Vectorply exhibiting at CAMX next week

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Following postponement due to Hurricane Irma in September, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) will take place

December 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Vectorply Corporation will be in attendance as one of the anticipated 550 exhibitors, and we invite you to visit us at booth space F22 to learn about our latest products, developments, and the recent addition of our Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center on our campus in Phenix City, Ala. With sample swatches and binders on-hand, CAMX presents a tremendous opportunity to see our products up close and personal, and members of our technical services and sales teams will also be available to answer any questions you might have.

We hope to see you next week in Orlando!

Vectorply hosts Leadership Phenix City class

Vectorply Corporation hosted the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Phenix City class on Wednesday, October 18. Attendees were able to learn about the company’s history and future, and tour the facilities, including the recently added Donald L. Massey Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center.

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CAMX show cancelled, Vectorply still planning to exhibit at IBEX

PHENIX CITY, Ala. –  Due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Irma in Florida, CAMX show officials announced Thursday that the 2017 show in Orlando next week has been postponed. At this time, Vectorply Corporation is still planning to exhibit at IBEX September 19-21, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

Our thoughts are with all of those who have been and will be affected by Hurricane Irma

Vectorply Corporation exhibiting at CAMX and IBEX next month

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – In September, Vectorply Corporation will be exhibiting at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) and the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).

The CAMX 2017 show will take place September 11-14, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The goal of CAMX is to “connect and advance all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities,” according to the show’s official website. Vectorply will be located in booth F22, and visitors are encouraged to stop and visit with our sales and engineering teams.

The IBEX Show will take place the following week, September 19-21, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL. This will be the second consecutive year that IBEX takes place in Tampa, and the 2018 show will also be in Tampa. This year, Vectorply Corporation will be located in booth 1150.

As the leader in the marine market for composite reinforcements, Vectorply has built a legacy of making boats stronger, lighter, and faster. At IBEX, several marine-focused materials such as Aramid/Carbon/E-glass hybrids and reinforcements with added print-block capabilities will be on display at Vectorply’s booth. Vectorply’s proprietary laminate analysis software, VectorLam Cirrus 2.0, will also be demonstrated for users who are interested in building their own laminates to achieve specific goals of stiffness, strength, weight and cost.

At both shows, visitors will be able to learn more about Vectorply’s recent addition of the 53,000 sq. ft. (5,000 sq.m.) Donald L. Massey Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center (ACRC). The ACRC features 38,000 sq. ft. (3,500 sq. m.) of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of carbon multiaxial reinforcements as well as a 6,000 sq. ft. (557 sq. m.) fully-equipped composite materials lab for Vectorply’s Technical Services and Engineering Team.

Vectorply Corporation commissions Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center with Grand Opening Ceremony

Phenix City, AL – Vectorply Corporation, a Phenix City, Ala.-based manufacturer of high performance composite non-crimp fabrics (NCF), officially opened the doors of their new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center with a Grand Opening Ceremony in front of friends, customers, and suppliers on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

The new 53,000 sq. ft. (5,000 sq.m.) facility features 38,000 sq. ft. (3,500 sq. m.) of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of advanced multiaxial reinforcements. In addition, the new facility boasts 6,000 sq. ft. (557 sq. m.) for Vectorply’s Technical Services and Engineering Team, including a fully-equipped composite materials lab. The expansion also includes a two story, 9,000 sq. ft. (836 Sq. m.) office for the sales and service staff.

Currently, Vectorply produces 19 standard carbon products ranging from a 3-oz. (100 gsm.) biaxial fabric to a 94-oz. (3,193 gsm.) mirror-image quadraxial tooling fabric. According to Co-President Trey Sawtelle, the new manufacturing facility will be key to future product innovation for customers.

Vectorply’s Liba Max 5 carbon machine pictured in the new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center.

“This investment is important on many levels as it will give us the space and capacity to expand our carbon NCF product offerings while maintaining our commitment to our standard line of VectorUltra™ products,” he said. “This facility will be at the forefront of innovation of advanced carbon reinforcements, which will allow our customers to produce cutting-edge composite parts.”

Vectorply’s new composite materials lab was built with a goal of fabricating and mechanically testing composite laminates for both customer project support and internal/external R&D efforts. The new lab provides the capability to fabricate laminates via hand lamination, vacuum infusion, wet bagging, LRTM, or oven cured prepreg, with all relevant processing parameters tracked and recorded. The finished panels are then precisely machined for testing to determine tensile, compressive, flexural, in-plane shear, or interlaminar shear properties on their new United SFM “SMART 1” Floor Model 100kN test frame.

