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ISO certification for Pioneer Metal Finishing; Astrodyne TDI expands in Central Silicon Valley; US-based sulfone polymers business expansion

May 3, 2022

In memoriam

Wendy Young

Forest City Gear announced the death of Wendy Young, president & CEO. Wendy passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2022 with her family at her side, after a tenacious battle with cancer. Although semi-retired for the past 2 years, Wendy was an integral part of the company, alongside her husband, Fred Young, for nearly 4 decades.

ISO certification for Pioneer Metal Finishing

Pioneer Metal Finishing LLC achieved ISO 13485 certification of its Medical Center of Excellence facility in South Bend, Indiana.

“This marks a pivotal milestone in our commitment to support and grow our medical device customer base by investing in key quality management systems like ISO,” says Pioneer CEO Stephen Smith. “Combined with significant investments in our team, facilities, and equipment, Pioneer is well-positioned to provide our medical device customers with optimal solutions.”

The ISO 13485 certification is a critical element of Pioneer’s long-term plan to develop a medical center of excellence, focused on the optimization of surface engineering applications, to provide industry-specific solutions. Pioneer’s primary focus is the application of sterilization-resilient aluminum anodizing and high-performance wear and lubricity surfaces.

Astrodyne TDI expands in Central Silicon Valley

A 1,500 ft2 West Coast Tech Center (WCTC) opened by Astrodyne TDI in Santa Clara, California, serves as the company’s Global Center of Excellence (CoE) for Application Engineering, allowing its dedicated FAE & applications teams to integrate cutting edge solutions into the most challenging and complex customer applications. The facility will be fully equipped for customer testing and validation of regulatory and safety standards.

The WCTC is close to the world’s largest innovators in the semiconductor, industrial, and medical industries, allowing Astrodyne TDI to maintain a regional technical presence for its key partners.

US-based sulfone polymers business expansion


Solvay’s expansion plan for its U.S.-based sulfone business, which focuses on polymer solutions for various critical life science applications, is part of its ongoing commitment to build capacity in this field to support a growing global customer base.

The multi-year expansion plans will touch all of Solvay’s sulfone polymers including Udel polysulfones (PSU), Veradel polyether sulfones (PESU) and Radel polyphenyl sulfones (PPSU). The first major investment steps will include a capacity increase for Udel PSU of more than 25% by 2024 at the company’s production site in Marietta, Ohio, with much of this increase expected online by early 2023. Likewise, to strengthen Solvay’s market position, production capacity for dichlorodiphenyl sulfone (DCDPS) – an important common building block used in all sulfone polymers – will also be expanded by more than 25% by 2024, increasing capacity at the company’s Augusta, Georgia site by the end of 2022.

Key application market segments to benefit from these investments include medical instruments, hemodialysis, and pharmaceuticals.