WAALWIJK, the Netherlands – Stahl announced the launch of its Integra® portfolio, a toolbox that provides tailor-made, customer-orientated solutions under the umbrella of flame-retardant technology, protective surfaces and protective coatings. The integrated, polymer-driven approach behind Integra offers customers greater flexibility in terms of product development, helping them to achieve regulatory and environmental compliance while ensuring superior product quality.
Stahl reports that the market for flame retardants and performance coatings is increasingly complex and subject to extensive — and often conflicting — demands and requirements. This includes increasingly stringent chemical industry legislation that limits flexibility regarding chemical and additive usage as well as growing expectations from stakeholders regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
With Integra, Stahl offers a unique polymer-driven solution that builds upon the market-leading flame-retardant technology offered through Stahl’s Eagleban™ brand, which is enhanced by Stahl’s expertise in polymer-based technologies for protective coatings and surfaces. By using Stahl’s proven polymer technology as its backbone while harnessing the other technologies in its toolbox, including specialty crosslinkers and other additives, Integra can help customers solve complex challenges in a flexible, integrated way that goes beyond traditional additive-driven approaches.
A Flexible, Modular Approach
The Integra portfolio follows the modular toolbox principle, whereby specific mechanical functionalities and solutions — from breathable coatings to stay-clean technologies — are introduced to meet specific end-market requirements. Integra’s modular product range includes an extensive array of high-quality polymer-based technologies in the flame retardant and protective coatings space. These solutions include waterborne and solventborne performance coatings (Integra FRC), specialty waterborne polymers with flame retardant effect (Integra RU), and additives boosting the above (Integra FRA).
Jan Terras, Global Market Manager Coated Fabrics & Flame Retardants at Stahl, commented, “Our flexible Integra® portfolio offers solutions to meet complex regulatory requirements as well as rising market expectations in terms of mechanical properties and fabric integrity. At the same time, Integra® underlines our commitment to responsible chemistry: our polymer-driven approach enables a shorter, simplified manufacturing process that typically equates to a lower environmental footprint and less consumption of energy, water, and other resources. It stands to reason that we see Integra® as the future of combined flame-retardant and performance coating technologies.”
For more information on Stahl's Integra portfolio, visit www.stahl.com/performance-coatings-brands/integra.