ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spartech Corporation said today through a press release that it has partnered with Genmar and GE Plastics for the production of the next generation of VEC (Virtual Engineered Composites), a thermoplastic gel coat replacement called the VEC-Shield finish, being launched through several of Genmar’s boat companies in late 2004 and 2005.
Genmar announced yesterday that it has spun off a new company, called VEC Technology, to manufacture boats using these composites, and that it would begin to expand and build new facilities to house the first new VEC-Shield equipment and machinery for building boats in 2004.
“We are certainly pleased with our contributions to date to the VEC-Shield finish and are excited to receive this opportunity from Genmar to assist in launching the VEC-Shield in several of its boat lines,” Spartech’s chairman, president and CEO, Bradley B. Buechler, said. “We have designed and ordered the larger equipment necessary to produce the specialized thermoplastic sheet that will be used by Genmar in their VEC-Shield boats. GE Plastics will supply the Geloy resin for use in the shield’s finish.”
Over the last 18 months, Spartech – a producer of engineered thermoplastic materials, polymeric compounds, and molded & profile products, with 47 facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe – said it developed WeatherPro G, a new Alloy Plastic for use in several recreation and leisure markets, including the manufacture of boat hulls.
Alloy Plastics are Spartech’s proprietary products that combine advanced-engineered compounds and additives with innovative manufacturing techniques to provide new solutions to customers.
This new application for boat hulls centers around the VEC Technology, a patented fiberglass closed-mold process developed by Genmar.
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