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Region keeps cool with new insulation product on market

Karra Corbet with the material she aims to manufacture in Gympie and market across the nation.
Karra Corbet with the material she aims to manufacture in Gympie and market across the nation. Renee Pilcher

GYMPIE is set to have a whole new industry, with hundreds of jobs predicted for a new locally owned building materials operation.

The unique Australian-developed foam insulation building product meets fire resistance standards increasingly demanded by the construction, food and refrigeration industries and their insurers.

And Gympie businesswoman Karra Corbet says the future is wide open for Australian marketing of the already successful material.

Managing director of her new firm, Wholesale Building Solutions Pty Ltd, Karra says the company has acquired Australian licenses for a range of composite building products, based on the insulation foam.

Developed in Australia, the sound and thermal insulation foam is now marketed from New Zealand under the brand name Polyphen.

And Polyphen NZ managing director James Clark was on hand at Ms Corbet's prototype factory this week to inspect the progress.

"Karra's developed new manufacturing methods to deal with Queensland's hotter climate," Mr Clark said as secret chemicals were mixed in secret proportions.

"One of the extraordinary things about this system is that the foam can be poured successfully in temperatures of 41.8 degrees.

"Karra and her team have developed ways of managing higher temperatures.

"In New Zealand they have to heat it up (to maintain the correct reaction temperature).

"Here, they're using refrigeration".

Composite panels, in which the foam is married to cladding material, has uses in food manufacturing, warehousing and other applications where cleanliness and fire resistance are vital.

"The companies are demanding it and so are their insurers," Ms Corbet said.

But as well as lower insurance premiums, the products also replace other fire control systems, sometimes including sprinklers.

 

Polyphen facts

  •  Used in housing, warehousing and refrigeration.
  •  Big local employment potential.
  •  Gympie to lead Australian rollout of locally made composite building materials.
  •  Comes in a range of densities to suit most industrial, commercial and domestic requirements.
  •  Interstate expansion to be managed from here.

Topics:  building business gympie insulation temperature

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