ACG is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of carbon and glass reinforced prepreg materials into the marine industry. With over 30 years' experience at the forefront of composites technology, and with manufacturing facilities in Europe and the United States, the Group offers an unparalleled custom resin formulation and prepreg formatting capability supported by its Technology Centre and Applied Technology teams.
GRPMS, the recipient of Sunseeker International's 2010 Supplier of the Year Award, specialises in the distribution of GRP materials to the reinforced plastics market. GRPMS sets the standard in its field by putting customers in touch with a wide range of quality products. GRPMS is committed to providing premium quality products and an efficient service, delivering the right products at the right price, on time . . . every time. This extensive product range can now be accessed through the GRPMS web shop at www.tools4grp.com.
Richmond Aerovac, which has subsidiaries located in Europe and the US, is a world-leading supplier of vacuum bagging consumables and associated products to the composite industry. Richmond Aerovac has a unique understanding of the dynamic requirements of the industry supplying vacuum bagging products principally for the defence, aerospace, wind energy, marine, motorsport and industrial sectors.
For further information, please contact:
Advanced Composites Group
Dr. Jon Stowell - Sales and Marketing Director- E-mail: jstowell @ acg.co.uk
Dr. John Nixon - Technical Marketing Manager - E-mail: jnixon @ acg.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1773 766200
• Richmond Aerovac: www.aerovac.com
• Richmond Aircraft Products: www.richmondaircraft.com
Lloyd's Register of Shipping Recertification of ACG's VTM260 Series Prepregs - 3rd June 2010
Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG), part of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM), a Division of Umeco plc, recently achieved recertification of its VTM®260 Series prepregs from Lloyd's Register of Shipping.
ACG's VTM260 Series, the first and only prepreg system to have received Lloyd's Resister approval, has been widely accepted in the marine industry and is now the product of choice at the highest levels in yacht racing. VTM260 Series offers an array of low pressure, low temperature (from 65°C) processing options and the approval has been extended to include a new variant, VTM267, which has been optimised for resin film infusion, a process favoured for heavier fabric reinforcements typically used in series production. Combined with a complementary range of surfacing and adhesive films, mouldable cores, 30-day workshop out life and polyester gel coat bonding capability, ACG's VTM260 Series is proving to be an exceptionally versatile marine prepreg system.
First launched in 2001, VTM260 Series prepregs found immediate success in the America's Cup and ACG can now count many more successful builds and cup victories. These prepregs have also come to the forefront in the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race, scoring two victories to date.
ACG's VTM260 Series prepregs have also gained favour in the equally glamorous world of powerboat construction. Here, the aesthetic qualities of carbon fibre are often as desirable as its lightweight structural possibilities and, from patrol boats to racing dinghies, VTM260 Series prepregs are leading the way in performance marine composite construction.
The performance benefits that composite materials offer have long been recognised in the general marine market, where they have displaced traditional materials such as wood and aluminium. As owner expectations rise and the environmental and health and safety pressures build-up against general wet lay-up processing, the marine industry must adopt more advanced construction methods and materials. Low temperature prepregs, such as VTM267, which can be offered in rapid layup formats, are ideal for the construction of large format and series boats, where they offer a simplified and 'low risk' route to reduced cost and reproducible high performance.
ACG now considers Lloyd's Approval as key to the even wider acceptance and growth of prepreg technology in the marine industry. – less – More from ZoomInfo »