NetComposites
Advanced Engineering 2018

HK Research ReFlex Gel Coat Polymer Brings Pure Protection to Marine Industry

14 April 2015

HK Research, brings the marine industry its new ReFlex polymer gel coats, one of their Revolution series of gel coat polymers, which represents one of the biggest innovations in marine coatings in more than 70 years.

“What makes ReFlex and all our Revolution polymers so different is their ability to ‘flex’ due to the elasticity in their molecular structure,” explained David Higgins, VP of Marketing and Sales at HK Research.  “While providing outstanding in-shop application properties, the ReFlex Revolution polymer offers tremendous weathering properties and water resistance — all at a price competitive with traditional gel coats.”

According to HK Research, using a proprietary grafting technique, they have completely re-engineered the polymer’s molecular makeup to produce its Revolution series of gel coats. Flexible molecular crosslinks enable ReFlex to resist cracking under pressure, while delivering outstanding water and UV resistance. Revolution gel coat polymers are specially engineered to deliver outstanding performance in the shop and in the field. Although it is available in a variety of other colours, ReFlex is most often applied in its pure white form.

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, US, HK Research’s facility was designed exclusively for premium, polymer coating manufacturing for marine, aerospace, transportation and pool and spa industries.






Related / You might like...

Alvant Supports £28m Safran-Led Aircraft Landing Gear Project

Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

3D Printed Drone Prototype Wins Red Dot 2018 Design Award

Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.

Norco Composites Invests in New Equipment

UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.