Members in the News

Members In the News is a free service available only to EPG members. Submissions should describe a newsworthy event that has recently occurred to either an EPG member or their company. To submit a news item, please click on Edit Profile under "Membership," and then "Members In the News" in the Dashboard.

Longtime 3M rep Kirven Dial passed away April 23rd at the age of 79 in Plano, Texas. Kirven covered the O&G market for many years and had many friends in the EPG. RIP Kirven.

R.D. Abbott Company has announced a new streamlined company logo and mobile-responsive website. The website is equipped with expanded search functionalities and a “What’s New” section that features product updates, technical innovations, videos, and upcoming events. All products can now be summarized by type, market, and supplier. Hyperlinks are also available to access additional product details and specs from suppliers’ websites. For more info please visit:

TA Instruments is pleased to announce three recipients of the “Distinguished Young Rheologist” award: Dr. Simon Haward, Research Associate at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Dr. Quan Chen, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, and Dr. Takashi Uneyama, Associate Professor of Science and Engineering at Kanazawa University. TA Instruments is the leading manufacturer of analytical instruments for thermal analysis, rheology, and microcalorimetry.

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Quadrant EPP) announces the first of its new Stable Machining Grade (SMG) materials. The machinable shapes were developed to improve performance and productivity of parts made from polyolefin base materials. The first product to hit the market is Proteus® LF PP, a special grade of polypropylene sheet that lays and stays flat, even after aggressive machining. For more info please copy and paste:

TA Instruments is pleased to introduce the SDT 650, an all new Discovery Simultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimeter / Thermogravimetric Analyzer. The SDT 650 delivers unprecedented performance in sensitivity, baseline stability, temperature and atmosphere control. It is the first simultaneous DSC/TGA to incorporate TA’s most advanced techniques like Modulated DSC®, Modulated TGA™, and Hi-Res™ TGA. For more info please contact Ed Moriarty: or phone 302-427-1033 

Preferred Compounding has acquired Wisconsin-based Trostel Ltd. Trostel Compounding will be integrated into Preferred’s North American operations and the plant will operate as Preferred Compounding – Whitewater. Trostel Molding will retain the Trostel brand-name and continue its current operations as a standalone division of Preferred. Preferred is the second largest custom rubber compounder in North America with mixing operations in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Mexico and Wisconsin. For more info:

Santa Fe Rubber celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 by announcing two promotions: GM Michael Peterman to President & CEO and Richard Chang to VP, Business Development. Michael will be responsible for overall direction, including national / international sales. Longtime CEO William Krames, a supporter of rubber industry groups nationwide, will remain as Santa Fe's Chairman / Owner.

Tony Gutowski has joined OEM Components, Inc. as Vice President of Sales.

February 2017 marks the second anniversary of CNE Polymer Consulting. Founder Charles Edwards uses his 44 years of experience in elastomers and plastics to provide training and consultation services to his clients, including marketing, material selection, failure analysis, quality assurance, testing and compound development. Charles is active with API 20L, ISO 23936 and the Educational Symposium.

Longwood Elastomers has added three new thermoset presses as well as a rubber vacuum press at its manufacturing facility in Brenham, TX. These equipment additions increase Longwood’s capacity and help to better position the company for growth opportunities as the market begins to take a positive turn.

R.D. Abbott featured its latest technical innovations at the 2016 International Elastomer Conference, including LORD® In-Mold Bonding Adhesive Technology for silicone-thermoplastic overmolding and 3M™ Fused Silica as a safer substitute for crystalline silica. To learn more, visit

Steve Jagels has joined H.M. Royal, Inc., a leading supplier of materials to the polymers industry. Steve will be marketing and developing new business in critical materials such as rubber-to-metal bonding adhesives, fluoropolymers, and advanced fillers. Steve brings years of experience of technical service, marketing and sales solving difficult problems in non-?metallic applications.

Neil Mendes, CEO of Alpine Polytech is invited to speak at the AMI 2017 conference this summer. He will present “Where Is the Oil & Gas Market Headed, and How Will it Affect the Energy Polymer Industry” and will examine the latest trends and developments in the oil and gas upstream business with an emphasis on the North American unconventional plays.

William Stahl (Rainbow Master Mixing, Akron Ohio) is the 2017 chair of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. Bill has been a member of the Energy Polymer Group since the early 1990’s. He also has served as the EPG area director to the Rubber Division for the last 12 years.

