Newtex and Trip & Co. Introduce the FireCape™ Cargo Fire Containment Cover

Thursday, September 4, 2014 (Victor, New York) — For Immediate Release

Newtex Industries and Trip & Co. are proud to announce the introduction of FireCape, the first completely fire resistant cargo cover designed to contain the deadly effects of fire and smoke associated with palletized cargo aboard aircrafts.

The FireCape™ Fire Containment Cover (FCC) is the result of the combined expertise of these two industry leaders and far exceeds the rigorous performance specifications proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and leading cargo carriers. The FireCape™ features Newtex’s Z-Block fabric, a technologically advanced coated fabric that is virtually impenetrable to fire, smoke, and water and can tolerate temperatures up to 1800°F or 980°C. 

By acting as a two way barrier to contain a fire for at least six hours, the FireCape™ FCC provides valuable time for a pilot to safely land an aircraft. In addition to being durable and easy to deploy, the FireCape™ FCC will not burn, melt or allow flame penetration. It is water tight, chemical resistant, and easy to store, maintain, clean and repair. Furthermore, the materials used in the FireCape™ do not produce hazardous gasses when exposed to fire and can even withstand the extreme temperatures and challenging conditions associated with lithium-ion battery fires caused by thermal runaway events. 

Deploying fire containment covers on long haul transoceanic flights is now considered one of the most prudent steps to mitigating fire risk caused by hazardous materials, like lithium-Ion batteries. FCC’s also provide increased safety during air cargo loading and ground handling, as well as depot storage. Fire containment covers are necessary to accommodate growing concerns and pending regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). 

The FireCape™ is already flying with some of the world's  leading cargo carriers. The system  is fully tested with certified laboratories, readily available in large commercial quantities, and can be customized to meet specific end user requirements. Find out more at www.newtex.com/nes/cargo-fire-containment/.

 

About Trip & Co.

Trip & Co. is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of cargo products, including a complete range of GoodCape® thermal covers. Trip & Co is based in The Netherlands, near Schiphol Airport.


About Newtex

For nearly 40 years, Newtex has been a pioneer and leading global producer of high temperature materials and engineered solutions for thermal management and fire protection. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Newtex is an ISO 9001:2015 certified, vertically integrated manufacturer of an impressive portfolio of textiles and fabricated systems for insulation and fire containment. Globally recognized textile brands include ZetexPlus®, Z-Flex®, and Z-Block™. Newtex is a minority owned, veteran-managed business that has served the US Military and leading global industries since 1978. Newtex products are proudly made in the USA.