25 June 2004
25 June 2004
Scott Bader has just launched a new tooling gelcoat, Crystic14PA, specifically designed to help eliminate watermarking.
Watermarking is a common glass reinforced plastic (GRP) mould maker’s problem, which causes lost production time, and increased costs of reworking demoulded components. It is available in a choice of 5 standard colours.
One of the earliest companies to trial this new tooling gelcoat was Hardy Marine Ltd, who used it to manufacture the hull moulds of their latest craft, a 50ft (15M) motorboat. Mark Funnel, Managing Director of Hardy Marine explained, “Like many other GRP producers, we have suffered with water-marked moulds and it is a serious issue. Watermarking can increase our labour costs by up to 25%”. Commenting on the final decision to change over to Crystic 14PA tooling gelcoat, he went on to say “Whilst always being very cautious in changing products, this new product from Scott Bader seems to have provided a real solution. Crystic 14PA is certainly easy to apply and handle and produces a finish on the hull mould surface which I am very happy with. Based on our experience so far, Crystic 14PA has proved to be superior to any other tooling gelcoat we have previously used.”
As well as boat builders, caravan manufacturers and door manufacturers, for example, have also carried out trials, switched to this new tooling gelcoat and are now benefiting from its outstanding properties.
Scott Bader have also signed a distribution agreement with ACS International Inc. to become their exclusive North American distributor of their complete line of Crystic Crestomer structural adhesives for the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) industry.
The key focus will be on the Composites marine market, where Crystic Crestomer, which is based on an innovative urethane acrylate technology developed by Scott Bader, has proved itself not only to be an outstanding and versatile structural adhesive, but also provides real benefits to boat builders compared with methyl methacrylate type adhesives, such as providing; reduced hull weight, higher productivity, and lower VOC emissions.
“We at ACS are excited and confident in our partnership with Scott Bader”, said Greg Novak, President of ACS, “the Crystic Crestomer line of structural adhesives has an excellent reputation and proven track record with over twenty years of use in the European market by leading GRP pleasure craft and naval boat builders”.
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