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.

Maverix Solutions, Inc. of California is pleased to announce their membership in the EPG. Since 1999, Maverix's Mavcoat® mold release and anti-stick coatings have been used in the rubber, polyurethane, composites, and plastics industries. Maverix is excited to introduce their proprietary ceramic-based Mavcoat® products, which will benefit all companies molding rubber parts. Please visit www.mavcoatmoldrelease.com to learn more.

JRC Technologies, an Ohio-based custom molder of rubber parts and metal/plastic over-molding is pleased to announce its membership in the Energy Polymer Group. We are also happy to announce that Mr. Ken Burkins , a molding industry veteran, has joined us in market development. For more information about JRC, please visit: www.jrctec.com

Dr. David Gerrard has joined Argen Polymer LLC. Dave has a lengthy and broad experience in polymer and elastomer technical and management roles and is past Chair of the EPG. Dave's technical expertise is in experimental mechanics, fatigue and fracture, friction and wear, and he has a wealth of experience in various aspects of polymer performance for downhole applications.

The EPG is proud to award two new lifetime members for 2017. Charles Edwards was a charter member and first vice chairman of the Energy Rubber Group. Charles has coordinated the EPG’s past two Educational Symposiums. Jim Goodson is also a charter member of the organization and was president of the ERG when it officially became a recognized group in 1983 by the Rubber Division of the ACS.

Drake Plastics has added two new manufacturing facilities, making a total of seven buildings at its Cypress, Texas campus. Growth has spurred the expansion of space which is dedicated to extrusion, molding and machining of Torlon® and PEEK based materials. Drake is providing innovative solutions worldwide with its wide range of oilfield parts.

Michael Nelson of Precision Polymer Engineering was recognized in the July 2017 issue of Rubber and Plastics News. The publication’s“40 Under 40” story featured a group of up-and-coming professionals who are leading the next generation of talent in the rubber and plastics industries.

In 2017, Salvatore Monte of Kenrich Petrochemicals received his 31st patent: “Construction Materials and Compositions from Oil-Containing Filler.” The patent was inspired by the Deep Water Horizon incident and involves strengthening Portland cement’s resistance to HP/HT. This past year Sal spoke at the ITEC Conference in Akron and USA Rubber Industry Forum in Pittsburgh.

Conventus Polymers, a distributor and compounder of specialty thermoplastics, achieved certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Conventus is known for material expertise in strategic markets, alternative supply options in high-performance polymer families where selection is limited, and helping customers reduce material cost.

Daikin America announces the opening of Detroit Automotive Innovation Center (DAIC) in Wixom, MI. DAIC is located within 20 miles of the headquarters of GM, Ford and Chrysler,  as well as 45 of the top 100 Tier 1 automotive suppliers. DAIC is the focal point of Daikin’s automotive activities in the US, with a mission of providing world class response time for material selection and qualification.

R.D. Abbott’s lab is now equipped with a revolutionary, patent-pending Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer from German RepRap GmbH to assist with design proofs and functional prototypes using Silastic® LC 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber from Dow Performance Silicones. Learn more at www.RDAbbott.com/news/lam-3d-printer.

In 2012, HaloPolymer – a Russian-based manufacturer of fluorinated chemicals – first established its trading company in Texas. In 2017, HaloPolymer introduced a series of Elaftor fluoroelastomers in the U.S., including FKM and FFKM gum polymers. The role of HaloPolymer Trading is to distribute a variety of products (such as fluoropolymers) in the American market and to support the local customers.

Hi-Tech Seals’ XS65 has been developed to provide superior performance in extreme environments over other thermoplastics. It is suited for both dynamic and static applications. XS65 maintains excellent sealing properties including extreme HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) applications such as sliding sleeve seating stacks utilized in intermittent steam injection well stimulations.

Oil States Industries celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. Founded in 1942 by H.E. “Slim” Bowerman and four employees, the company grew by making specialized parts for the burgeoning onshore oil and gas industry, later expanding to offshore, industrial and military markets as a multi-national provider of technology and services.

