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TENMAT – Intumescents expand worldwide appeal

Tenmat Limited have been developing and producing “cutting edge” solutions for the worldwide passive fire protection market for over three decades. The state of the art Manchester factory employs over 200 people and is the UK’s largest manufacturer of intumescent materials and finished products.

The key to Tenmat’s success is continuous innovation and developing of products to meet the most onerous fire test standards worldwide. This has led to Tenmat being the largest manufacturer of Fire Rated Light Covers for both Europe and North America as well as winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Innovation in 2012 and International Trade in 2013.

What many in the industry do not realise is that a large proportion of Tenmat’s business is working with other passive fire protection manufacturers to design, develop and fire test products for them with will use Tenmat intumescent material as its functioning component.

Tenmat has a fully refurbished Innovation centre and a creative mix of both experienced fire engineers as well as inventive graduate engineers who work together to produce a ready stream of new and improved products to meet the ever changing standards in the fire industry.

As well as having our own in-house testing facilities, Tenmat also work very closely with the biggest fire test laboratories and so can assist customers from initial product conception through to the final testing.

Tenmat fully understand that many customers have the best ideas, but not necessarily the facilities or resources to turn those ideas into finished firestopping solutions and that is where the Tenmat team can assist in turning ideas into reality.

Vacuum formed shapes.

Vacuum formed shapes.

Even when customers do undertake the development work themselves, Tenmat are able to, using the strictly controlled and audited production facility, produce the highest quality intumescent materials, components and end products to meet the highest quality standards.

Whilst Tenmat supply and develop intumescent solutions for a vast array of applications, particular areas of expertise include:

  • Pipe Closers – High Expansion Intumescent materials for fast and effective sealing
  • Ventilated Fire Barriers for use behind external rainscreen/cladding/facades
  • Recessed Light Fire Protection – to European and US test standards
  • Electrical Socket Protection
  • Linear gap seals

Recent projects include the development and testing of fire protected consumer units (electrical fuse boxes) for one of the largest manufacturers in Europe, a firestop seal for European electrical sockets and seals to provide a fire rating to PVC window profiles for a major manufacturer.

The range of Tenmat materials is extensive ranging from 0.5mm thick intumescent papers through to 60mm thick compressible intumescent boards. A variety of sizes, shapes and performance grades can be produced, with both batch production or continuous high volume production possible.

However, what sets Tenmat apart from other manufacturers is the ability to vacuum form complex 3 dimensional shapes in intumescent materials. This, combined with the ability to control the direction of expansion makes Tenmat the obvious choice for customers who want to differentiate themselves with novel and higher performing products.

If there is a need for assistance with the development of passive fire protection products, or simply a need for supply of quality intumescent materials in flexible, rigid, flat or shaped forms then Tenmat can help.

For more information, go to www.tenmat.com

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