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The product

What is FENIX?

FENIX are innovative materials for interior design. They are neither a film or a finish.

Which materials does FENIX offer?

FENIX NTM, FENIX NTM Bloom, FENIX NTA.

Where FENIX is produced?

FENIX are made in Italy.
Manufactured in Arpa Industriale’s plant in Bra.

What is FENIX NTM?

FENIX NTM, an innovative matt material. Pleasant to the touch and durable. “Smart” and versatile.

What is FENIX NTA?

FENIX NTA, an empowered metal surface with FENIX features: visual comfort, soft touch, scratch resistance.

What does Bloom mean?

Bloom identifies a new technology delevoped for the core of the material. Focusing on a challenging raw material coming from nature, lignine, a new technology has been introduced to significantly reduce the amount of phenol included in the resin by 50%.
The Bloom technology allows to maintain the quality and well-known technical features of FENIX NTM.

Which are the main properties of FENIX?

The main properties are:
1) low light reflectivity, extremely matt surface;
2) soft touch;
3) anti-fingerprint;
4) thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches.

Which certifications are related to FENIX?

FENIX NTM and FENIX NTA are certified according to:
- NSF (suitability for use as work and nonwork surfaces of food service equipment on which direct food contact during normal preparation or holding operations is not intended, expected, or reasonable).
- Greenguard GOLD and M1 according to Building Information Foundation RTS (FENIX as a product designed for use in indoor spaces meets strict chemical emissions limits).
- EU regulation 10/2011 and following updates under selected conditions (FENIX is a material suitable for contact with foodstuff).

FENIX NTM FR in 0.9 mm and FENIX NTA in 0.7mm are certified IMO MED (suitable for marine equipment).

FENIX NTM FR from 10 mm above is classified as Bs1d0 and CE marked for interiors building applications.

Is FENIX a trademark?

FENIX NTM® is a registered trademark by Arpa Industriale since 2013.
FENIX NTA® is a registered trademark since 2017.
FENIX® is a registered trademark since 2018.

The product range

Why FENIX is not included in the Arpa General Collection?

Because FENIX is not an ARPA HPL product; it is an innovative material for interior design that uses different technologies.

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?

FENIX NTM is available in  3050 x 1300 mm and 4200 x 1600 mm sizes;
FENIX NTM Bloom is available in 3050 x1300 mm and 4200 x 1300 mm sizes;
FENIX NTA is available in 3050 x 1300 mm and 4200 x 1300 mm sizes.

Which are the thickness available?

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

FENIX NTM Bloom is only available in 0.7 mm thickness.

FENIX NTA is available in the following thicknesses:
Thin: 0.7 and 1.2 mm;
Solid: 4 - 6 - 8 - 10 and 12 mm.

How many colours are available?

The FENIX NTM range is made up of 20 colours.
Two additional colours of FENIX NTM are available on request (Rosa Colorado and Blue Delft).
FENIX NTM Bloom is available in 4 colours.
FENIX NTA is available in 3 colours: Acciaio Hamilton, Argento Dukat and Oro Cortez.

May clients get the high-res colours pictures?

Yes, they can be all downloaded in high resolution:
FENIX NTM
FENIX NTM Bloom
FENIX NTA

Is FENIX available in FR grade?

FENIX NTM and FENIX NTA are available in FR grade upon request.
FENIX NTM Bloom is not yet available in FR grade.

Why no more than 50% of lignin resin has been used for FENIX NTM Bloom?

Lignin is a natural polymer that gives wood its rigidity and strength to resist external forces. After cellulose, it is the second most abundant natural polymer in the world. However, there is not just “one type” of lignin (it depends, among other things, on the type of wood that comes from). Whereas phenol has a regular structure, lignin is an irregular polymer. So it is difficult to work with it. Reaching a 50% lignin based resin that maintains the standards of our material, is already great achievement.

Which are the advantages related to FENIX NTM Bloom ecological footprint?

Thanks to its new technology and the increase of natural raw materials, FENIX NTM Bloom products have a greater environmental performance.
This translates to:
-46% Global warming (CO2 emissions)
-38% Primary energy demand
-28% Water footprint
Source: LCA study performed by Arpa Industriale comparing standard FENIX NTM with new FENIX NTM Bloom.

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.

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. All FENIX sheets are filmed with a branded protective film.

Does FENIX have a warranty?

Yes, it can be downloaded online.

The material features

How many times can the surficial microstratches be repaired by thermal healing?

The thermal healing repair can be done several times if the structure of the material is not damaged.

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

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

Which is the FENIX surface specular reflectance?

FENIX surface is extremely matt: the surface specular reflectance is in the range of 10-16 gloss at 85°.

The manufacturing process

What is the manufacturing process used for FENIX?

FENIX products are paper based, super opaque materials. FENIX products are made of paper (over 60%) and thermosetting resins (30 - 40%). The FENIX products are created by a pressing process in which heat and pressure are applied simultaneously in order to obtain a homogeneous non-porous product.
The external surface of FENIX is obtained through the application of a multilayer coating and it is characterized by next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with Electron Beam Curing process.
FENIX NTA contains a real metal structure in its décor layer.

Machining tips

How can edging be managed?

FENIX sheets, in the thin version, can be edge-banded using the same colour with 1.2 mm thickness (Matched Colour core) or using ABS/PP edge-banding strip developed in partnership with manufacturers of edge-banding material (e.g. Rehau, Döllken, BVR, GiPlast, etc). Edge banding correspondances are available online.

Processing and machining guidelines are available online.

Which machining tools are suggested?

FENIX can be machined with standard carpenter’s tools.
Processing and machining guidelines are available online.
Each transformer working with the sheets needs to make sure that proper risk assessments have been performed.

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?

Online you may find the technical data sheets and the standard delivery programmes for the differente product lines.

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?

FENIX is a durable material. The actual lifespan depends on how it is used, especially in regards to the decorative surface. In any case, its durability is an important quality that makes it especially attractive from an environmental point of view. Long life means less waste and a saving in resources.

How can FENIX be disposed of?

FENIX is a material classified as non-hazardous by Arpa Industriale.
Disposal as a result of any processing must take place after assignment of the appropriate European Waste Code at the expenses of the user and treated in accordance with current legislation.
Due attention must be taken to apply the correct CER Index and to follow the regulations on disposal when the material has been processed and used to create items and composites by customers/users.