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New AROPOL resin formulation from Ashland brings automotive finish to pleasure boats

Ashland Inc : 14 July, 2007  (New Product)
Above-the-waterline parts on pleasure boats can now display the same
Automobile manufacturers assign body finish classifications, and use the term Class A for the best level of exterior finish possible. The secret in bringing the Class A finish to the marine industry is the use of a tailored unsaturated polyester resin matched perfectly with Ashland’s premium NEULON low profile additives.

AROPOL NLN series of resins, available in North America, feature room-temperature curing and superior storage stability when compared to traditional low profile systems. “Professional boat builders now have the ability to create surfaces once only possible with high-temperature, high pressure processes,” said Mike Wallenhorst, global marine marketing manager for Ashland Composite Polymers.

Ashland is also credited with developing the proprietary test for measuring surface finish called Ashland Laser Surface Analysis. This test has become a standard used by automobile manufacturers to ensure that surface finishes are properly measured and are reproducible.

Ashland Composite Polymers is a leader in supplying products, processes and technologies to the global marketplace for composites and gelcoats.

Ashland Performance Materials is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services; unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats; and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.
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