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characteristics of MVP in this market? Weakness and strengths?

T.A.H.: MVP has gone through an extreme transformation in the composite industry. We had a large revenue stream that was based upon the recreational vehicle markets and home building. The demise of these markets resulted in a complete analysis of our strengths; we began an intense effort in our engineering department to begin producing equipment for many of the markets mentioned above. We have also focused on the need for more environmental-friendly manufacturing processes. Flex Molding is a key strategic process that has now hit the mainstream and is rapidly building a following due to its low cost of converting from open moulding to closed moulding. We have several patents on devices that have actually allowed us to produce extremely high fibre content products using Flex Molding, and in some cases we have seen a 15%+ increase over conventional LRTM. I believe our strengths are based on the fact that, while we are a relatively small company, we have 50+ years’ experience in composites. This small structure provides a degree of flexibility and responsiveness that is necessary and sought out by our customers. We are now involved in numerous aerospace, defence, infrastructure, wind energy, oil exploration, natural gas exploration, biogas development,

toward extremely low Styrene emissions, MVP took the lead in providing customers with the best options to meet these new standards through Fluid Impingement Technology (FIT®). After its release, MVP worked very closely with the ACMA in testing the benefits of FIT® at CMTI (Clean Manufacturing Technology Institute at Purdue University), and after working with the EPA in the United States, that technology has become the standard for open mold processes. In recent months, Mr. Hedger has been working closely with

JCM: Your company is well established on the market. What is your development strategy for the coming years?

pultrusion applications and more. I would have to say our weakness is keeping up research and development both internally and externally. The development of new materials and the need to produce equipment to handle their application have provided an endless stream of projects. Advances in micro-processing technology have our own internal team of engineering and application specialists coming up with new concepts at a very rapid pace as well. The same pressure is coming from the marketplace; some of the new things we are doing with thermoplastics are truly exciting and have us rethinking current development projects. It is very challenging managing research and development and the product development that follows. It seems once you’ve proven the technology, the need is almost immediate.

MVP to Conduct Live Demos of Flex Molding Process at JEC

out to the suppliers of new materials and provide them an avenue to work with in order to make the application of these new products more commercially viable. The other challenge is to spread the word that we are no longer simply a supplier of open mould and closed mould equipment. Over the course of the last few years we have won awards from some of largest defence contractors in the world, been prominently mentioned in large bridge deck projects, and have worked on systems that will be used for launch vehicles (space) and even systems for extreme highperformance composites that are highly sensitive in matters of security.

T.A.H.: Right now, we are refining many of the new products we have developed and increasing the manner in which we can utilize new technology for monitoring and providing a more integrated approach for our customers. We really want to provide real-time data and solutions to our customers with a few clicks on a mouse. I think our key strategy is to continue to reach

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the ACMA and other Composites equipment and product manufacturers to stop a move by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to list Styrene as a “reasonably known carcinogen.” He has had several meetings with lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to explain the devastating effect this decision would have, not only on the Composites Industry, but on the country as a whole. Composites are now a part of multiple products across multiple industries that drive the prosperity of the country.

JCM: How is MVP positioned relative to the environment in general? And do you think this may be a way forward for the composites industry?

T.A.H.: MVP has a long history of participating in both independent and governmentsponsored studies that provided enormous amounts of data that is now being used to discuss and regulate waste, emissions and exposure to various chemicals. We try to be a responsible supplier to our customers. We are also a strong advocate for the proper application of science and looking at the years of testing that has been done. The last thing we want to see is strict regulations on specific manufacturing processes and materials due (rest of article on p.8)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011

Cover
Edito
Point of view: "I have a very positive view of the market" by Thomas Hedger
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
- In Brief
- Automotive
APPLICATIONS
- Aeronautics
- Building & construction
- Sustainability
MARKET
- Composites
- Asia-Pacific
- Resin
-Productivity
-Human Resources
FEATURE MARINE
- Natural Fibre
- Environment
- Race boat
- Simulation
- Coating
- Bonding
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
- Simulation
- Natural Fibre
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
- RTM-S
-Software
- SMC
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Automotive
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Aeronautics
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Building & construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Sustainability
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Asia-Pacific
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Resin
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - -Productivity
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - -Human Resources
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Natural Fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Environment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Race boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Simulation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Coating
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Bonding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Simulation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - Natural Fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - RTM-S
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - -Software
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - - SMC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #67 - August/September 2011 - In the world
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