Flame retardancy is a legal requirement for many plastics used in electrical equipment, consumer electronics, construction, textile and transportation applications. Flame retardants (FRs) inhibit ignition, slow the spread of fire or protect infrastructure during a fire, and reduce the production of smoke or toxic fumes.
FRs containing halogen are still widely used, despite their environmental and health risks. Moreover, in the event of a fire or incineration, a halogenated substance may contribute to a build-up of highly toxic substances and increased smoke generation.
Driven by a EU legislative ban on some brominated FRs regulations around the recycling of plastics, companies have been developing safer alternatives, with a focus on non-halogenated FRs.
FRX Polymers®, based in Antwerp, is the first company to have produced safe non-halogenated, non-migrating flame retardant materials, under the brand name Nofia®. These materials prevent the migration of the product out of the host plastic throughout its whole lifetime and stop these chemicals leaching out into the environment or coming into contact with human beings. Moreover, their solvent-free production process generates hardly any waste and is in line with the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry.
This new family of FR additives are highly innovative and eco-friendly. They offer excellent performance and are used in a wide range of polymers such as fibres and fabrics, foams, coatings, sheets and films for transportation, construction, and electronic applications.