11 October 2011
11 October 2011
The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) met for their Annual Meeting in September, in Niagara Falls, Canada, which they say was attended by a record 144 attendees, along with 19 Table Top Showcase exhibitors and 14 Technical Paper Presentations.
Association leaders credit the growing success of the annual event to a substantial technical program, including a schedule of Technical Papers, chosen by TRFA Market-Focused Committees, representing a growing body of industry-specific information and research immediately available to meeting attendees and included in the association's growing website library of technical presentations. They say the annual Table Top Showcase featured 19 exhibitors, and offered attendees a look at the latest developments in the thermoset resin industry.
TRFA also presented its Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award to Rongpeng Wang, a Doctoral Student in Chemistry at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, for his paper, "Epoxidised Glycidyl Ester of Soybean Oil as Reactive Diluent for Epoxy Resin."
As part of the regular business of the association, attendees re-elected President, Valerie Walker, Cross-Link Technology, Vice-President, Jason Tuerack, Broadview Technologies, and Secretary/Treasurer, Julie Mongeluzi, Dow Chemical Company, to continue their terms of office through 2012. In addition, Paul Anderson of ITW Polyspec and Krish Vora of 3M Corporation were elected to the TRFA Board of Directors. They replace current directors David Elmendorf and Jim Sally whose terms expire in 2011.
Tecniplas is highlighting its composite equipment for the sugar and alcohol industries at the Fenasucro Trade Fair in Sertãozinho, Brazil, on 21-24 August.
The outstanding lightweight construction opportunities and potential for incorporating smart components of composite materials make them increasingly attractive for machinery manufacturers, reports the Composites Europe trade show.