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Vanco and Tenmat Partner on Fire-Rated Speaker Enclosures

Expanding backboxes prevent flames from spreading through speaker and lighting apertures.

Batavia, IL – April 25th, 2023 – Vanco International LLC, an industry leader in AV distribution and electronic accessories, today announces a distribution partnership with Tenmat, a leading passive fire protection manufacturer. Dealers can now access advanced fire-rated enclosures for use with speakers and lighting fixtures through any Vanco distributor.

When installing anything in a fire-rated ceiling, integrators must take steps to prevent the spread of flame through the aperture. With Tenmat’s intumescent technology, the interior of the enclosure quickly expands when exposed to the intense heat of a fire, creating a tough char. The highly insulative char seals off any gaps and prevents the spread of flames and heat.

“Our dealers need fire protection solutions for commercial and high-end residential projects,” says Brandon White, Director of Product Development for Vanco. “Given the unique size of some of our Beale Street speakers, finding effective, easy-to-install solutions could be a challenge. When we met the team at Tenmat and saw their enclosures, we knew we found our perfect fit.”

Vanco distributors will carry two speaker enclosures sized to pair with the Beale Street line of products:

  • FF109-FRSC – a standard fire-rated speaker enclosure that offers protection and improved acoustic performance for infinite baffle speakers up to 10” in diameter; pairs with the Beale Basics line.
  • FF109-FRSC XL – an extra-large enclosure sized to house Beale Street’s patented Sonic Vortex speakers.

Vanco distributors will also carry Tenmat’s line of fire-rated covers for standard recessed can lights, oversized recessed can lights, LED downlights and troffer luminaries.

Ten-Second Installation, Permanent Peace of Mind

Tenmat enclosures are uniquely simple and cost-effective to install or retrofit. They are constructed from lightweight, flexible intumescent material that can be folded and inserted into a ceiling opening. These enclosures are placed on top of the speaker and do not require screws or sealant. Once expanded, they can prevent the spread of flames and transmission of heat for up to an hour.

“Our products allow integrators to offer greater performance and peace of mind on any project,” says Tenmat Sales Manager Charlie Alfieri. “They take seconds to install and require no maintenance—but in the event of a fire, they can save a building from total destruction.”

Learn more about the partnership between Vanco and Tenmat and view the full range of Tenmat products distributed by Vanco at

About Vanco

With a 60-year legacy of serving the AV industry, Vanco International, LLC engineers, manufactures, and sells premium audio/video products and electronic accessories that are 100% QC tested from our U.S. headquarters. Backed by a team of knowledgeable support representatives and technology experts, Vanco is comprised of four unique brands including Vanco®, a comprehensive line of value-oriented residential AV products and accessories; Evolution™, a curated line of pro audio and video distribution products; PulseAudio™, an indoor/outdoor speaker, amplifier, and audio accessories line made for distribution; and Beale Street Audio™, a highly-acclaimed line of Sonic Vortex® technology architectural speakers. Vanco is also a Preferred Partner for Procell Professional Batteries, and the exclusive partner for Monster Power and Surge Centers distributing to the Pro AV, Electrical, and Security markets. Vanco is committed to helping the dealer and distributor community succeed in creating high-quality customer experiences across home theater, premium audio, and commercial installations. Learn more about Vanco International at

About Tenmat

For over 100 years, Tenmat has been a leader in the development, engineering and manufacturing of intumescent materials that offer advanced passive fire protection and fire blocking capabilities.
Tenmat provides a unique range of flexible, lightweight, and ready-to-use products and solutions for the most demanding firestopping applications. Its state-of-the-art, in-house R&D Laboratory and ISO 9001:2015 accredited production facilities have been developing and manufacturing technically superior passive fire protection products and intumescent materials for more than a century.
Tenmat offers innovative solutions for in-ceiling loudspeakers, LED downlights, troffer luminaries, and recessed can lights. Developed to meet the code requirements of NFPA, IBC and UBC for use in various applications throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world, Tenmat fire rated covers are the preferred open-box solution for multi-family dwellings, college dormitories, residential single-family homes, hotels, and assisted living facilities. ALL Tenmat products have been fire tested by independent third-party labs such as UL and Intertek. Certifications and additional information can be found at