Sentinel client Octex Holdings LLC, http://www.octex360.com/ made their defense market debut this month when attending the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space expo at National Harbor, MD. Octex is a Sarasota, FL based small business that specializes in injection molding. While Octex is better known as the manufacturer of the iconic Tervis tumbler and several medical implantables, they decided to enter the defense market this year in response to the strong commitment from defense leadership to emphasize metal-to-plastic conversion in defense systems. Octex has the ability to remove significant weight and cost from existing systems while maintaining full environmental qualification. PEEKs (Poly-ethyl-ethyl-ketones) and their variants offer particular promise as metal substitutes in many applications. Octex spent significant time while at Sea-Air-Space in meetings with the Naval Research Lab in the hope of embarking down this path. Octex was recently awarded a Phase 1 SBIR contract from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Command to carry out similar research.