ATLANTA (May 22, 2014) — Lehigh Technologies Inc., manufacturer of micronized rubber powders (MRPs) from recycled rubber, has established a dedicated polyurethane (PU) technical team and appointed Rick Speas to head it.
Mr. Speas, a 30-year PU industry veteran, is now Lehigh's technical manager for polyurethanes, the company said. He will be in charge of the PU application development team at Lehigh's Application and Development Center.
He has extensive experience in developing PU systems for a wide range of applications, according to Lehigh. Mr. Speas has served as technical director at some of the largest PU companies in the world, including Foamex, Tempur-Sealy, Uniroyal and Rubberlite, the company said.
Lehigh's MRPs have already been used in more than 70 million PU components, Lehigh said. Initially Mr. Speas and his team will focus on PU applications in the automotive, flooring and apparel industries.
This is the second expansion of the Lehigh Application and Development Center so far in 2014, according to the company. In January, Lehigh purchased new mixing and analytical equipment for the center, and hired Chad Jasiunas as technical manager for functional materials.