Huber Broadens Halogen-Free FR Range

Huber adds Safire nitrogen and phosphorus-based additives from Belgium's Catena Additives.

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A supplier of non-halogen flame retardants and smoke suppressants for more than 30 years, Atlanta-based Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) has diversified its portfolio with the acquisition of the Safire nitrogen and phosphorus FR technology from Belgium’s Floridienne Group and its wholly-owned subsidiary Catena Additives.

This marks the third such acquisition for HEM within the last five years; in 2012, it was the specialty hydrate flame retardants from Germany’s Almatis; while in 2010, it was the Kemgard flame retardants and smoke suppressant business from Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams. The Safire flame retardants open up new market opportunities for HEM, as their use can be applied to thermosets such as PUR foams for transportation seating and to engineering thermoplastics such as PC/ABS, nylon, PBT, and PPE alloys for electrical/electronic components and housings.

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