Transportation, Recreational Vehicles, and Marine

Who pulls out all the stops for solutions?

We do!
If it has an engine and / or moves on land or sea, Ashland is working on solutions to make it better. How, you might ask? Our gelcoats resist scratches keeping boats, recreational vehicles and truck caps looking like new. Replacing traditional metal components with molded composites helps reduce the vehicle's weight as a step to increase gas mileage and our structural adhesives hold it all together. Ashland teams and resources stand ready to deliver solutions to keep the world’s transportation systems and vehicles running smoothly, while providing manufacturers with greater efficiencies. Whether it’s lubricants that make vehicles run smoother, low-density sheet-molding compound (SMC) technology for Class A painted composites, gelcoats that offer UV-light stability, epoxy vinyl ester resins that deliver high corrosion resistance, or high-modulus resilient resins that improve paintability, Ashland has the products, technical services and application support to help you meet your challenges and give you the green light for solutions.

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  • Auto and Truck

    Get the green light on solutions

    If we thought reinventing the wheel would help you, we would! While we may not be reinventing the wheel itself, the tenacious solvers of Ashland are working with the automotive industry for solutions for vehicles with wheels, as well as finding efficiencies in the assembly process as well. Molded composites from Ashland are transforming the transportation industry and they can transform your business as well.  Ashland also offers a wide variety of analytical and technical services to help determine the solution that will best fit your needs.

    Body and Closure Panels
    Seems like people around the world are constantly moving, going from here to there - everywhere.  Ashland gets reved up at the prospect of solving and the transportation industry needs some solutions.  Heavy vehicles require more gas, metal parts can rust and the industry is looking for new ways to hold it all together.  Exterior body parts such as hoods, roofs, spoilers and fenders (to name just a few) will maintain a superior look and finish when they are made with Arotran™ since Arotran resin systems offer superior surface finish, help reduce paint parts and provide excellent bonding and adhesion for paint applications. Furthermore, Pliogrip™ structural adhesives have been used for composite bonding in automotive and heavy truck applications for more than 40 years. Formulated to bond composites, plastics, metals and glass, and available in two-part polyurethane, epoxy and methacrylate technologies, Pliogrip structural adhesives can be an effective solution in a wide variety of applications. Consider Pliogrip adhesives for bonding and assembly of automotive composites and lightweight vehicles.

    Powertrains and Under the Hood
    The automotive industry strives to maintain a balance between lightweight and high strength to help reduce fuel consumption and provide durability and safety, respectively.  For hood, door, roof, and deck lid inners, Ashland has Arotran™ 300 resin system, a system specifically designed to achieve this balance by utilizing carbon fiber. The solvers of Ashland combine epoxy vinyl ester chemistry with nano-composites technology for the Arotran 300 resin system. Parts made with this resin technology will produce carbon fiber SMC structural composites with very high mechanical properties. Arofene™ phenolic resins are used as media saturants providing heat, chemical and water resistance as well as other specialized properties such as a frictional coefficient. Arofene phenolic adhesives are used to bond non-metallic materials, such as transmission friction media, brake pads and metal plates.

    Structural and Chassis
    Arotran™ and Derakane™ resins and resin systems can be utilized in the automotive and heavy-truck markets for structural part applications and will provide the parts with excellent mechanical properties and toughness. Arotran and Derakane structural SMC resins utilize nano-composite materials to provide original equipment manufacturers and molders with lower-mass SMCs which result in lighter parts while maintaining structural integrity.

    Truck Beds and Stowage
    Arotran™ UV resin systems can be used in SMC formulations where UV stability and good shrink control are required. The molded-in black color eliminates the need for paint. Derakane™ resins and resin systems feature excellent physical properties, high tensile elongation, and good dimensional tolerance.

    Underbody Shields
    Derakane™ resin and resin systems are high-strength, thickenable epoxy vinyl ester resin for use in SMC and BMC. Features include excellent physical properties, good heat resistance, high tensile elongation, and good dimensional tolerance for use in underbody shields.

    From top to bottom and inside to out, Ashland works to find science based answers and solutions to automotive industry questions and that includes finding durable, lightweight materials for auto and truck interiors.  Sun shades and seat frames provide comfort to vehicle occupants.  Seats provide support and comfort and the frames take a lot of abuse as people and pets, as well as baggage, sit, flop, drop and jump and climb all over them.  Sun shades need to withstand the constant opening and closing and load floors need to stand up to the constant loading of bags, gear, groceries, tools, pets, and purchases that are a part of everyday life. Derakane™ 788, 780 and 782 along with Arotran™ 300 resin systems are materials that withstand the test of time.

