Ashland joins wind blade venture, launches "Green Connection"

The Green Connection partnership will help composites manufacturers switch to closed mold processing; Ashland also announces wind blade manufacturing agreement.

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Ashland Performance Materials (Dublin, Ohio) has announced a joint effort with composites manufacturer Amtech LLC (Wapato, Wash.) and wind turbine OEM Endurance Wind Power Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) to produce blades for the latter’s small to midsized, grid-connected (inverterless) wind turbines at Amtech’s Washington manufacturing facility. The endeavor will focus on the market for turbines designed to provide electricity to individual homes, farms, schools and businesses or municipalities. The program is expected to benefit from Ashland’s significant investments in the development of new resins and associated products for the wind market over the past five years, and Amtech’s expertise in composite manufacturing and wind blade production. “Ashland has a long history of providing Amtech with resin chemistries to produce composite parts for the military and transportation industries,” says Ruben Bake, global marketing director, wind energy, Ashland Performance Materials.

Meanwhile, Ashland Distribution (Columbus, Ohio), in alliance with JHM Technologies Inc. (Fenton, Mich.), New Boston RTM (New Boston, Mich.) and SR Composites LLC (Henderson, Nev.), is introducing The Green Connection, a program for customers who are making a transition from open molding to closed molding processes for improved productivity and reduced VOC and HAP emissions. Through the new program, Ashland customers interested in resin transfer molding (RTM) and Lite RTM will have access to the broad capabilities of JHM Technologies and New Boston RTM. Additionally, SR Composites’ reusable, water-based Sprayomer vacuum bag technology will be offered as a “production-proven solution” for vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process. Ashland Distribution is the bag’s exclusive distributor for the trade.