Sizzling demand for halogen-free flame retardants: Page 2 of 2

Innovator FRX Polymers should benefit, as market grows at compound annual 8.4% rate

the smartphone and server segments of the printed circuit board market.

In addition to its electrical properties, the product also has high modulus, very low coefficient of thermal expansion, good peel strength, pressure cooker resistance and a strong UL 94 V-0 rating in the flammability test. This “game-changing development” is the result of a strong collaborative effort between the R&D teams at Shengyi and FRX over the last two years.

“We are proud to have worked with Shengyi Technology on this important development,” said Marc-Andre Lebel, President and CEO of FRX Polymers. Shengyi Techynology is a “world-class producer of CCLs with state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D capabilities,” added Lebel.

Nofia phosphonates replace halogenated flame retardants, which are being phased out due to toxicity concerns, said FRX’s information. Nofia products have undergone extensive toxicology testing, received a favorable toxicological profile and have consequently been registered globally. They are produced using sustainable green chemistry principles such as a solvent-free production process, no waste by-products and near 100% atom efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 recognized FRX with the Environmental Merit Award, citing FRX as an example of an innovative New England company making a real difference by making products that reduce risks to human health and reduce environmental damage while simultaneously delivering fire safety. FRX was also awarded the Belgian Business Award for the Environment earlier this year.

Scientific advances in the area of chemicals and plastics has brought H.R. 2576 to the forefront of Congress. Called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, this bill is an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), under which “the EPA banned just five chemicals,” noted Peeples in her article. On April 28, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considered and passed S 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical for the 21st Century Act. The House Energy & Commerce Committee voted to advance H.R. 2576, with the final vote (47-0 with one abstention), to move the bill from the committee to the full House of Representatives.

SPI: the plastics industry trade association has sent out a newsletter asking industry participants to write to their congressional representatives and encourage them to vote for this bill so that the TSCA can be brought into the 21st century.   

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