Materials Performance

AUG 2018

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20 AUGUST 2018 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM COMPANY NEWS NDT Global Names Chief Sales Officer Nathan Leslie. Ultrasonic pipeline in- spection and integ- rity services provider NDT Global (Dublin, Ireland) an- nounced the ap- pointment of Nathan Leslie to the role of chief sales officer. Having joined the company in 2014, Leslie most recently held the posi- tion of key account team manager in the United States, where he helped several of the group's largest clients identify critical corrosion and crack-like features in their pipeline assets through utilizing high- resolution ultrasonic technologies. With over a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry, Leslie brings an in-depth knowledge and proven record of accom- plishment in expanding presence and mar- ket share. His appointment is aimed at driving a go-to market strategy, providing strong sales leadership, and planning for sales strategies in existing and developing markets. LUX Assure Appoints Brazilian Agents Chemical monitoring and management solutions specialist LUX Assure (Edin- burgh, United Kingdom) appointed Insta- lações e Engenharia de Corrosão Ltda (IEC) (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) and Paschoa- lin Consultoria Em Engenharia Ltda (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) as export agents to rep- resent the company and support its two technologies designed for monitoring and managing chemicals in oil, condensates, and water, specifically thermodynamic hydrate inhibitors and corrosion inhibitors used to protect onshore and offshore oil- field assets. Since it has experienced growth within the United Kingdom over the last year, including several senior appointments, the agreements signify the next step in LUX Assure's plans for interna- tional growth. Since 1970, IEC has provided integrity services, including inspection and corro- sion studies, with a company mission to supply and implement new solutions for corrosion problems. Paschoalin was founded in 2007 to assist foreign companies entering the Brazilian oil and gas market. Its main niche is new technologies aimed at improving the performance and safety of operations within the oil and gas sector. Arkema Starts New Fluoropolymer Unit Advanced materials producer Arkema (Colombes, France) added polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) capacity at its plant in Calvert City, Kentucky, USA. This 20% increase in its U.S. production capacity will further support strong demand from its customers in the region. Through this investment and the successful launch of a similar expansion in 2017 at its plant in Changshu, China, the group is further con- solidating its global position in PVDF. The company now operates fluoropolymer pro- duction facilities in Europe, North Amer- ica, and Asia and sees advanced materials as one of the key pillars of its future growth. This new capacity, which was brought online ahead of schedule, enables Arkema to support its customers in emerg- ing applications such as water filtration, traditional markets such as the chemical processing industry, and high-perfor- mance cables for consumers in the auto- motive, fiber optics, and oil sectors. U.S. Water Wins State Safety Awards Integrated industrial water management group U.S. Water (St. Michael, Minnesota, USA), an ALLETE (Duluth, Minnesota, USA) company, announced that two of its sites were recognized for excellence in work- place safety and health. The group's facilities in Cambridge, Minnesota, USA, and Plymouth, Minnesota, USA, were honored at the 2017 Governor's Safety Awards luncheon. The company is one of 279 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the non- profit Minnesota Safety Council (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA). Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as compared to their industry's national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety pro- gram. The Cambridge facility received one of 59 awards for Outstanding Achieve- ment, with zero recordable injury rates that were 51 to 90% better than the industry average. Meanwhile, the Plymouth facility received one of 182 awards for Meritorious, with recordable injury metrics that have shown to be better than the industry average for at least three years. Donald Brozek and Mike Bock, Cambridge facility production shift leads, and Plymouth production manager Peter Betts accept the awards.

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