Lanxess' flame retardants keeping downheat

Lanxess' flame retardants for keeping down the heat

9:07 AM, 5th August 2017
Flame retardants help to prevent fires entirely or delay their outbreak, giving people more time to escape to safety. (File photo)
Flame retardants help to prevent fires entirely or delay their outbreak, giving people more time to escape to safety. (File photo)

COLOGNE, GERMANY: Lanxess AG offers a wide range of flame retardant that can prevent the outbreak of fire inside electronic devices – and therefore save lives.

Hot circuitry, shorts or accumulated dust clouds that ignite: all of these factors can cause a fire in electrical or electronic devices. Manufacturers, therefore, add a variety of chemical flame retardants to the various flammable materials. Flame retardants help to prevent fires entirely or delay their outbreak, giving people more time to escape to safety.

Preventing fires

Flame retardants are found not only in plastics for the electrical/electronics industry, but also, for example, in the polyurethanes used by auto manufacturers to cushion seats, roof liners, rear decks and side liners. Lanxess and its phosphorus-based Disflamoll, Reofos and Levagard products are therefore reliable partners for all these applications. The speciality chemical company’s flame retardants are used everywhere highly flammable materials are found, for instance in flexible and rigid foams, fabrics and furniture, circuit boards, connectors and computer housings.

Good flame-retardant properties

Brominated flame retardants likewise are capable of protecting electronics against fire. They are also used in the construction industry in building insulation. In this sector, flame retardancy requirements are on the rise particularly due to the trend toward energy-efficient construction.

Lanxess recently acquired the US-based chemicals company Chemtura. Chemtura’s former business with brominated flame retardant additives, bromine and other bromine derivatives was merged with Lanxess’s existing phosphorus-based flame retardants business. Top brands include the Fire master products, as well as the sustainable flame retardants in the Emerald Innovation line.

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