A new polymeric flame retardant for use in extruded (XPS) and expanded (EPS) polystyrene applications has been introduced by Albemarle Corporation. With this, the company has expanded its Earthwise™ platform of sustainable product. This new technology, licensed from Dow Global Technologies LLC (DGTL), a subsidiary ofThe Dow Chemical Company, will be commercialized under Albemarle's Earthwise brand and provides a stable, high molecular weight, non-PBT (Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic) polymeric technology for use in these demanding applications. This new technology is expected to become the preferred choice to meet critical fire safety requirements for both XPS and EPS. Albemarle's agreement to manufacture and sell this premium technology confirms the company's commitment to provide customers with sustainable, innovative fire safety solutions that meet the increasing demands of global regulations and standards, such as energy efficiency and sustainable design for these thermal insulation materials.
"This expansion of our Earthwise portfolio is another sign of our position as the industry leader in flame retardants, and joins our other key polymeric platforms, Green Armor™ and our family of brominated polystyrene products, SAYTEX® HP-3010, HP-7010 and 621," said Brian Carter, Division Vice President of global brominated flame retardants. "Albemarle expects to commercialize this new technology in 2014 and is already working closely with customers to fully qualify the product in both applications." Albemarle's flame retardant business is part of the Company's fire safety solutions within the Polymer Solutions business segment.