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Huber Scientists to Discuss Functional Filler Uses at Composites Event

ATLANTA, Jan. 11, 2010 – Huber Engineered Materials, a division of the J.M. Huber Corporation, announced today Gary Rex, Ph.D., thermoset manager for alumina trihydate (ATH) and magnesium hydroxide (MDH) products, and Bob Baker, technical service director for calcium carbonate and barium sulfate products, will deliver a key educational session at the upcoming Composites 2010 exhibition and convention.  Rex and Baker will be featured at Composites 2010 Feb. 11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., and present a discussion titled “How Fillers Affect Composites Manufacturing.”

The session will focus on the important role fillers play in composite part fabrication and how both common and uncommon fillers are used in developing the composites matrix.  Participants will learn how filler chemistry, particle shape and size and even the mine location can affect the quality of the final part.

Baker has over 40 years of technical experience working with minerals and is looking forward to the opportunity to present the session and share his broad industry knowledge.

“The overview will be comprehensive, and Gary and I are looking forward to presenting the multiple benefits of raw material fillers to technical personnel and others interested in attending,” he says.  “If you’ve ever wanted to strengthen your understanding about functional fillers, this is the perfect opportunity to fill in the gaps and also get your questions answered.”

Part one of the session will focus on calcium carbonate and other frequently used industry minerals used in composites, while the emphasis in part two will be how the physical properties, viscosity and color of flame retardants impact the manufacturing process.“Our session will be full of educational information that will help companies make key filler input decisions for future processes,” says Rex.  “An example is alumina trihydrate (ATH), a raw material used in composites.  In the discussion, we will talk about how ATH is manufactured, its differences in color, applications, its particle-packing capabilities and how the material gives the formulator lower viscosity.  We’ll also present similar information for other minerals.”

Also at its Composites 2010 booth in the exhibition hall, Huber is showcasing its Granite Elite® textured pigments and Hymod® surface-modified and MoldX® optimized grades of ATH along with its Marble Elite® Alpha cultured marble filler and Hubercarb® and Optifil® ground calcium carbonate grades for bulk and sheet molding compounds and contact molding applications. Huber’s booth #613 can be found at Composites 2010 in Mandalay Bay where technical and sales representatives will be discussing Huber’s product options and sharing its technical service expertise.


Granite Elite®, Hymod® and MoldX® are used, applied for, or registered as trademarks of the J.M. Huber Corporation for alumina trihydrate in various countries around the world.  Marble Elite® Alpha, Hubercarb® and Optifil® are used, applied for, or registered as trademarks of the J.M. Huber Corporation for calicum carbonate.

About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic chemical expertise has resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Huber Engineered Materials has offices in 15 countries. For more information, see www.hubermaterials.com.

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales of about $2 billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, engineered wood composites and other specialties. For more information, see www.huber.com.


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