24 January 2012
24 January 2012
Seifert and Skinner & Associates (SSA) has expanded their composites laboratory and opened a new testing facility and office in Hasselt, Belgium.
SSA expect the new facility will give the equipment and space to perform prototype fabrication and nearly all of the testing required to design and certify composite pressure vessels. These composite pressure vessels are used for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) storage and transport.
Mr. Axel Seifert, Managing Associate of SSA, said, “Our new four hundred square meter facility will give us plenty of room to build and test composite cylinders. There is great interest in these kinds of products right now and the extra room will allow us to accommodate this demand. Adding the new testing equipment allows us to offer a full set of services to our clients. We can do all of the prototype fabrication and most of the testing needed for LPG and CNG tank certifications now in house.”
Mr. Nicolas Gervais, SSA Associate, is the new testing facility manager and brings his experience in quality control and testing to the laboratory. Mr. Kristof Wecks, SSA Associate, will remain as manager of the composites laboratory. The new facility will meet the ISO9001 standards.
In additional news, Mr. Leo Ericksen has joined SSA as a Senior Associate and they say he will mainly be responsible for all Composicad sales in North America and other selected regions around the world.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.