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Written by Michaela Millar

As an employee owned company, our employees are at the heart of everything that we do. Therefore, each Wednesday over a 12 week period we are sharing interviews with our employee owners. Now in the 8th of our Meet the Owner Profiles, meet George.

 

Can you please tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am George Nicoll and I work in the Extrusion department as a machine operator. I have been at Scott & Fyfe for 18 years now and worked in a few different departments including our Flooring POD where we manufacture a stitch bonded and creped paper product for carpet underlay backings and also in our Composite POD where we manufacture glass reinforcement fabrics. Now I work in our Extrusion department.

 

How does a typical day at Scott & Fyfe look for you?

I work on a shift system varying between day and night shift on our extrusion line. Here I purge the machine, set it up for new runs and then manufacture the product on it. Predominantly we extrude Polypropylene tapes and monofilament which we then use in our own production.

 

Is there anything others might now know about you?

I am an enhanced skill first aider at Scott & Fyfe and on the Safe Zone bus which I volunteer on. This is a bus which travels around the Dundee area providing medical assistance alongside the police and ambulance service. At the weekends the bus will often be parked outside of the local nightclubs to help vulnerable people who otherwise may end up in A&E and we also cover football and ice hockey games. At one point, over a 20 night period the bus helped 130 people. It is really rewarding.

 

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Written by Michaela Millar

Scott and Fyfe are excited to announce their participation at JEC World Composite show in March where they will be promoting the next­ generation of Polymat FR, an all glass core mat for high performance fire retardant applications.

 

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Polymat FR offers improved resin flow characteristics, high conformability and ability to meet the highest level of fire performance such as EN45545-2 making it highly suitable for the manufacture of composite parts in the rail industry.

 

In addition, they will also be showcasing a full range of glass reinforcements including chopped strand mat (CSM), woven roving (WR), multiaxial non crimp fabrics (NCF), continuous filament mat (CFM) and single and multiend roving.

 

We invite you to visit our stand, hall 5A booth E16 to discuss how we can improve your competitive advantage.

 

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Written by Michael Harrison

I am excited to be writing my first blog post for S&F covering the Advanced Engineering Show which was held in Birmingham 2 weeks ago. To introduce myself briefly my name is Michael Harrison and I have very recently begun working at Scott & Fyfe as business development executive within the Composites POD. I started working for S&F on the 20th October 2015 and exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show was really my first task with the company.

 

Introduction

Some background to me would be that I am married with 2 boys, Scott and Jordan who are aged 23 & 18. Scott is an accountant and Jordan has just started university and will be doing an MSc in sports science. Previous to working at S&F I worked for companies including Fothergill & Harveys and Courtaulds Aerospace when they took them over and most recently BW Fiberglass.

 

During my 26 years at Fothergill & Harvey’s (now known as Fothergill Engineered Fabric) I began work as a labourer before progressing to a machine operative. At this point the company was taken over by Courtaulds Aerospace who put me through university where I gained a 2-1 in operational management. After this I was then put through the mill spending 12 months in every department gaining a full understanding of how things worked. This was a fantastic learning experience. After completing this I realised I felt most comfortable in a sales role but due to problems in the manufacturing side of the business it was best placed for the company that I take on the position of operations manager. I left there in 2005 to gain more knowledge within the technical fabrics industry and worked in sales positions for various companies involved in the textiles / composite industry with a focus on the aerospace, automotive and marine markets. My last role was with BW Fiberglass who are based in North Carolina.

 

Mike Harrison

 

First Impressions

On visiting Scott & Fyfe for the first time I thought that the Innovation Space and PODS were fantastic and could see how this would be a massive benefit to the running of a company. I was also very interested in the fact that Scott & Fyfe are an Employee Owned company, a first for me.

 

Getting Started

I exhibited at the Advanced Engineering Show 2015 on behalf of S&F with Paul McMullan, Composites Director and Michaela Millar, Business Development Officer.  It was the first time in a long time that Scott & Fyfe had held their own stand here so was interesting for all 3 of us.

 

The Advanced Engineering Show is one of the largest meetings in the UK for the engineering supply chain with a large segment focussed specifically on the composites market. The 2 day show has grown significantly year on year and is a great exhibition to meet the key players in the UK market, although the show now seems to be attracting more and more international visitors.

