19 September 2017
19 September 2017
Since its UK launch 15 months ago, Scott Bader reports that seven GelTint service centres are now fully operational, covering the UK and Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.
An eighth unit will be operational later this year, covering Bulgaria and Romania.
The GelTint production units operating outside of the UK are run by Scott Bader regional distributor partners.
Each GelTint service centre can measure and mix single or multiple 20 kg keg orders for a pigmented gelcoat, delivered within a short lead time. An extended range of GelTint colours covers the colour charts RAL, BS 381C, BS 5252, NCS and Scott Bader customer colours. A custom colour match service is also offered.
To ensure colour accuracy, keg to keg consistency and product quality, each regional unit uses only Scott Bader supplied colourants and marine quality GelTint gelcoat bases. Each unit operates an identical specification, specially adapted, gear pump volumetric dispensing machine, along with a gyroscopic keg mixer to produce an evenly coloured gelcoat.
An expanded range of GelTint gelcoat bases and topcoats are now available, with more under development. All GelTint products now come with liners in sustainable packaging. Customers can order coloured gelcoat kegs from any GelTint Service centre in a choice of two Lloyd’s Register marine approved isophthalic (iso) brush gelcoat bases (GT-600, and GT-640 for colder climates), an iso spray gelcoat base (GT-900), or the latest addition to the base range, a higher UV weathering performance iso-NPG (GT-1000) spray gelcoat option currently under Lloyd’s approval testing. An iso-NPG brush base will also be available in early 2018.
According to Scott Bader, this rapid colour service has proved of particular benefit to Tier 1 and 2 moulders of composites parts used in industrial, marine, agricultural vehicles, land transportation and building applications, where there is typically a need for quick delivery of a specific coloured gelcoat. GelTint centres offer order lead times usually of no more than five days. A 48 hour service is offered for an additional cost.
"We get good, consistent gelcoat quality, with strong, very accurate colours from Scott Bader’s GelTint service, which is quick and reliable,” reports Martin Pinhorne, Director of Quality Mouldings, a UK company specialising in moulding parts such as baths, showers, bus shelters and brightly coloured fibreglass components for fairground rides.
Photo provided by Scott Bader
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After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Lanxess’ Urethane Systems business unit (URE) is extending its collaboration with the Centre for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US. From October 2018 URE will additionally participate in Research Cluster M on Mechanics & Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Composites.