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Q&A – R.J. Marshall Prepares for COMPOSITES, and Growth

February 14, 2012

Timothy C. Price is vice president of The R. J. Marshall Company.

Timothy C. Price is vice president of The R. J. Marshall Company, which offers a broad base of products to the cast polymer market. He’s also general manager of Alpine Milled Glass, which specializes in the engineering and manufacture of milled glass products. Prior to joining The R.J. Marshall Company in 2001, he was senior vice president of Talon Surfaces LLC, the manufacturer of Korstone kitchen and bathroom products.

Based on your 35 years of experience, where do you see the most potential for composites growth?

To quote Pat MacDonald, “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.” Due to its unique properties and competitive cost structure, composites will continue to grow in many markets and applications. Some of these are aerospace/aviation, civil infrastructure, wind and alternative energy, transportation and composites pipes.

What materials or processes will be most important to the composites industry of tomorrow?

Lighter-weight composites with better strength-to-weight ratios and reduced processing times. Weight reduction saves energy and reduces costs, and faster processing cycles will make us more competitive compared to metals.

COMPOSITES 2012 attendees will be looking for ways to increase their competitive advantage. What’s one area in which the industry as a whole can improve?

We need to be greener as an industry. Our products compete against metals, wood and concrete, all of which have very defined cradle-to-grave lifecycles and robust recycling strategies and programs. I appreciate the focus of the ACMA regarding green composites and recycling.

What’s driving business at R.J. Marshall today, and is there a certain area of the composites industry you’re most confident in?

Customer needs drive our research, development and product mix. Our goal is to provide innovative, functional particulate-based minerals and chemicals to bring value to our customers, suppliers and employees. We are particularly confident in specialty flame retardants, cast polymer applications, composite recycling and value-added solutions based on particular customer needs. Our primary focus is both thermal plastic and thermoset plastic applications. Our products are widely used in these markets. In addition, we are developing specialty products for paints, coatings, adhesives, putties and caulks.

What value does R.J. Marshall receive from exhibiting at COMPOSITES?

The COMPOSITES show is valuable for many reasons. It’s a great platform to introduce new products and highlight existing products to customers, distributors and suppliers. It provides us with crucial feedback and qualified leads. It also offers plenty of networking opportunities, and ACMA always excels at providing attendees and exhibitors with meaningful and insightful educational and technical presentations.

What new innovations will R.J. Marshall emphasize at the show?

We are excited to talk to customers about a couple new products using pre- and post-consumer recycled content. Our milled glass operation in Alabama, Alpine Milled Glass, is sourcing raw materials from carefully evaluated post industrial waste or B series streams of fiberglass. With processing, this post-industrial waste becomes quality milled glass, thus keeping these materials out of landfills and saving energy and resources that would be needed to create virgin milled glass. The other new product we are introducing is called ReStone. This recycled glass filler, when mixed with resin and poured into a mold, can create a recycled countertop, table or shower surround. We use crushed bottle (beer and wine) and clear glass from both homeowners’ curbside collections and manufacturing seconds. This product becomes a great alternative to nonrenewable virgin granite that has become so popular, and the colors and designs of ReStone are limitless.

What are you personally looking forward to doing or seeing at COMPOSITES 2012?

I look forward to the education sessions and reconnecting with the people I have had the pleasure of working with in this industry. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity this event offers for new introductions, collaborations and new products.

 

Visit The R.J. Marshall Company at the 2012 COMPOSITES Show in Las Vegas, February 21-23, exhibit booth 517.

 

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