Fire-safe tyre production
Specialised insulation protects a major new greenfield tyre factory from fire and weather damage
Built on a 72-hectare site 100km from the capital Budapest, the new Apollo Tyres factory is one of the largest greenfield investments in Hungary and marks the first new factory for the company outside India, where it is headquartered. By the time its first phase is completed, the factory will be able to produce 5.5 million car and light truck tyres each year, and 675,000 commercial vehicle tyres, under the Apollo and Vredestein brands.
For any facility on this scale, safety is paramount. And for a tyre factory, where raw materials and end products are readily combustible, this means a strict focus on fire safety. To achieve this, architects CÉH zRt. specified ROCKWOOL insulation, based on their past experience of its quality and fire protection, and because of the wide range of product options available.
In total, 190,000 m2 of ROCKWOOL insulation was built into the Apollo factory’s roof, including 80mm-thick DACHROCK® insulation boards and SF 50 trapezoidal fillers, contributing to its A1 Fire Class rating, the highest possible. And because flat roofs can be susceptible to poor drainage that shortens their life, the Apollo factory also used ROCKFALL “cut to fall” insulation, whose blocks are custom-tapered to provide a sloping surface that allows water and snow to drain away.
As well as protecting against fire and making the building more durable, stone wool insulation improves the interior climate for factory workers, and reduces the owners’ energy bills and carbon footprint. It’s helping make this new facility sustainable for the long term.