Collaborating for the future: Key industry players team up to offer OEMs turnkey coated polyurethane pultrusion process

Orlando, October 15, 2014 — OEMs are increasingly relying on the superior performance of polyurethane resins when producing pultruded profiles for demanding outdoor applications. The light weight, high strength, resistance to rust and rot and longevity of powder-coated pultruded polyurethane parts make them viable options for a range of industries and applications, including pipe pilings, cross arms and telephone poles.

The traditional manufacturing process for pultruded polyurethane profiles requires multiple manufacturing steps and extra handling to pultrude the part and then separately coat the finished product to avoid UV degradation. In the traditional polyurethane pultrusion process, this coating is applied in a second step, adding time and cost to production.

Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and Powder Coating Solutions invited Bayer MaterialScience LLC to team up with them to develop an integrated pultrusion and coating process to help OEMs save time and money without sacrificing the integrity of the end product. The collaboration leverages Creative Pultrusions’ technical talent and 15 years of experience pultruding polyurethane resins, Powder Coating Solutions’ powder coating technology and Bayer’s high-performance resins resulting in a team of industry-leading companies.

The combined expertise provides end users and OEMs potential benefits, including improved end-part performance, a reduction in future capital expenditures, down time and maintenance costs, as well as improved system reliability.

Creative Pultrusions brings technical know-how to produce outstanding parts with a focus on lean manufacturing and process improvements. Bayer offers a tough, high-strength resin with high pultrusion line speed combined with a proven record of collaborating with customers to optimize performance. Powder Coating Solutions specializes in the processes and equipment for powder coating of non-conductive substrates and also supplies a variety of powder coating products.

The streamlined system puts Powder Coating Solutions’ Pultrucoater™ equipment in line with pultrusion equipment, enabling the process of pultruding, powder coating and cutting a part to occur in one continuous operation. This setup eliminates the need for a potentially costly and time-consuming secondary coatings application.

“Together we seek to offer the market a pre-validated and proven turnkey solution to produce high-performance and long-lasting pultruded polyurethane products for previously untapped markets,” says Paul Platte, market manager – Polyurethane Composites, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

“Corrosion issues cost owners and users significantly through down time, outages and future capital expenditures,” said Shane Weyant, chief executive officer and president, Creative Pultrusions, Inc. “This innovative approach addresses those issues, enabling the electrical utility, transportation, oil and gas, and infrastructure markets to greatly benefit from polyurethane pultrusion.”

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

About Creative Pultrusions, Inc.:

CPI is a world-class pultruder that utilizes the most advanced manufacturing processes to provide high-end profiles. Originally founded in 1973, CPI was acquired by Hill & Smith Holdings PLC (HS) in September 2008. A global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of infrastructure products, galvanizing services and building and construction products, HS has sales of over $700 million. Headquartered in the UK and quoted on the London Stock Exchange, HS employs some 3,600 staff across 51 sites, principally in the UK, France, U.S., Thailand, and China.

About Powder Coating Solutions, Inc.:

PCS offers a complete range of Patent-Pending, turnkey powder coating solutions to the pultrusion industry. With over 15 years of powder coating non-conductive substrate experience, PCS offers both on-line and off-line Coating systems for FRP pultrusion. The company is Head Quartered in Toronto, Canada, with manufacturing and assembly operations in both Canada and the USA. PCS provided coating solutions to all industries from Transmission Poles to Architectural Fenestrations.

Bayer Contact:

Rollan Bradley, Phone: 813-468-6774
rollan.bradley@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC polyurethane materials and technologies, call 412-777-7454 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

For more information about Creative Pultrusions, Inc., call 888-274-7855, email dtroutman@pultrude.com or visit http://www.creativepultrusions.com/.

For more information about Powder Coating Solutions, call 416-567-6048, email info@pcspowder.com or visit http://www.pcspowder.com.

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