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News in Brief: January 2010

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Leighs Paints has announced changes to the loadings of all of its cellulosic range of intumescent coatings which now incorporate multi temperature assessments to the recently established criteria for acceptability. Introduced by the Intumescent Coatings Forum, the new criteria for acceptability aims to harmonise the way in which the industry carries out assessments, ensuring all intumescent coatings are assessed to the same criteria. The new data will enable a precise determination of the coating thickness for both structural fire engineered and cellular beam designs which must now incorporate multi temperature data for the beam’s specified limiting temperature. For further information visit:

Lindapter has expanded its decking fixing range with the launch of the Type MF, which allows building services to be suspended from Metfloor 60 and 80. The company said that the Type MF preserves the strength of the decking profile with no possibility of delamination (separating the steel from the concrete). The Type MF is available in sizes M6, M8 and M10. For further information visit:

According to a published report from Faithful & Gould, Metsec’s SFS reduces construction costs by up to 39%. The report was based on a four-storey residential building and compared the SFS against blockwork both in conjunction with facing brickwork on the ground floor and lightweight render or timber cladding on the upper floors. The full report can be downloaded from:

Voortman will be holding product introduction days at its factory in the Netherlands on 4th and 5th of February. The latest innovations in steel processing are promised including a fully automatic surface treatment system, a robotic plasma coping system as well as punching and shearing systems for angles. There will also be a series of seminars about steel machinery and fabrication. For more information email:

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