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Ashland's new barrier coat now available for European boatbuilders

Published on 2007-11-22. Author : SpecialChem

DUBLIN, Ohio -- After a successful North American launch, the new barrier coat for professional boat builders, AME® VPRO, from Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), is now available in Europe. AME VPRO-03 S barrier coat provides an excellent surface profile and superior blister protection using standard gelcoat spray equipment. AME VPRO-03 S barrier coat is formulated from Ashland's world-leading epoxy vinyl ester technology for above or below the waterline use.

AME VPRO-03 S barrier coat provides a layer of protection to composite boat decks and hulls between the gelcoat and the laminate. "AME VPRO not only helps professional boat builders achieve superior surface cosmetics, it also fits with the efficient, cost effective manufacturing model that top boat builders strive to implement," said Mike Wallenhorst, global marine market manager for Ashland Composite Polymers.

AME VPRO-03 S barrier coat can be applied with equipment that is readily available in typical boat shop. AME VPRO-03 S barrier coat maintains the integrity of the laminate flexibility and features low emissions when being applied.

Ashland Composite Polymers is a leader in supplying products, processes and technologies to the global marketplace for composites and gelcoats. Ashland Performance Materials is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services, unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats, and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins. Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies.

Source: Ashland

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