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7th March 2018, Paris

CoreLite unveils next generation coating system

(c) CoreLiteCoreLite has unveiled its next-generation PC11 Pro coating system at the JEC World 2018 in Paris this week. The PC11 Pro coating system has been engineered to significantly reduce resin uptake during the lamination process by sealing the pores in the end-grain balsa wood sheet more effectively than the standard PC11 coating system.

Balsa core resin uptake was compared between the standard PC11 formulation, and the newly developed PC11 Pro formulation against non-coated balsa. The balsa core was coated using the latest UV technology and then vacuum infused. The results, CoreLite says, show as expected that the new PC11 Pro formulation achieves significantly lower resin uptake compared to the standard PC11 coating formulation.

Resin Uptake Comparison, (c) CoreLite.

“A typical balsa sheet of non-coated balsa wood core will absorb roughly 1900 grams of resin per square metre (177 grams of resin per square foot) during infusion,” the company explains. “The standard PC11 formulation was able to reduce the resin uptake by up to 46% to 1020 grams per square metre (95 grams per square foot) of resin uptake. The new PC11 Pro formulation is completely revolutionary as it reduces resin uptake by up to 76% to only 450 grams per square meter (42 grams of resin per square foot).”

“After several months of research & development, we are glad to release the most advanced coating technology for balsa wood core in the market, which can provide incredible resin cost savings to our customers and significantly decrease the weight of the final composite structure,” said Ms. Elsa Axelsdottir, Innovation Manager at CoreLite.

(c) CoreLite.

CoreLite says that the new coating solution will be a key component to make structures lighter and more cost effective without losing the unique mechanical properties of balsa core. It can be used in wind, marine, rail, automotive, aerospace, defence and industrial applications. It can be used with different lamination processes including hand lay-up, vacuum bagging and infusion.

CoreLite is a manufacturer of advanced balsa and foam core materials for high performance composites applications. CoreLite specializes in producing sustainable materials and delivering customized composite solutions with agile turnarounds.

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