Novel polymeric, non-halogenated flame retardants

Flame retardancy is a legal requirement for many plastics used in electrical equipment, consumer electronics, building and construction, textile and transportation applications.  Yet, over 60% of all FR plastic formulations are still based on halogen-containing FR additives, even though these materials have some sever, undesirable side effects.  The result, EU legislation bans the use of certain families of brominated FRs and the US EPA’s Design for the Environment Alternatives assessment for decabromodiphenylether (decaBDE) and  hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). 

To address the issues of the persistence, bioaccumulation, and toxicity of halogenated FRs, FRX Polymers developed Nofia FRs, a series of non-halogenated, non-migrating flame retardant additives of low concern to human health and the environment.

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Eric Readinger