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Jotun Paints acquires Omnifire

Published on 2003-01-20. Author : SpecialChem

Jotun Paints (Europe) Ltd, has purchased Omnifire (UK) Ltd along with all its technology on thin film intumescent coatings for steel, manufacturing and worldwide distribution rights (with the exclusion of North America). Steelmaster products have used on projects like the airport of Hong Kong.

Since 1999, Jotun Paints (Europe) - then Jotun-Henry Clark Ltd - has been manufacturing 'Steelmaster' products at its Flixborough factory. This followed a business alliance between the two companies which also resulted in Jotun's marketing of Omnifire's intumescent coatings, its complementary topcoats, and its fire-engineering expertise.

The Jotun purchase of the Omnifire technology is effective as from 1st November 2002, after which time Omnifire ceases to exist.

The products known as Jotun Steelmaster consist of 'Steelmaster 60/120' (available in an internal and external grade) is a solvent- borne formulation, which gives up to two hours fire protection for structural steel. The benefits of a waterborne formulation are offered by 'Steelmaster 70 WB' which gives 60 minutes protection, contains no halogen and has little odour. By using Jotun's own colour mixing system, Top Sealers can be made available in most BS, RAL and NCS hues and, finally, 'Steelmaster Repair Mastic' is a thin-film intumescent compound for on-site repairs to 'Steelmaster' coatings.

'Steelmaster' products are fully certified to BS 476 Part 21, fully EPA compliant, and meet CDM regulations.

Since its introduction Steelmaster products have proved very successful and projects of note are the airports of Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. More recently in the UK a brand new shopping store for Selfridges in Manchester said to be one of the largest in Europe.

Source: Jotun


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