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America's Cup: Gurit to be composites supplier to Defender

by Gurit media 29 Aug 2018 04:29 PDT 29 August 2018
Emirates Team New Zealand and Gurit re-sign the partnership agreement for their eighth America's Cup campaign together © Gurit

Advanced composites specialist Gurit reports that it has become an official supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand`s 36th America`s Cup defence campaign.

A full range of composite materials, including Gurit`s proven and trusted carbon fibre prepregs and structural core materials for the marine industry, as well as related equipment will be supplied for the build of the AC75 class yachts to be used by Emirates Team New Zealand during the Defence.

This includes Emirates Team New Zealand yachts used for preliminary regattas scheduled to be held in 2019 and 2020, including the America`s Cup World Series and the America`s Cup Christmas Race, as well as Emirates Team New Zealand yachts for the PRADA Cup Challenger Series and the 36th America`s Cup presented by Prada.

“We are honoured to extend our collaboration with Emirates Team New Zealand and very proud that we will be an official supplier for advanced composite materials for the Emirates Team New Zealand 36th America`s Cup defence campaign,” said Sean Jeffery, Gurit Regional Sector Lead for Marine APAC. “This gives us the ability to demonstrate the quality and performance of our advanced composite materials in a very demanding racing environment.”

“Emirates Team New Zealand are thrilled to be working with Gurit as we look ahead to the 36th Americas Cup defence in 2021. Gurit carbon fibre prepreg is widely regarded as the go to product amongst the boatbuilding industry and Emirates Team New Zealand’s relationship with Gurit goes back to 1995. The range of additional products and support offered by Gurit staff is a crucial part of the complex boatbuilding tasks which lie ahead for Emirates Team New Zealand as materials, engineering and boatbuilding timelines are pushed to the limit,” said Geoff Senior, Emirates Team New Zealand Construction Manager.

Gurit`s heritage in the marine industry spans more than 30 years. Gurit supports the global marine industry with the full composite solution – from structural engineering to material selection and supply of advanced composite materials to technical support in finely tuning products to individual specifications to achieve outstanding results, whether that is improved quality, more efficient production, reduced weight or higher performance.

About Gurit:

The companies of Gurit Holding AG, Wattwil/Switzerland, are specialized on the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, related technologies and select finished parts

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