Ford India was established in 1995 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader. Ford has invested US$ 1 bn to build a state-of-the-art integrated manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat. With the Sanand plant being operational, Ford India will double its manufacturing capacity in India with an installed capacity of 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles.
Ford India was looking for a complete system solution for this plant in Sanand with respect to thermal and acoustic insulation & its application. Armacell products were the most preferred for this particular project. Armacell is a complete system solution provider with its wide range of products for external as well as internal application for thermal and acoustic insulation. The project applications demanded products which would ensure complete condensation control, excellent indoor air quality and protection of material from mechanical abuse, UV and rainwater.
On the basis of evaluation of the project requirements, Armaflex® and Arma-Chek® products were chosen. 25 mm Armaflex® Class 0 Self Seal Tubes and sheets were provided as thermal insulation solution. This product ensures easy and faster installation due to the self-seal property. 25 mm and 10 mm of ArmaSound® SuperSilence Ductliner with Microban® were installed for the acoustic needs and to ensure excellent Indoor Air Quality. 18 mm and 23 mm Armaflex® Class 0 Plus with Microban® sheets were installed for thermal efficiency and improved Indoor Air Quality as Armaflex® Class 0 Plus has a very low thermal conductivity (λ0°C ≤ 0.033 W/m·K) and high water vapour diffusion resistance (μ ≥ 10,000).
The combination of Armaflex® Class 0 material with Arma-Chek® R Grey and Arma-Chek® GC were provided for the external insulation needs to ensure UV and rain water protection. In addition to that, Arma-Chek® R provides excellent security against water vapour ingress (μ > 50,000) that minimizes risk of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI).