Adhesives Magazine

Ashland Distribution Forms Green Program for Composites Manufacturers (5-6-09)

May 6, 2009

In alliance with JHM Technologies, Inc., New Boston RTM and SR Composites, LLC, Ashland Distribution, Dublin, OH, has introduced “The Green Connection,” a program for closed-molding processes focused on improving productivity and environmental performance.

Through the Green Connection, Ashland customers, interested in transitioning production to Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Lite RTM, have access to the broad capabilities of JHM Technologies and New Boston RTM. In addition, the SR Composites’ sprayable vacuum bag technology provides a powerful, production-proven solution to the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process.  

“Our customers are looking for ways to increase their efficiency and improve upon their environmental stewardship,” said Don Belock, composites sales director, Ashland Distribution. “Our offering provides the most effective way for us to help our customers meet those goals. Our partners specialize in training, equipment, molds, tooling and production, so by creating this connection we provide a true strategic benefit for our customers.”

Composites manufacturers will be able to obtain the specialized skills, training and equipment for closed-molding processes all from one source. Closed-molding processes have proven reliability and improved cost efficiency, and it is Ashland’s intent to ease the customer transition process for closed molding by bringing this connection together.

Closed-molding processes reduce the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). By reducing VOCs and HAPs, closed molding also provides an improved environment for employees.

Vacuum bagging technology is a vital part of the VARTM process. Ashland Distribution exclusively offers a reusable, water-based sprayable infusion bag technology called SprayomerTM elastomers from SR Composites LLC. The proven durability of the bag allows manufacturers to reuse it for many cycles, which reduces the solid waste associated with disposable bagging technology.

For more information, visit www.ashland.com.