Sherwin-Williams Wins U.K. Award for Passive Fire Protection Coating

The Brunel Building in London now features the FIRETEX FX6002 coatings. Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

Paints and coatings manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, through its protective and marine division, has been honored with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2021, one of the most prestigious awards for U.K. companies celebrating business excellence and innovation. This is the second Queen’s Award for Enterprise that Sherwin-Williams has received in five years.

Sherwin-Williams won the 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its FIRETEX FX6002 coating, which delivers passive fire protection for structural steel. Since its initial launch in 2018, this ultra-fast drying, intumescent coating has transformed steelwork projects with its unprecedented speed of curing and dry handling times. This has facilitated speedy adoption by architects, engineers, and applicators, according to the company.

Unlike alternative protective coatings, FIRETEX FX6002 can be applied off-site, enabling paint applicators to transport steelwork in a matter of hours rather than days. This means less downtime, fewer bottlenecks, and faster project completions.

This year’s recognition is the second Queen’s Award for Enterprise that Sherwin-Williams has received, following the same award for Dura-Plate 301W in 2016.

“To win two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation in just five years is a fantastic achievement for the Sherwin-Williams team,” says Ian Walker, managing director for the protective and marine business. “With FIRETEX FX6002, we have created a unique protective coating that is ideal for use in high-value infrastructure and construction projects. Key stakeholders can take advantage of a wide range of benefits throughout the project lifecycle, including time and cost savings, enhanced durability, and aesthetically pleasing finishes.”

Sherwin-Williams is one of 205 organizations nationally to be recognized with this honor, which is designed to celebrate excellence while helping drive economic growth. In particular, the innovation category showcases companies whose use of industry expertise and technology innovation helps foster unique growth opportunities.

“FIRETEX FX6002 further demonstrates our long-standing commitment to innovation, which dates back to 1866,” Walker says. “Our highly skilled and experienced team continue to push the boundaries, embrace the latest technologies, and anticipate future trends to develop products that benefit our global industrial and commercial customers.”

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