Date: May 21, 2012

HITCO Contact(s):
Dr. Leslie Cohen
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
Tel: +1 (800) 421-5444    Fax: +1 (310) 970-5468


SAMPE Recognizes Dr. Leslie Cohen as winner of the George Lubin Memorial Award

Los Angeles, California, May 21, 2012. HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group – the Carbon Company, announced today that SAMPE (Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) has recognized Dr. Leslie Jay Cohen, Senior Vice President of New Business Development and Strategic Technology with HITCO Carbon Composites, as the latest beneficiary of the George Lubin Memorial Award.

“It is my high honor and privilege to be the 14th recipient of the George Lubin Award for excellence in the field of composites. SAMPE is both a technology and talent generator. The field of materials and processes furthered by expert consensus is the well from which the products of energy will flow. This will be the key enabler for a better way of life for the world,” says Dr. Leslie Cohen.

George Lubin was considered a ground-breaking leader in the field of advanced composites for primary structures. In the 1960’s he recognized the significance of SAMPE and ultimately established the first New York chapter. Through his endeavors within both SAMPE and his field, he achieved global acknowledgment. After his death, his many decades of development in the field of composites were distinguished through the conception of the George Lubin Award.

The George Lubin Award is considered SAMPE’s most renowned distinction. It is granted to those individuals who have made important contributions in the material and process engineering industry. The first award was granted in 1986 and since this time, only 13 people have received the prestigious honor. The first person to receive this distinction in more than six years, Dr. Cohen will receive the award at the SAMPE Fellows Banquet on the evening of Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. This ceremony will take place during the SAMPE 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland, which is held from May 21-24, 2012.

About HITCO Carbon Composites.
HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company, is a leading supplier of composite structures and advanced materials primarily for the aerospace / aircraft and defense markets. Founded in 1922 and based in Gardena, California, HITCO was an early specialist in composite structures and materials. Today HITCO continues to pursue its goal of becoming the premier Tier II Aerostructures supplier for commercial aviation, military and space applications. Additionally, HITCO has a leading global position as a supplier of high temperature materials and carbon-carbon brakes for military & commercial aircraft, high performance race cars and high value industrial applications.

About SGL Group – The Carbon Company
SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbonbased materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 46 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

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Important note:
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