FREDERICTON, New Brunswick—C-Therm Technologies Ltd., a Canadian producer of thermal conductivity analysis instruments for a wide range of applications, recently reached a partnership with Lyon, France-based Metravib, a "significant partner" moving forward in the complex materials testing market, according to C-Therm.
The Feb. 14 agreement makes C-Therm the exclusive North American distributor of Metravib's dynamic mechanical analysis testing line, known as DMA+, according to Stewart Hillhouse, marketing manager with C-Therm.
"We already serve overlapping customers in the plastics, rubber and composites industries," Hillhouse said. "This is a really nice complement line for us. Metravib has been a good partner over the years and it made sense to finally offer their distribution."
While C-Therm instruments focus on "rapid, non-destructive thermal analysis" and sensor solutions for the research and development, manufacturing and quality control sectors, Metravib's DMA+ line will allow C-Therm to expand its customer base in the high-frequency, high-force markets, Hillhouse said.
Hugues Baurier, Metravib's global sales manager, spoke to the value of partnering with C-Therm in North America.
"They have an impressive team with a very well-equipped lab, possessing strong technical acumen," Baurier said. "We feel they can add a lot of value in the consultancy engagement with our clients and provide very capable technical support. C-Therm does a great job setting the customer up for success."
The DMA+ line can measure elastomeric and polymer properties (including those for resins, composites, adhesives and coatings) for vibration, viscosity, stiffness, creep and fatigue, among other properties, and can determine the physics and structure of materials, according to Metravib.