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International® to Build Fire Protection Lab at Felling

Published on 2010-02-09. Author : SpecialChem

International Paint will invest £6.4 million (€7.1 million) to build a new testing laboratory for Fire Protection products at its Felling site. The new facility will create 14 new jobs, and secure a further 30 at the site. It is due to be completed in early 2011.

International is a leading supplier of Fire Protection coatings, used to protect steel structures such as buildings and oil and gas installations. The market is growing rapidly due to increasingly stringent fire protection regulations worldwide, and forecasters expect demand to double by 2018.

"The new facility will significantly improve our ability to develop and bring new products to market," said Dipak Mistry, Technical Manager for International's Protective Coatings business. "The new laboratory will give us a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence for Fire Protection Development here in the North East."

International is the world's biggest producer of protective coatings for major structures-our products are used on a number of iconic landmarks, including the Sage Gateshead, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the London Eye, the Beijing Olympic "Aqua Cube" and seven stadiums being used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is also the world leader in coatings used in ship and yacht building, maintenance, and repair-our coatings feature on many famous vessels including the HMS Ark Royal and the Queen Mary 2.

"This significant investment in Fire Protection in the current economic climate is an indication of our commitment to Research & Technology, which we see as key to our future success in the Protective Coatings business," said Robert Taylor, Managing Director of International Paint.

The project also received a grant of £249,000 from regional development agency One North East. The RDA's Director of Business and Industry Ian Williams, said: "International Paint operates at the cutting edge of its industry so I am delighted that One North East has been able to support a project that will help it to continue to develop world-leading products at its Felling plant."

Source: International Paint


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