Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of flame retardants, announced today that it will manufacture the latest addition to its Earthwise(TM) portfolio of eco-friendly fire safety solutions at the company's Orangeburg, SC plant. The polymeric fire safety solution will be marketed under the trade name GreenCrest™. GreenCrest is a stable, high molecular weight polymeric flame retardant designed to gradually replace Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) for use in extruded (XPS) and expanded (EPS) polystyrene applications. Albemarle plans to commercialize the new technology in 2014.
"The selection of the production site for GreenCrest is the next step in Albemarle's agreement to manufacture and market this premium technology and confirms the company's commitment to providing our customers with sustainable, innovative fire safety solutions that meet the increasing demands of global regulations and standards," said Brian Carter, Division Vice President of global brominated flame retardants. Albemarle's Orangeburg facility is a fully commercial specialty chemicals facility serving all three of the company's global business units. The site has strategic access to warehousing and shipping from the United States' fourth largest container port in Charleston, SC, just 80 miles from the plant. "The Orangeburg site offers several advantages to our ability to bring this product to market expediently. The proven abilities of our Orangeburg employees will be invaluable in this process," added Carter.