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Composites Weekly

Composites Weekly is an online podcast published each week by industry expert Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan has served as consultant in the composites industry for over 12 years. He brings you the latest news and information in the world of composites and provides interviews of leading manufacturers and distributors in the industry.
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Oct 25, 2019

This week I welcome Tom Wright, director of business development for Bedford Reinforced Plastics (BRP) on the show to discuss the benefits of FRP (fiber reinforced plastics) over traditional building materials such as wood, steel, and aluminum. 

BRP is a company that offers a wide variety of structural products made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer, including PROForms® structural shapes, PROGrid® molded grating and PROGrate® pultruded grating. Their staff of skilled design, engineering and manufacturing professionals has been dedicated to helping customers maximize the benefits of FRP. 

You can learn more about their company by visiting them at https://bedfordreinforced.com

Oct 12, 2016

On this episode, I welcome Nina Zerman, the technical sales & marketing manager for Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.

Ship and Shore is a complete source for industrial air pollution control as well as heat and energy recovery systems. They offer environmental solutions that conserve resources and meets air quality requirements. From regenerative thermal oxidizers to condensing boiler systems, their team of engineers works closely to design Environmental Solutions for cleaner air today and tomorrow!

Their mission is simple: Provide energy efficient, innovative, quality products and services that help both small and large manufacturers meet the increasing demands of environmental regulations while enhancing productivity and profitability.

On this episode, Nina will be sharing some background on Ship and Shore, and some of the environmental solutions they offer to manufacturers in the composites and advanced materials industry. 

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

Sep 1, 2016

This week, Katie Christy joins me on the show to discuss the topic of improving sales performance using the StrengthsFinder Assessment.

Katie is the founder of "Activate Your Talent" and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who has seen first-hand how individuals that utilize the StrengthsFinder assessment in their selling style have increased their overall engagement, productivity and profitability.

She has worked with both small and large organizations alike that are interested in improving their sales team's performance by uncovering those natural talents that often go untapped.

Katie’s mission is to help people and organizations leverage their talents to be more effective in both their personal and professional lives.

You can find more episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 16, 2016

This week, I welcome Heather Rhoderick on the show to talk about CAMX (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) 2016. Heather is the senior vice president of events and information with ACMA and CAMX.

This week she sat down with me to discuss CAMX and give us an overview of what's in store for this year's event in Anaheim, CA September 26th-29th.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jul 6, 2016

This week, I welcome Frank Macher, Chairman and CEO of Continental Structural Plastics on the show.

Continental Structural Plastics is the global leader in vehicle lightweighting technologies. For more than 40 years, Continental Structural Plastics has provided leading‐edge, lightweight composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP has facilities in Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Mexico, France and China.

The company provides full‐service R&D and engineering support, and holds more than 50 patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design and manufacturing technologies.

Frank Macher is a recognized expert in strategic and business planning, advanced technologies, product development, and manufacturing processes and operations, has more than 45 years’ experience in the automotive industry.

You can find the latest weekly podcast episodes by visiting http://www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Jun 17, 2016

This week we welcome Lee Weinblatt on the show for our sales and marketing episode. Lee is the founder and CEO of PTG, a market research company that specializes in completely passive, real-world consumer engagement and non-conscious measurement techniques that have been validated by experts from Scientific American, MIT and Barrow Neurological Institute.

On this episode we'll be discussing:

  • How neuroscience is being used in marketing today.
  • How eye tracking is being used to determine customer buying patterns.
  • How companies today can improve their marketing messages and advertising materials based on how the brain responds to certain messages and images.

You can find some of PTG's most recent research findings by visiting www.pretesting.com/research

Jun 13, 2016

This week I'm pleased to have Chris Hurdleston join me on the show. Chris is the regional sales manage of ACS international, a leading supplier of raw materials for composites industries such as cast polymer, solid surface and FRP.

On this episode Chris will be sharing some background on ACS and how they are more than a supplier to just the cast polymer industry. He'll be discussing how their light weight fillers are benefitting FRP manufacturers as well. 

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 8, 2016

This week I welcome Boyd Comfort on Composites Weekly. Boyd is the director of sales and the principal partner of Gasket Engineering, a custom gasket manufacturing company with the heritage of converting a multitude of materials into the exact shape, dimensions, and thickness required for your manufacturing needs.

