Technical Textiles  Supplier Otego Revolutionizes The Protection Of Works Of Art And Valuable Objects With Fireguard

PARIS — April 25, 2024 — Otego, supplier of technical textiles and flexible composites, is expanding its footprint in the world of protection with the launch of Fireguard, an ultra-innovative metallized protective cover for works of art and valuable objects. Fireguard stands out for its exceptional ability to protect against fire, heat, water, smoke and soot, thanks to its design. Ultra-lightweight, Fireguard covers take up very little space and are quick and easy to install, weighing in at approximately 0.22 lbs per square meter.

Made from innovative textiles of non-combustible and mineral fibers, Fireguard offers unrivaled protection for cultural and artistic treasures. Otego’s metallized blanket is 80 percent heat-reflective, allowing temperatures to be reduced by up to 752°F. This versatile solution is perfectly suited to museums, cathedrals, auction rooms, private collectors and art galleries. Resulting from years of research and collaboration with fire departments and renowned cultural establishments, Fireguard has already been adopted by some of the biggest names in art and culture.

Numerous prestigious institutions have already put their trust in Fireguard to preserve their cultural treasures: the Louvre, the Musée Jacquemart-André, the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, the Muséum national de l’histoire naturelle, the city of Geneva, and the Swiss National Museum all rely on Fireguard to preserve their cultural treasures.  Essential for cultural establishments, the Cultural Heritage Safeguarding Plan (CHSP) is being adopted by more and more heritage sites, 18 percent of which had one in 2018, they are now close to 40 percent. The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has chosen Fireguard as part of its CHSP.

Céline Allain, coordinator of the BnF’s Collections Safeguarding Plan, commented: “As part of its Cultural Heritage Safeguarding Plan, the BnF has equipped itself with Otego’s Fireguard to protect works on display in the event of fire. This highly flexible solution is quick and easy to use, enabling emergency responders to save precious time in protecting works of art and minimizing potential damage.

Thierry Mosa, president of Otego, explains: “We intend to meet the growing needs of museums worldwide, while making Fireguard accessible to private collectors, auction houses and all art professionals concerned about protecting their precious treasures. Our covers are the perfect answer for our customers, whether they are major cultural institutions, art galleries or individual collectors. Their maneuverability, lightness and versatility guarantee fast, effective protection in an emergency. What’s more, thanks to their low weight, they are easy to deploy by rescue teams. Firefighters and cultural institutions also meet regularly with Otego to familiarize themselves with the use of Fireguard.”

Fireguard adapts easily to a variety of object and artwork formats. Its rapid deployment, in just a few minutes in the event of a fire, makes it an invaluable ally for rescue teams. Fireguard covers are also waterproof, offering extra protection against the water used during fire-fighting operations.

Otego, world leader in technical textiles, revolutionizes the protection of works of art and valuable objects with Fireguard, offering an unrivaled solution for preserving cultural and artistic heritage worldwide.

Otego will be present at the Salt Lake City AIC Show from May 20-24, 2024, at booth 407.

Posted: April 25, 2024

Source: Otego