Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America Announces Airtech International as Global Distributor for NEXX Technologies' Products

Enduredge Max Modified Epoxy Prepreg Fabrics and Tapes will be offered through Airtech International

NEW YORK, March 25, 2022 (Newswire.com) –

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) announced Airtech International Inc. as its global distribution partner for its NEXX Technologies business division. Airtech will be distributing NEXX Technologies’ Enduredge Max lines of modified epoxy prepreg fabrics and unidirectional tapes in the USA, China, Europe and the UK.

“When devising our materials growth strategy, Airtech was at the forefront for global distribution,” said Joe Kidd, General Manager – NEXX Technologies. “Airtech’s position in the composites market with their composites’ fabrication focus makes them the ultimate distribution partner for NEXX Technologies’ Enduredge Max prepreg fabrics.”

Airtech boasts six manufacturing/distribution centers worldwide, making quick and reliable delivery of materials possible. Domestic distribution centers are in California and Tennessee. International locations include Luxembourg, England and China, with additional expansion underway.

The Enduredge Max portfolio of modified epoxy prepregs offers performance and processing characteristics suitable for aerospace, space, Radomes and defense. These advanced materials deliver extended out time and excellent vacuum bag-only processing. They do not require freezer storage and can be stored at room temperature for up to a year without any changes in rheology or processing conditions. “Due to the unique stability of the Enduredge Max products, Airtech will be able to fulfill and deliver at dramatically shorter lead times than legacy prepreg products,” concluded Mr. Kidd.

Enduredge Modified Epoxy Product lines include NT-300, which provides excellent strength and toughness while providing an outstanding surface finish, making it ideal for any parts requiring high cosmetically appealing appearance; NT-350, designed for aerospace secondary and primary structures, space and satellite structures and Radomes; and NT-350HT, which offers high strength and high impact resistance, perfect for Radomes applications.

“As a technical partner to our customers, we recognize NEXX prepregs deliver unique enabling features for multiple applications and processes. Their products display excellent mechanical property laminates with high-quality surface finish, no freezer storage, enabling flexible workflows, reduced waste and lower energy usage, and thicker laminate capability,” expressed AirTech President/CEO Jeff Dahlgren. “As a global supplier to the composite industry, we are convinced this industry-advancing partnership will drive innovation and development, bringing game-changing advantages to our customers.”

NEXX Technologies will be showcasing the Enduredge Max products in the Airtech booth, as well as their own, in the upcoming Paris, France, JEC Show in early May. NEXX Technologies is located in southern California with administrative headquarters within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America located in New York City. For more information, contact Joe Kidd at jkidd@nexx-technologies.com. 

About Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical is one of the numerous independent Mitsubishi Companies and has been leading the way in a wide range of fields, from basic chemicals to fine chemicals and functional materials in the United States since 1984. As a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. in Japan, MGCA has in common the MGC philosophy “to contribute to societal growth and harmony by creating a wide range of values through chemistry.”

While MGC focuses on specializing, differentiating, and creating high-performance products that respond to the demands of every marketplace, MGC is able to focus on customers. Through customer service, logistical knowledge, technical assistance and superior products, MGC is here to help and guide its customers into the future. Aligning with the new MGC group vision, “Creating values to share with society,” MGC will contribute to customers in this region.

About Airtech 

Established in 1973, Airtech Advanced Materials Group is the largest privately owned manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials for prepreg/autoclave, resin infusion, and wet lay-up processes up to 799°F (426°C). Our product line consists of vacuum bagging films, release films, pressure-sensitive tapes, mold releases (non-liquid), peel plies, breathers and bleeders, sealant tapes, vacuum bag connectors and hoses, rubber, pressure pads, cutting tools, vacuum leak detectors, shrink tape, PTFE coated fiberglass, tooling prepregs and resins, and carbon and glass reinforcements. Business focus areas include aerospace, wind energy, marine, automotive, printed circuit board, solar energy and general FRP composites. With nearly 50 years of extrusion experience, Airtech has taken the next step into additive manufacturing with Print-Tech® large-scale additive manufacturing tooling service for composites and the new line of Dahltram® tooling and Dahlpram® purging resins.

