FRX Polymers announced the opening of its Antwerp manufacturing plant dedicated to the production of halogen free polyphosphonate flame retardant (FR) plastics. The first full scale commercial plant will focus on supplying Nofia polyphosphonates, FRX Polymers’ line of homopolymer, copolymer, and oligomer FR materials.
Nofia inherently flame retardant plastics and additives are designed to be more environmentally friendly and less toxic flame retardants, according to the group. Nofia can be used to enhance the flame retardancy with little impact on the inherent characteristics of the targeted polymer or resin. In several engineering resin systems, Nofia retains transparency and enables processability. Nofia polyphosphonates increase the product developer’s toolbox by providing flame retardancy with other desirable characteristics due to its polymer form. For example, Nofia polyphosphonates have demonstrated use in flame retarding biorenewable polymers and recycled fibres and plastics providing a good balance of properties.
The new plant will address the growing demand for Nofia products from multiple markets including electronic devices, lighting and fixtures, fibre for commercial textiles, automotive, aerospace and building and construction.
“The opening of the new plant strengthens our ability to supply global markets, significantly expands our manufacturing infrastructure and establishes production capabilities to meet increased demand for environmentally friendly alternatives to bromine-based FR products,” said Marc Lebel, FRX Polymers President and CEO.
“Being located on Bayer’s open chemical site in Antwerp means most of the basic components that FRX Polymers needs for the creation of its high-quality flame retardant plastics are produced just a few meters away,” Lebel continued. “It’s vital that our manufacturing facility is in close proximity to our suppliers and in a central location to serve our global customers. This has a positive economic impact and is aligned with the environmentally-responsible nature of our products.”