HK Research Corp.

Gel coat manufacturer with low-HAP (MACT-compliant) products for every marine and composites manufacturer end-use, including HydroShield LITE and High Definition high-performance gel coats.

908 Lenoir Rd.
PO Box 1809
Hickory, NC 28603 US

Additional Locations:

Rick Graham, GA US
(404) 754-9772


As Seen In CompositesWorld

HK Research and Scott Bader form strategic alliance
The companies plan to explore mutual interests in various markets, technologies and manufacturing areas to further strengthen their respective positions in the European and American gel coat markets.

carbon fiber, prepreg, epoxy prepreg, composites

The matrix
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.

CAMX 2015: Automotive, military innovations and on-floor demos
ACMA’s and SAMPE’s second combined event featured plenty of new products and thought-provoking conference sessions for the composites industry.

HK Research expands plant
HK Research has the largest facility in North America designed exclusively for premium polymer coating manufacturing.

Marine gel coat
HK Research (Hickory, NC, US) has introduced to the marine industry its new ReFlex, part of the company's Revolution series of gel coat polymers.

The matrix (2015)
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here's a guide to selection.


Bus station pavilion: A marriage of design and manufacture
Architectural design studio and boatbuilder cooperate to make this passenger terminal "first" a first-class showpiece.

IBEX 2013 Show Review
Evidence of a marine industry rebound and a trend toward supplier M&A as the world’s largest boatbuilding trade show looks ahead to smoother sailing … and Tampa.

COMPOSITES 2012 Highlights
As ACMA’s annual conclave convened in North America’s gambling capital, show exhibitors and attendees placed their bets on better days.

Show highlights: ACMA's COMPOSITES 2012
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) hosted the COMPOSITES 2012 conference and trade show Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. CompositesWorld was there and offers highlights of presentations and new products.

Barrier coats in pool production
Barrier coats protect fiberglass swimming pools from invasive water-treatment chemicals.

People Briefs
Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI, West Chicago, Ill.) has transferred Hakan Unsal, late of BMCI’s German division, BMC Europe (BMCE), to BMC TetraDURTurkey, its new production facility in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be the general manager ... Lectra (Paris, France) has appointed Adriana Vono Papavero to the position of managing director of Lectra South America.

News Briefs: Feb. 1, 2011
Ceramaterials moves headquarters to Port Jervis, N.Y.; Delta Composites wins small business award; Barry Ashton joins HK Research sales team; PPG glass qualified for aerodyn wind blades; Royal Engineered Composites completes fifth Nadcap audit; Seco Tools offers Feb. 8 machining seminar.

Low-Hap Marine Gel Coats
HD Series Marine Gel Coats, a new line from HK Research Corp. (Hickory, N.C.), are based on HK’s proprietary acrylic-modified, 100 percent NPG/isophthalic polymer backbone and are formulated to meet the need for high-quality exterior marine gel coat applications. The HD Series gel coats have hazardous air pollutant

Quadriaxial fabric

Composites Recreate Ultimate Alien
Largest-ever theme park ride icon comes to life in glass/epoxy laminates.

Product Categories of HK Research Corp.

  • Matrix resins, thermoset
    • UV-curable
    • Urethane
    • Vinyl ester
    • Unsaturated polyester
      • Unsaturated polyester, isophthalic
  • Gel coats
    • Chemical-/corrosion-resistant
    • Fire-retardant
    • General-purpose
    • Marine
    • Potable-water grades
    • UV-curable
  • Coatings and sizings
    • Decorative
    • Flame retardant
    • In-mold
    • Protective
  • Casting resins
    • Unsaturated polyester
  • Resin additives & modifiers
    • Colorant, pigments
    • Viscosity control agents
Tools/tooling materials
  • Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
    • Urethane