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29th November 2019, Leicester

Fire Curtains Group acquires Intumescent Chemicals

Fire Curtains was commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke fire barrier system for Derby’s futuristic Arena. © Fire Curtains Group

Fire Curtains was commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke fire barrier system for Derby’s futuristic Arena. © Fire Curtains Group

Multi-award-winning Fire Curtains Group have completed the purchase of fellow East Midlands based company Intumescent Chemicals. Intumescent Chemicals based on the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border and specialises in indicative fire-resistant testing and R&D of intumescent liquid flame retardants (LFRs).

“We’ve been a customer of Prometheus Developments – now named Intumescent Chemicals – for several years now and I have always been very impressed by their knowledge and expertise. There really is no substitute for experience when you’re running fire tests as we need to do for each of our life safety products,” commented Arthur Calow, Chairman of the Fire Curtains Group.

“Their 25 years’ worth of experience was one of the things that really shone through and caught my eye. They are also able to supervise and advise on Fire Test Certification Programmes and have a range of furnaces and indicative test equipment to simulate most fire tests currently in use in the UK, Europe and the USA. This equipment is all standardised to predict performance under full scale fire testing and has been of supreme help to Smoke & Fire Curtains in the past, as well as to a host of other repeat customers.”

“Coupled with that is the fact that Intumescent Chemicals is a market leader employing R&D chemists and maintaining a full and sophisticated laboratory with a full inventory which is substantially and constantly updated in order to be able to quickly respond to customers who want to investigate new areas of the market.”

Intumescent Chemicals offers the passive fire industry a large range of fire-resistance adhesives, composites, polyurethane, mastics, sealants, foam injection, as well as compounds for sealing and preventing the spread of smoke and fire and their products are used across a large array of sectors including aerospace, marine, automotive, building construction, and oil and gas. Intumescent Chemicals is also able to formulate completely bespoke products to suit specific applications sectors and undertake all research and development in-house.

“Everyone within the Group is fully on board with the purchase and the team at Intumescent Chemicals have been welcomed into the family group. Together we have big plans in turns of driving this business forward and I’m very much looking forward to working with the team over the months and years ahead. I am delighted to have welcomed our first customers to the business who have already placed their first orders with us.” Said Dean James, Operations Director of the Fire Curtains Group.

“Dean, with a chemistry background in Materials Engineering, Structures and Fire Protection, has been involved with the Grenfell Enquiry for over two years and has taken the lead in the running of the Operations of Intumescent Chemicals,” added Mr Calow. “With Deans’ extensive knowledge and experience of being in the industry for more than 25 years, together with the team’s knowledge and expertise at Intumescent Chemicals, they have now successfully developed and tested what is going to be the world’s first solution into passive fire protection to stop any further Grenfell type disasters.”

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