NYCOA to exhibit at Rotoplas 2017
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Next Generation Nylon (Polyamide) Materials for Rotational Molding

Manchester, NH, US, April 25, 2017– NYCOA is exhibiting at Rotoplas 2017 (Booth #524) being held on 26 - 28 September at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.  NYCOA is announcing that it has developed nylon (polyamide) materials that can withstand high temperatures and high impact forces. These materials can be processed via conventional rotational molding processes into hydraulic tanks, diesel and gasoline tanks, hot air ducts, and similar demanding applications.


“The NYCOA 1702 is a next generation nylon material that provides remarkable benefits in the rotational molding process. Most significantly, NYCOA 1702 can be processed at Polyethylene (PE) oven temperatures and times, making it feasible for all rotational molders to process it cost-effectively.” said Pratik Shah, VP New Business Development at NYCOA Inc. Over its long history, NYCOA has successfully distinguished itself from other suppliers, as a specialist in technical high performance nylon materials. “NYCOA doesn’t offer solutions in every nylon application segment, but in markets that it does participate NYCOA is by far the leader with customized product offerings. This is exactly what NYCOA in now offering to rotational molding market,” he added. 

Benefits of NYCOA 1702 includes:

  • Easily processed at PE rotational molding conditions
  • Best impact toughness (200+ ft-lb) vs other rotational molding nylon grades
  • Processed at lower PIAT (420 – 440 F)
  • Excellent surface appearance and aesthetics, suitable for visible components
  • Resistant to hot oil, diesel, gasoline, and other industrial fluids
  • Excellent barrier to limit fuel permeation

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact NYCOA at (603) 627-5150. 

Susan Knox
Sunil Kumar to be awarded the 2014 SCI Chemical Industry Medal
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This post originally appeared on November 8, 2013.

PHILADELPHIA -- November 07, 2013—The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America), announced today that the SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Sunil Kumar, Managing Principal of Wembly Enterprises and retired Chief Executive Officer of International Specialty Products (ISP).  He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor on March 11, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honors an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance of the chemical industry.  In addition to being an active guiding force in the management of their company during periods of growth or development of new businesses, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole. 

“Through his leadership, Sunil built ISP into an international leader in specialty chemicals,” said Andreas Kramvis, chair of SCI America. “He has established himself as a leading voice in the specialty chemicals industry and, while serving as chairperson of SCI America, established an innovative program to encourage students to pursue careers in industrial chemistry.”

About Sunil Kumar

Until his retirement in 2011, Sunil Kumar was CEO, President, and Board Member of ISP, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals (2011 sales were $2.1 billion).  ISP chemicals are used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and other industrial uses.  In 2003, Kumar worked with an investors group to take the company private.  Over his tenure, he made a number of accretive acquisitions and built exports to the point of representing 50 percent of sales and income.  ISP maintained an admirable annual profit growth rate of 11 percent over 10 years and maintained the highest margins in their industry.  Kumar became a leading spokesperson for the specialty chemicals segment and was frequently quoted in trade publications. 

Prior to ISP, Kumar was President and CEO of GAF Materials Corporation ($3 Billion in sales), the world’s largest manufacturer of roofing products for residential and commercial buildings.  Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Bridgestone/Firestone, and was responsible for Bridgestone/Firestone’s North American tires and auto services business which is now about $6 billion in annual sales. He had earlier started a business that became Firestone Building Products Company which is now a $1 billion manufacturer of roofing and insulation products. 

After his retirement Sunil continues in the chemical industry through ownership of two specialty businesses -- Universal Plastics Inc and Nylon Corporation of America. Additionally, he is Senior Advisor to Reliance Industries Limited.

Kumar was a Board Member of the American Chemistry Council from 1999-2011 and President of the Société de Chimie Industrielle from 2008-2010.  He served as Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry in 2009-2010.  During his time as Chairman of SCI, he was instrumental in starting their SCI Scholars Program, an initiative to encourage college students to pursue careers in industrial chemistry and chemical engineering.

Kumar was selected to be the 2005 Specialty Chemicals CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a distinguished international industry and market research firm. In 2006, he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

A native of New Delhi, India, Kumar holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, and an MBA from the University of Louisiana. 

About the Chemical Industry Medal

The Chemical Industry Medal has been awarded by SCI America for more than 85 years. Presentation is made annually to a recipient selected by the Executive Committee of the America Section of the SCI. The Chemical Industry Medal is a testimonial to men and women whose leadership, foresight, and contributions to applied chemistry have been, to a considerable degree, responsible for the growth of that industry. The medal has attained distinction by reason of the outstanding achievements and caliber of those who have been honored. Past recipients include Andrew N Liveris, David N Weidman, J Brian Ferguson, Michael E Campbell, and Jeffrey M Lipton.

About SCI

SCI America, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers.

SCI America section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized conferences, e-events, and publications, it helps foster best practices in fields as diverse as fine and commodity chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental protection.

SCI America events are managed by Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Susan Knox
Nylon Corporation of America acquired
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This post originally appeared on October 29, 2013.

The father-daughter team of Sunil and Monica Kumar has acquired Nylon Corporation of America (NYCOA),pledging to serve as on-site managers and grow the business as the Manchester NH company transitions to a long term growth platform.

“We like the entrepreneurial culture of the NYCOA team, and we want to fully harness that capability to expand and grow the company,”said Sunil Kumar about their new company.“My daughter and I have been looking for the right specialty chemicals company to acquire and build, and found NYCOA to have a unique product line and great reputation within the industry. We think there is a great opportunity for us to grow the company going forward.” Entrepreneurship and growth are nothing new to Kumar, who is the past President and CEO of International Specialty Products (ISP) and of GAF Materials Corporation and has had senior executive roles with Bridgestone/Firestone.

NYCOA has gross annual sales of approximately $40 million and produces specialty grades of Nylon, Engineered Thermoplastic Resins and compounds. NYCOA has both continuous polymerization as well as batch reaction capability and extrusion lines for compounded products. Terms of the sale were not made public.

The new owners will retain the existing senior management team who together with Monica Kumar, will execute the new growth vision. “I am really excited to make the move to Manchester and to begin working with this leadership team,” said Monica Kumar.“We have ambitious goals, and I am confident that together we will accomplish them.”Monica is a graduate of Columbia University in Operations Research and has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Monica has worked in a variety of roles at Citigroup, AIG and most recently at PepsiCo. 

Gregory Biederman, President & CEO, believes that the Kumars are the ideal owners for NYCOA, having both the manufacturing experience and financial wherewithal to grow the business over the long term. “We are excited about the new growth strategy planned for implementation over the next 5 years,” said Biederman. “We are going to supercharge our efforts to grow by helping our customers grow.”

Susan Knox