Paris, March 13, 2019 - SAERTEX announces a strategic partnership with the internationally operating manufacturer of resins, gelcoats, adhesives and specialty polymers SCOTT BADER for the production and distribution of its SAERTEX LEO system. At JEC WORLD 2019, a cooperation agreement has been signed by both companies. It aims at combining the performance capabilities of both partner companies for applications that meet the highest fire protection requirements and further developing the LEO system. To this end, the sales and support teams of SAERTEX and SCOTT BADER work closely together and can provide their customers on the world market with high-quality consultancy and fast availability of fire-protection-relevant materials for the production of composites.

A cooperation on highly promising conditions: As a specialist, SAERTEX manufactures reinforcement materials made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. The SAERTEX LEO system is the product range within the SAERTEX product program for applications providing the highest level of fire protection and consists of multiaxial non-crimp fabrics and core materials as well as a specifically designed resin system (not filled and halogen-free) and an easy-to-process gelcoat for fulfilling the highest fire protection requirements such as EN 45545 in the field of rail vehicles, EN13501 in the field of construction or the IMO FTP Codes in the field of shipbuilding.

The resin system within the modular LEO system is now delivered by Scott Bader with immediate effect and further developed together with SAERTEX. “All materials used within the LEO system are perfectly matched to one another to provide our customers with a reliable solution which meets the highest fire protection requirements,” emphasizes Steven Bakker, Director Industry & Advanced Technologies at SAERTEX. “As soon as we receive a request, the relevant product components will be provided by SCOTT BADER and SAERTEX within a very short time in order to quickly and reliably deliver a complete LEO system to the customer.” Another advantage of the cooperation: Like SAERTEX, the sales and support team of Scott Bader in the field of fire protection is globally positioned and, besides SAERTEX's application consultants, it provides additional support for the LEO products emerging from the cooperation.

“The SAERTEX LEO system is a unique material system which combines excellent fire protection with the highest mechanical strength for the production of structural fiber composite components,” confirms Neil Gray, Global Market Manager FST at SCOTT BADER. “Our new LEO Crestapol 1261PA resin for the LEO system fulfills all previous functionality requirements and even improves the mechanical properties for structural components.” The fiber-reinforced composite materials with integrated fire protection from the SAERTEX LEO SYSTEM are used in the marine market, in the construction industry and in the production of rail vehicles; all of these are areas in which the combination of lightweight design, a high mechanical durability and an excellent weather resistance is in demand.

The cooperation agreement has been signed on 13 March 2019 at JEC WORLD in Paris, the leading trade fair for composite materials. “Existing customers of SAERTEX LEO also benefit from the new cooperation with Scott Bader,” assures Christoph Geyer, CEO of the SAERTEX Group. “You can rely upon a further optimized support provided by SAERTEX.”

In addition, the LEO product range is completed by the two new SAERTEX products LEO COATED FABRIC and SAERcore® LEO for RTM processes.

The family-owned company SAERTEX®, with a turnover of approximately €350 million, is the global market leader for manufacturing multiaxial non-crimp fabrics and core materials for the production of fiber-reinforced composites. Customers in the wind, aerospace, automotive, sports and boat building industries rely on composites that become lighter, more stable and more resistant to corrosion thanks to SAERTEX® reinforcing materials made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. For the shipbuilding, transport, oil & gas and construction industries in particular, SAERTEX® offers specific support services for the conversion of steel components into composites – from structural analysis and process development through to series production of the components. With some 1400 employees and 14 production sites on five continents, together with an active sales network in more than 50 countries, the SAERTEX® group is globally positioned to meet the increasing demand for technologically advanced GRP and CFRP composite solutions.

About Scott Bader:
Scott Bader is a global chemical company, manufacturing Adhesives, Gelcoats and Resins for a variety of markets around the world. Established in 1951, it now employs over 650 people across 6 manufacturing sites and 13 offices worldwide. Scott Bader is committed to expanding its global reach, with recent ventures including Canada, North America and India, while continuing to build on its reputation for innovation, outstanding quality and technical expertise.

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SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG, Brochterbecker Damm 52, D-48369 Saerbeck
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LEO Infusion Resin

LEO Protection Layer (Topcoat / Gelcoat)

Core Materials (Optional)

LEO Reinforcement Material
(Glass / Carbon / Aramid / Hybrid)