WINONA, MINN., USA – Roger F. Jones was named chairman at PlastiComp’s board of directors meeting in Minneapolis on November 5-6 in Minneapolis.
Jones is President of Franklin International, Inc., a marketing and management consulting firm serving the plastics industry. In his over 40 years in the plastics industry, Jones has been managing director of BASF Engineering Plastics; president of LNP Engineering Plastics, Inolex Chemical and Franklin Polymers; group executive with Beatrice Chemical; and held executive positions with Avisun, ARCO Chemical and DuPont. Jones has published over 80 papers and articles on plastics and he is the inventor of record on 20 patents.
PlastiComp, Inc. is the exclusive global marketing and sales partner for the Pushtrusion® Direct Long-Fiber Thermoplastics (D-LFT) process.
In the Pushtrusion molding process, fiber and molten polymers are fed directly into the injection molding barrel while still hot, eliminating the need for pre-compounded resin pellets and giving molders the ability to maintain longer fiber lengths. Composite product performance is greatly increased, while costs are lowered dramatically. Pushtrusion technology is compact and can be retrofit to existing conventional injection molding machines.
“There is no doubt that PlastiComp is bringing an entirely new molding technology to the world. It will transform our approach to materials engineering, manufacturing and marketing,” said Jones on his new position as chairman of the board of directors.
“I am honored to serve in this position. It is an exciting opportunity to work on the forefront of composites technology,” continued Jones.
PlastiComp’s board of directors, in addition to Jones, include Dave Arnold and Dan Arnold, Chairman and President, respectively, of DCM Tech, a manufacturer of industrial grinders; Bud Baechler, President of mediawerks, a marketing communications company in Winona; Thomas C. Bohrer, President of Tom Bohrer Consulting, which specializes in plastics, specialty chemicals, fibers and biotechnology companies; Steve Bowen, President of PlastiComp™, Inc.; and Peter Woodworth, Owner and CEO of WKM Properties.
PlastiComp, Inc. focuses on developing and providing long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technologies to partners worldwide. These include ready-to-process reinforced long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pelletized compounds, along with process development and manufacturing equipment licensing for LFT pultrusion, in-line direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) Pushtrusion®, and in-line direct glass mat thermoplastic (D-GMT®) technologies. PlastiComp’s injection moldable Complēt® LFT composite compounds are available as standard and custom formulations that combine long glass, carbon, and other specialty fiber reinforcement with thermoplastic polymers from polypropylene to PEEK.