Bruehl, Germany | February 01, 2016

MAUSER’s IBC receives UL Fire Certification

MAUSER Group, a worldwide leading company in industrial packaging, received certification of its SM13 EX UL IBC design from UL, a global independent safety science organization based in Northbrook, Illinois. With this UL certification, the MAUSER SM13 EX UL IBC will be permitted for storage of some classes of combustible liquids in accordance with NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.

MAUSER Group continues to drive innovation in the industrial packaging sector with its recent UL certification for the MAUSER SM13 EX UL IBC 275 gallon (1000 liter) unit. This certification will allow customers to store combustible liquids in storage areas into the more efficient IBC design as opposed to the conventional 55 gallon (220 liter) steel drum options of the past when protected with fire sprinklers in accordance with the requirements and limitations referenced in NFPA 30.

“Our customers expect innovation from MAUSER. By developing an IBC solution that performs to the UL global performance standards, we believe we have delivered,” said Siegfried Weber, Senior Vice President, MAUSER Global Sales and Marketing. “We believe that MAUSER’s solution to accommodate flammable products’ storage will be attractive to customers worldwide.”

The MAUSER SM13 EX UL IBC design incorporates a variety of innovations. Most notable is the fire-resistant blanket design that not only encloses the entire IBC, but also the entire valve. The unit incorporates reinforced steel legs to provide maximum stability in the event of a fire and is also designed with anti-static resin as well as a grounding system to dissipate any charge the unit or product may have to allow the usage of this unit in explosive zones 1 and 2.

“It was quite a challenge to design an IBC that performs to UL standards. From identifying the ideal materials to engineering the structured pallet supports, it took tremendous team work to bring it all together,” said Klaus Peter Schmidt, Head of Global Product Development at MAUSER. “Customers value the technical expertise that MAUSER brings to the relationship, and we believe to underline that expertise with this successful new product.”

The UL fire exposure test protocol was revised in 2014 and became effective in 2015, making the performance standards more challenging with enhanced relevancy to the end-use application. In order to pass the test, two units needed to retain their product with no leaks while surviving a 20 minutes heptane fire, stacked one upon the other. The two units must remain stacked after the 20 minutes without more than a 5 degrees lean in any direction.

“Supporting users of IBCs as well as authorities having jurisdiction who now have more flexibility to specify the use of an IBC that has demonstrated compliance with the latest UL safety requirements also supports UL’s mission to create safer working and living environments worldwide,” said Dan Steppan, senior staff engineer with UL. “We are pleased to see manufacturers developing products that meet these stringent requirements.”

The MAUSER SM13 EX UL IBC is currently undergoing customer trials and qualifications in North America and several European markets.

About MAUSER Group

MAUSER Group is a worldwide leading producer of industrial packaging with approximately 4,500 employees and consolidated revenue of over €1.4 billion. Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Bruehl near Cologne (Germany), the company has influenced the international market through innovative packaging technologies. The portfolio for customers in the chemical, agrochemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical sectors as well as in the food and beverage industries includes plastic packaging, fiber drums, steel drums, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC), and reconditioning services through the National Container Group (NCG), a MAUSER subsidiary. MAUSER provides sustainability-oriented full cycle services – from production to recycling (“ECO-CYCLE®”). With more than 100 MAUSER/NCG sites and multiple joint ventures in Europe, the Americas and Asia plus two licensee networks for plastic and steel packaging, the company is a presence around the globe.


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