The Marine Industry’s Plastic Transformation
By Boat Outfitters
As most of you are probably aware, our parent company is ironically named Teak Isle Mfg. With the introduction of marine grade plastics in the early 90’s, specifically King Starboard®, the marine industry underwent a dramatic shift away from wood component parts towards plastic component parts.
In 1990, 90%+ of Teak Isle’s fabricated parts were composed of Wood. By 1995, 90%+ were plastic. The first and obvious answer is durability. King Starboard® will last the lifetime of your boat with essentially zero maintenance. Teak requires regular oiling to keep the wood from discoloring and breaking down.
King Starboard® is a UV stabilized homogeneous sheet that will never discolor or require any oiling or refinishing. King Starboard® is easily fabricated using standard woodworking materials and for the most part works just like wood.
The advantage when working with Starboard is that the sheets are perfectly consistent. You do not have to accommodate for grain direction, color inconsistencies, and knots in the wood. You also are not limited by board width and therefore you avoid gluing up boards to create wider products.We stock over 10 different colors of King Starboard®. Largely these are different shades of white to match gel coat colors and give boats a clean flush look.
When King Starboard® was first introduced it was very comparable in cost to teak wood. Now, because of environmental restrictions as well as new political restrictions in Burma (which accounts for nearly 1/3 of the world’s total teak production), Teak prices have skyrocketed.
Being a custom home builder of waterfront homes for over twenty years, we are constantly trying to come up with products that will withstand the elements better for our outdoor kitchens. I have tried all types of wood and plywood and have since determined that King Starboard ST will withstand the elements and is far superior to any other material I have tried. You can use this material for all your outdoor cabinetry needs with the utmost of confidence. Your callbacks will be over.
Gary Graber, President
GNG Construction, Inc.
Michael Servet, a sculptor in the Washington D.C. area, is producing sculptural art forms using King StarBoard®, hardwoods and various other materials. Servet is capturing still and moving images in interesting and complimentary settings.
Here is one of his many creations using King StarBoard®
MEDFORD, Ore., April 19, 2011 — King Plastic Corporation, worldwide supplier of polymer sheet, slab and massive shape products in a broad range of materials, has opened a new warehouse facility in Medford, OR, to better service its commercial customers in the western United States.
“The new warehouse lets us take advantage of our ability to deliver products quicker to customers in western states. Now we can reduce both freight costs and shipping times, while providing our commercial customers more immediate access to our products,” said Jeff King, president of King Plastic Corp.
“Storing products and palletizing inventory in Medford, Oregon will allows us to provide next-day service – if not same day service – which will be a great benefit to our west coast customers,” added manager, Steven King.
All orders will still be placed through our corporate office in North Port, FL 34288.
About King Plastic Corporation
Founded in 1968, King Plastic Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes—including several products pioneered by the company. Its polymers are sold worldwide through a network of top plastics distributors to customers who fabricate products for the marine industry (King StarBoard® brand), signage, food service, neutron shielding, construction, industrial and other applications. The company headquarters is a state-of-the-art, 150,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in North Port, Florida. Visit www.kingplastic.com for more information.
This enlightening video will demonstrate the ease of working with King Plastic polymer sheets. From cutting to routing, welding, bending, fasteners and cleaning, this video tells the whole story to working with the polymer sheets that work as easily as working with wood.
When producing our products, King Plastic uses processes that are non-polluting and conserve energy and natural resources, making it economically sound and safe for employees, communities and consumers. The polymers are completely recyclable and left over materials are recycled back into our products. When cutting or fabricating, there is no harmful dust, but instead small shavings that are recyclable. It contains no known harmful substances, including carcinogens or toxins. Off-gassing does not occur when the sheets are cut and fabricated. It is not necessary to use acids or harsh chemicals for finishing, cleaning, or maintenance. The outstanding durability of products made using our sheets maximizes product life cycles thus reducing the overall impact on our environment.
King Colorfast Environmentally Friendly Polymer Sheets
King’s polymer sheets stand up to thousands of uses and keep your bright ideas looking bright for years. King ColorCore® and King ColorBoard® polymer sheets are the versatile, durable and colorfast to provide that competitive edge in your business you’re looking for. Both polymer brands are UV stabilized and waterproof for a lifetime of worry-free use in harsh outdoor environments. King ColorCore® and King ColorBoard® are also available in several gauges and a variety of matched colors. King ColorCore® unique PolyFusion™ process is a state-of-the-art technology that fuses contrasting layers of colors into a single homogeneous sheet. It is ideal for engraving to make indoor and outdoor signs, as a building sheet for playgrounds, and other recreational and industrial applications.
Using King products may qualify you for LEED Green building rate points.
For additional information, details and technical information please call King Plastic Corporation at 941-493-5502 or send us an email.
Does King StarBoard® require support when bearing a load?
The King StarBoard® Family of Marine Grade Polymers are strong, but they are not a structural material. When using these products, they must be supported by a load bearing framework.
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