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In a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 26 attended by customers and other guests, AOC launched the their advanced facilities for the development and production of gel coats for composites and cast polymers.
The new world-class gel coat center is in the research and manufacturing complex at AOC’s global headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee. Research and development is supported by the most advanced scientific and analytical tools. Manufacturing is with the world’s most automated, state-of-art equipment and controls to provide the highest levels of quality and consistency.
“The future of composite and cast polymer manufacturers is being challenged by new environmental standards and intense competition from other materials,” says Randy Weghorst, President and CEO of AOC. “These new facilities demonstrate AOC’s commitment to accept the challenge on behalf of our customers by offering the gel coats of the future today.”
The new gel coat capacity in Collierville improves AOC’s ability to serve customers in North America by providing a manufacturing resource between existing AOC gel coat facilities in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and Mexico City, Mexico. Marine gel coats from AOC are marketed under the “Hydropel” name, and non-marine gel coats are marketed as “Vibrin” products.
AOC’s gel coat business is under the direction of Jeff Dommeyer, Business Manager – Colorants/Non-Reinforced Open Mold. Dommeyer says the new gel coat facility has capabilities to produce high performance, high quality products for all markets – including the newest gel coats needed for low-HAP (hazardous air pollutant) requirements. Low-HAP gel coats are for new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission standards that some manufacturers must comply with as early as August 2004.
“Marine resin customers use Hydropel gel coats to achieve superior system compatibility,” Dommeyer says. “Cast polymer manufacturers benefit from Vibrin gel coats with precise color and high clarity. And customers who choose AOC’s low-HAP gel coats are turning to the pioneer in workable low-HAP materials who has led the evolution of the technology ever since.”
Dommeyer points out how AOC’s commitment to the customer’s success includes much more than a shipment of product. “We back our innovative world-class technologies with world-class technical support,” he states. “Our technical service group is staffed by individuals with high-level ‘hands-on’ experience in gel coat materials and equipment. Our people put the finishing touch on AOC’s complete package for solving problems and improving customer quality and productivity.”
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