We have six locations strategically placed worldwide, all of which offer technical assistance and are ready to meet composite production challenges.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America’s NEXX Technologies announces Strategic Partnership with Tipton-Goss

NEW YORK, August 17, 2021 (Newswire.com) – On Monday, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America’s (MGCA) NEXX Technologies advanced composites business unit announced their strategic partnership with Tipton-Goss, Inc. This partnership will allow NEXX Technologies to leverage their unique high-performance prepreg and film adhesive technologies in the advanced composites, space and aerospace market segments. 

With over three decades of advanced composites formulating and manufacturing experience, Tipton-Goss has developed a unique prepreg architecture that gives exceptional vacuum bag only processing capabilities while achieving autoclave quality results. “We’re very excited to have such a well-established partner as Mitsubishi Gas Chemical bring these disruptive technologies to market,” noted Guy Riddle, President of Tipton-Goss, Inc. 

NEXX Technologies’ Enduredge Max portfolio of modified epoxy and cyanate prepregs offers performance and processing characteristics suitable for aerospace, space, Radomes and defense. Enduredge Max’s advanced materials boast extended out time and excellent vacuum bag only processing. 

“The Tipton-Goss prepreg architecture and resin technology is a breakthrough for our industry. The time saved by eliminating out-time tracking and material re-qualifications, freezing, thawing and re-freezing material, in addition to simplified processing requirements, will result in significant cost savings for the parts fabricator, without sacrificing quality. This compilation of Tipton’s high-performance prepreg architecture and resin technology is the solution our industry has been waiting on for years,” said Joseph Kidd, General Manager of NEXX Technologies. 

NEXX Technologies is located in southern California with administrative headquarters within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America located in NYC and distributing worldwide. For more information, reach out to Mr. Kidd at jkidd@nexx-technologies.com or visit www.enduredge.com

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Mitsubishi Gas Chemical-America Announces Entry into Advanced Materials Market

June 4, 2021 (Tokyo, Japan) – Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) announced its entry into the advanced composites market with the formation of its NEXX Technologies (NEXX) Advanced Materials Business Unit. NEXX operates within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America (MGCA), a subsidiary in the United States. With over 100 years experience in producing a wide range of chemical and functional material solutions, MGC has now developed a unique portfolio of advanced composite materials for customers of all sizes and market segments.

“This is a very exciting time for us,” expressed MGCA Vice President Shoji Matsukawa. “For many years we have wanted to participate in the advanced composites marketspace. In mid-2019, we realized this goal with the opportunity to move our business into the advanced composites arena while staying in line with our strategy focused on the mobility and transportation market sectors.” NEXX Technologies will also be introducing a range of thermoset and thermoplastic platforms covering the majority of the performance range. “The focus will be on high performance segments covering many aerospace, space and urban air mobility applications for both structural and Radome performance,” Matsukawa continued.

MGC’s new line of composite materials includes modified epoxy platforms that don’t require frozen storage. Customers will see immediate cost savings by not needing refrigerated transit, freezer storage, and onerous out-time tracking. “In addition to eliminating out time restrictions and frozen storage requirements, our prepreg materials utilize a unique architecture allowing for Z-directional breathing, dramatically reducing the need for complicated debulk steps and, in many cases, autoclave processing” shared Joseph Kidd, GM – NEXX Technologies. “As we’ve entered the market with NT-350, customer feedback has been very positive.  We’ve seen examples of very thick laminates being produced with as many as 34 plies, and achieving less than 1% void content without complicated debulk or autoclave processing. It’s an exciting time and we look forward to the future and the success of our customers.”

NEXX Technologies Advanced Materials is located in southern California with administrative headquarters within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America located in NYC. For more information, contact Joe Kidd at jkidd@nexx-technologies.com.

About Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical is one of the numerous independent Mitsubishi Companies and has been leading the way in a wide range of fields, from basic chemicals to fine chemicals and functional materials in the United States since 1984. As a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. in Japan, MGCA has in common the MGC philosophy “to contribute to societal growth and harmony by creating a wide range of values through chemistry”.

While MGC focuses on specializing, differentiating, and creating high performance products that respond to the demands of every marketplace, MGC is able to focus on customers. Through customer service, logistical knowledge, technical assistance and superior products, MGC is here to help and guide its customers into the future. Aligning with the new MGC group vision, “Creating values to share with society,” MGC will contribute to customers in this region.

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