Jotun has opened a state-of-the-art research and development centre at its site in Flixborough, United Kingdom. The GBP 4.5 million facility will focus on passive fire protection and insulation coatings innovation, cementing Jotun’s position at the vanguard of this demanding industry niche, notes a press release from the company.
“We’re experiencing sustained growth in our advanced fire protection coatings segment and we want to build on that momentum,” explains James Irving, Jotun R&D Manager. “We already have a cutting-edge fire and insulation research facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and this new centre will work in tandem with that established team, increasing capacity and accelerating new developments. “
Jotun has owned and operated the Flixborough site since 1989. The new investment will see the creation of a 1,600 m² two-floor facility, featuring two furnace areas (to test intumescent paints), laboratories, mill rooms, offices and plant space. In addition, an impressive atrium and viewing gallery will overlook the application spaces and conditioning rooms, while a VIP area will provide clients with a unique perspective of the furnaces, giving them a first-hand view of the fire testing process.
“This is an investment with the potential to create a hugely positive ripple effect,” comments Irving. “Our customers will see further innovations in a range that already boasts market leading protection and an unrivalled temperature tolerance range, while the local community will be boosted by the creation of a world-class research and development facility. This will attract further investment and talent to this vibrant area, strengthening our own corporate presence here.”
“It also works to expand our geographical spread of specialist facilities, allowing for even greater collaboration and technology sharing throughout the company. This really is an exciting development for all of our stakeholders, both here in the UK and worldwide.”