In an emailed press release, global coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced the launch of its Hempafire Pro range of passive fire protection (PFP) coatings in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. According to Hempel, this PFP range maintain the stability of steel structures in the event of a fire for up to 120 minutes to enhance building safety.
The Hempafire Pro range consists of two intumescent coating: Hempafire Pro 315 which provides up to 90 minutes cellulosic fire protection and is optimized for 60 minutes; and Hempafire Pro 400, which provides up to 120 minutes cellulosic fire protection and is optimized for 90 minutes. Both coatings deliver very low loadings, which can improve project efficiency.
“We’re very pleased to be launching our Hempafire Pro range in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean,” says Roger Soler, Hempel’s group project manager, cellulosic PFP. “The coatings help protect property and people during a fire and we believe they will be welcomed by building owners, steel fabricators and contractors, providing the same success as we have seen in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia."
“The coatings are very attractive for applicators and specifiers,” Soler continues. “The exceptionally low loadings help to reduce both total paint consumption and the number of coats required. This in turn means our intumescent coatings dry faster than similar coatings, which helps to speed up project completion times.”
Both Hempafire Pro 315 and Hempafire Pro 400 come in two versions, standard and fast drying, and can be used for the most common steel profile types in both in-shop and on-site applications. They also compliment Hempacore One, a proven PFP coating that has been available in Mexico since 2014 and has been used on a number of projects in the region.