Q: Why is FRX Polymers’ commitment to producing sustainable flame retardant solutions important?
Global society is increasingly conscious of the impact humans are having on our planet and our direct environment. Traditional fire retardant technologies have much publicized drawbacks including the use of harmful, toxic chemicals. FRX Polymers’ Nofia® technology allows non-toxic, non-migratory solutions that have received many environmental awards including the EPA Environmental Merit Award and the Global Cleantech Top 100.
It is very exciting to be part of an organization that brings this sustainable technology to the industry, improving our customers’ products which in turn can improve everyone’s life.
List one reason why you enjoy working in the science / chemistry field?
Studying and working in science/chemistry is exciting because everything around us is chemistry: our environment, our bodies and everything humans create is based on or needs chemistry. Working in chemistry allows you to understand and improve many important aspects of life.
What was a key factor for you when deciding to work at FRX Polymers?
The NOFIA technology which FRX Polymers brings to the polymer and coatings industry is radically different from the ones currently employed: it is very exciting to be part of an organisation which brings this sustainable technology to the industry, improving our customers’ products which in turn can improve everyone’s life.
What type of person is most likely to succeed in the FRX Polymers environment?
The radically different technology of FRX Polymers means that is not a “drop in”solution for most customers: fine tuning of the customers’ process and marketing may be necessary to be successful in the market. This means that people at FRX Polymers need to be creative to jointly find the right solution and determined to bring the work to fruition.
What sets FRX Polymers apart from other chemical suppliers?
I have not joined yet but what I have observed so far:
FRX Polymers sets itself apart from other chemical suppliers with the true cooperative spirit to come to win-win solutions with our customers and go the extra mile for optimal results.
In your experience, describe one key factor or ‘must have’ to succeeding with a new product application?
The product often must offer more than one key improvement over traditional solutions, such as mechanical (strength, weight) , optical or electrical aspects, besides the obvious fire safety aspects.
In your opinion, why are strong supplier – customer relationships important?
A flame retardant fulfills a critical role in ensuring the end product meets/exceeds the regulatory requirements in terms of fire safety and thereby ensuring consumer safety. Since FR’s are typically need to be used in significant percentages in the end application, the impact of the FR on the performance and the economics of the end product is potentially high and therefor an open exchange of ideas on the technical and business aspects is very needed between customer and supplier.
In a few sentences, why is FRX Polymers’ commitment to producing green / sustainable FR solutions important for the health and well-being of our society?
Global society is increasingly conscious of the impact humans are having on our planet and our direct environment. Traditional FR technologies have much publicized drawbacks which often are only recognized much later after their introduction. The FRX Polymers technology allows non-toxic, non-migratory solutions which is illustrated by the many “green”awards.
Why is now an exciting time to invest in FRX Polymers?
FRX Polymers is now at the critical point in its development , getting momentum in understanding in important key applications and increasing its potential in many other fields. The breakthrough technology which will improve the environmental footprint of many end applications.