With the addition of the Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center, Vectorply is further establishing themselves as a premier supplier of high-performance carbon fabrics for demanding applications where weight savings and performance are key. Targeted market segments include aerospace, defense, and transportation along with infrastructure, marine, and sports and recreation.

“Our new facility and engineering capabilities will provide the environment for designing some of the most unique and innovative multiaxial carbon products in the world,” Sawtelle said. “We look forward to working with new industries, markets, and customers as we develop these high-performance reinforcements.”

The new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center was named in honor of Vectorply’s founder and CEO, Don Massey. The pictured plaque on the front of the facility commemorates the dedication.

Along with the additional manufacturing capabilities, Vectorply is also committed to growing an already highly-skilled team of employees. Recent additions of Customer Service Team Leader Mandy Pierce, Process Improvement Manager Paul Shiver, and Composite Materials Test Engineer Leigh Nolen have brought a wealth of specified experience to the team. Vectorply will also welcome Quality Assurance Manager Jay Woodrow to the team in July to continue the mission of only providing the highest quality fabrics with unparalleled consistency to customers.

Vectorply’s new addition proudly reflects the name of founder and CEO Don Massey, who started the company in 1992 as Tech Textiles, USA. In May, Massey was presented with a bronze plaque that was placed on the front of the building naming the facility the ‘Donald L. Massey Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center’, which included one of his core business principles for success, “A company’s reputation is its only sustainable competitive advantage. We will constantly strive to preserve our reputation of excellence”.

For more information on Vectorply, please visit our website, vectorply.com, or call our team at 334-291-7704 or 1-800-577-4521.

Vectorply adds Composite Test Engineer Leigh Nolen

Leigh Nolen (pictured) joined Vectorply’s Technical Services and Engineering Team on Monday, 6/5 as a Composite Test Engineer.

Vectorply Corporation is proud to announce Leigh Nolen as the newest member to our Technical Services and Engineering department, taking on the position title of Composite Test Engineer.  Nolen earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May 2006, and a Master’s of Science, Materials Science and Engineering, in December 2009, also from UAB.  She has since been working for Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. as Senior Research Engineer.  Leigh is very well versed in the mechanical and physical testing of composite materials and specifically carbon fiber materials, which will be an enormous asset in our new composite materials lab.

United States Senator Richard Shelby visits Vectorply

Phenix City, Ala. – On Saturday, March 25th, United States Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama visited Vectorply Corporation as part of his tour of Alabama businesses. Senator Shelby discussed several topics with members of Vectorply’s management team including the use of composites in the infrastructure, pipe, and defense markets.

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VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 updates released

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 is a laminate analysis and design tool created by high performance composite reinforcement manufacturer Vectorply Corporation (Phenix City, Ala.). With the most recent software update, VectorLam has added vital alert massages along with new features to improve the user experience. Below are some of the new features:

  • Materials can now be deleted.
  • When a user deletes a report, a confirmation/warning message will appear.
  • Previously, a confirmation message appeared when a ply in a laminate was deleted. This was removed to speed up the process of modifying laminates.
  • Throughout the Beam, DNV, ISO, Plate, etc. reports, warning messages have been added. These warn users about required values and if values are entered that are outside of the applicability of DNV and ISO.
  • A user can now save a partially completed beam or plate within DNV, ISO Plate, etc. and return to it later. In the past, the beam or plate had to be fully completed before it could be saved.

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 is a free program for anyone interested in designing and analyzing laminates. To register, visit www.vectorply.com and follow the link under our technical services tab.

Advanced Composites Business Development Manager

Vectorply Corporation, a leader in the development, production and distribution of high performance composite reinforcement fabrics is seeking to hire an experienced executive to lead new business development for the expanding advanced composites reinforcement product line.

The primary responsibility of the position is to identify potential customers, develop relationships, and assist Vectorply sales and engineering teams with winning new supply positions.  The focus will be on composite producers within the aerospace, automotive and infrastructure industry segments.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the composites industry with a full understanding of advanced high performance reinforcement fabrics such as carbon, aramid and other high modulus fibers.

This job will report directly to Trey Sawtelle, Co-president and will be based in the new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center at the company’s Alabama headquarters. The job will require a significant amount of travel. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should send their resumes to employ@vectorply.com

Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center on track to open this spring

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Vectorply Corporation’s Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center (ACRC) and corporate offices are scheduled to open this spring. The gallery below highlights the latest pictures of the construction progress. Follow us for more updates on the construction of our new facility and grand opening information.

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