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  • Marine

    We work best underwater

    We've barely scratched the surface when it comes to finding solutions to make boats beautiful, even under the water. Ashland has been and continues to be a respected and trusted supplier of gelcoats.  But that's not good enough for us.  We continue to learn, explore and test, pushing the limits of our gelcoats to provide you with products that are more usable, that create tough yet glossy surfaces that stand up to weather and resist scratches, keeping your boat ship shape.

    Respected by leading boat builders around the world, AME™ premium marine resins remain the resin of choice for keeping boats beautiful and scratch free.  Designed exclusively for premium boat builders, the solvers at Ashland took great care and careful consideration to design a solution that addresses both performance and production needs. And, these modified epoxy vinyl ester resins (EVER’s) remain unsurpassed for protection, performance and production to help keep your boats afloat and out of dry-dock.

    As one of the first premium resins ever designed for the marine industry, and now well into the third decade since the original formulations, AME resins have a flawless record of providing long lasting performance that has yet to be equaled.

    Maxguard™ gelcoats raise the bar on performance. Ashland’s patented NRP and low-emission (LE) technology continues to deliver the enduring luster and finish expected from leading boat builders world-wide. Ashland’s innovations continue to build our suite of gelcoat products, pushing gelcoat technology and performance to new levels.

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  • Recreational Vehicles

    Adventures await

    With Ashland gelcoats, resins and barrier coats protecting your vehicle, you'll be the king of the road.  Ashland strives to keep your recreational vehicles looking their best as they cruise down the highway, into the mountains or down to the lake. We combine manufacturing expertise with technical service to offer products that deliver performance for both you and your customers so they and their vehicles are ready to experience another adventure.

    Our technical service team has an industry-leading reputation for solving problems. We work closely with our customers to understand specific application challenges and recommend the best product to meet business objectives. Whether focused on product design, process optimization or new product development, Ashland prides itself on building partnerships that lead to innovative solutions.

    For decades, Ashland has served the recreational market with new technologies that deliver unmatched quality and performance. Our newest products continue the tradition of delivering the best by capturing the latest trends and needs of our customers.

    For decades, leading RV manufacturers have trusted and relied on Aropol™ and Envirez™ resins to provide beautiful, long lasting performance and durability. They have been the preferred and trusted resins for the best RV manufacturers in the world for decades. Great care has been taken to address the high performance desires and real world production needs of the end user. 

    Maxguard™ gelcoats raise the bar on performance. Ashland’s Maxguard NRP white and NCP color gelcoats, as well as the reliable Maxguard LRV technology continue to deliver the enduring luster and finish expected from leading manufacturers world-wide, while maintaining the ease of use customers have come to expect of Ashland gelcoats. Ashland’s innovations continue to build our suite of gelcoat products, pushing gelcoat technology and performance to new levels


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  • Mass Transit

    Innovation in Motion

    Mass transit systems are the primary solution for getting people into and out of the city efficiently and sustainably. Ashland is on board when it comes to providing products for virtually  everything from third rail covers to rest room counters.  The folks of Ashland want to keep people safe so they are continue to refine lightweight, fire-resistant products that provide safety benefits to passengers while helping to reduce fuel costs by reducing the overall weight.  Our teams strive to optimize both performance and safety.   So, mind the gap and contact Ashland for products and technology to fill it.

    Fuel costs for public transportation systems have more than doubled in the last 10 years. Weight is a paramount concern given the high cost of fuel. Using composites to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics has long been demonstrated to bring significant fuel consumption savings. Composites are commonly found in buses, subway cars, people movers, dining cars and passenger rail applications. FRP enables the coach designer to mold in multiple features, thus reducing part assembly requirements, labor and maintenance.  Applications include the following: Cable Tray, Ceiling and Floor Panels Doors, End Caps, Engineer Consoles, Front Ends, Interior Panels, Lavatory and Luggage Compartments, Seating Sleeper Compartments, Third Rail Covers, Wall Panels, and Window Surrounds to name just a few!

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  • Truck Cap

    Cap it off

    Ashland products can help you put a lid on it - your truck that is.  Ashland, like many companies, provides products, but we go the extra mile to offer training and technique to ensure proper application of our products.  And, our analytical testing services can help you continue to put your best foot forward by delighting your customers. Our products and ability to solve combined with your application and customer service are a winning combination. Our teams are at the ready to get you set to go to market.

    Product Benefits

    Enguard™ PR series sanding gelcoats     

    • Low porosity
    • Fast curing
    • Easy to sand

    Aropol™ LF 61301

    • Very reactive resin system for fast cycle times
    • Good surface profile with no post-cure distortion
    • Heavily filled >50% CaCO3
    • Painted automotive finish

    Aropol™ Q 67700

    • Enhanced fatigue life
    • Enhanced surface profiles
    • 35% faster Barcol development
    • Optimal wet-out of glass fibers
    • Improved storage stability
    • Premium marine chemistry


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