Brazil's Mastergel certified to ISO 9001:2008

Mastergel manufactures gelcoat and distributes peroxides, waxes and mold releases.

Brazilian gelcoat manufacturer Mastergel (Joinville, Brazil) reported on July 2 that it has been certified in accordance with the quality standard ISO 9001:2008. 

“Although there are huge possibilities for growth, and this becomes evident when we look at the composite markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in Brazil the material has always been inappropriately treated. That explains the domestic investments in quality and processes, such as the certification, and in the training we offer to all molders, regardless of the type of product they manufacture and the amount of raw materials they consume,” says Rosi Ana Peterhans, director of Mastergel.

The production of parts with more sophisticated technologies, such as light resin transfer molding (light RTM), and the construction of molds are two of the subjects included in Mastergel courses – from 2009 until today, which was attended by approximately 50 people so far. “We showed in the training that modern processes, despite being more expensive at the beginning, lead to large savings, as there is a significantly reduced loss in raw materials and expenses with rework,” says Peterhans.

“The composites market is very unstable. But I have noticed that the companies that are best prepared to overcome these turbulences are those that are constantly investing in technology,” she says.

Today, Mastergel produces more than 10 types of gelcoats and distributes the following raw materials: polyester and vinyl ester resins, marine gelcoat (Ashland); peroxides and mold release waxes (Polinox); semi-permanent mold release (Acmos) and millimetered waxes (Freeman).