In the maritime industry, water-tight and lightweight materials are both necessary in order to project the watercraft and ensure it can remain afloat. In addition, water vessels must be able to resist fading from exposure to salt water and other corrosive elements. At Piedmont Plastics, we have become the leading plastics partner for maritime industry manufacturers and builders because of our varied plastic products and their exceptional durability and versatility.
How Plastics and Marine Products Go Hand-in-Hand
Plastics, because they are lightweight and water-resistant, are becoming the go-to source for building materials for watercraft. Some of the properties of plastics that make them ideal for marine industries include:
- Fade resistance
- Lightweight design
- Corrosion resistance
- Minimal water absorption
- No risk of decay
Because of these benefits, manufacturers have been turning to Piedmont Plastics for their building materials for decades. Since 1985, in fact, the maritime industry has been one of the core focuses of Piedmont's product line.
Common Maritime Applications of Piedmont Plastics Products
Our materials are used by manufacturers for everything from windshields and enclosures to replacing wood and aluminum in the basic designs of boats. Transparent plastics, like acrylic and polycarbonate sheet, are often used for boat windshields. We even have marine upholstery substrate to create seats on board boats that will resist moisture absorption and reduce the risk of decay.
At Piedmont, we have a line of plastics designed specifically for marine applications, our Piedmont Marine Grade products. For upholstery purposes, our Aqua-Plas and King StarBoard lines are ideal. We proudly stock one of the largest inventories of marine grade plastics on the continent and employ Marine Specialists to work specifically with the boat manufacturers, engineers, and designers who use our products. We work directly with manufacturers to help them select the exact materials to meet their needs, and then offer one to two-day shipping times to ensure you can get your materials quickly.
If you are interested in learning more about why Piedmont Plastics is the logical choice for your plastics needs, contact our team today!