Staff reporter Rhoda Miel wrote the following briefs from the American Composites Manufacturers Association's Composites 2005 show, held Sept. 28-30 in Columbus, Ohio.
Total SA spinning off Arkema unit in 2006
Courbevoie, France-based Total SA has prepared its industrial chemical group to spin off into the independent Arkema Group next year. Now Arkema is preparing its customers for the switch.
The spinoff, set for the second quarter of 2006, will take in a business unit with more than $6 billion in sales - a quarter of it in North America - including the Plexiglas line of acrylic, PVC used in packaging and automotive interior skins and polypropylene additives.
``We're going to be going out on a good financial basis,'' said Mike Scott, general manager for the Americas for Arkema, which has North American operations based in Philadelphia.
N.C. college to join certification program
The American Composites Manufacturers Association has signed on another college to offer its Certified Composites Technician program.
Wilkes Community College, which covers Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties in northwestern North Carolina, will begin offering the studies through its continuing education program, ACMA officials announced.
The North Carolina school joins community colleges in Georgia and Hawaii in providing the certified training for workers in the composites industry.
Owens Corning offers pipe reinforcement
Owens Corning has developed a new single-end roving reinforcement for high-pressure pipe applications that it said will allow pipe makers to produce pipes with a thinner wall, saving resin and money.
The SE 2350 reinforcement also is easier to work with in the manufacturing process, meaning a 35 percent reduction in scrap and rework, the Toledo, Ohio-based company noted during the product's rollout at ACMA Composites 2005.
The higher strength numbers will allow pipe makers to reduce wall thickness by 10 percent, giving fiberglass more opportunities to compete.