METTAWA, Ill., Feb. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced it is expanding its partnership with Arkema, a leader in specialty materials, to develop a fully recyclable fiberglass boat, The Arkemas incorporates Liquid Thermoplastic Elium® Resin on all of the ship’s composite parts, core and adhesives. The project is part of Brunswick’s corporate sustainability program and aims to enable end-of-life hull and structural components to be fully recycled and reintroduced into production processes, reducing the amount of disposable material and sourcing new raw materials.
Expected to be on display at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the first prototype will be developed in collaboration with Boston Whaler, using the brand’s unique construction to validate the technology.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Arkema, marking an exciting milestone on our sustainability journey,” said Kris Neff, President of Boston Whaler. “By combining next-generation materials with the legendary safety and durability of the Boston Whaler brand, we ensure we continue to meet the diverse and changing needs of boaters while reducing our environmental footprint.”
Arkema’s Elium® resin is particularly suitable for the marine industry and the manufacture of composite watercraft; In addition to being fully recyclable, it is also specially adapted to the resin infusion process of large parts with low viscosity, long reactivity and low exothermic reaction.
“Elium® resin is our solution for the new era of sustainable composites,” said Nicolas Valloir, Business Manager at Arkema. “Through our partnership with Brunswick and Boston Whaler, we are helping to shape a more sustainable future and circular economy for the shipping industry. This is fully in line with Arkema’s commitment to developing innovative solutions tailored to support our customers in their quest for sustainable performance.”
For more information on Brunswick’s sustainability strategy, performance and progress, visit www.brunswick.com/corporate-responsibility/sustainability.
Elium® is a registered trademark of Arkema.
Headquartered in Mettawa, Illinois, Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury Marine outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury parts and accessories worldwide, including propellers and SmartCraft electronics; Advanced Systems Group, which includes industry-leading brands such as Simrad, Lowrance, C-MAP, B&G, MotorGuide, Attwood, Mastervolt, RELiON, Blue Sea Systems, CZone and system integrators from ASG Connect; Distribution of marine parts from Land ‘N’ Sea, BLA, Payne’s Marine, Kellogg Marine and Lankhorst Taselaar; Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Heyday, Lowe, Lund, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Freedom Boat Club, Boateka, Boating Services Network and Boat Class. For more information visit www.braunschweig.com.
Building on its unique expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of best-in-class technologies to meet the ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the goal of becoming a pure-play Specialty Materials player in 2024, the group is organized into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative specialty materials segments – Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials and Coating Solutions – which account for approximately 82% of the Group’s annual sales 2020 and a well positioned and competitive intermediate segment. Arkema offers state-of-the-art technological solutions to meet the challenges of new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, among others, and promotes an ongoing dialogue with all its stakeholders. The group had sales of around EUR 8 billion (USD 9 billion) in 2020 and operates in around 55 countries with 20,600 employees worldwide.
CONTACT: Lee Gordon Vice President – Brunswick Global Communications & Public Affairs Brunswick Office: 847-735-4003 Mercury Office: 920-924-1808 Cell: 904-860-8848 [email protected]