Campion Marine Inc., Kelowna, BC, announced Monday that it will become the first boat builder in the world to manufacture all of its boats with Envirez, a renewably sourced bio-derived resin from Ashland Performance Materials. Envirez resin is descried as the first resin that uses a substantial amount of soybean oil and corn derived ethanol in its formulation.
“Ashland's bio-based resin delivers the performance characteristics we want for our boats and it reduces our reliance on petroleum-based counterparts,” said Brock Elliott, General Manager of Campion Marine. “We are putting Envirez resin in all our boats, not only because of its superior performance relating to strength and elongation, but because it's the right thing to do for our world.”
Elliott made the announcement Monday morning at the NMMA Canada annual general meeting, held in conjunction with the Toronto International Boat Show. Elliott noted that Campion was selected as the world's first builder of bio resin boats in 2008. “We have tested the Envirez resin hulls in our Chase 550 and 600 on Lake Okanagan for the past two years, and it has proven itself. We will now use the product to form all of our hulls, liners and decks.”
Elliott notes that the move to Envirez resin by Campion will eliminate over 100,000 pounds of C0 from entering the atmosphere.
“We are pleased to be working with a great company like Campion to bring this technology to the boating public,” said Mike Wallenhorst, Director of Product Management, Ashland Performance Materials. “Envirez is a fantastic product that offers outstanding toughness and is a big step towards a totally renewable resin. It's exciting to realize that hundreds of boats made from Envirez resin will soon be navigating the world's waterways thanks to Campion.”