The company was the only ABS-approved balsa wood core supplier in the mid-2000s, when Northrop Grumman selected a core material supplier for the DDX (USS Zumwalt, DDG 1000) – an ABS-classed ship design and build for the US Navy. BALTEK SB balsa core is currently the only balsa core material approved for the US Navy shipbuilding programmes.
“BALTEK SB embodies 3A Composites’ spirit of creating sustainable core materials that help our customers to become greener and positively impact the environment,” says Eric Gauthier, President of Global Key Accounts of 3A Composites Core Materials. “We are proud to be the only ABS-approved core materials supplier to the US Navy since many years and looking forward to further increase our close cooperation as the US Navy is moving into sustainability.”
BALTEK SB is balsa wood from controlled cultivation cut perpendicular to the grain direction. Balsa is a universal core material due to excellent styrene and chemical resistance, as well as neutral behaviour in terms of temperature fluctuations. Balsa can be processed with all known resin systems and processes and has excellent laminate adhesion properties.