Composites announc-ed the move Jan. 31, saying Scott Bader has ``taken a significantly increased holding'' in National Composites. It did not release the exact amount of ownership.
McMullen, in a telephone interview from South Bend, said National Composites is a subsidiary of Scott Bader, but not a wholly owned subsidiary.
Low-pressure molding compound is touted as a lower-cost alternative to the more-traditional sheet molding compound. Benefits include lower tonnage required on the molding machine and reduced tooling costs.
Scott Bader, based in Wollaston, England, calls its technology Crystic Impreg. A solid crystalline resin reaches its melting point, turning into a liquid during compounding and molding. When cooled, it returns to a solid form, thickening mechanically to remain stable for longer periods and without special storage required by SMC, according to the company.
SMC materials are thickened chemically.
National Composites announc-ed Scott Bader's increased ownership just before the annual conference of the Composites Insti-tute, which was held Feb. 5-7 in Cincinnati. The institute is a unit of the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Stuart Fearon, Scott Bader's business manager for Crystic Impreg LPMC, expects further geographical expansion of the technology early this year.