In 2017 Element Materials Technology acquired Exova Group Ltd. to create one, world-class global testing services partner. Element specializes in providing a comprehensive range of materials and product qualification testing, consulting, certification and calibration to the global aerospace, fire & building products, infrastructure & environmental, oil & gas, transportation &industrial sectors.

AGC Chemicals welcomes Dale Whiteman as Sales & Marketing Mgr. for the Fluoropolymer group. Dale brings 20+ years experience in oil & gas and will be based in Houston. He was previously with Smith Int. and Schlumberger, and spent much of the past two decades on international assignments in sales and operations. Dale holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineer and a Masters in Engineering Mgt.

OEM Components, Inc. has invested $1.2 million dollars in a winding facility for composite plugs. Third party testing shows OEM’s proprietary winding pattern to be 28% stronger than competitive products. OEM has also increased its rubber production capacity with the addition of a pre-form extruder.

In 2017, Parker Hannifin’s Engineered Polymer Systems (EPS) Division celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a division of Parker Hannifin. On May 1, 1967, Parker acquired Sealcraft, a small cast urethane seal manufacturer with a couple of dozen employees, and named it the “Packing Division”, part of Parker’s Seal Group.

Preferred Compounding has acquired Wadsworth, Ohio-based Kleen Polymers. Kleen’s custom rubber compounding business specializes in mixing non-black compounds. The acquisition expands Preferred’s capability in ultra clean color compounds and further augments Preferred’s 2016 acquisition of Trostel. Preferred continues to strengthen its color, FKM, and high performance elastomer capabilities.

Tom & Joe Liccardo proudly announce RELIABLE’s 82nd anniversary. RELIABLE is a family-owned / operated third-generation business in North Bergen, New Jersey that manufactures and rebuilds rubber processing machinery including: mills; mixers (Banbury & Kneader); 2, 3 & 4 roll calenders; extruders/strainers; compression & transfer hydraulic presses; and guillotine-style bale cutters.

Röchling Engineering Plastics celebrates the 30th Anniversary of its North American subsidiary, headquartered in North Carolina. As part of a multi-billion dollar German organization, Röchling manufactures high-performance thermoplastics used in numerous applications for the oil and gas industry. Learn more at www.roechling-plastics.us.

Thermodyn commissioned a new warehouse in Toledo, OH in 2017, offering faster deliveries to gasket fabricators in the region.  Thermodyn also launched a new line of FKM coated Nomex fabrics, priced competitively, in stock and with lower minimums.  The company added a ZZ-R-765 silicone sheet and new white FDA silicone sheet rubber that is compliant to 21CFR177.2600, both in stock.

Zeon Chemicals L.P. has launched the new www.zeonchemicals.com. The site boasts a new look and a much friendlier, customer-driven navigation. Zeonchemicals.com is the most comprehensive guide to ZEON’s synthetic rubber products with detailed product technical data, recommended product applications, technical/safety data sheets and pertinent details concerning career opportunities at ZEON.

Stefano Arrigoni has joined Precision Polymer Engineering as Head of R&D. Stefano has been involved with innovating elastomeric materials for over 20 years, most recently at Solvay, a world leader in high performance polymers. He will focus on materials development to meet major growth opportunities in oil & gas.

In 2018, Arkema recognizes Marty Gregor for his 50th year in the NA chemical industry. Marty is a Senior Account Manager at Arkema, focused on organic peroxides for polymer crosslinking. Since Arkema’s acquisition of GEO Specialty Chemicals’ organic peroxide business, Marty has seen many developments for Arkema, including Luperox® AIR-XL™ which enables curing of elastomers in the presence of air.