This is done in high-capacity facilities that house a large selection of machinery. Gasket Engineering maintains in-house expertise in diecutting, dieless cutting, rotary die cutting, laser cutting, laminating and other capabilities that turn virtually any raw material into highly sophisticated parts for aerospace, automotive, Marine, alternative energy, electronics, medical and many other industries.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 1, 2016

This week I welcome Dianne Zimnavoda CEO of RCF Technologies, which is headquartered in Vidalia, Ga. RCF has been a supplier to the aerospace and aviation industries since 1975, and has developed a material called Rishon that is used in manufacturing gaskets and seals.

Rishon is a homogeneous material that before processing, consists of RCF's proprietary high temp silicon base material and a standard fiberglass mesh in most cases. Rishon has 5 major attributes above and beyond what is on the market today for standard composites and Dianne will be sharing these attributes with me today.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com.

May 28, 2016

This week, John Miller, Director of Sales & Operations at Shelter Works joins me on the show to discuss his company's success in manufacturing high quality composite buildings.


Shelter Works manufactures composite structures to protect field equipment in many industries, including water, waste water, gas, oil, telecom, aviation and energy. Their shelters are dramatically different from typical fiberglass buildings because of the unique manner of construction that improves quality, eliminates de-lamination and strengthens the structure even further.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

May 14, 2016

This week, we welcome Josh Hahn on the show to discuss content marketing strategies for today's composite manufacturers.

Josh is the marketing manager at Myco Technology, an ingredient manufacturer that develops innovative ingredients that solve some of the toughest challenges in the food & beverage industry.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Apr 15, 2016

This week, we welcome Andreas Martsman, a co-founder of TeXtreme. TeXtreme® is a composite material technology and is mainly produced using carbon fiber. They produce & sell carbon fiber sheets and tapes to companies in various industries making composite products.

TeXtreme® is made of carbon fiber yarns that they first spread into tapes and then weave in various ways to give it different benefits.

TeXtreme® is used in a large number of sports and competitions such as: Formula 1, Americas Cup, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Bicycles, Ice Hockey, Surfing, Motorcycle, Rowing Shells, Golf, Tennis, Skis, and Snowboards.

In addition to the Sporting Goods industry, TeXtreme® is also used in a wide variety of Aerospace and Industrial applications.

You can find this episode and others like it by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

Apr 11, 2016

This week we talk with Jennifer Towner, executive Director of The International Cast Polymer Association about the upcoming Polycon 2016 show in Raleigh, NC April 14-16.

On this episode we'll be talking about what's on the agenda for this year's POLYCON and also discussing the newly formed ICPA and their mission.

As Jennifer describes, POLYCON 2016 will be filled with innovative ideas and business development opportunities, presented not only in large group settings but also round table discussions and afternoon break-out sessions.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Feb 29, 2016

This week, we welcome Peter Kurki on the show to discuss his outlook on the marine industry, specifically larger boats. Peter is a yacht broker and in charge of business development at Bennet Brother Yachts.

With the Miami International Boat Show concluding a couple of weeks ago, Peter is spending a lot of time on the phone with builders and brokers gearing business for coming year.
We'll be discussing overall sales in 2015 for yachts as well as the outlook for the industry in 2016 and beyond.

You can find more podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Feb 24, 2016

This week we welcome Chris Eichelberger on the show to discuss Agru America's green approach to protecting the environment through some powerful solutions.

From waste management and water conservation to mining and energy, Agru America develops the highest quality plastics solutions for the right applications.

On this episode Chis will be discussing his company and the industries and applications they serve.

You can find more episodes like this each week by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Feb 16, 2016

Amit Dror is CEO of Nano Dimension. Forget what you know about 3D printing. Nano Dimension isn’t for the maker community, it’s for engineers and companies looking to rapidly test multilayer printed circuit boards – the same PCBs found in many of today’s consumer electronics.

Nano Dimension takes this to a new level by combining a polymer material with a conductive metal nanomaterial (in this case silver) in the same print job.

You can more podcast episodes like this by visiting our website at www.compositesweekly.com.

Feb 9, 2016

This week on the show we welcome Josh Reaume. In addition to being a Mechanical Engineer, Josh is also a driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

In recent years NASCAR as a sanctioning body has both limited and encouraged the use of composites materials within race cars. We'll be discussing this on today's show.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

Feb 5, 2016

This week, we welcome Jay Dwivedi, a consultant in the advanced materials industry. He is the founder of Xinvest Consultants.

In this interview, we'll be discussing what sectors are growing, what is driving those changes, and what can companies do to create value.

You can find more episodes of Composites Weekly by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

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