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Firestone Polymers announces senior management change  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lake Charles, LA - Firestone Polymers announced that Bob Handlos, CEO/president of FSPC, plans to retire at the end of 2016, and Gene Lavengco, current executive director of manufacturing of FSPC, has been named CEO/president of FSPC, effective October 1. Lavengco has worked within the FSPC organization for 36 years in a number of positions, including plant engineer, project manager, maintenance manager, plant manager and executive director of manufacturing. In his new role, Lavengco will be responsible for continuing the transformation of FSPC into a leader in high-tech polymer manufacturing for Bridgestone on a global basis. “We express our sincere appreciation to Bob for his 32 years of service to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and FSPC. We wish him and his family a prosperous future,” said Yuji Mochizuki, vice president and officer internal manufacturing management at Bridgestone Corporation. “Gene has the experience and expertise to successfully move the business forward. I’m confident that he will accomplish the transformation and make FSPC a true leader in the high-tech polymer industry.” Lavengco earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mechanical engineering from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. - * Email

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Shepherd Chemical named winner of 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Washington, D.C. - The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that the Shepherd Chemical Company’s BiCATs 8840 and 8842 water stable bismuth catalysts for polyurethane formulations won the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Shepherd’s winning entry, one of three finalists, was announced during the closing session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Baltimore, MD. “CPI congratulates the Shepherd Chemical Company for winning the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “Shepherd’s novel application of polyurethane chemistry shows how our industry’s innovations can have ripple effects throughout the value chain. This award-winning technology embodies the transformative power of polyurethanes.” BiCATs 8840 and 8842 offer the industry new curatives which allow formulators to improve the environmental impact while reducing cure times for spray foam polyol solutions with hydrofluoroolefin blowing agents. “The Shepherd Chemical Company is thrilled to be recognized by CPI and the ACC as the recipient of the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award,” said Rob Hart, ‎head of research and development at the Shepherd Chemical Company. “Our new HFO-compatible, water-soluble bismuth catalysts, BiCATs 8840 and 8842, allow formulators to further reduce the environmental impact and deliver the safety, comfort and efficiency of polyurethanes. It is humbling to be selected as the awardee considering the impressive inventions introduced by Dow and Huntsman during the conference. Our industry's continuous dedication to innovative and sustainable research and development – and CPI's leadership in this regard – is an inspiration to us all. Shepherd is honored to accept this award.” This year’s Polyurethane Innovation Award finalists also included Dow’s VORA Zzz ultra-high airflow and moisture-wicking foam technology used in bedding applications, and Huntsman’s Votrox HC 98010 polyol with Suprasec 9801 isocyanate, a resin solution used in the chassis of the Bright Lite Structures’ Zenos E10 sports car. “Every year, I’m impressed by the groundbreaking technologies submitted for the Innovation Award,” said Salamone. “Our finalists this year are truly cutting-edge, clearly the culmination of years of dedication and research. I can’t wait to see the incredible innovations submitted for consideration next year.” Technologies submitted for the 2016 award must have been commercialized no more than 15 months prior to June 17, 2016. Nominations for the 2017 award will begin in spring 2017. The 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference featured 18 technical sessions, 73 technical presentations, 66 table top exhibits, 22 poster presentations, nine Professional Development Program courses and nearly 1,000 attendees. - * Email

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Coloplast expands its silicone wound dressing portfolio  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Humlebaek, Denmark - Coloplast is expanding its Biatain Silicone portfolio with eight new wound dressings referred to as Sizes & Shapes. Used for treating chronic wounds, the dressings are shaped to fit a heel, the hollow of the knee, the back of the neck or the shoulder; places where it can be difficult to apply a dressing properly. According to Nicolai Buhl, SVP of Coloplast’s Wound Care business, innovative products such as Sizes & Shapes form an important part of Coloplast’s growth plans. "Our new silicone wound dressings give the competition a run for its money, while giving the users what they want: wound dressings that conform to the body’s natural shape. We’re confident that our new wound dressings, developed by healthcare professionals and shaped by users, will strengthen our position in the global wound care market, because we now have a complete product offering for many different wound types," says Nicolai Buhl. By launching a new series of silicone dressings that conform to the natural contours of the body, Coloplast takes another step towards the goal of doubling the size of its Wound Care business by the 2020/21 financial year. The new series of silicone dressings is scheduled to launch starting in December and will launch in all key markets during 2016/2017. Coloplast’s Wound Care business currently has a global market share of 5–10 percent. The company’s ambition is to grow to 10–15 percent by the 2020/21 financial year. - * Email

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Blair Rubber Co.’s general manager to speak at upcoming ARPM conference  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Seville, OH - Blair Rubber Co.’s Dave Jentzsch, general manager, is set to speak at the upcoming Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference, October 13-14 in Indianapolis. Blair Rubber Co.’s employee-focused company culture stood out to the ARPM at a recent plant tour of the Blair Rubber facilities. The association then reached out to Jentzsch, who is an ARPM board member, to speak on the company’s core values and how he integrates them into everyday performance. “During our plant tour, I spoke about the importance of employee engagement and how it goes far beyond just recognition,” Jentzsch said. “Everyone at the company needs to buy in and further the success for a strong company culture. Leadership needs to contribute because if not, they can absolutely destroy it.” Engagement is not just recognizing employees for a job well done. A company must decide on its core values and then train employees and encourage them to share their own ideas. The Blair Rubber Co. team focuses on six core values, including shared knowledge, integrity, long-term, performance, humility and agility. Each quarter, the company selects one core value and staff members write stories about how they exemplify the attribute. “Letting your staff take ownership of their own ideas improves productivity,” Jentzsch said. “When people are happy to come to work, collaboration increases. Giving instruction and feedback is more fruitful when team members genuinely like working together.” Jentzsch’s presentation will be held on Thursday morning of the conference. Jentzsch will also appear as a panelist at Crain’s [M]Power 2016 Manufacturing Assembly, October 19 in Akron, OH. - * Email

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Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Akron, OH - A new book is offered in the Rubber World book store: Resistance and Stability of Polymers. The stability and resistance of polymeric materials determine whether they can be utilized in a given application. Authoritative and reliable material information is needed during the material selection process, and this information must consider the influences of material manufacturing, compounding and stabilization, processing, part design, use and subsequent disposal/recycling. This book is based on a review of more than 1,200 literature sources and represents a comprehensive overview of the current know-how regarding the stability and resistance of thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers, as well as the most commonly used reinforcements and additives. Extensive tables document material resistance to given media, facilitating appropriate material selection or stabilization for a given application. Volume 1 covers principles of aging, testing methods, stabilization, processing, applications, mechanical behavior of fiber reinforced plastics. Volume 2 covers plastics, rubbers and their acronyms. Other abbreviations, tables of chemical resistance, a bibliography and an index are included. Author: Gottfried Ehrenstrein and Sonja Pongratz; ISBN: 978-1-56990-456-5; two volumes, 1,436 pages; 2013, hardcover; $499.95 USD + SH. Visit http://www.rubberworld.com/RWbookstore.asp for more information. - * Email

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