As boating manufacturers switch from mechanical fasteners to adhesives and sealants in order to reduce overall boat weight, decrease material usage, further durability and encourage more sustainable assembly processes, Bostik has launched a range of new marine adhesives.
Bostik, the adhesives solutions segment of Arkema Group, has introduced this range of products within its engineering adhesives portfolio, Born2Bond™, to provide an essential toolbox to support the marine industry in delivering sustainable repairs and manufacturing.
With a recently new and improved formulation, the Born2Bond™ the Ultra one part, the Structural two part and the Light Lock dual-cure (light and surface) cyanoacrylate adhesives enable deck repair without the need to dismantle the deck area. This is especially useful when artificial teak decking wears and bubbles, as it facilitates quick, easy and clean repairs – without the need for replacement parts.
The solution forms a part of Born2Bond™’s instant adhesives range that features fast curing and high strength products with optimum moisture, humidity and chemical resistant qualities, making them ideal for marine assembly and repairs. They are suitable for multiple substrates including metal, wood, leather, rubber, plastic composites and alloys.
Born2Bond™ anaerobic adhesives are also ideal for fastening and sealing processes, including threadlocking, pipe sealing, gasketing and retaining. They offer a more reliable, convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional mechanical fastening. The range also includes anaerobic adhesives which are not CLP classified. The products do not carry hazard labels, significantly enhancing the safety and comfort of their use while reducing environmental impact.
Marine instruments and equipment, such as GPS modules, displays, antennas and electronics require reliable assembly and sealing of enclosures to protect from elements and withstand challenging conditions where failure is not optional. Born2Bond™ high performance HM-PUR adhesives provide durable structural bonding and are able to withstand fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Born2Bond™ UV-CIPG gasketing products enable the production of waterproof products and ensure serviceability of assembled parts, providing ideal solutions for the specific challenges of marine environments.
As part of this ‘marine toolbox’ Bostik’s MSR Construction Adhesive is now also available in 100ml pressure packaging. The product is known for its applications in bonding and sealing without the need for pre-treatment, providing long-lasting solvent and isocyanate free adhesion that has robust UV and water resistance. The new pressurised cartridge enables smaller repairs to be carried out, both above and below the water line, without the need for any application tool.
“The products are must haves for any yachting toolbox. They provide a flexibility, that when combined with ease of application and fast curing speeds, helps to accelerate assembly, maintenance and repair processes, and reduce downtime. This results in a more sustainable approach to replacement parts. Many of the featured products have been used and tested for assembly and repair of sailing boats participating in international races,” says Polivio Goncalves, head of engineering adhesives at Bostik.
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