Yesterday I visited Scott Bader's headquarters in Wollaston, UK, to learn about the company's new Adhesives and Advanced Composites Business and its plans for future growth.

The company has carried out a strategic evaluation of its business and set out a 10 year growth plan. This will involve expanding globally (especially in high growth regions) in partnership with key local players, and a focus on three product technologies where it believes it has a competitive advantage, namely adhesives, gel-coats, and Crestopol urethane acrylate resins (which can be used with carbon fibre).

Scott Bader will also continue to invest in R&D and expects to release a steady flow of new products over the next few years.

I also visited Axon Automotive, also based in Wollaston, a manufacturer of lightweight vehicles. Axon uses Scott Bader's Crestapol 1250LV resin to create the carbon fibre components for its cars. Axon won a JEC innovation Award in Paris this March for its car frame based on Axontex lightweight carbon composite structural beams with high strength and stiffness.

A feature outlining Scott Bader's new strategy and its work with Axon Automotive will be published in the July/August issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine. You can also read the article Scott Bader – a long term commitment to composites online.