Archive for May, 2012

First Annual Summer Evening Series 6/27/12

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Every once in a while we come across an event that is hard to pass up.  The following event should be a great place to meet and have interesting discussions.  Please join me on June 27th in Troy, Michigan at the following event:


A jointly held event between the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and MSU’s MBA for Executives Alumni Associate.

Featuring a presentation by Chrysler’s Joe Veltri, VP of Product Planning and the Head of Jeep Brand, Europe.

This even starts at 5:30 (Strolling Dinner and Networking), followed by Presentations at 7:00, and Networking again from 8-8:30.

In addition to insights from Veltri, attendees will hear from John Miller, MSU’s executive director, MBA Program.  Miller will briefly discuss the value of higher learning and its relevance in preparing tomorrow’s global leaders.

This event will be held at:  MSU Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, MI  48098


Please come and join me at this event.   I will be happy to meet you and share information on FlexForm Technology.

For additional information regarding the use of natural fiber in a vehicle, visit to learn about molding the future with natural fiber composites.






What makes Wonderphyll a sustainable product?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Earth Day may have passed, but the need for increased sustainable content in office furnishings has not. Today I wanted to revisit why Wonderphyll is such an amazing substrate for office systems and architectural interior products.  Every year, thousands of panels from office systems find their way into our nations landfills.  This is mainly because the substrate or backer behind the fabric is fiberglass. Wonderphyll used as a backer for fabric in system panels or tiles would reduce or eliminate landfill of office products as it is recyclable.  Wonderphyll can be reclaimed, reground and used to produce a variety of industrial products.  Help reduce garbage!  Use Wonderphyll in your panel systems!!

Recycling your office furniture isn’t the only way to help reduce waste on our planet Earth. Please comment below on your favorite ways of being eco-friendly as you plan your office furniture choices or source components for your business!

High – Fiber Diet

Monday, May 7th, 2012

U.S. Patent 8,080,288 (Dec. 20, 2011) “Method for Preparing Thermosetting or Thermoplastic Polymer or Elastomer Composites that Are Reinforced With Natural fibers, and Their Multiple Applications as Construction Material,”  Joris Van Raemdonck (Lineo NV, Belgium)

There is a trend to use renewable materials in polymeric composites whenever possible.  Composites with natural fibers are known, but problems occur in binding these fibers to the polymeric matrix.  Van Raemdonck developed flax fiber composites by mixing fibers with polymer in a carrier solvent or emulsion.  The fibers can also be hemp, jute, bamboo, coco, or sisal.  The fibers must be in contact with a solvent or emulsion long enough to enable sorption to the matrix.  The solvent may be water, alsohols, ketones, or their mixtures.   The resulting composites contain 15 to 70vol% fibers.

(Courtesy of Plastics Engineering, April 2012, Industry PATENTS).

At FlexForm Technologies, our state-of-the-art facility located in Elkhart, Indiana manufactures FlexForm, a combination of natural fibers such as kenaf, hemp, flax, jute and sisal blended with thermoplastic polymers such as polypropylene (PP) and polyester (PET).   Please feel free to visit our website  or email us at