Dublin, Ohio-based Ashland will mark the material's 50th anniversary Oct. 27-29 at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) trade show in Dallas. Derakane is an epoxy vinyl ester known for its strength and durability. It's used in a wide range of applications, including corrosion-resistant equipment for the waste-water treatment, chemical processing and mining industries.
“For half a century, high-performing Derakane resins have provided unparalleled durability performance when failure is not an option,” officials said in a news release. The firm also released several new products in 2015, including Aropol L, a low-styrene unsaturated polyester resin intended to minimize exposure to styrene vapors in the workplace
“In addition to celebrating Derakane's 50th anniversary, this has been a big year for us as we launched a number of new products delivering solutions to our customers to help them meet the demands of their customers and regulatory challenges,” North American composites vice president Andy Beer said in the release.
Derakane and Aropol both are made by Ashland's Ashland Performance Materials unit, which is a global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. The unit also produces gelcoats, intermediates and solvents. Major markets served by APM include residential and commercial building products, wind blades and pipe, as well as auto, truck and boat parts.