HK Research ReFlex Gel Coat Polymer Brings Pure Protection To The Marine Industry

HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, brings the marine industry unmatched protection with its new ReFlexTM polymer gel coats.
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HK Research's MetalFlex Marine Gel Coat Polymer Delivers a Sparkling Performance

HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, brings new depths of protection and brilliant color to the marine industry with its MetalFlex™ polymer gel coats.
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HK Announces Appointment of Brannon Pittman to Technical Services Manager

We are pleased to announce that Brannon Pittman, veteran of 14 years of Gel Coat development and customer service at HK, has been formally promoted to Technical Service Manager for the company. His responsibilities will include assisting the field representatives where necessary, trial runs of products in composite plants around the country and providing the follow-up laboratory work to assist our current and new customers.

We congratulate Brannon on his new position, a position he has earned with a great deal of hard work and effort.

HK Research Starts a Revolution in 2012

HICKORY, NC — HK Research, the industry’s gel coat expert, unveiled a new user-friendly, grafted polymer matrix named “Revolution” during the 2012 Composites Exhibition and Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HK Research is confident that its new Revolution polymer will live up to its name. “Polyester gel coat technology has changed very little over the past 70 years. Until now,” explained David Higgins, VP of Marketing and Sales, HK Research. “What makes Revolution different is its ability to ‘flex’ due to the changes in its molecular structure. Revolution has multiple reactive sites that allow superior cross-link density and inherent flexibility. While providing outstanding in-shop application properties, Revolution Polymer offers the best weathering properties and water -resistance — all at a price competitive with traditional gel coats.”

Using a proprietary grafting technique, HK Research completely re-engineered the polymer’s molecular makeup. As a result of this molecular re-engineering, Revolution features modified resin backbones, grafted polymer chains, controlled uniform molecular weights and flexible cross-links. Ordered monomer grafting minimizes UV degradation, maximizes application characteristics, increases transfer efficiency and reduces water permeation through a polymer network. And, like all HK products, Revolution Polymer is specially engineered to deliver outstanding performance in the shop and in the field.

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, HK Research has the largest facility in North America designed exclusively for premium polymer coating manufacturing. HK Research’s fully automated facility produces the world’s most advanced, consistently reproducible coating products for marine, aerospace, transportation and pool and spa industries. Barrel to barrel, HK Research’s coatings deliver superior protection that lasts, maintains a new appearance longer, and adapts easily to the production process, saving time and money on every run.

For more information on HK Research or their products, visit their new website www.hkresearch.com or call (800) 334-5975.

Composites Association Hands Out Awards

The American Composites Manufacturers Association announced its annual member awards this week at Composites 2012 in Las Vegas.
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HK Research Launches New Marine
Industry Website

HICKORY, NC - HK Research, the leading gel coat producer in North America and the second largest in the world, recently launched a new website, www.hk-marinecom. The site is dedicated exclusively to premium gel coats designed for the specialized demands of the marine industry.

One of the more prominent features of the new site examines HK Research’s latest innovation: High Definition (HD™) marine gel coats, a new line of low-HAP marine gel coats specially formulated for high-quality exterior boating applications

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, HK Research has the largest fully automated, computer-controlled facility in North America designed exclusively for the manufacture of premium gel coats in the marine and composites industries.


Hickory, NC - HK Research Corporation is proud to announce its HD™ High Definition/High Performance Gel Coats. This new line of gel coats has exceptional depth and boldness and is offered in a spectrum of high definition colors.

The HD™ Gel Coats are MACT- compliant gel coats that are ideal for boat hulls, decks and swimming pools in any color.  Blistering, blushing, porosity, or fading will no longer be an issue with the application of this gel coat product.

HD™ Gel Coats have the same great application properties as HK Research’s other Low HAP gel coats. When properly applied, components created using the HD™ Gel Coats will not blush or fade under the shrink wrap or below the water line.  Using HK’s proprietary CopperCoat™ Patching System, HD™ Series Gel Coats may be repaired to produce an invisible patch.

HK Research is based in Hickory, North Carolina, and has the largest facility in North America designed exclusively for premium gel coats.

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