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Supplying the world’s top boat builders

By Dan Teuton
3 July 2018

Great people are at the heart of Havant-based GRP Solutions – the South Coast’s leading composite solutions provider, writes Brian Harpur, managing director.

The foundation of this successful business is a highly-experienced and passionate team of composite experts who have an extensive knowledge of the marine sector.

Working with world-class composite manufacturers, the company prides itself in offering premium products and solutions for the world’s top boat builders. When supplying the highest calibre products only a first-rate service will do, and this dedication to service is why GRP Solutions has grown so dramatically over the past three years.

GRP Solutions provides a complete range of composite solutions for customers manufacturing racing yachts, pleasure craft, hovercraft, ribs, kayaks, catamarans, as well as to world leading yacht manufacturers such as Sunseeker.

The team at GRP Solutions delights in providing innovative solutions, technical support and a pre-eminent portfolio of composite products for the marine industry. Working closely and exclusively with Ashland Chemicals, the firm can offer an outstanding selection of epoxy vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester resins, premium gelcoats, low profile resins, fuel tank resins, bonding pastes and barrier coats designed specifically for marine applications.

Ashland’s AME superior marine resins have been the preferred and trusted resins for the most respected boat builders around the globe for over 30 years. The modified epoxy vinyl ester resins have been designed exclusively for the world’s premium boat builders due to their record of providing long lasting performance.

Ashland’s leading gelcoat technology delivers enduring lustre and finish while providing the flexibility and weathering performance required by the most demanding marine applications. Its innovative approach of “always solving” ensures it continues to build a suite of gelcoat products that pushes gelcoat technology and performance to new levels.

GRP Solutions works with the world’s pre-eminent manufacturers across a complete mix of composite products and technologies. What is key to the business is being able to add value to customers through its experience, expertise and innovative products. A great example of this approach was a recent demonstration to bring back the gloss finish to a carbon fibre mast using PaiBoat polishing compounds rather than the traditional approach of repainting, which is time consuming and expensive.

What sets GRP Solutions apart is the dedication of our entire team and their desire to provide customers with solutions not just products. Our business is setting the standard in composite distribution and this is demonstrated by our continued investment in the best people in the industry and our desire to provide world class service.

As part of its continued expansion plans, GRP Solutions has recently added a range of bonding solutions from UK manufacturer Bondloc to its portfolio. To ensure customers receive the highest quality service and added value solutions the company recruited adhesives expert Ian Lancey to head up this business unit, and to provide in-house technical and commercial support.

For an innovative approach to composites contact one of our business managers and let us help you add value to your business.

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“Setting the standard in composite distribution”

Advanced composite solutions for the marine market


In January 2018, GRP Solutions partnered with Total Composite Solutions (TCS) to offer each and every valued customer the ultimate advanced composites full service solution, based on a wealth of experience and cutting-edge technology.

With design and the market-driven direction within the super yacht sector to remove weight particularly from areas higher within the build, TCS offers wide ranging solutions with their material and engineering options. This combined with the bespoke nature of the offering, gives super yacht manufacturers and ultimately their clients the option to make their build much more individual without high cost and complexity. This trend, seen more widely within high end automotive brands, now adds real value to the luxury end of the marine sector.

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