Uniontown, Ohio—ChemSpec recently wrapped-up production on its latest (and greatest) Christmas video. Creating corny—and hilarious—Christmas videos has become a tradition at ChemSpec. It all began in 2008 with a re-make of the Christmas song “12-Days of Christmas,” and has continued every year since then (8 years total).
As many customers can attest, Lucas Moreland is a very likeable guy. It wasn’t any different in high school, where he was popular student and athlete. Lucas attended a local school in the small town in which he grew up, New Philadelphia High School. He and his family have strong ties to the local community. He now lives in the town that he grew up in, and is often still seen at local sporting events; especially varsity football games. It would be an understatement to say he's supportive of his old high school and the local community.
Safic-Alcan Group’s cosmetics activity in the U.S.A. has officially started on September 1st, 2015, within its subsidiary ChemSpec Polymer Additives.
This approach is in line with the strategic vision of the Group to expand geographically in countries with strong market potential. The portfolio was built to respond to American beauty trends and to customer needs and is already diversified thanks to the trust of some existing partners from the Group. Safic-Alcan was also able to rely on new partners willing to entrust the distribution of their range in the U.S.A. to a dynamic and innovative distributor. The product line consists of actives, texturizing agents, preservatives, emollients, oils, butters, waxes and resins, surfactants, pigments and pearlescent pigments.
ChemSpec is excited to welcome a new member to our team. Marie Graët is now the Sales & Marketing Manager for our newly formed Cosmetics Division!
Marie has extensive experience in cosmetics chemistry and marketing of cosmetics additives/ingredients. She studied at two different chemical engineering schools in the Paris, France area, and is a degreed chemical engineer—with a specialty in cosmetic science.
During the molding cycle, rubber compounds produce by-products that are given off as rubber fume and residues on the mold surfaces. If the residues are allowed to remain on the mold they gradually build in thickness and will eventually cause molding defects in the finished rubber parts. This is what is classically defined as “Mold Fouling.” Other causes of mold fouling occur with the oxidation of portions of the rubber part, either from contact with trapped air pockets, or from the incomplete part stripping off the mold at the end of the cycle.
Rubber part defects then arise through physical dimensional changes to the mold by marring the component surface or through adhesion between the residue and the cured rubber part; causing lumps and imperfections to the finished molded parts. Consequently this increases product scrap rates.
So how do you go about minimizing this problem of mold fouling?
The TCBA engages in various community service projects, including scholarships, Law Day, and High School Mock Trial Competitions. The TCBA also has social events for its members and opportunities for networking and professional development through committee assignments.
On September 18th 2014, Kris Moreland of the ChemSpec team attended the Junior Livestock Sale at the Tuscarawas County fair. ChemSpec Polymer Additives purchased three hogs raised by youth members of the Tuscarawas County 4H. Drew Lautzenheiser, Mason Elliott, and Kayla Scott raised and showed the three hogs that were purchased at the auction. After the hogs are processed, ChemSpec has made arrangements for all three of the hogs to be sent to the Homeless Shelter of Tuscarawas County.
Anthony Mariniello will be providing a technical presentation on ChemSpec’s calcium and zinc oxide product lines, and their respective applications in rubber compounding / mixing. This presentation will occur at the Southern Rubber Group’s (“SRG”) Summer Technical Meetings, occurring during the week of June 9th, 2014, at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Anthony is a Product Specialist and Key Account Development Manager at ChemSpec. He has a substantial background in the production and use of metal oxides / hydroxides. Anthony holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, and also an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. The SRG is a sub-division of the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division.
ChemSpec has introduced a next generation physical peptizer/ process aid from Performance Additives, Sdn. This revolutionary product is named Ultraflow 440. UF 440 is a reaction blend of mixed metal soaps. UF 440 Performs well in both natural and synthetic elastomers. UF 440 performs well to improve filler dispersion; particularly well with “white” fillers. The UF 440 overcomes “filler reticulation” to keep silica from forming secondary agglomeration during the mixing process