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HEXPOL Appoints New Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
Jim Stevens has been promoted to Controller of HEXPOL
Engineered Products as of October 25, 2019. This change will support strategic growth
in the Engineered Products division and further diversify Jim’s involvement
across the business segment.
In his new role, Jim will use data analysis to provide
business insights that will grow the Engineered Products division.
“We are happy to share this opportunity with Jim as he has
proven himself to be a valuable asset to the HEXPOL organization. Throughout
his employment at Stellana, Jim has continued to demonstrate success through
his analytical thinking and leadership skills. I am confident that Jim will
contribute to HEXPOL’s continued development in his new role.” - Gabriela
Karlsson, Financial Director.
Jim has extensive experience in accounting, management, and
finance. Jim began his employment at Stellana in 2012 as an Accountant where he
was further promoted to Controller at Stellana US and then Director of Finance
and IT. In addition to his new responsibilities, Jim will retain his current
role and duties. Jim holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from
the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and an undergraduate degree in
Accounting from Carthage College.
Jim Stevens, Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global
market positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate
heat exchangers (Gasket), and plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor
wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily system suppliers to the
global automotive and engineering industry, the construction sector, the
transportation, the energy, oil, and gas sector, the consumer sector, the cable
and wire industry, medical equipment manufacturers and manufacturers of plate
heat exchangers and forklifts. The Group is organized in two business areas,
HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. The HEXPOL Group’s sales in
2018 amounted to 13,770 MSEK. The HEXPOL Group has approximately 4,600
employees in fourteen countries. Further information is available at
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By now, we are all aware there is a PPE shortage for many of
the workers who need protective equipment the most. One of the most talked-about
items are masks.
We are also hearing how many companies are experiencing an
extreme decline in business. A local company, PFI Fashions Inc., took what
could be a negative situation and used their open capacity to make a very
positive impact on their local community. Jodie and Billy Joe Todd, owners of PFI, took it upon themselves
to begin manufacturing masks for those in need. Located in Genoa City, WI the full-service company specializes in screen printing, promotional products, and embroidery.
Within the course of a week,
they have completely shifted their production focus to making washable, cotton
face masks. They have been generously donating them to Aurora Hospital, local
EMTs, and the other essential workers who need them the most.
Because of their hard work, we were able to purchase masks
to keep our employees safer at Stellana. We want…
What application comes
to mind when you think of polyurethane wheels and tires? I would bet forklifts
do for many of you. While a countless number of our polyurethane wheels and
tires are used on forklifts, our materials excel within a variety of other applications.
Our engineering expertise and manufacturing experience allow us to produce
high-quality polyurethane for a variety of industries that you may not have
imagined. Stellana is one of the
world’s largest manufacturers of molded polyurethane products. Our engineering
team consists of mechanical and chemical engineers who have a unique
understanding of polymer formation. This department is equipped to tackle
product design, tooling, material selection and carry out a variety of
performance analytics. Whether it is a new design or one in need of
improvement, our engineers find a way to offer the best solution. 7 Surprising
Applications At Stellana, we think of
ourselves as application specialists because of our ability to provide u…
How long will a polyurethane tire last? This is a hard question to answer, and the best answer would be "it depends" because the life is not the same for any two products. Our engineers can calculate estimates for how long they should last, but the material, tire size, load, speed, floor, and environmental conditions all play a factor.
The pictured tire may be an outlier, but its life span is pretty impressive. Bill Rohan, Parts Manager at Trupar America, sent us this photo of a diamond grooved Gmax™ tire that was just shy of turning four years old while on the job. After being placed on the equipment October 15, 2015, this tire just retired July 2, 2019, with total usage of 9190.40 hours.
This tire's life in hours equates to 1 year and 18 days of use, but it was not running continuously. Impressively though, it was working around the clock approximately 47 hours a week over the last 193 weeks. This number, 9190.40, is over double a 4,000.00-hour life – which would be c…