Muttenz, Switzerland - Swiss chemicals company Clariant AG is doubling its production capacity of non-halogenated flame retardants with the opening of a second plant at its Hürth-Knapsack site near Cologne, Germany. Clariant said it had invested a "double digit million sum," in the expansion.
Clariant said this extra capacity will allow it to meet the demand for Exolit flame retardants, which has risen significantly since their market launch in 2004. Currently, the company is extending the Exolit product range with new products such as reactive flame retardant systems for electronic materials. In particular, innovative flame retardants are used in smartphones, laptops, and aircraft parts, and also in upholstered furniture, carpets, textiles, fixative foams, and construction materials, Clariant said.