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AAC announces Results of Annual Election
The results of the Aluminum Anodizers Council’s (AAC) annual election of Officers and Directors were announced at the Nineteenth Annual International Anodizing Conference and Exposition on October 6, 2010 in Montreal, Québec.  The AAC Board of Directors, now led by a new Chairman, also includes two new Directors. 
R. Todd Hamilton, Branch Manager for SAF, a metal finisher in Atlanta, Georgia, was elevated to his first one-year term as Chairman of the Aluminum Anodizers Council.  Hamilton has been a member of the AAC Board for four years; he was elected as a Firm Director in 2006 and subsequently served a two-year term as Vice Chairman.  He manages SAF’s sales efforts of aluminum extrusion, flat sheet, fabrication and finishing services and has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management.  He has been an active member of the Council and is a member of AAC's Promotion Committee. "I am honored to be elected Chair of the Aluminum Anodizers Council,” said Hamilton.  “I enjoy working with such an esteemed group of companies and individuals and I look forward to continuing to serve the Council.”
Two new Directors were elected to the Board.  Roger Thomas, Senior Manufacturing Engineer for Alexandria Extrusion Company in Alexandria, Minnesota, was elected to his first two-year term as Firm Director.  Thomas joined Alexandria Extrusion Company as a machinist after graduating from Alexandria Technical College with a degree in Tool & Die in 1982.  While on the job, he gained experience in quality control, tooling and CNC applications.  In 1992, Thomas joined Alexandria Extrusion’s Engineering Department.  Thomas’ expertise in project management skills were integral in the design and implementation of manufacturing processes such as converting the company’s extrusion process from precut billets to custom in-house cutting as well as increasing yield and efficiency.  He has a great understanding of statistical process control, design of experiments and preventive actions as tools for continuous improvement.  Thomas was heavily involved in designing and documenting procedures for ISO certification.  In 2006, Thomas was instrumental in the design and startup of a new state-of-the-art anodizing facility at the company. “I joined the Council for the great opportunity to be more involved and network with my peers within the association,” said Thomas.  “I am very excited and honored to serve on the AAC Board of Directors.”
Paul Laurin, Vice President of Manufacturing for A&D Prevost in Richelieu, Québec, was elected to serve a one-year term as Firm Director for the second year of a vacant two-year Firm Director position.  Laurin joined A&D Prevost in 1990 as Plant Engineer after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been involved in all aspects of manufacturing, product design, ISO quality system implementation, as well as design and startup of an architectural anodizing line.  “I am proud to join the AAC Board of Directors and have the privilege to work with a group that I’ve been looking up to,” said Laurin.  “I look forward to serving the cause that unites us as an industry.”

Technic announces appointment of Wilson Xia as Technical Director of Photovoltaic Products / Asia Pacific Region
Technic (Cranston, RI) has announced the appointment of Wilson Xia as Technical Director for Photovoltaics in the Asia/Pacific region. Dr. Xia’s primary responsibilities will involve working closely with R&D, Applications Engineering, and strategic customers in the development and distribution of Technic’s TechniSol photovoltaic processing technologies.
Dr. Xia has previously served as R&D Director with Rohm and Haas and Brady Corp Asia as well as Technology Director with Nelco Products Pte Ltd. His accomplishments have included the expansion of R&D development facilities and product support services throughout Asia, meeting the demands of a variety of markets including PCB, wafer-level packaging, IC/leadframe, connector, passive components and industrial finishing.
Dr. Xia holds a Ph.D from the University of Queensland, Australia, a Masters in Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Tsinghua University. Dr. Xia has been active professionally in the research and development field for more than a decade, specializing in electronic material technologies.
Says Steve Schaefer, Vice President, Global Business Operations, “Technic’s TechniSol products offer significant advantages in the rapidly expanding Asia/Pacific PV market. Wilson’s exceptional background in product development, along with his technical expertise, will significantly enhance our ongoing commitment to our PV customers in Asia. We look forward to utilizing Wilson’s expertise, leadership, and commitment in support of our regional goals.”


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