Marine Gel Coat Expert in Boat Manufacturing

Case Description:

A marine gel coat expert in boat manufacturing was needed for a breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud action lawsuit filed by two yacht companies against a polymer company that produces and distributes gel coats for marine applications. Gel coat is a polymer resin, most commonly a polyester resin, used on the outer most layer of a boat. The two yacht companies alleged that they experienced extensive cracking of the gel coat skin due to defective marine gel coat manufactured and sold by the polymer company.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to locate a marine gel coat expert knowledgeable in the manufacturing process and application of gel coat with regard to its use in boat manufacturing. The expert would review the manufacturing process utilized by the polymer company to ascertain whether the cracking was caused by defective gel coat.

Experts Presented:

  • Marine Gel Coat Expert

    This marine gel coat expert has over 20 years of experience in the gel coat industry. He has worked with boat manufacturers to identify and troubleshoot problems in marine gel coat and is familiar with all aspects of gel coat application. This expert is also experienced in the manufacturing process of marine gel coat and its quality control. He has been deposed several times as a fact witness. IMS Reference #4992874

  • Plastics Formulation Expert

    This plastics formulation expert is experienced in the testing and failure analysis of marine gel coats and other polymeric products. He has worked on the formulation and processing of plastics, including plastic additives, coatings, polymer resins, and polymer blends. He has a BA in Chemistry, is a member of the American Chemical Society, and is an experienced expert witness. IMS Reference #4992630

  • Polymer Resin Expert

    This polymer resin expert is the vice president of research and technology for a polyester resin and marine gel coat manufacturer. He is knowledgeable of polymer resins, particularly polyester and epoxy. This expert has been granted over 10 patents for the processes involved in polymer coatings and holds a BA, MS, and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering. IMS Reference #4992041

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