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The product

What is FENIX?

It is a smart nanotechnological material; it is neither a HPL, nor a film or a finish.

What does NTM mean?

Nano Tech Matt

What does NTA mean?

Nano Tech Alloy

Which are the unique properties of FENIX?

The main properties are:
1) low light reflectivity, extremely matt surface;
2) thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches;
3) anti-fingerprint;
4) soft touch;
5) resistance to scratches and abrasion;
6) resistance to dry heat;
7) high resistance to acid solvents and household reagents;
8) suitable for contact with food.

Which certification are related to FENIX?

FENIX is certified according to NSF (the material is suitable for contact with food) and Greenguard IAQ (FENIX as a product designed for use in indoor spaces meets strict chemical emissions limits). FENIX NTM 0.9 mm is certified IMO MED (suitable for marine equipment).

Is FENIX a trademark?

FENIX NTM® is a registered trademark by Arpa Industriale since 2013.
FENIX NTA is a trademark since May 2017.

The product range

Why FENIX is not included in the Arpa General Collection?

Because FENIX is not a HPL product; it is a smart nanotechnological material for interior design.

Is FENIX suitable for horizontal applications?

Yes, both FENIX NTM and FENIX NTA are suitable for typical vertical and horizontal interior design applications, such as: kitchens, bathrooms, furnishings, lifts, transportation, hospitals, offices, retail, etc.

Which are the sizes available?

There are two available panel sizes: 3050 x 1300 mm and 4200 x 1600 mm (only in compact).

Which are the thickness available?

FENIX NTM is available in the following thicknesses: 
Thin: 0.9 and 1.2mm. 
Solid: 4 - 6 - 8 - 10 and 12mm.

A minimum order quantity is required for thicknesses of 4 – 6 and 8mm.

How many colours are available?

The FENIX NTM range is made up of 21 colours: 17 plain and 4 pearlescent. Two colours (Colorado Pink and Delft Blue) are being phased out and will no longer be part of the range from December 2018 onwards.
FENIX NTA is currently available in Hamilton Steel.

May clients get the high-res colours pictures?

They can be all downloaded in high resolution online.

Are project colours available?

Project plain colours are available for FENIX NTM upon a minimum quantity with a price surcharge.

Is there a postforming grade in the FENIX range?

A postforming grade is not available yet.

Does FENIX feature a special packaging?

Arpa’s standard packaging is being used for FENIX: pallets for truck transportation and wooden cases for sea transportation.

Does FENIX have a warranty?

Arpa Industriale standard warranty policy is applied.

The material features

How many times can the surface be repaired by thermal healing?

If the structure of the material is not damaged, the thermal healing repair can be made several times.

Does the removal of superficial microscratches have to be done immediately?

Tests have shown that the removal of superficial micro-scratches by a "magic sponge" takes place both immediately and after 24h.

Which is the FENIX surface specular reflectance?

FENIX surface is extremely matt: 4.5 gloss at 60°, 11 gloss at 85°.

The manufacturing process

What is the manufacturing process used for FENIX?

60% of the FENIX manufacturing process consists of high pressure thermo-lamination; 40% implies the use of technologies and processes, developed with proprietary technology by Arpa Industriale and its partners. The external surface of FENIX is obtained through the application of a multilayer coating, involving the use of nanotechnology, and it is characterized by next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with Electron Beam Curing process. The presence of a sheet of real metal in the surface structure is a special feature of FENIX NTA.

Which kind of nanotechnologies are you using for FENIX?

The nanotechnology applied in FENIX results in a superior surface scratch and abrasion resistance and it is possible to thermally repair superficial micro-scratches. FENIX features the high scratch resistance properties of particles that are so small (nanoparticles) that they are not visible to the naked eye. Applying smart high-tech processes, these nanoparticles are evenly dispersed into a specific developed coating for FENIX NTM. After the Electron Beam Curing treatment, the nanoparticles are fully integrated and fixed within the surface layer of FENIX. FENIX is a friendly and safe material, also suitable for contact with food (NSF certification).

What is FENIX core made of?

FENIX is made of paper and next generation acrylic resins. The presence of a sheet of real metal in the surface structure is a special feature of FENIX NTA.

Machining tips

How can edging be managed?

FENIX (in the Thin version) can be edged using the same material at a thickness of 1mm or 1.2mm.
FENIX NTM (in the Thin version) can be edged using ABS / Polymeric edges developed in partnership with Rehau and Döllken.
FENIX NTA (in the Thin version) can be edged using FENIX NTA on ABS developed in partnership with BVR. For edges made using FENIX 1mm or 1.2mm a polyurethane glue has to be used. ABS/Polymeric edges can be glued with hot melt adhesives or with new laser or air systems.

Which machining tools are suggested?

Cutting tools: saws with tungsten carbide (or diamond-edged, in the case of FENIX NTA) inserts blades, portable circular saws, bench circular saws. Milling tools: various portable cutters, fixed equipment (milling machines or wood machining centres). Smoothing tools: files, sandpaper. Drilling tools: pillar tools, hand tools or a machining centre that can mill as well as drill (twist drills, hole cutters). Machining solid FENIX NTM is comparable to machining high quality hardwood. The use of hard metal tools is advised.

Which are the installation guidelines?

FENIX is a semi-finished product, so the transformer’s guidelines should be followed, according to the diverse applications in different contexts.

Where may I find technical information on the product?
Does FENIX feature a product directionality?

FENIX has its own intrinsic directionality.
The directionality of FENIX NTM is only visible under certain lighting conditions.
The directionality of FENIX NTA is emphasised by the presence of a sheet of real metal in the outermost surface layer of the material. Should you ever need to work with FENIX NTA in a way that will require joins in the material, we recommend that you check the effect of the material’s directionality first.

What is the average life of a sheet of FENIX?

The life expectancy of FENIX is much longer than that of a human being! A piece of furniture made of FENIX is not easily damaged. Of course, the actual lifespan depends on how it is used, especially as regards the decorative surface. In any case, its durability is another of its considerable qualities and helps to make it especially attractive from an environmental point of view as well. Long life means less waste and a saving in resources.

How can FENIX be disposed of?

FENIX is considered a non-hazardous material. The disposal of waste, according to current legislation, following any kind of manufacturing may only be carried out with the relevant licence issued under the European Waste Code. Both of these steps are the responsibility of the user.