Enabling Innovation in 2018 and Beyond

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With the start of a new year, it is always a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. 

  • 2018 marks the 10th year since FRX Polymers was founded;
  • 2018 marks the 6th year since market and applications development began;
  • 2018 marks the 4th year since the startup of our Antwerp plant.

Looking back, I am very proud what we have achieved: a new product family which is transforming the flame retardant industry and, with the help of our customers, is making the previously impossible, possible. 

Enabling Innovation

As the world’s only polymeric halogen free flame retardants, Nofia solutions not only enable products to meet strict fire safety standards in an environmentally sustainable way, but they also  deliver a level of performance properties previously not possible in the world.  For instance, Nofia materials achieve a new level of electrical performance in printed circuit boards, deliver unparalleled transparency in polyester and polycarbonate film applications, reduce the temperature increase in intumescent coatings, allow higher tenacity levels in textiles, enable urethane foam to achieve 150⁰C continuous use temperatures, and we continue to uncover new advancements. 

I am very proud of our high caliber, diversified team of plastic and chemical professionals and the rich sales pipeline of high-value projects that we have built. I am also very grateful for the support of our clients and stakeholders.  Our work continues to receive recognition across the globe. As of the start of 2018:

Supporting Safe, Sustainable Chemistry

FRX Polymers co-founded pinfa (Phosphorus, Inorganic, and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association) and serves as Chair of pinfa’s North American branch.  The organization’s mission is to support and educate the industry on innovative, safe, sustainable flame retardant solutions.  Like many of our pinfa colleagues, we believe that one does not need to compromise on product sustainability and human health to achieve fire safety.  All three attributes can harmoniously co-exist in one product. 

Looking forward, we are poised to take important next steps as we continue to expand our team globally, double our Antwerp plant, and break into new application areas. 

Exciting growth opportunities await FRX Polymers as the general public becomes more attentive to environmental, personal health and safety issues, and regulators work to tighten up industry standards, while at the same time, end users demand ever increasing levels of product performance. 

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Driving Change and Value Creation

At FRX Polymers, we don't just sit around and wait for such change, we drive change, we drive growth.

We understand the opportunity and challenge of bringing new technology to the market. We therefore support our customers from the start of the innovation process all the way to the end of market activation phase, and we work side by side with our clients to ensure business success and value creation.  Reaching out to brand owners and even end users and accelerating down steam adoption of sustainable material solutions are key core competencies.

Through strong partnerships and a commitment to continuously innovate, the FRX Polymers team is dedicated to making our world a better and safer place to live, work, and play.  As we continue on our journey, we commit ourselves to:

  1. Work closely with our partners and end users to advance green chemistry solutions, develop sustainable high-performance products and facilitate new business and market development.
  2. Promote quality fire safety standards that minimize the risk of fire, while continuously improving the environmental and health profile of polymeric flame retardant solutions.
  3. Create shareholder value, by delivering accelerated sales growth and strong earnings.

From everyone at FRX Polymers, we thank all of our customers and stakeholders for your continued support and wish you all a 2018 that is filled with good health, happiness and prosperity!

Marc-Andre Lebel

President and CEO