A new company has been set up to commercialize a family of polyphosphonate homopolymers and copolymers that offer exceptional nonburning properties.
FRX Polymers LLLP of Chelmsford, Mass., is headed by founding Chief Executive Officer Marc Lebel and aims to find initial markets for its product in polymeric flame-retardant additives for plastics, and as transparent high-flow specialty polymers.
The firm is setting up joint development agreements with major polymer and flame-retardant additive makers, which it expects will lead to manufacturing and marketing licenses. It recently started a pilot plant and will use that capacity to seed its widening group of development partners.
FRX's polymers are new to the world of polymers, Lebel said in a news release. They are distinguished by excellent flame-retardant properties, are transparent and have a very high melt flow rate. They also do not migrate out of the plastics in which they are contained, the firm claims.
``While much research has been done on polyphosphonates over the last 50 years, FRX Polymers is the first company to commercialize them,'' Lebel said.
``We have developed a cost-effective manufacturing route and through intensive research efforts over the last four years, we have dramatically improved the properties of these polymers. Our polymers will find applications in the $15 billion flame-retardant plastics market.''
FRX's chief technologist is Dieter Freitag, a recent inductee into the Plastics Hall of Fame in Leominster, Mass. While at Bayer AG, Freitag played a pivotal role in developing Makrolon polycarbonate, enabling mass-production of the CD.