In E-Bulletin 40

Sherwin-Williams protects Milan landmark

The award-winning FIRETEX FX6002 intumescent coating system from Sherwin-Williams has been selected to protect the UnipolSai Tower in Milan’s financial district.

Due to open later in 2021, the 31,000m2 building offers a modern elliptical design over 26 stories, and is LEED Platinum certified to meet the highest environmental standards.

With up to 2,000 people working there at any one time, Sherwin-Williams experts selected FIRETEX C69 Epoxy blast primer, followed by FIRETEX FX6002 methacrylate intumescent coating and a topcoat of Acrolon 7300 polyurethane for the project.

Winner of a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, FIRETEX FX6002 can be applied off-site, enabling paint applicators to transport steelwork in a matter of hours rather than days – which means less downtime, fewer bottlenecks and faster project completion. The super-fast drying times and off-site application also allow for greater expression of architectural design.

It can be applied direct to metal without the need for a primer or topcoat in some environments whilst retaining the highest levels of durability. Offering up to 120 minutes of fire protection and long-term corrosion protection to the steelwork, FIRETEX FX6002 makes it possible for steel sections to be coated and shipped in one day, as opposed to one week. It can be used on a diverse range of steel section types and for different fire protection scenarios.

Projects using fire protection coatings delivered by Sherwin-Williams in EMEAI include London’s The Shard and the Leadenhall Building (known as The Cheesegrater), as well as Azerbaijan’s Flame Towers.