Longwood and Wabtec Elastomers are now members of the newly formed Wabtec Industrial Group which includes a range of Heat Exchanger, Turbocharger and Friction products as well as Custom Manufacturing Services for molded rubber parts, metal castings, machined parts and hot wound coiled springs. (www.wabtec.com)

Rep Corporation attended the 2017 International Rubber Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, a very successful event with over 3000 attendees. Rep Corporation displayed the latest rubber injection presses, the Core range V41CY10 ( 160 ton) and  Extended range V51EY20 ( 300 ton)  model, plus a Tung Yu TYC-V14-A-S-PCD ( 200 ton compression press) and a Laselec laser mold cleaner.

Polymics confirms advances in pressure extrusion of thermoplastic stock shapes and  increases in product portfolio, production capacity, inventory and tooling. Products include unfilled and glass-filled PPS, as well as expansion of specialty glass, carbon and wear enhanced stock shapes in high temperature including PEEK, PEKK, PAEK, PPS, PBI, and PI in melt processable compounds and alloys.

Precision Associates Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Kadue as its President.  Brad’s the grandson of original founder, Arnold Kadue and nephew of current President Paul Kadue.  He has worked in several capacities within the business and served on the Board of Directors over the past twelve years.

Kirkhill has increased mixing lines in both facilities to include tangential and intermeshing mixers. The California plant added a #1 Banbury Mixer and is installing a K5 Mixer. The Georgia plant installed a #1 Banbury Mixer and additional lab equipment. The lines offer improved versatility such as in-line screening, productivity and shorter lead time. Count on Kirkhill tech support 24/7.

Jack Bendure of RubberConsultantUSA reports their latest recycled material is a SBR product for compound replacement levels of 50 % or more with minimal effect on physical properties. The typical compound savings is approximately $0.10 / lb or greater. Future plans include partnering with companies domestically & globally to bring products & services more rapidly to the market.

With the opening of its Technology/Production Facility in Kunshan, China, LEHVOSS Group now offers true global support for businesses that span NA, Europe and Asia. LEHVOSS is ready to take on the challenges of global OEM’s by providing local project management, sales and technical support and compound production on all three continents – along with our 40+ years experience in customized polymers.

Seal Company Enterprises Inc., a premier manufacturer and distributor of gaskets, seals, O-rings and related sealing products located in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Houston, has achieved AS9100C/ISO 9001:2008 certifications. These certifications demonstrate Seal Company’s commitment to recognizable quality standards, and its continued commitment to ongoing improvements in quality, service and supply.

Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. is pleased to announce that Bonnie Stuck was appointed president of the company in June 2017. Bonnie joined ARDL, Inc. in January 2009 as Senior Technical Advisor, bringing with her decades of experience across broad sectors of the rubber and plastics industries, including compounding for downhole applications.

Jessica Mattison, a product engineer for ERIKS Seals & Plastics, has developed a range of polymers used in various applications. She is employed in ERIKS’ Technology Center in California. The center’s laboratory conducts tours for school-age children to introduce them to the field of science, and to also demonstrate the importance of technical solutions in the development of an educated society.

R.D. Abbott teamed up with Cancarb and ARLANXEO to explore architectural sealing advancements using Thermax® N-990 and Keltan® EPDM with new rubber glazing compounding technology to improve cost efficiency, processability, and durability. Learn more at www.RDAbbott.com/news/architectural-sealing.

CSI Calendering, Inc., Arlington, Texas, named Robert (Bob) Sterrett as its new General Manager. Bob brings valuable experience in Six Sigma, Lean and ERP programs, as well as ISO 9001:14001 quality systems management and workforce training. His skills will further augment CSI’s capabilities in providing calendering services and solutions to its customers.

In 2012, HaloPolymer – a Russian-based manufacturer of fluorinated chemicals – established its trading company in Texas. The role of HaloPolymer Trading is to distribute a variety of products (such as fluoropolymers) in the American market and to support the local customers. In 2017, HaloPolymer introduced a series of Elaftor fluoroelastomers in the US, including FKM and FFKM gum polymers.