24 February 2010
24 February 2010
Syrgis Performance Initiators has broken ground on a new stand-alone laboratory facility to support its global organic peroxides business, which is expected to be completed by May 2010.
Syrgis Performance Initiators produces methyl ethyl ketone peroxides (MEKP) at facilities in Helena and Köpmanholmen, Sweden. Syrgis also manufactures benzoyl peroxide (BPO) at its facility in Arkansas. These organic peroxides are used to initiate the reactions of various composite polymer systems and enable solutions to be provided for varied end-use applications ranging from wind turbine blades, to shower stall enclosures, to synthetic marble, to automotive body putty, to road marking paint, to fiberglass boats, to infrastructure pipe.
“Technology leadership and application expertise are key strengths of each Syrgis company,” said Andy Harris, Syrgis CEO. “A key component of our strategy is to continuously improve our technology position across the corporation. We are committed to making the investments to implement this strategy and accelerate our innovation program, even more so in today’s uncertain times. This new laboratory will provide Syrgis and our customers with additional tools for further differentiation in the organic peroxides marketplace.”
The new laboratory will be located at Syrgis’ manufacturing facility in Helena, Ark., and will provide support for Syrgis’ global manufacturing enterprise as well as global customers.
“This investment reflects Syrgis’ commitment to the reinforced fibreglass composite markets as well as to manufacturing in the United States and the state of Arkansas. When completed, the facility will further strengthen Syrgis’ capabilities to provide solutions optimized for the processes of our discerning customers,” Harris added.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).