Volume 36, Issue 10, October 2001

MSC Specialty Films Inc. Sold to Belgium-Based Bekaert Corp.
Material Sciences Corp. (MSC) of Elk Grove Village, Ill., has announced that it has sold its MSC Specialty Films Inc. business, including its interest in Innovative Specialty Films LLC (ISF), to the Belgium-based Bekaert Corp. and its affiliates, for a purchase price of $122.1 million. The Bekaert Corp. already owned part of Innovative Specialty Films, but now will serve as its sole proprietor since the purchase.

MSC Specialty Films Inc.’s films will now be manufactured under Bekaert’s advanced materials business unit as Bekaert Specialty Films LLC.

The sale should have little to no effect on the company’s distributors and dealers, according to marketing director Mark F. Bollegar. “The only effect this will have on our dealer customer base will be the name change from MSC Specialty Films Inc. to Bekaert Specialty Films LLC,” Bollegar said. “Dealers will continue to buy their film, tools and marketing support from the same place. We will continue to manufacture the same high-quality films, provide our dealers with unparalleled technical and marketing support and employ the same group of people. And with such an innovative, technology-driven company that has an obvious path for growth backing us, we look forward to the new products and support ahead.”

According to MSC Specialty Films Inc., all warranty programs that have been in place at MSC Specialty Films Inc. will continue without change and all warranty obligations from the past will be honored under the new ownership of the Bekaert Corp.

“The acquisition of MSC/SFI by Bekaert is an excellent move forward for both our company and our dealers,” Bollegar added. “Bekaert has the technological resources, market research and financial backing to truly lead the industry.” (For a news analysis of this event and how it will affect the industry, see the September-October 2001 issue of USGlass’ sister publication, WINDOW FILM magazine, page 20.)

Security Lock and HID Partner Up

CONEWS2 Due to a recent partnership, Security Lock now offers an inventory of HID products.

Security Lock Distributors of Need-ham Heights, Mass., has announced a direct partnership with HID Corp. of Irvine, Calif. HID manufactures a line of Wiegand and radio frequency identification devices for access control, personal identification, asset protection and management, material handling and other control applications. This new partnership will enable Security Lock Distributors to offer an extensive inventory of HID products at competitive pricing, the company said. 

PPG Flat-Glass Team Moves to Harmarville Center
The flat-glass team of Pittsburgh’s PPG Industries moved to a new home in early September. The group will now operate at the company’s Glass Technology Center in Harmarville, Pa.

“We are excited about bringing flat-glass marketing, customer service, logistics, information technology, technical services and research all under one roof,” said Barry J. McGee, vice president, flat glass. “The move supports our strategy of accelerating the development and commercialization of new products and services.”

Adhesives Research Inc. Earns ISO 9001:2000 Certification
The Glen Rock, Pa., facility of Adhesives Research Inc. recently was certified to the new ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems standards and guidelines, assessed by the independent quality systems registrar, Intertek. 

Adhesives Research attributes its recent certification to its ongoing evolution of corporate quality systems.

“The company was able to achieve the certification to the new standard due to the ongoing evolution of a corporate quality system that provides guidance in the design, development and manufacture of new and innovative products,” David Schlesinger, vice president of quality and compliance, said. “Our commitment to providing world-class products, supported by the accomplishment of ISO 9001:2000 certification, allows Adhesive Research to continue to be a leader in our industry.”


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