A Finnish businessman who turned Exel Composites into a leading global pultrusion company has been internationally recognized for his efforts. Exel President and CEO, Vesa Korpimies, has been awarded the Brandt Goldsworthy Pultruder of the Year 2011 award. Korpimies was nominated at the Global Pultrusion Conference in Marne-la-Vallée in France.
The award is named after Brandt Goldsworthy, who in 1949 invented the pultrusion process, a method of manufacturing composite materials.
Korpimies received the award for bringing Exel Composites from a small Finnish pultrusion company in the early 1990s to the number one pultrusion company in the world focusing on industrial applications with a turnover of 73 million euros.
An online voting procedure between 8 nominated pultrusion experts from around the world resulted in 4 finalists. Out of these, Korpimies was elected through a secret ballot by the delegates at the conference in France.
The Global Pultrusion Conference has now been held for the third time, and Korpimies was the first European to win the prize. In 2009 and 2010, the prize went to the United States.
– The pultrusion industry is still relatively young, but it is one of the fastest growing processes within the composite industry, said Korpimies. Finnish CEO awarded Pultruder of the Year prize
– With new applications and new materials, the industry will continue to gain ground from traditional materials such as aluminium, stainless steel and wood.