The coating is specially designed for infrastructure applications, such as the energy industry, bridges and facades.
“This is a ground-breaking solution for composite applications where fire-resistance, high mechanical strength and weatherability are needed," Finnester Coatings CEO Ari Hokkanen said. "In addition, the coating’s decorativeness makes it one of a kind in the market."
HybridRED’s technology is the result of five years of research and development. The coating can be applied like paint, but when exposed to fire, it forms a ceramic shield. Ceramification prolongs the ignition times and slows down the spread of flame.
“Due to the ceramifying technology, the coating doesn’t contain any flame retardants, so it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly, unlike most of the other fire-resistant coating products in the field”, Hokkanen said. “It protects the composite from fire, UV, weather conditions and vandalism. As a decorative solution, it offers a smooth and glossy finish with a variety of colors."
Composites, in general, have many advantages; they are lightweight, strong, and require little maintenance. They are also easy to process into various shapes in different colors. However, their biggest weakness is that they have zero tolerance against fire and therefore burn easily.
HybridRED has been launched in the European market.