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Canadian fibreglass boat builder, Campion Marine, is set to become the first boat builder in the world to manufacture all its boats with Envirez bio-derived resin, report Ashland Performance Materials.
Envirez resin is said to be the first commercially available resin that uses a substantial amount of soybean oil and corn derived ethanol in its formulation.
“Ashland’s bio-based resin delivers the performance characteristics we want for our boats and it reduces our reliance on petroleum-based counterparts,” said Brock Elliott, general manager, Campion Marine.
“We are putting Envirez resin in all our boats. It is the right next step, and it is right for our world. Envirez resin’s performance delivers higher ratings for strength and elongation. Our vision is to build the best from the best and that makes Envirez resin a natural choice,” adds Elliott.
Campion Marine were selected by Ashland in 2008 to test Envirez resins, bringing about what was thought to be the world’s first bio-based resin boats. Data from those tests support Envirez resin’s use in high performance and recreational watercraft.
It is thought that the switch to Envirez resin by Campion will eliminate more than 100,000 pounds of C02 from entering the atmosphere.
“We are pleased to be working with a great company like Campion to bring this technology to the boating public,” said Mike Wallenhorst, Director of Product Management, Ashland Performance Materials. “Envirez is a fantastic product that offers outstanding toughness and is a big step towards a totally renewable resin. It’s exciting to realize that hundreds of boats made from Envirez resin will soon be navigating the world’s waterways thanks to Campion.”
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