Baton Rouge, Louisiana - A new halogen-free flame retardant from Albemarle Corp. aimed at flexible foam provides "an extremely effective and more environmentally appealing alternative," for protecting foams used in furniture and vehicle seats, the group claims.
Halogen-based FRs have come under attack by the environmental lobby recently, which is one reason Albemarle has introduced the halogen-free Antiblaze 117HF, intended as a safe, effective alternative.
"As a socially responsible producer of flame retardants, we recognise the need for foam and furniture makers to offer products that ensure consumers the highest level of safety and value," said Steve LeVan, Albemarle division vice president of flame retardants, in a 25 Jan company announcement.
The new material "lets foam makers and end-users achieve exceptional fire safety and material performance, as well as a strong health, safety and environmental profile," added LeVan.
Albemarle claims that the new material achieves the same reliable protection as existing flame retardants with up to 30 percent less product - and with excellent non-scorching performance.
It has also been tested for its effects on human health and for its environmental profile, and is also non-persistent and non-bio-accumulative, according to US Environmental Protection Agency criteria.
Albemarle said Antiblaze 117HF, offering critical fire safety at lower levels, with a good health, safety and environmental profile, is now being produced at its Orangeburg, South Carolina facility, and is available commercially.