Hempel recently launched its Hempafire Pro range of passive fire protection coatings in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Hempel says the products maintain the stability of steel structures in the event of a fire for up to 120 minutes to enhance building safety.

Passive fire protection (PFP) coatings insulate steel during a fire, which extends the steel’s load-bearing capacity and gives valuable extra time for evacuation and emergency response.

Hempel’s Hempafire Pro PFP range consists of two intumescent coatings. Hempafire Pro 315 provides up to 90 minutes cellulosic fire protection and is optimized for 60 minutes. Hempafire Pro 400 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 Product 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.”

He continues: “The coatings are very attractive for applicators and specifiers. 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. The products are tested and approved under BS 476 20/21 and can be used in exterior conditions and corrosion environments up to C4 according to ISO 12944. In addition, Hempafire Pro 315 is tested and approved under EN 13381 8/9.

Hempafire Pro 315 and Hempafire Pro 400 are available in selected countries where BS 476 20/21 is accepted.