The manufacturing of unsaturated polyester resins in Australia was pioneered by A.C. Hatrick’s in 1961, followed by the commencement of gelcoat production in 1970. In New Zealand, AC Hatrick’s similarly led the industry with the introduction of unsaturated polyester resins in 1968. Shortly afterwards, Revertex New Zealand produced unsaturated polyester resins at our current Penrose site. Following a substantial change in shareholding, Revertex New Zealand was re-branded and became Nuplex Industries.
Over time, it became apparent that there was a need for networks that could service the growing composites customer base. Distribution companies were established, such as Fiberglass International (FGI) (acquired by A.C.Hatrick’s in 1990), and Synthetic Resins (acquired by Huntsman Chemical Company in 1996).
In 1998, Nuplex Industries acquired A.C.Hatrick's - its first major step towards expanding globally. In 1999, Nuplex also acquired Dulux polyester resin business, and rebranded as Nuplex Structural Resins (NSR). In 2002, the manufacturing footprint of the composites division extended into the South East Asian region with the commencement of gelcoat and unsaturated polyester resin production in Vietnam. In 2008, production of unsaturated polyester resins also commenced at our Indonesian facility.
In 2007, Nuplex acquired the composite business assets of Huntsman Chemical Company, resulting in the introduction of the Nupol Composites brand to the industry, and with it the licence to manufacture Ashland’s Aropol unsaturated polyester and Hetron vinyl ester resins.