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Albemarle announces breakthrough in flame retardant materials technology
Article Type: Environment and safety From: Pigment & Resin Technology, Volume 39, Issue 3
Specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) have announced an important advance in flame retardant technology. Flame retardants used to enhance durable plastics in many consumer and commercial products, from textiles and electronics to airplane and automobile interiors, are vital tools for reducing the risk of fire death and injury for hundreds of millions of people while saving billions of dollars in property damage around the world.
“Our first fire safety solution under Albemarle’s new Earthwise brand, GreenArmor™, is due to be commercially available in late 2010. Earthwise GreenArmor is a unique, organic flame retardant suitable for use in a variety of plastic resins that will provide better performance across a wide range of applications, while improving the sustainability of the plastic resins used in many consumer products. GreenArmor is a result of multi-year investments in research and development and will set the new standard in developing innovative fire safety solutions that meet societal needs in an environmentally sound manner,” said Tony Parnell, Vice President of Polymer Solutions.
“The launch of the Earthwise™ family of eco-friendly products marks a new direction in specialty chemicals and is expected to grow to include products from other business units and divisions,” explained Dave Clary, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Corporation. “The introduction of this unique fire safety solution furthers Albemarle’s corporate commitment to sustainability for the full-cycle of our products. For Albemarle, green chemistry involves all processes, from design and innovation, minimizing the use of raw materials, energy and byproducts or waste, to manufacturing and the final stages of recycled or reuse. GreenArmor’s design considers each of these aspects and we believe represents a great example of designing chemistry from a life cycle perspective.”
In addition to GreenArmor, Albemarle is developing a portfolio of other sustainable fire safety and chemical solutions for diverse industries to address societal and industry expectations for sustainable technology and increased levels of product performance. Producing highly valued solutions for our customers with improved recyclability or reuse, that are non-toxic, non-bioaccumulative and have favorable GHG footprints are just some of the criteria for Earthwise products.
For more information, visit: www.earthwiseinside.com