Houston, Texas - Lanxess Corp has released detail of a sprayable intumescent polyurethane system which it claims can give the same fire resistance as current products while being easier and thus cheaper to apply.
The materials has been adapted to the spray process from its established Bayfomox raw material system of flame retardants, according to a 7 Oct statement from the firm.
"What's great about the sprayable formulation is that it can be applied faster to provide a cost savings for manufacturers of fire-resistant articles and fire-stop coatings," says John Sawaya, North American business manager for Lanxess Phosphorus Chemicals.
Dr Heiko Tebbe, who is responsible for flame retardant product development in the Americas adds, "Not only does the entire process speed up, manufacturers can now spray very complex geometric shapes without sacrificing fire-resistance properties."
This new system was discussed during the Polyurethanes 2010 Technical Conference, which runs in conjunction with UTECH North America, on Monday, Oct 11, 2010, at 4:30 p.m.
Lanxess will also highlight its portfolio of flame retardants for the polyurethane industry in booth 600 of the exhibition. This includes all the phosphorus-based Levagard and Disflamoll flame retardant lines, as well as the Bayfomox raw material system for fire-stop materials.
Lanxess is a leading speciality chemicals company with sales of more than Euro 5 billion ($7 billion) in 2009. The company has about 14 400 employees in
23 countries and has 42 production sites worldwide. Its core business is the development, manufacture and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and speciality chemicals.