Fire retardant material for rail and construction

Ilium Composites, based in Bahrain, has developed a fire-retardant glass fiber reinforced plastic as part of its ULTImat range.

ULTImat FR comprises a fire-retardant structural core sandwiched between two glass fiber layers with an integrated surface veil so that no fibers are visible on the gel coat. It is available for all closed mold processes, the company said.

It meets the EN 45545 European Railways Standard for Fire Safety making it suitable for train applications such as toilet modules, and has achieved ASTM 162/662 standards in surface flammability and smoke generation density, and can be used in construction as cladding and architectural facades.

ULTImat FR is available as standard in rolls of 1270 mm wide.

“Our solution to fire-retardant closed mold composite parts is both lighter and more cost competitive than 100% glass core alternatives, made possible through our exclusive core technology,” said Colin Leatham-Locke, business development manager at Ilium.