After 40+ years dealing with polymer formulation, processing, material recommendation, compound compatibility evaluations and product evaluation, Jim Goodson has established J Goodson Polymer Consulting. For businesses beginning to recover from the downturn but not quite ready to take on full time technical help, please contact Jim at

The Wabtec Elastomers Group announces the promotions of Darren Beatty to Vice President and General Manager, and Curtis McClamrock to Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations. Longwood Elastomers has also named Swaroop Sosale General Manager and Bill Clanahan has rejoined the Engineering Group at the Brenham, TX location.

Precision Associates, a leading manufacturer of rubber seals and molded components recently developed two materials for sour service that are qualified to API 6A and ISO 10423 for Material Class FF/HH 10% H2S. Compound 608905 (90 Viton®) is also RGD Resistant and 9905 (90 FKM) rated for ?Extreme Low Temp.

Alpha Technologies introduces the Premier™ MV. With an all-new compact design, the Premier™ MV features multi-zone stress relaxation analysis and a 45% reduction in cooling time compared to previous models. These updates, along with the new user interface, place the Premier™ MV at the forefront of viscometers in today’s market.

Thermodyn Corporation of Sylvania, OH and Houston, TX has launched a new website for its high performance elastomeric sheet rubber business at Also, Jim Briggs joined Thermodyn in 2016 with a focus on Viton™ fluoroelastomer coated fabric applications. Thermodyn’s new line of Fluorodyn® Caulk and Adhesive products are available at

East Texas Seals, a distributor of seal and kitting solutions, recently formed ETS Houston.  ETS has a long history of providing quality products and best-in-industry customer service, and looks forward to bringing that value to its growing customer base within the region. Please contact Steven Daniele at: or phone 1-855-963-7325 with inquiries.

Akrochem Corporation is offering a new line of nitrile polymers. Several commercial grades of LG NBR acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers with various ACN levels and mooney viscosities are available. Nitriles are best known for their resistance to oils, greases and fuels in combination with high temperature and abrasion resistance.

James Walker announces the Vermilion range, developed specifically for the oil & gas industry to extend the envelope of elastomer performance where high and low temperatures, sour media, rapid gas decompression, CO2 and other aggressive media mixes present challenging application conditions. ?For more info visit: or contact

Finite Fiber offers standard and custom Varamix® aramid fiber options to replace both rubber carrier fiber masterbatches and non-fiber partitioned aramid pulps. Varamix® products are highly efficient materials that are 100% fiber; easily dispersed, providing advanced performance in all downhole rubber product applications.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions now has 27 materials compliant to ISO 10423, the standard for oil and gas materials covering equipment and service applications. A variety of compounds, from thermoplastics to elastomers are available to suit even the most demanding applications, on and offshore.

CSI is pleased to announce a fourth calendering line. The new three roll vertical calender features 84” wide drilled rolls, cross axis adjustments, temperature control unit, two let-offs and wind ups and four roll cooling cans. Cross axis roll adjustment adds even more versatility to CSI’s extensive calendering options.

MFP Seals (Martin Fluid Power) corporate headquarters has moved to 900 East Whitcomb Ave., Madison Heights, Michigan 48071. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility will allow expansion of in-house engineering, quality control, research & design, and manufacturing capabilities that will continue to meet and exceed its customers needs. For more info:

MSC Software announces the release of Marc 2016, offering enhancements to material modeling, contact analysis, and ease of use.  Developments include enhanced material data fitting for easier characterization of elastomers, new material models for damage progression at high temperatures and strain rates, and enhanced phase transformation for elastic-plastic materials.

3M Dyneon has settled into its new $150 million, state-of-the-art corporate research center that is a hub of innovation for fluoroelastomer product development. This investment will enhance collaboration and technology-sharing even further within the company, and it has many scientists excited for the future of 3M innovation. For more information, please visit

Buc Slay, CTO of Alpine Polytech, will present “How to Best Navigate International Test Standards - ISO, NORSOK, and API” at the AMI Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Conference on June 6 & 7, 2017. This conference is AMI’s third international forum for oil and gas operators, contractors, equipment manufacturers, researchers and industry suppliers.

AGC Chemicals has demonstrated their continued commitment to bringing material science solutions to the industry by completing a $1MM upgrade to their technical center. Featured additions of new equipment and testing capabilities include 3”x 6” two roll mill, 100 ton press with Isoplaten® technology and an SEM/EDAX. Contact for more details or to arrange a tour.

