SAERTEX, Scott Bader to partner on fire protection material system

SAERTEX has announced a strategic partnership with Scott Bader for the production and distribution of the SAERTEX LEO system, fire protection line of materials combining multiaxial noncrimp fabrics and a specifically designed resin system.
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SAERTEX (Saerbeck, Germany) announced on March 13 at JEC World a strategic partnership with resins, gelcoats, adhesives and specialty polymers manufacturer Scott Bader (Northamptonshire, U.K.) for the production and distribution of its SAERTEX LEO system. 

The agreement aims at combining the performance capabilities of the two companies for applications that meet the highest fire protection requirements and further developing the LEO system. To this end, the sales and support teams of SAERTEX and Scott Bader will work closely together to provide customers on the world market with consultancy and fast availability of fire-protection materials for the production of composites.

The SAERTEX LEO system is said to provide the highest level of fire protection and consists of multiaxial noncrimp fabrics and core materials as well as a specifically designed resin system (not filled and halogen-free) and an easy-to-process gelcoat for fulfilling fire protection requirements such as EN 45545 in the field of rail vehicles, EN13501 in the field of construction or the IMO FTP Codes in the field of shipbuilding.

“All materials used within the LEO system are perfectly matched to one another to provide our customers with a reliable solution which meets the highest fire protection requirements,” says Steven Bakker, director Industry & Advanced Technologies at SAERTEX. “As soon as we receive a request, the relevant product components will be provided by Scott Bader and SAERTEX within a very short time in order to quickly and reliably deliver a complete LEO system to the customer.”

“The SAERTEX LEO system is a unique material system which combines excellent fire protection with the highest mechanical strength for the production of structural fiber composite components,” adds Neil Gray, Global market manager FST at Scott Bader. “Our new LEO Crestapol 1261PA resin for the LEO system fulfills all previous functionality requirements and even improves the mechanical properties for structural components.”

The fiber-reinforced composite materials with integrated fire protection from the SAERTEX LEO SYSTEM are used in the marine market, in the construction industry and in the production of rail vehicles; all of these are areas in which the combination of lightweight design, mechanical durability and good weather resistance is in demand.

In addition, the LEO product range includes two new SAERTEX products LEO COATED FABRIC and SAERcore LEO for RTM processes.