OAS joined other innovators from the British composites sector inside the UK Pavilion – supported by the Department for International Trade, Composites UK and the National Composites Centre – at JEC World. As well as showcasing its existing Onto™ products, OAS also unveiled a brand-new adhesion promotion surface treatment that can be cured using a drying step, followed by UV light treatment.
Technology Manager Jon-Paul Griffiths and Business Development Manager Terence Warmbier received a wealth of serious enquiries from delegates at the three-day event in Paris, from industries ranging from sports and leisure goods through to volume automotive manufacturing.
Terence said: “We had a very good JEC World and our enquiry count shows it’s essential that we have a presence at the world’s biggest composites show. The UK Pavilion was a hive of activity and there was a strong interest in the new UV-cured product we released, as well as the general OAS products. That demonstrated to us that we are meeting the needs of the market.
“The enquiries for our UV product came from the automotive, sports, aerospace and construction industries where removing the aggravation of dust from sanding and speeding up the materials process is a massive consideration. We’re now in the process of working on some confidentiality agreements and we’ll be sending some samples out to those potential customers in the coming weeks.”
A particularly pleasing outcome from JEC World was how much interest OAS drew from companies at the heart of the sports and leisure industry where the use of affordable advanced materials in equipment is becoming more prevalent.
“We met with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ice hockey sticks and also the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer – a company that made a great effort to come and find us at JEC World,” Terence said. “We’ve now started some good conversations with both companies and their eagerness to learn more about our adhesion promotion technology confirms to us that the leisure market has a real hunger for embracing advanced material technology and making it work properly in their product applications.”