Finnester Coatings has launched a new coating product for composite applications called HybridRED. Never before has a composite product combined fire and outdoor resistance with decorativeness. The coating is especially 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. In addition, the coating’s decorativeness makes it one of a kind in the market,” says Ari Hokkanen, CEO at Finnester Coatings.
HybridRED’s unique technology is the result of 5 years of research and development. The coating can be applied like a 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 nontoxic and eco-friendly, unlike most of the other fire-resistant coating products in the field,” Hokkanen says.
Ceramifying is the key for HybridRED’s revolutionary features. For the first time ever, a composite application can be fire-resistant, weatherproof and decorative at the same time.
“It protects the composite from corrosion, UV, weather conditions and vandalism. As a decorative solution it offers a smooth and gloss finish,” Hokkanen explains.
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 colours. However, their biggest weakness is that they have zero tolerance against fire and therefore burn easily.
“Although fire protection can be added into composites, it means that the other key properties are lost. HybridRED coating solves these problems,” Hokkanen says.
HybridRED has now been launched in the European market. However, Finnester Coatings is getting prepared for the sales worldwide.
“There is a clear demand for fire-resistant composite applications that are safe, aesthetic and maintenance free. We are already working on two bridge worksites in Liverpool and some power lines in Norway,” Hokkanen says.