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6th June 2017, Marseille

Sicomin bioresin used in NOTOX surf boards

Bioresins continue to grow in popularity and manufacturers are keen to offer customers products that deliver environmental benefits with high performance results. French surf board producer, NOTOX, is also striving to introduce sustainable products into its own production processes.

Over a decade ago, Sicomin and NOTOX began to address the potential of bioresins in the manufacture of sports equipment. Together the companies have created a formulation that is said to offer as little environmental impact as possible and support greener production methods.

Sicomin’s GreenPoxy 56 is now used to manufacture the entire NOTOX greenOne range. © Sicomin

The resulting product is Sicomin’s GreenPoxy 56 and it is now used to manufacture the entire range of NOTOX greenOne short board, long board, SUP models, kitesurf boards and the newly launched Korko board.

GreenPoxy 56

When NOTOX was established in 2006, the founders’ vision was to provide surfers with boards that respect nature and to protect the people that produce them. The company was looking to offer the market an alternative range of surf boards that were not produced with standard glass reinforced polyester polymers and shaped polyurethane foam cores. NOTOX approached Sicomin in 2009 and together the companies began their development programme.

Sicomin says it had anticipated the rise in demand for naturally derived epoxy systems and was already in the process of developing their first bioresin, GreenPoxy 56. The product contains over 51% carbon content which is sourced from plant and vegetable matter.

greenOne board design

NOTOX used GreenPoxy 56 for the construction of its first greenOne board design, a 6’4 hybrid short board. The prototype boards were constructed with EPS foam (expanded polystyrene) that contains up to 100% recycled content and is guaranteed to be HCFC free. A quadraxial flax fabric is then applied to minimise torsion and bending in the board, followed by the application of Sicomin’s GreenPoxy 56 for vacuum lamination to promote lightness, strength and dynamics. This system provides a clear and waterproof coating and a robust, hard wearing gloss laminate, the company reports.

“Providing surfers with boards that match their core values is our aim. We are constantly striving to produce the most eco-responsible and sustainable products possible and through our technological synergy with Sicomin we have achieved this,” commented Pierre Pomiers, R&D Consultant Expert at NOTOX.

NOTOX sources 80% of its products in France and 20% in Belgium. The boards are then assembled at the NOTOX facility in Anglet under strict quality and environmental control standards labelled Ecoride Gold. The boards are trialed on the challenging surf beaches of the Basque region in South West France on the Atlantic Coast.

Environmentally enhanced systems

Sicomin continues to invest resource into the innovation of environmentally enhanced systems. The GreenPoxy product range now encompasses GreenPoxy33, GreenPoxy 56 and the newly launched InfuGreen810. These products contain bio contents ranging from 28% to 51%.

InfuGreen 810 is an advanced, two-component resin system with very low viscosity at room temperature and approximately 38% carbon content. The different hardener combinations are said to allow the production of small to large parts including very thick laminates. InfuGreen 810 has been formulated to support manufacturers producing parts using injection or infusion techniques and is also DNV GL maritime approved.

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