Specialty polymer maker FRX Polymers Inc. will begin commercial production of flame-retardant polyphosphonate resins through an agreement with technology firm Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH.
Chelmsford, Mass.-based FRX will build and operate a pilot plant at UIF's site in Domat Ems, Switzerland, officials said in a recent news release. FRX has been producing homopolymer and copolymer grades of polyphosphonate at a pilot plant in Chemsford since the firm was founded in 2007.
The new plant should have annual capacity of more than 1 million pounds by early 2010, officials said in the release.
Employing UIF's facility and know-how enables FRX to achieve commercial scale quickly and allow for ... refinement of the process, said Marc Lebel, FRX president and chief executive officer.
Polyphosphonate is a tough, transparent resin that is inherently flame-retardant and has high melt flow. It's also nonhalogenated, which officials said makes the material environmentally friendly. The material doesn't migrate out of host plastic when used as a flame-retardant additive, and improves melt flow and mechanical properties when used with engineering resins.
Berlin-based UIF provides technology and equipment for the production of PET, nylon, polybutylene terephthalate and polylactic acid.