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Investment in product development

FireCarb and fire exit
Minelco can now provide fire tests at their facility
Supporting customers with product development using our mineral solutions is a priorty for Minelco.

Having the necessary technical expertise and facilities available to provide this support is essential in the company’s approach to customer service.

A recent upgrading of testing equipment has been undertaken at Minelco’s laboratories at the Derby (UK) site has enabled us to conduct simple fire tests on polymer based products in a safe, controlled manner.

The facility has already been put to good use as some of our customers have visited the laboratories to test their passive fire protection products incorporating our FireCarb expandable graphite product.  FireCarb is an intumescent material, reacting to heat exposure by swelling up to a voluminous insulating carbon char which essentially inhibits the transmission of heat and smoke.  FireCarb is the active agent in several fire protection products from flexible door seals to intumescent sealants.

Customers attending the tests have been very impressed with the outcome; a clear demonstration that FireCarb forms an effective fire barrier in their products. Visitors also expressed positive feedback on Minelco’s level of technical service, product expertise and our obvious commitment to working with them to achieve the best technical solution.