Date: November 11, 2011

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Dr. Leslie Cohen
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
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SAMPE Announce Winner of George Lubin Award

SAMPE has announced Dr. Leslie Jay Cohen, Senior Vice President of New Business Development and Strategic Technology with HITCO Carbon Composites as the newest recipient of the SAMPE George Lubin Award.

SAMPE explain that George Lubin, an originator of reinforced plastics and pioneer in the development and implementation of advanced composites for primary structures was quick to realise the importance of SAMPE in the mid 1960's and founded the SAMPE New York Chapter. Through his efforts and worldwide recognition, he led early international meetings including the first US-USSR non-metallics fair for which he was awarded a service medal by the then US President Nixon.

Upon his death, SAMPE say they were quick to recognise his over 50 years of composites development work by establishing the George Lubin Award. This award is given to recognise others who have made significant contributions in the field of material and process engineering and is the society’s highest honour. Since its inception in 1986, only 14 people have received the distinction and SAMPE say that Dr. Cohen is the first to receive the award since 2006.

Dr. Cohen will be presented with the award at the SAMPE Fellows Banquet on Monday evening, May 21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This event will take place during the SAMPE 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland, May 21-24, 2012.

SAMPE will also honour the 2012 class of SAMPE Fellows at the event. The SAMPE Fellow Award recognises SAMPE members for their distinguished, lifelong contributions in the fields of materials and processes. SAMPE explain that since its inception in 1982, only 132 distinguished individuals have been designated as a SAMPE Fellow.

The 2012 SAMPE Fellows will be Dr. Ben Wang, Director & Professor, High Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, and Professor Luigi (Gino) Torre, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy.


About HITCO Carbon Composites,Inc.
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 a Best in Class Tier II Aerostructures supplier for commercial and general 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. 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 carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to the paradigm shift in the use of materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high performance materials and products from an increasing number of industries. Carbon and graphite products are used whenever other materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, wood etc. fail due to their limited properties. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industries. However, manufacturers in the semiconductor, battery, solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and defense industries as well as in the nuclear energy industry also figure among the Company’s customers.

With 45 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 2010, the Company’s workforce of around 6,300 generated sales of €1,382 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.

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