13 March 2018
13 March 2018
Gurit introduced new balsa and PET core materials and a new low toxicity epoxy laminating system at JEC World 2018 in Paris on 6-8 March.
The newly developed Balsaflex Lite core product features a novel coating system that is said to be capable of reducing the resin uptake in infusion processes by up to 50% for rigid panels and by up to 40% for flexible balsa wood sheets. This means customers can save costs through reduced resin absorption and achieve overall weight saving. Gurit reports that Balsaflex Lite offers superior mechanical properties, consistent high wood quality, good thermal stability and compatibility with epoxy and polyester resin infusion processes.
Gurit reports that its Kerdyn Green PET foam, manufactured from 100% recycled (post-consumer) PET materials, and Balsaflex Lite core materials offer a winning core materials combination for the wind energy industry. They are complemented by the company's existing range of Corecell and PVC structural core materials.
Balsaflex Lite samples are available for Europe and North America. The coating system will be launched to the Asia-Pacific market in the second half of 2018. Balsaflex Lite is supplied in standard sheet size of 610 mm x 1220 mm (2 ft x 4 ft), thickness from 6 mm up to 50 mm and in the existing Balsaflex density range.
Gurit is also launching Ampreg 30, a low toxicity epoxy laminating system for the manufacture of large composite structures in the marine, wind and construction industries. The new system has been reformulated to prioritise user health and safety of hand lay-up and vacuum bagging production techniques through the careful selection of chemicals and the development of Light Reflective Technology (LRT) as a risk monitoring feature.
Ampreg 30 features a robust resin matrix which is said to result in excellent mechanical and thermal properties of laminates produced at ambient temperature cures as well as moderate temperature post-curing processes. The system is available with a range of hardener speeds from fast to extra slow, all applying the same simple mix ratio and the ability to blend hardeners to achieve a range of intermediate working times.
Ampreg 30 is available globally. It comes in a range of pack sizes from small packs to drums and IBC containers. A LRT version is also available which enables inspection of contamination by means of UV light after each work period. This is designed to reduce workers' exposure to chemicals, without changing the mixing and handling properties of the laminating system or cured resin performance.
SABIC is launching its STADECK heavy-duty panel for the building and construction industry. Made from glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic resin, the lightweight panel is said to offer significant advantages across a range of applications where weight saving is important.
On 27-28 June 2018, composites manufacturing business leaders and experts from North America and Europe assembled in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, for the inaugural Global Composites Conference. The new international composites industry event, hosted by American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites, was designed for corporate leaders in the industry with a focus on global business, trends and insights for the global composites market.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.