The 2022 Nautic Paris Boat Show from December 3 to 10 was an opportunity for more than 200,000 visitors to discover the latest technological innovations in boating. Among them, the new First 44E from the Beneteau Group, the first production sailboat model to be entirely manufactured with Elium® resin for recyclable composites, thanks to a partnership between Beneteau and Arkema. This boat was a great success on the Beneteau stand and generated a lot of questions!
The First 44E is foremost an industrial achievement for a mass-produced boat: it was built with Elium® thermoplastic resin using the traditional infusion process, as part of an exclusive partnership with Arkema set up three years ago.
The resin thus enters a virtuous circle, which minimizes the need for raw materials, reduces waste, and thus makes a considerable improvement to the life cycle of boats that until now, made of thermoset resins, could not be recycled. With this boat, the nautical industry makes its first steps towards the circular economy.
Thierry Le Hénaff was one of the first visitors at the beginning of the show to discover the boat on the Arkema stand.