Coes, a UK-based glass fiber manufacturer, has developed an alternative to phenolic resins that have fire resistant but are reportedly easier to use.

According to the company, phenolic resins must be stored in spaces at 7°C or higher, and need curing by applying heat, which can be an expensive process. The process also releases formaldehyde meaning that ventilation systems have to be in place to protect workers.

Coes says that the new material is approved for use on nuclear submarines and the London Underground and has been approved for use by the Ministry of Defence, Network Rail and Lloyds Register, allowing it to be used in marine and other offshore applications.

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