Saturday, April 17, 2021

WhiteWater pioneers translucent waterslide technology


WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., the global leader in waterpark design, engineering and manufacturing, today announced the expansion of its line of patent-pending SilkTek™ translucent fiberglass components found on its AquaTube and Poolsider waterslides. WhiteWater is the only global manufacturer to offer its customers this exclusive technology, which combines the unique benefits of enhanced visual impact and a more entertaining spectator experience.

Available in an array of colors, the translucent components elevate the visual appeal of waterslides, while maintaining the highest level of safety or durability. “Before translucent technology, enclosed waterslides were dark, almost industrial looking” says WhiteWater West CEO Geoff Chutter. “See-through fiberglass lets in more light and creates beautiful prismatic effects, while also putting on a great show for both people waiting in line and spectators. Watching someone sliding through the AquaLoop™ – the world’s first looping water slide – builds tremendous anticipation and excitement.”

The see-through fiberglass technology is the result of more than 10 years of in-house research and development. WhiteWater’s expertise in close-molded LRTM (Light Resin Transfer Molding) manufacturing is unsurpassed in the industry, and is the key differentiator in the SilkTek technology. Unlike traditional fiberglass molding, LRTM is a precision engineered process. It allows for greater control over laying the fiberglass and injecting the resin, offering a better strength-to-thickness ratio, a smooth finish on both sides, and greater transparency in the finished product. “This process is extremely complicated, with a significant learning curve. We’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars with the goal of developing a truly unique product for our customers, one that adds a whole new level of value and entertainment creating the ultimate waterslide,” adds Chutter.

WhiteWater’s translucent fiberglass is now available in blue, red, green, dark green, orange and yellow.

Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki owns and publishes InPark Magazine. Started in 2004, InPark Magazine provides owners and operators the perspective from "in"side the "park." Martin has also written for publications like Sound & Communications, Lighting & Sound America, Attractions Management and others. Martin has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN.com and Folio. Martin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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