General Plastics Signs Distributor Agreement with Aerontec

South African distributor to supply General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® tooling and modeling boards

Tacoma, WA - April - General Plastics Manufacturing Company has named Aerontec its distributor of high-density polyurethane foam tooling and modeling board in South Africa and surrounding regions. Under the agreement, Aerontec will supply customers with General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® brand FR-4500, FR-4700 high-temperature and FR 7100 product lines.

"We are very pleased to welcome Aerontec to our international distributor team," announced President Bruce Lind. "They were selected due to their understanding of the composite marketplace and the competitive products offered in South Africa."

Lind also cited strong synergy with Aerontec's portfolio of tooling, design and prototyping products, and their distribution of Foam-CombSM series used as gap filler within the airliner passenger cabin. The new distribution agreement accelerates delivery to customers in the region while reducing shipping costs. Customers will benefit from responsive service and ready technical expertise to help them select, spec and utilize the right LAST-A-FOAM products for their particular application and project:

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4500 Tooling Board is a family of tough, high-density polyurethane substrates useful in making master models, mold and foundry patterns, and composite tooling - applications in which a uniform, grain-free, dimensionally stable, machineable material is desired.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4700 High-Temperature Tooling Board is a rigid hybrid that accommodates temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius. It is designed for prototype machining, prepreg composite layup tooling, vacuum-form tooling, tool proofing, pattern making and master model making.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 polyurethane foam offers a fine, consistent cell structure that is easily finished or painted using virtually any material. It is suitable for use as a composite core in a wide variety of applications.

"We look for distribution partners like Aerontec who provide true service excellence, not simply warehouse ability," said Lind. "As an extension of our company, we count on our distributors to know their markets and stay current on technology such as Aerontec's recently designed computer-controlled, rigid-foam-cutting machine, which can cut to an accuracy of up to 200 microns."

About General Plastics Manufacturing Company

Tacoma, Washington-based General Plastics has been a leading innovator in the plastics industry for more than 70 years. The company develops and manufactures rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, which include its signature LAST-A-FOAM® brand series and build-to-print composite parts.

Through its network of distributors, General Plastics exports products to 25-plus countries for the aerospace and defense, nuclear containment, composite core, prototype and modeling, construction, dimensional signage, testing, marine and the renewable energies industries. General Plastics is certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C and meets such demanding quality systems as NQA-1, Mil-I-45208A and Boeing Company D6-824. Visit

About Aerontec, Inc.

Founded in 2002 and based in Cape Town, South Africa, Aerontec is an independently owned value-added wholesale distributor of resins and foams for the composite industry. Aerontec also supplies honeycomb, balsa and PVC core materials, epoxy resin systems, fiberglass and carbon fiber fabrics, and vacuum bagging materials.

Media Contact:

Ed Stan

Marketing Director

General Plastics Mfg. Co.


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