Canada’s Intertape targets wind power market

19 November 2008 15:21  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Intertape Polymer Group plans to launch new products aimed at the growing wind power market, the Canadian producer of polyolefins-based plastics packaging products said on Wednesday.


The Montreal-based company set up a team to develop tapes and films to meet the needs of wind power as well as other alternative energy markets, it said.


New product launches would include various tapes and films for manufacturers of wind blades, turbines and nacelle frames, it added.


“Intertape is unique in developing masking tapes for the composites industry, whereas our competitors are marketing existing automotive products that simply don't address composite manufacturing requirements,” said Dean Blockowitz, Intertape vice president of industrial tapes.


“We have the technology to respond to manufacturing techniques such as resin infusion and vacuum bagging with films and supplemental tapes," he added.


The US domestic market for wind turbine components and systems would develop at a compound annual growth rate of 40% to reach $60.9bn (€48.3bn) in 2013, the company said, citing recent studies.


Dow Chemical earlier this year launched an epoxy products line for wind power plates.


Wind turbine blades are a fast growing end-market for epoxy, vinyl ester and polyester resins used to make the lightweight composites.


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