To build great swimming pools, you need the best materials. Compass Pools’ advanced gelcoat technology, which uses the best base resin and UV stabilisers, ensures your pool will maintain a consistent colour throughout all seasons. Your pool will also have built-in chemical resistance. For more information about how we build our pools, phone 1300 667 445.
Anthony Cross: One of the people who is instrumental in the R&D efforts here at Compass Pools Australia particularly with our gelcoat and colour technology is Paul Bennet from Trojan Fibreglass. Paul sources the best raw materials from all over the world and then he carries out his own testing onsite and reformulation. I’m going to ask Paul a few questions about this today.
So Paul, just tell us a little bit about how that works and why it’s so important to get the best raw materials and best result for Compass Pools.
Paul Bennet: Well Anthony, I guess when you talk about the gelcoat technology, there are several things you want to be able to achieve. You want to be able to achieve a fantastic colour and you want to be able to not have any yellowing. So you want it to stay pure for as many years as possible. You also want to have some chemical resistance. I believe with our gelcoat, we’ve covered all those situations.
We’ve made you several different colour ranges that are exclusive to you. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and see some of the best resin and gelcoat manufacturers and we believe we’re supplying you the best gelcoat. You get the best base resin, you’ve got the best promoter system, you’ve got the best chips and you’ve got the best UV stablisers. So I believe the gelcoat that we supply you with is definitely the best on the market.
Anthony Cross: I know first hand that you come to our factory regularly. You’re on the factory floor sometimes at 4 am, 5 am with the boys. You’re observing the performance of the materials, the spray patterns and the equipment, that sort of thing. You’re making recommendations and just making sure that everything is working as it should and that you’re on top of what we’re doing. You check on the performance of your materials. That’s obviously the approach you take – a hands on approach.
Paul Bennet: Yes, I like to get into the factory. I guess I come from a hands-on background. I was a boat builder by trade before I got into the resin business. So I’ve actually used all the materials in my own hands for many years before I did this. So I like to keep an eye on what is going on. I need to make sure the guys are going well, the materials are getting catalysed correctly. Sometimes it’s good in the factory to have another opinion.
Anthony Cross: Yes and the boys respect that I’m sure. You talk their language. They can tell you exactly what they’re experiencing on a day- to-day basis. As you know, things can change so much depending on the conditions on the day, the humidity, the temperature. All of those things can affect what you then need to go back and do to tweak and reformulate.
Paul Bennet: Yes that’s right, we make the materials suit your application. Also your factory is very well set up. It’s got the heaters, it’s all done correctly. The staff you’ve got on the floor do a great job.
Anthony Cross: That’s great to hear. I appreciate the efforts that you make and your involvement in that Paul. Give one of the team a call today on 1300 667 445.