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

Industry awards handed out

This roundup includes awards given to Composites One marketing manager Marcy Offner, Star brite and the winners of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County’s Beacon of Light Awards. The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County is recognizing five people and organizations for their support of the Florida county’s marine industry. The awards…more

Alcan Composites has a new owner, new name

Alcan Composites is now 3A Composites, the company recently announced. The new company logo and corporate identity are being finalized, and during the transitional phase the Alcan logo and group name Alcan Composites remain on some of the company’s documentation. Beginning today, all e-mail from the company will come from Phone and fax numbers…more

Composites One to debut new products

Composites One will introduce a new line of formulated epoxy resin products to the U.S. market, manufactured by Sika Corporation. The product line will include epoxies for hand lamination, filament winding and closed mold processes like infusion and resin transfer molding, and will offer options to emerging markets like wind energy, light aircraft and defense.…more

Gibson Fiberglass increases prices

Gibson Fiberglass is increasing prices 15 to 18 percent per pound for all fiberglass materials, direct and multi-end roving products, as well as chopped strand BMC/thermoplastic, chopped strand mat, woven roving and all other rolled goods. The increase applies to all shipments delivered on or after Jan. 1. “The recent recession has been a burden…more

Hexion announces price increases

Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals announced today it is increasing all list and off-list prices for Epon epoxy resins in the Americas by 6 cents per pound. “This price increase is necessary because of the continued increases in raw material prices,” the company said in a statement. The company also announced that effective Oct. 5, or…more

GMT Composites celebrates 25th anniversary

GMT Composites is looking for stories of its oldest spars as part of the company’s silver anniversary celebration. “For 25 years, GMT has shipped custom composite parts all over the world, rudders to the Netherlands, and rigs to the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our products have sailed around the world, flown around the globe and…more

Latest in marine Web, software advances

The Closed Mold Alliance launched a Web site aimed at those wishing to convert to closed-mold manufacturing. The site will provide general closed-molding information, educational opportunities, access to expert consultation and closed-mold-specific products. The Closed Mold Alliance comprises Composites One, Magnum Venus Plastech, RTM North and FormaShape, a division of Whitewater Composites. The alliance offers…more

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