Scott Bader has begun production of its innovative structural adhesives and gelcoats at a new £12.5m manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The development of the 15-acre site represents the company’s commitment to serving the needs of the North American market, coupled with recent expansion and investment in its Canadian facility. This will be beneficial for customers in the marine, renewables, e-mobility, and land transport markets seeking the strength, durability, flexibility, and lightweighting that structural adhesives and gelcoats offer.
“With the plant fully operational we can now produce our range of structural adhesives and gelcoats in the U.S – allowing us to significantly increase capacity globally and locally,” said Scott Bader’s CEO, Kevin Matthews. “Shorter lead times for our North American customers is good news, especially with the impact of global supply chain issues being experienced worldwide.”
Through wider supply chain collaboration, the group is also advancing the ‘lightweighting’ of composite and adhesive materials to enable customers to drive energy efficiency and lower carbon transportation. Its most recent collaboration led to a specialty product being developed for the bonding of battery trays in electric vehicles.
As an ethical, employee-owned business, Scott Bader’s growing U.S. presence will bring social as well as economic benefits to North Carolina. The new plant has already created 21 new jobs and Scott Bader is committed to ‘giving back’ to its neighbors through The Scott Bader Commonwealth – a charitable trust allowing colleagues to determine how funds are ‘gifted’ and shared among relevant initiatives. In 2023 alone Scott Bader donated to 151 charities across 25 countries globally, with 23 charities supported across North America.
To learn more, visit www.scottbader.com.