ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Specialized distributor Texas Almet Inc. of Arlington has doubled its work force, more than doubled its materials inventory and added sophisticated equipment in the 18 months since its Express Honeycomb service was formed with Hexcel Corp. for small or expedited orders. ``The momentum has been great,'' said Alan Wagner, a Texas Almet owner. ``We know what we are geared to do and sell all over the world. We are a market-niche company and want to stay small and fast.''
Texas Almet stocks more than 100 cell sizes, densities and configurations of Hexcel aluminum and nonmetallic honeycomb core under the Express Honeycomb agreement, which covers distribution of sheet-and-slice orders to shops for aircraft repair and overhaul, original-equipment air framers and airlines in North America.
Now, Texas Almet provides quotations within 24 hours and average delivery in five to seven days with 24-hour delivery as needed.
In addition, Texas Almet, formed in 1990, machines Shapecore-brand flight-control-surface spoilers, vanes, flaps, tabs and slats for all commercial aircraft models and handles special process honeycomb configurations using numerically controlled 3-,4- and 5-axis machines.
Texas Almet can process small orders that Hexcel found unprofitable in the past because of handling costs, said Gary Sandercock, president of Hexcel's special process business unit. Structural material supplier Hexcel of Pleasanton, Calif., supplies large-volume customers directly.
Privately owned Texas Almet Inc. is affiliated with Metals Cos., based in Lexington, Ky.
UTI acquires assets of Brin-Mont Corp
Santa Ana, Calif.- Urethane Technologies Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif., has completed the purchase of the assets of Brin-Mont Corp. of Greensboro, N.C., from Evans Industries Inc. of Detroit.
In a deal valued at about $2.5 million, UTI is paying Evans $2 million cash and $50,000 in stock. UTI will assume Brin-Mont's trade debts of about $400,000.
Brin-Mont makes polyether and polyester polyols, supplies chemical systems and a line of chemicals, and markets acid- and glycol-based catalysts. Brin-Mont's 1994 sales were about $8 million.
``We will improve our profit margins by being able to manufacture many of the principal raw materials - such as polyether and polyester polyols - that we currently purchase from other companies,'' said James D. Orefice, chairman and chief executive officer of UTI.
UTI is a specialty chemical company that produces proprietary polyurethane systems used in the construction, recreation, auto aftermarket and other industries. The firm develops and markets rigid, flexible and elastomeric PU systems. UTI's sales for 1995 were about $26 million.
Hoechst opens HALS facility in Germany
GERSTHOFEN, GERMANY - Hoechst AG opened a new plant for hindered amine light stabilizers in Gersthofen that boosts its annual capacity for the additives to about 4.4 million pounds per year.
Hoechst said HALS, such as its Hostavin products, provide a tenfold increase in durability of outdoor plastics. Stabilizers protect mechanical properties and surface finish, according to the Frankfurt am Main, Germany, firm.