17 July 2012
17 July 2012
Based on the emerging market opportunities in Asia over recent years, Umeco is now forming a company in China to act as an Asian hub.
According to Umeco, this WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) will be located in a trade free zone in Kunshan, near Shanghai. The hub is expected to enable Umeco to have a local presence in the market which is the largest consumer of composite materials, with projections of growth exceeding those in both Europe and the USA.
The office in Kunshan has been set up, and Umeco Asia is to be officially established in the next few weeks. Umeco says the operation will include sales and distribution, as well as manufacturing and warehousing. A team of four has already been put together, headed up by General Manager, Hong Fang. Umeco explains that Fang will focus primarily on the sales of their process materials, setting up a sales and distribution network to serve new and existing customers in Asia.
In further news, on 28th June 2012 Umeco says it successfully completed the transition audit from AS9100:2003 revision B to revision C, Aerospace Quality Standard. Although both are based on the existing ISO9001:2008, they say there are several more challenges in the rev C system, including an adherence to the ‘process approach’, project management and continuous monitoring, measurement and, above all, improvement.
Achieving the accreditation to the AS9100 rev C standard assures Umeco’s aviation, space and defence customers that our quality system serves to improve both product and service quality, as well as on time delivery along the same lines as those used in the automotive industry TS16949 standard.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.