CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO (Sept. 12, 11:45 a.m. ET) — Color concentrate and additives maker Americhem Inc. has struck a distribution deal with FRX Polymers and also has commercialized a new line of black concentrates.
Cuyahoga Falls-based Americhem has entered into a multi-year exclusive agreement to distribute FRX's non-halogen flame retardant polyphosphonate resin in Western Europe and Turkey.
Chelmsford, Mass.-based FRX “produces a unique flame retardant additive in that it is melt processable and sold in pellet form,” Americhem business development vice president Dave Bouton said in a Sept. 11 news release. “This makes it especially well-suited for melt spinning into fiber resins, such as polyesters.”
FRX President and CEO Marc Lebel added in the release that his firm has worked with Americhem for several years, and that Americhem's strong presence in the fibers market “makes it an ideal partner” for FRX. Production of FRX material takes place at pilot plants in Chelmsford and in Domat-Ems, Switzerland.
Americhem's new black concentrates use nigrosine dye and are available in concentrations of up to 40 percent in nylon 6 and 6/6 resins. Officials said the new materials have advantages over standard carbon black concentrates, such as a higher gloss finish and minimal stress whitening.
The new black concentrates are being aimed at under-hood automotive applications and similar uses.
Americhem ranks as one of North America's 30 largest compounders and concentrate makers. Earlier this year, the firm introduced four new color families for 2013 and 2014 and installed a new production line at its plant in Mansfield, Texas.