Al Gurg brings out fire-resistant paint
Dubai, November 2, 2008
Al Gurg Leigh’s Paints has introduced a revolutionary paint solution, which helps protect buildings and save lives in the event of fire.
As structures across the Middle East get bigger, it can take longer to evacuate buildings in an emergency, and the Firetex intumescent coating from Leigh’s can protect the steelwork for up to two hours, said a statement.
“The extra time that the coating provides during an emergency can be the difference between life and death,” said Sunil Gudur, chief manager, Al Gurg Leigh’s Paints.
“Many of the biggest structures in the world are here in the Middle East, and the Firetex coating should be part of a number of measures to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors.”
Structural steel loses its load-bearing capacity at temperatures above 400 degrees centigrade which could result in collapse or instability of the structure. Firetex intumescent coating can protect steel from reaching this critical temperature for up to two hours.
Firetex coating is formulated to expand and release foam to the inner lining when it reaches a set temperature which insulates the steel; keeping it protected.
Al Gurg Leigh’s Paints in collaboration with Leigh’s were pioneers in bringing intumescent technology to this region 15 years ago. City Tower on Sheikh Zayad Road became one of the first buildings to use intumescent coatings on its glass enclosed fire escape staircase, he explained.
Firetex has been approved by Warrington Fire and UAE Civil Defense, as well certified from Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar Civil Defense.
Projects within the UAE protected by Firetex include Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Emirates Crew Training Centre, and the hangers at Dubai Airport.-TradeArabia News Service