Polymics has expanded capabilities, capacity and materials in high performance polymer sheet products. Both filled and unfilled materials are being produced to .020” thickness. Current pressure extrusion includes rod and tube. The capability to produce PEEK tubes through injection molding, extrusion, compression molding and centrifugal molding has made Polymics the leader for these products.

After forty years in the elastomer and related industries, former EPG Chair Keith Shields has retired from 3M‘s Advanced Materials Division. Keith began his career with Firestone’s Dayton Tire and Rubber Company and advanced in a number of technical positions before joining 3M’s Dyneon group in fluoropolymer sales and marketing.

Chem-Trend, a global leader in the development, production and marketing of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and other ancillary molding products, announced it will expand its R&D facilities by approximately 50% at the global headquarters in Howell, Michigan to allow for continued growth of research and development activities and increased capabilities for customer support.

Hi-Tech Seals’ XS65 thrives in extreme environments where other thermoplastics would not. It is suited for both dynamic and static applications. XS65 maintains excellent sealing properties in numerous applications, including extreme HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) applications, such as sliding sleeve seating stacks utilized in intermittent steam injection well stimulations.

Arkema has appointed Ron Adams as Technical Account Manager, specializing in organic peroxides. Ron has over 20 years’ experience in the composite and crosslinking industry, having worked for Hexion Specialty Chemicals and Ashland as a regional technical service expert performing R&D, technical training, customer production support, and technical sales.

On April 1, 2016, LANXESS and Saudi Aramco completed the formation of their synthetic rubber joint venture, ARLANXEO. Recently, ARLANXEO introduced two new products – Therban® LT 1707 and Therban® LT 1757 – which can fulfill stringent low temperature requirements while maintaining the high dynamic and heat resistant performance of this elastomeric rubber class.

Steve Jagels has joined HM Royal, Inc., a leading supplier of materials, to the polymers industry. Steve will be marketing and developing new business in critical materials such as rubber to metal bonding adhesives, fluoropolymers, and advanced fillers. He brings years of experience of technical service, marketing and sales solving difficult problems in non-metallic applications.

R.D. Abbott Company, Inc. will feature its latest technical innovations, products and services in Booth 405 at the 2016 International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh this October 10–13. Featured products and services will include the new agency partnership with Cancarb Limited for Thermax® brand Thermal Carbon Black in the United States and Canada. Please visit

TA Instruments announces the latest in a series of online practical scientific training courses, broadcasting on October 5, 2016. "A Practical Approach to Thermal Analysis" is focused on the techniques, experiments, and data related to Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The content is designed for both experienced and new users of the TGA technique. Contact Ed Moriarty:

TA Instruments announced the acquisition of Rubotherm GmbH of Bochum, Germany. Rubotherm develops and manufactures analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements thru use of their patented magnetic suspension balance. The application of this technology opens new markets for TA and further extends its world-leading position in thermal analysis.

TA Instruments is pleased to introduce a new line of Thermogravimetric Analyzers, the Discovery TGA 5500, TGA 550, and TGA 55. These instruments feature an all-new system design resulting in unprecedented performance in sensitivity, temperature control, atmosphere control, and baseline drift. This new line again affirms TA’s position as the technology and global leader in thermal analysis.

R.D. Abbott Company, Inc., has signed a new distribution agreement with an affiliate of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, to distribute Cariflex™ isoprene rubbers* to manufacturers and fabricators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Argen Polymer LLC has moved into their new and purpose built facility in the Cypress, TX area just off the Grand Parkway. The facility offers full sour HPHT aging capability, a high bay area for larger scale testing, and an expanded analytical laboratory to accommodate new capabilities such as DMA and thermal conductivity measurement. The company welcomes customers to arranger a visit.

On June 1, TA Instruments will offer the first in a series of all new online practical scientific training courses. “A Practical Approach to Thermal Analysis”, is focused on the techniques, experiments and data related to differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). For more info, please contact Ed Moriarty +1.302.427.1033 or

Lintech International, a specialty chemical distributor headquartered in Georgia with 13 warehouses across the country, has been appointed as a non-exclusive U.S. distributor for Solvay Silica for the manufactured rubber goods (MRG), CASE and industrial markets. Solvay Silica is a key player in Highly Dispersible Silicas (HDS) for energy-saving tires.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has added RTP Co.’s sister business ResMart LLC as its newest distributor for KetaSpire PEEK. ResMart customers now have access to a variety of KetaSpire pellet or powder grades, available in a wide range of melt flow indices and in black or natural colors. ResMart’s comprehensive sales coverage will also expand technical support for KetaSpire PEEK.