Clariant opens new flame retardants capacity in Germany

Clariant opens new flame retardants capacity in Germany

7:00 AM, 9th October 2012
Clariant opens new flame retardants capacity in Germany

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant opened a second production unit for the successful flame retardant (FR) Exolit OP at the Hurth-Knapsack plant near Cologne. The established non-halogenated additive is used primarily in the electronics and electrical engineering (E&EE) sector. The new facility doubles the capacity for diethyl phosphinic acid aluminum salt (DEPAL)-based FRs.

By doubling the DEPAL capacity in Hurth, Clariant is responding to the growing demand for safe and environmentally friendly FRs for plastics in the global E&EE market. “Customers’ environmental and safety awareness has increased considerably. Key customers are indicating that their requirements for non-halogenated flame retardants will see further increase in the years ahead. This timely expansion of our capacity will position us to meet this demand,” said Michael Grosskopf, Head, Additives business unit, Clariant.

The company has developed two new non-halogenated FRs in Hurth-Knapsack under the name Exolit EP specifically for the flame retardancy of epoxy resins. Both products are aimed at the requirements of printed circuit boards. Alongside the Exolit OP and EP product families, Clariant also manufactures the Exolit AP flame retardant, which is based on ammonium polyphosphates (AP).

“Exolit can be formulated to create a tailored flame retardant system based on product requirements and customer specifications. Together with its cost effectiveness, Exolit is positioned as comprehensive technological alternative to halogenated and brominated flame retardants,” said Dr Adrian Beard, Head, Marketing FR, Clariant.

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