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Ashland joins Boat Xperience in partnership with Barracuda

News International-French

9 Feb 2012

Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., participated in the Boat Xperience boat show, which took place in Guarujá, São Paulo. In partnership with Barracuda, its distributor for the marine market, Ashland displayed more than ten products, including resins and gelcoats, skin coat, barrier coat, infusion resins, and structural adhesives.

During the Boat Xperience, Jorge Nasseh, chief engineer of Barracuda and a leading expert in shipbuilding in the South America, presented enriching material about the infusion process. Throughout the training, Barracuda´s team infused a 18-foot hull with Aropol INF 65470 Q, which was launched by Ashland by the end of last year and replaced Arazyn 14.0.


“By presenting a lower rate of contraction and consequently, reducing the print through, Aropol Q 65470 INF further enhances the cosmetic properties of the laminate,” said Britto. Highlights of the product also include the superior wettability and flow rates, which accelerate the completion of the entire mold cavity during the infusion, improving productivity. “We also get an incredible reduction in time required for the development of Barcol Hardness (over 40), which further increases productivity and improves the mechanical strength and fatigue."



After the lecture, Barracuda was honored by Ashland with the delivery of a board, in reference to their role in the technological development of Brazil's composite materials. “Barracuda is aligned with our company policy of continuous innovation, which is priority for Ashland,” concludes Britto.



Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it provides customers with leading technologies in gelcoats, pressure-sensitive and structural adhesives, coatings and elastomers.



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In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment.



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