MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hexion has completed the expansion of its Missoula, Montana site in support of its ArmorBuilt Wildfire Shield product, said the company.
Hexion’s ArmorBuilt Fire Protection product offers a durable, fire mitigation safeguard for securing critical infrastructure or other building materials. ArmorBuilt Wildfire Shield is a smart material triggered by heat to form an insulation layer and protect the underlying pole and related infrastructure. It has been commercially available since March 2019 and approximately 100,000 utility poles are protected by ArmorBuilt in the field today. In September 2022, during the California Mosquito fire, ArmorBuilt Wildfire Shield protected multiple utility poles from burning, while several vehicles in close proximity unfortunately melted due to the fire. By using ArmorBuilt to protect critical infrastructure, utility poles can remain vertical and allow first responders access to the fire, while others can safely escape the area.
"ArmorBuilt Wrap improves electrical grid resiliency and helps prevent loss of life by keeping protected poles upright," said Sanjeev Rastogi, Senior Vice President, Global Resins. "By safeguarding key infrastructure, Hexion’s ArmorBuilt Wildfire Shield delivers precious life-saving time by keeping critical passages open to first responders and evacuees that may otherwise become blocked by downed poles. We believe that this product can truly help save lives."
"For more than a century, Hexion has delivered sustainable product innovations and technologies that enhance everyday life. Merging fire science and smart materials, Hexion’s ArmorBuilt Wildfire Shield instantly swells and seals around the pole to create a protective and effective heat insulation barrier. Finally, we continue to develop additional applications for a variety of industries as ArmorBuilt Shield can play a critical role in fire hardening protection for other critical infrastructure, residential and commercial applications."
We remind, Hexion Inc. announced that it has begun using bio-based methanol in the production of formaldehyde at its Baytown, Texas, manufacturing site. The formaldehyde is then provided to a key customer that leverages bio-benzene to produce methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), ultimately offering a product with more sustainable attributes through significantly lower air emissions compared to those produced with fossil fuel-based methanol.