Composites

Composites are playing a key role in boatbuilding as the industry strives for lighter and more fuel-efficient vessels that cost less to operate.

Researchers craft new polymer for hull bottoms

Engineers at Duke University have developed a polymer that keeps ships’ bottoms clean by twitching like living skin. The paint-like material combats hull fouling by preventing marine organisms from collecting on hulls by physically moving on the microscopic level and thus dislodging bacteria from the surface without toxic chemicals, according to online science and technology…more

Composites 2013 wraps up in Florida

Composites 2013, a three-day event that featured more than 220 U.S. and international exhibitors representing more than 40 market segments, concluded Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the trade show held more than 100 educational sessions and technical presentations covering topics that included automotive,…more

Composite companies join on product development

3M Advanced Composites and TenCate Advanced Composites USA announced a strengthening of their relationship in the composite tooling industry. Building on their prior relationship, 3M and TenCate will jointly develop, market and sell a comprehensive portfolio of tooling resins and prepregs, according to the companies. “As we further develop our relationship with TenCate, we’re essentially…more

Pettit Paint debuts redesigned website

Pettit Paint launched a revamped website that is designed to be more modern, colorful, comprehensive and easier to navigate. Highlights of the site include simple drop-down menus, social media feeds, photos that link customers to product-specific information, rebates, incentives and other useful information. A how-to/advice section features the Rockaway, N.J.-based company’s Perfect Pick program, which…more

Composites group warns Congress on styrene designation

Two composites executives from American Composites Manufacturers Association member companies were among those who told Congress this week that small manufacturing companies could suffer because of styrene’s inclusion in the 12th Report on Carcinogens. The executives said hundreds of thousands of jobs could be at risk unless the “federal government restores its reliance on credible…more

Coppercoat USA gains approval in California

After working with the California Department of Pesticide Regulations for two years, Coppercoat USA received approval to sell Coppercoat antifouling epoxy in that state. Coppercoat is a water-based, two-part epoxy and is non-toxic during the application and subsequent years of hull cleaning. Because Coppercoat is an epoxy it does not drop chemicals or minerals into…more

CCP Composites announces price increase

CCP Composites announced a 10-cents-per-pound price increase for shipments from the United States on all white, off-white, beige, tan, gray and pastel-colored gelcoats. New pricing is effective for all shipments on or after Sept. 11. “Multiple and escalating increases on titanium dioxide, driven by global demand and tight supply, are the key factors making it…more

Goetz Composites to unveil Buckminster Fuller restoration

Goetz Composites, of Bristol, R.I., is nearing the completion of a historic restoration of one of Buckminster Fuller’s most iconic structures, the 24-foot Fly’s Eye Dome. The restored dome will be unveiled to the public Wednesday at Goetz, the company announced. Fuller created two prototypes of the patented structure — a 24-foot dome and a…more

Momentive Specialty Chemicals to raise prices

Effective June 1, or as contracts allow, Momentive Specialty Chemicals will increase prices for epoxy resins, bisphenol A and allylics in the Americas. This increase is driven by continued cost increases of key raw materials, as well as the continued tightness of the global and regional supply-demand balances of these materials, the company said. Based…more

Coppercoat given environmental honor

Coppercoat Anti-Fouling Paint, from Coppercoat USA, was awarded the “Eco Friendly Marine Business” trophy at the 2011 Asian Marine and Boating Awards. “Environmentally minded boaters have applauded Coppercoat for years; this is our first major award, but we don’t expect it to be the last,” Jim Edwards, managing member of Coppercoat USA, said in a…more

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