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Globe-trotting Resin Expert

Posted on 11 October 2016 by Alistair Little

It’s amazing how quickly time flies! I have been working at Electrolube for nearly 1 year now and have just been asked to write my first blog so here goes…….

Alistair 101

As this is my first piece, I thought I would start with a little (no pun intended!) bit about myself.

I graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Chemistry in 1995, and completed a MSc. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2003. I am also undergoing a PhD in Polymer Chemistry (shortly due for completion) and I’m an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, as well as a member of the Society of Adhesion and Adhesives with Chartered Chemist status.

I have been working with polymers and resins for years now, but when I saw that there was an opening at Electrolube, I jumped at the chance to take on some of the challenges of the electronics potting compound market.

So far this has proved to be all and more than I expected, having worked on some fantastic resin projects for key global manufacturers and exploring new challenges daily.

In at the Deep-End

I have also just returned from two major Electrolube exhibitions travelling with the Group Managing Director no less!

The first was Electronex which was held in the old Victorian locomotive works in Sydney Australia; the original works have been converted to an exhibition space and are next to one of the CSIRO campuses. It was a fascinating location and turned out to be a very busy exhibition. It was interesting to meet so many of our Australian and New Zealand based customers and exchange ideas and experiences with them.

Experiencing some much needed down-time (after such a lengthy flight), we managed to see the UNSW (University of New South Wales) solar powered car, which came 4th overall in the Solar Challenge Race from Darwin to Adelaide, designed and built by students from the Department of Engineering at UNSW. What a fascinating insight into the possible future of the automotive industry!

I even tried some Kangaroo (when in Rome, and all that) and some delicious local Barramundi fish.

From Australia we travelled to Bangalore India to attend Electrolube India’s largest show of the year – Productronica India.

I was very impressed with Electrolube’s new premises and how quickly and efficiently the Indian Team have taken the place from zero to a functional factory in such a short space of time. I can see Electrolube as great contributors to the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The new manufacturing facilities certainly raised a lot of added interest at the exhibition. We had a huge number of visitors to the stand this year, and importantly, a lot of potential new customers.

The Indian Government’s initiative to improve the power supply and introduce LED lighting is driving their electronics industry to global leadership status within LED lighting technology. During Productronica India many visitors to our stand were looking for innovative LED solutions.

What’s next?

This leads me on quite nicely to some of the biggest projects I have been working on at my time at Electrolube so far.

I have been involved in several exciting key projects over the past months. These have ranged in variety as to be expected with the electronics industry, but the ones I am most excited about are the four new potting compounds to be launched at Electronica 2016.

Polyurethane resins for LEDs and automotive applications:

A huge focus over the last few years for any resin manufacturer has been the LED market. This was especially evident at the Productronica India exhibition. Electrolube have already produced a range of successful polyurethanes targeted at the LED market, most notably UR5634 and UR5635 launched at Electronica 2014. These have proved to be very popular and have been used in a plethora of projects including the European Games 2015 through ODELI LED lighting.

With the growing success of these resins we decided to build on the range with the addition of two more specialist resins targeted at LED potting for some of the harshest environments such as automotive applications.

We will be releasing press releases regarding the newest products soon, but I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Electronica Fair in Messe München!

Alistair Little
Global Business Technical Director (Resin division)