 

Setting up our exhibition stand was definitely an experience as all was going well until we tried to stick the boards and frames onto the panels only to realise our tape would not adhere to the thin boards. Finally we succeeded (after an emergency trip to B&Q) and we left at around 8pm very hungry.

 

Day One

Day one of the show was fantastic. Our stand was busy for the entire day and we had plenty of meetings with potential customers and partners at the stand. It was also a great opportunity for us to catch up with our existing customers and suppliers.

 

Over the course of the day we had lots of interest in our standard Polymat range of glass chopped strand mat sandwich materials including the new addition to this, Polymat FR an all glass variant. Other products from our portfolio such as Polyform WR our range of plain weave and twill woven glass fabrics were also well received. However, Polyform CSM, Scott & Fyfe’s new chopped strand mat materials was the most well received of the day.

 

All in all, it was a great day and whilst it left us extremely tired, we were all looking forward to day two!

 

Day Two

Day two began a little slower in comparison but by lunchtime the show picked up and we were exceptionally busy on the stand.  This carried on until the very close which was unusual but welcome and again we earnt plenty of good enquires. Another new product again received a great deal of interest and this was Polyrov, the new range of direct roving’s and spray up roving’s Scott & Fyfe are offering to the composites market.

 

Back to the office

Now that the exhibition is over the hard work really starts, to carry on with the conversations started and to follow up with the new contacts.

 

On behalf of the Composite team I would like to thank each and every person who came by our stand at the show. It was fantastic meeting so many enthusiastic people and learning, as always, that little bit more about the composites industry.

 

It was also a great and full on induction to Scott & Fyfe!

 

If you didn't get a chance to meet us there feel free to get in touch! All of our details can be found on our website 

 

 

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Written by Michaela Millar

We are pleased to announce that we are introducing several new products to our growing range of standard and innovative reinforcement materials for the composite industry. These products will be launched at Advanced Engineering UK which is to be held in the Birmingham NEC on the 4th and 5th of November.

The new products include:

  • Polymat FR a new design offering superior resin flow and fire retardance
  • An extension to the Polyform range of glass NCF’s
  • Polyform CFM, continuous filament mat for pultrusion and RTM processes
  • Polyform CSM, chopped strand mat in both emulsion and powder versions
  • Polyrov a range of direct and spray up rovings 

 

In addition, we will be promoting our full portfolio of products from the market-leading Polymat range to PolyCarb, a range of specialised carbon tapes.

Please come and visit us on stand G171 to learn more about our products and how Scott & Fyfe can offer your business real competitive advantage.

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As a popular and reliable supplier of abrasive attachment solutions for over 20 years, Scott & Fyfe are eager to announce the development and release of our new Polyfast range of technical textile loop fabrics for the ever expanding abrasives industry. 

  

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The Polyfast range of fabrics have been tailored specifically towards the abrasives market offering a number of feature benefits in material cost, processing, end performance, logistics and user value.

 

With five styles in the range, Scott & Fyfe can provide a variety of strengths, weights and different characteristics to suit your needs. We can offer bespoke products to meet customer requirements with widths available from 0.7m to 2.1m. The products can be used with all adhesives systems and require less adhesive than competing products whilst providing better lamination and moisture resistance. The Polyfast range can be printed onto and are designed not to shrink which allows the discs to remain flat after production.

 

Speaking about the Polyfast range, CEO, John Lupton states “Scott & Fyfe has sold more than 100 million square metres of fabric into this market so we understand the needs of the end users. We are excited about the prospect of taking a new product range global. The new range of products represent an assembly of breakthrough developments forged by focussed and robust feedback from our customers.”

 

Suitable for coarse and fine abrasives as well as for use in high temperature applications, Polyfast is already receiving strong interest from the market.

 

For more information see the Abrasive Attachment Solutions section on our Products page or get in touch.

 

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With innovation, diversity and partnership at the heart of our company’s ethos, Scott & Fyfe have been designing and producing a vast range of technical textiles for numerous market areas worldwide for almost 150 years. Our ability to design and manufacture products for both current and future market needs have allowed us to build a global reputation for excellence in both quality and service.

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