24 November 2011
24 November 2011
Malama Composites has joined Spain’s Green Comm Racing Team at the Americas Cup in order to promote environmental innovation and technology within the sailing industry.
“Our materials enable manufacturers to produce products that are stronger, lighter, faster and far more environmentally responsible than alternative core materials. Our partnership with the Green Comm Racing Team provides a fantastic venue to premier the next generation of sustainable materials, and we are honoured to be a part of it,” said David Saltman, Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites.
Francesco De Leo, Executive Chairman of Green Comm Racing, stated, “This is a unique opportunity to rally some of the best minds in the world behind a very exciting goal: designing and manufacturing the ultimate renewable energy machine - a winning America's Cup boat. Our goal is to promote a green agenda by leveraging the media impact of one of pinnacle sport events in the world.”
Malama Composites develops and produces rigid polyurethane foams made from soy polyols and other renewable resources. They explain that the resulting panels serve as a light-weight structural core material in the manufacturing of everything from boat hulls to wind turbine blades, movie sets to surfboards. While cost and performance competitive with alternative, petroleum-based foams, Malama say their products contain no toxic resins or additives, and can be easily reused or recycled.
According to Malama, the Green Comm Racing Team is made of a group of young sailors and executives who want to offer new ways of doing things at the America's Cup by changing the traditional relationships with its sponsors. Green Comm is committed to identifying unique companies that increasingly understand that the world is shifting into a "social economy" in which recommending and sharing brands is front and centre in the new consumers’ daily lives.
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The UK's Engineering Industries Association (EIA) and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) have received confirmation of government funding for UK engineering companies to exhibit at overseas trade shows.
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