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Marbocote's new product reduces composites' curing time
A longstanding partnership with Base Materials has helped Marbocote develop a new product for the composites industry. With a fast cure time, the non-contaminating, high gloss product - MTS12 - is quick and easy to apply, ideal for use in the aerospace industry. It has superior adhesion to the mould/tool surface and inherent release properties.
The partnership has resulted in Base becoming technical experts in Marbocote’s products who can give clear and reliable advice on which product to use and application technique, saving time and money.
Base Materials, a leading manufacturer of styling, modelling, pattern and tooling materials, has been working with Marbocote, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of high technology semi-permanent mold release agents, to bring innovative new products to the motorsport, automotive and aerospace sectors in the UK and overseas.
Marbocote’s newest product, MTS12, is the latest innovation in the composites market. With a fast cure time, the non-contaminating, high gloss product is quick and easy to apply, ideal for use in the aerospace industry. With superior adhesion to the mould/tool surface and inherent release properties, the MTS12 is believed to be unique in the market.
Joanna Rimmer, general manager of Marbocote, said: “Base Materials are our sole distributor for the advanced composite industry in the UK. Our continued close partnership, including sharing a stand at JEC and at the Advanced Engineering Show, has promoted the development of a series of industry leading sealers; the latest of which is the MTS12.”
Darren Lambert, business development director of Base Materials, said: “The Base sales team are the boots on the ground, learning what our customers need. Speaking directly to customers has enabled us to help Marbocote develop innovative new products to refine their product range.”
According to a new market report published by Lucintel in 2019, the UK composites market is expected to reach $1.2 billion by 2024, with the key sectors of growth including the aerospace, automotive and energy industries.
Lambert added: “With MTS12, Marbocote has developed a product that can cure in 15 minutes at 60 degrees Celsius in response to the need for faster curing times within the composites industry. MTS12 can seal porous substrates such as epoxy, polyurethane, gelcoated and non-gelcoated polyester moulds.
“MTS12 can also be used to refurbish old moulds and to seal micro porosity on carbon fibre parts giving a high gloss finish. Many other mould sealers take much longer to cure and do not produce a high gloss finish. MTS12 saves the customer up to 50 per cent on time spent polishing the sealant into a shine, and in waiting for the sealant to dry. The partnership between Marbocote and Base has allowed for us to develop a product that suits our key customer’s needs.”