Intumescent coatings offer passive fire protection that lengthens the time a steel structure will remain intact during a fire and provide longer evacuation times and allow emergency personnel more time to respond.
As global awareness of intumescents has grown, demand has increased. Worldwide, customers are requesting high quality coating systems for fire protection together with Hempel's package of anti-corrosive coatings, the company said. As a result, Hempel has expanded its R&D center in Spain to offer a more complete protective coatings system with advanced intumescent technology.
The market for passive fire protection through intumescent coatings is expected to increase over the coming years.
"This expansion is an important step in Hempel's growth strategy, One Hempel - One Ambition, to become one of the world's top ten leading coating's suppliers by 2015," said Klaus Moller, vice president, marketing and business development, Hempel Group.
"Along with a state-of-the-art facility, we have also established a team with years of experience in intumescent product development," said Lars Risum, Hempel's business development manager. "The key focus of the new team is to develop a range of highly competitive intumescent coatings and protective systems to give our customers more integrated solutions."
Hempel has worked with fire protection coatings for many years. Now, with the new center in Spain fully operational, Hempel looks to boost its R&D activities. The new fire protection laboratory includes an advanced testing area with furnaces, pilot manufacturing and application in a 1,000 square meter area.