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Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin

Huntsman Advanced Materials (Duxford) : 03 August, 2013  (Application Story)
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the ′JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ecological categories of the EuroSIMA Industry and Innosport Awards, confirming its leading-edge status.

Newtis Innovation specialises in innovative surfboard designs, using the latest materials and developing new processing methods that replace traditional layering and sanding techniques.

Newtis has manufactured an eco-friendly polycarbonate UV board, deploying processes, methods and materials that reduce the impact on the environment. This involved the in-house development of a bespoke machine to mechanise and automate the process, as well as hand finishing methods supporting the reduction of waste material and a recycling programme.

Selected primarily for its excellent adhesion to polycarbonate, Newtis Innovation used an unique adhesive from the Araldite range to seal the polycarbonate skin in place, balancing the essential characteristics of toughness and flexibility. This low viscosity, fast, cold curing system provides easy processing, supporting low-cost efficient manufacturing and repairs. Its physical properties also help the board to maintain its shape whilst providing excellent transparency and UV stability for long-term clarity.

Polycarbonate offers many advantages for surfboard manufacturing, most notably the resistance to impact and shock. Other beneficial properties include fracture toughness, heat resistance, and excellent dimensional and colour stability.

Hand finishing the board helps to reduce the wastage of excess material, which is then broken down in the delivery of a 100% recyclable process. 

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