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Zircotec to Launch Gold Variant of ThermoHold® for Composites Coating & More in Japan

Published on 2012-12-27. Author : SpecialChem

Zircotec has developed a real 24 Carat gold backed variant of its ZircoFlex® heat shield material along with the option of a real gold finish for its ThermoHold® for Composites coating. These products combine the performance of its ceramic based thermal insulation with the superb radiant heat reflective properties of real gold. Their products will therefore offer better overall thermal barrier performance than the use of gold foil/leaf on its own.

The UK launch of both products will take place at the UK's Autosport International Show at the NEC, Birmingham, UK in January 2013. Both products will also be launched simultaneously in Japan by Nicole Racing.

Both products are expected to become widely used in F1 where gold foil and gold leaf is currently used for radiant heat protection, though they are expected to find applications in many other areas of motorsport along with the performance car sector where the use of gold has previously been impractical due to high cost and issues with its application.

High levels of heat reflection only come from the use of real gold metal and they are offering the benefits of real gold in parallel with their trusted ceramic based products. There are some other products that are only gold colored and these just cannot match the effect offered by real gold.

About Zircotec

Formally part of the Atomic Energy Authority, Zircotec's high temperature coating and heat barrier processes and technologies were originally developed for the nuclear industry.

Zircotec's involvement in motorsport stretches back to 1994 when the thermal barrier coating was applied to the exhausts and manifold of Subaru rally cars to lower in-cabin temperatures. Since then the high temperature coating has been applied to vehicles from F1 cars to trucks together with an increasing number of applications for prestigious sports car manufacturers looking for thermal management and heat barrier solutions to manage heat from high performance engines. More recently, Zircotec's ThermoHold™ thermal coatings have been proven to be highly successful in the thermal management of high performance and classic car applications, increasing overall reliability and performance.

Source: Zircotec

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