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    Fireboy-Xintex Receives IBEX 2016 Innovation Award for Fixed Fire Extinguisher with Novec 1230 Fluid

    November 22, 2016

    • The 3M Novec team wants to congratulate our partner Fireboy-Xintex! Last month, The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced its 2016 Innovation Award winners, honoring Fireboy-Xintex Inc. with the Environmental Award for CG / MA and GA Fixed Fire Extinguishers using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Every year IBEX awards marine industry companies to highlight the importance of innovation in their industry and to recognize companies that continue to create dynamic new products. This year’s award recognizes Fireboy’s commitment to a sustainable solution. Novec 1230 fluid replaces legacy technologies such as halon and FM-200™, both of which are now on phase-down schedules under the Montreal Protocol.

      Read the full IBEX Press Release (PDF, 129.81 KB) here.

      Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Boating Writers International (BWI), a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.

      “At 3M we know how important it is to encourage the development and use of safer, more sustainable products, regardless of the industry,” said Kurt Werner, Global Business Manager for Novec 1230 fluid. “We are very proud that Fireboy-Xintex has been recognized in the marine industry for its CG / MA and GA Fixed Fire Extinguishers with Novec 1230 fluid because it highlights the availability of sustainable solutions to replace halon and FM-200™. Chemours’ FM-200™ is a high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) that is now following the path of halon under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are also on a phase-down schedule under European Union and addressed by the U.S. Government in its procurement regulations. We all feel an obligation to protect what matters – whether it be sensitive electronics, people or the planet – and these new extinguishing products help the marine market accomplish that. There’s no need to have to choose sustainability or safety over performance.”

      3M Novec 1230 fluid is a balanced fire suppression solution for marine applications because it’s fast, effective and helps you protect:

      • The planet.
        With a GWP of less than one and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP), Novec 1230 fluid is not targeted for regulatory phasedown. Download the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid vs. FM-200™ Fact Sheet (PDF, 173.97 KB) for more information on how to protect assets today with the future in mind.
      • Ship systems with sensitive electronics and equipment.
        Before you choose a water mist system, it’s important to remember that water mist is still water (PDF, 234.25 KB). As you can imagine, a prolonged water mist discharge can create a messy, wet environment and cause significant damage to electronic and paper assets. And that creates a significant impact to operational continuity.
      • Lives of passengers and crew.
        Unlike systems that use CO₂, 3M Novec 1230 fluid is safe for use in occupied spaces and has the widest margin of safety of any clean agent. We all know that a CO₂ discharge in an occupied space has deadly consequences. So, why take the chance?

      Learn more about how Fireboy-Xintex and 3M Novec 1230 fluid help the marine market protect what matters at the International WorkBoat Show (November 30 – December 2, 2016).

      ©3M 2016. All rights reserved.
      3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Company.
      FM-200 is a trademark of The Chemours Company.
      All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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