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Advancements in composites are good news for the maritime industry

Corrosion is the number one enemy of the maritime industry. It costs anywhere between $50 to $80 billion per year. The reason being is for the historic and continued use of metals in maritime applications.

The salt found in the ocean is one of the most corrosive agents to metal. Some marine industries have tried to address this issue by coating metals in anti-corrosive materials. While this does have a positive effect, it only goes so far.

Corrosion-resistant coating on metal wears off over time and it doesn’t do anything to stop current corrosion on the metal if there is any. So, if you’re in the maritime industry, you’re probably looking for a different material besides metals for your marine equipment. That’s why many maritime businesses use composite materials.

The benefits of using composites in the maritime industry

Composite materials can offer the strength of metal materials while reducing weight and improving corrosion resistance. Composites like fiberglass-reinforced plastics and vinyl ester resins are reliable alternatives to steel.

The benefits of using composites include:

  • Longer lifespan — Composite materials have a longer lifespan in the maritime industry than metals. They require much less maintenance and repairs, which saves your business a lot in the long run. 
  • Better UV resistance — Not all composite materials are inherently UV resistant, but there are anti-UV sealants that can protect the composite material. This kind of sealant has been used with metal maritime materials, but it only lasts for a couple of years. With composites, anti-UV sealant lasts much longer. 
  • Improved safety — Corrosion in metal can lead to failures that cause injury or can threaten someone’s life. Using composite materials reduces the likelihood of material failing due to corrosion and putting an employee’s or customer’s life at risk.

Composites One is the number one composites distributor in North America

If your business manufactures boats, underwater pipelines and other maritime equipment, you’ll need the most reliable materials. At Composites One, we keep thousands of composite materials in stock.

We distribute materials from 41 different distribution centers across North America, so you can quickly have access to the goods your business needs. Contact us today to learn more about corrosion-resistant composites in the maritime industry.