MinicelĀ® M200 Foam Helps Virginia Tech

MinicelĀ® M200 Foam Helps Virginia Tech

LAWRENCE, MA (December 21, 2006) –
Once again, Sekisui Voltek, LLC was a key contributor to Virginia Tech’s Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Team. Each year, the Virginia Tech Baja SAE team designs and constructs a one-passenger, off-road vehicle intended for the Baja SAE competitions. The Baja SAE competitions are designed to test and evaluate vehicle design as well as manufacturing and consumer appeal. The program’s aim is to replicate a real-life engineering problem which allows students to experience working in a team environment to solve a real-world challenge – in this case to define the specifications for a one passenger, off-road vehicle. The teams are evaluated on their ability to create a total engineering solution, including design, build, report, test, and racing. Entrants are evaluated on cost, design, and placement in a series of two demanding events.

A critical element of the competition is flotation during the water portion of this rigorous one hundred mile endurance race. To solve the floatation problem in the 2006 competition, students at Virginia Tech used Minicel® M200 foam, a donation from Sekisui Voltek, LLC., for their amphibious off-road vehicle.

Sekisui Voltek is a global leader in the development of cross-linked, closed-cell polyolefin foams for various applications, such as automotive components, appliances, telecommunications, consumer equipment, and toys, as well as leisure and sports equipment.

The closed-cell Minicel M200 foam is lightweight and durable, providing excellent flotation as well as the ability to stand up to the rigors of the competition. During construction, the foam was laid out and shaped around the car, then attached to the vehicle. The capabilities of the design and the foam were tested at nearby Claytor Lake. The combination of the Minicel M200 foam and the design of the fenders gave the Virginia Tech Baja SAE team one of the fastest cars in the water.

During the East competition, held in Auburn, AL, the Virginia Tech Baja SAE team placed third in cost and tenth in design as well as placing 26th out of 62 vehicles. In the more demanding Midwest competition, held in Elkhorn, WI, the vehicle placed 62nd out of 168 vehicles.

“As student engineers emerging into the working world, the knowledge we gain from this program allows us to apply what we learn in classes to a project that is very similar to one a professional engineer would encounter,” Rachael Crownover, team member, Virginia Tech Baja SAE team, said. “The donations we receive help us develop technical and interpersonal skills that are critical towards us growing as engineers.”

“Sekisui Voltek embraces a corporate policy that acknowledges the utmost importance of minimizing environmental impact, providing a safe workplace for our employees, and serving our communities, both local and global,” Brian Norris, president, Sekisui Voltek, said. “We are pleased to support the next generation of engineers as they expand their knowledge of fabrication techniques.”

Sekisui Voltek offers three main product lines: Volara®, Volextra® and Minicel®. Within each of them, Sekisui Voltek can modify elements like resin selection, additives, foaming technologies, cross-linking parameters, density and thickness to achieve the performance parameters customers need.

For more information contact Sekisui Voltek at 100 Shepard Street, Lawrence, MA 01843. Phone: (978) 685-2557. Fax: (978) 685-9861. Or visit our web site at http://www.SekisuiVoltek.com.

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Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a part of the worldwide network of Sekisui companies, is a global leader in the development and production of crosslinked, closed-cell polyolefin foams. For over 35 years, Sekisui Voltek’s innovative foam solutions have been used for a wide variety of applications within the transportation, tape and healthcare, building and construction, sports and leisure, and general industrial markets. Sekisui Voltek has three primary foam processes; Volara – irradiation cross-linked polyolefin foam in roll, and laminated sheet form, Volextra – an extrusion coated Volara composite and Minicel – a chemically cross-inked foam in bun form.

Sekisui Voltek, LLC Acquires Youngbo America and Expands Capacity of North American

Sekisui Voltek, LLC Acquires Youngbo America and Expands Capacity of North American

Production of XLPE and XLPP Roll Products to Meet Growing Demand
LAWRENCE, Mass. (July 14, 2006) –
Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a U. S. subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd of Tokyo Japan (Sekisui Japan) has acquired 100% of the stock of Youngbo America, Inc., a California Corporation, from Youngbo Chemical Co., Ltd of Korea (Youngbo Korea). Sekisui Japan is already a 51% shareholder of Youngbo Korea. Youngbo America’s California facility will serve as a West coast sales office and distribution center.

In addition to this acquisition Sekisui Voltek also announced that it has significantly expanded capacity of both XLPE and XLPP Volara foam production to meet predicted strong growth in their three major business sectors of Automotive, Industrial and Tape & Healthcare. Brian Norris, President of Sekisui Voltek commented, "We feel the acquisition and our expanded capabilities will benefit the market and our customers by providing reliable domestic supply plus access to some unique overseas materials." For more information contact Sekisui Voltek at 100 Shepard Street, Lawrence, MA 01843. Phone: (978) 685-2557. Fax: (978) 685-9861. Or visit our web site at http://www.SekisuiVoltek.com.

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About Seksiui Voltek:  Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a part of the worldwide network of Sekisui companies, is a global leader in the development and production of crosslinked, closed-cell polyolefin foams. For over 40 years, Sekisui Voltek’s innovative foam solutions have been used for a wide variety of applications within the transportation, tape and healthcare, building and construction, sports and leisure, and general industrial markets. Sekisui Voltek has two primary foam processes; Volara® – irradiation crosslinked polyolefin foam in roll, and laminated sheet form, and Volextra® – an extrusion coated Volara® composite.

VOLTEK CHANGES NAME: RECOGNIZES HERITAGE TO CAPITALIZE GLOBALLY

VOLTEK CHANGES NAME: RECOGNIZES HERITAGE TO CAPITALIZE GLOBALLY

LAWRENCE, Mass. (April 3, 2006) – Voltek, LLC, a leader in the development and production of cross-linked, closed-cell polyolefin foams, has changed its name to Sekisui Voltek, LLC recognizing its heritage as part of the worldwide network of Sekisui companies.

“In North America, Voltek has an established reputation as the leading supplier of crosslinked polyethylene foam,? Nic Waterman, Director, Marketing and Customer Satisfaction, said. ?But, we have not fully promoted our global resources and expertise.”

Voltek was originally founded as part of the Sekisui network of companies. This network has given Voltek access to a global supply of products, provided access to significant R&D capabilities, and increased access, availability, and diversity of products in local markets. Additionally, the Sekisui network has provided Voltek with the ability to flexibly manage local capacity bottlenecks and to globally source raw materials in order to control costs and provide maximum product availability.

“Our new name merges the already strong Voltek name with the globally-recognized Sekisui brand, and leverages our identity to the advantage of the company and our clients,” Waterman added. “It?s a win-win deal for everyone.”

For more information contact Sekisui Voltek at 100 Shepard Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.Phone: (978) 685-2557. Fax: (978) 685-9861. Or visit our web site at http://www.SekisuiVoltek.com.

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Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a part of the worldwide network of Sekisui companies, is a global leader in the development and production of cross-linked, closed-cell polyolefin foams. For over 35 years, Sekisui Voltek?s innovative foam solutions have been used for a wide variety of applications within the transportation, tape and healthcare, building and construction, sports and leisure, and general industrial markets. In addition to its three primary foam processes, Sekisui Voltek can also modify its product technologies to meet individual requirements, as well as make use of related technologies for specialized applications.