FRX Polymers Inc. is based in Chelmsford, Mass., but the firm feels right at home on the Global Cleantech 100 list.
The polymeric halogen-free flame retardant leader has been named to that prestigious list again in 2019. It marks the sixth time in 10 years that FRX has received that honor.
Company officials said in a news release that FRX was recognized for its successful commercial work on Nofia-brand flame retardant products. Cleantech Group released the 10th Global Cleantech 100 report on Jan. 28 at its annual forum in San Francisco. The Global Cleantech 100 List recognizes world leaders in sustainable innovation.
"This recognition is an acknowledgment that our totally new sustainable solutions are taking hold and exciting the broad end-use markets that we serve," President and CEO Marc Lebel said.
To qualify for the Global Cleantech 100, companies must be independent, for-profit, and not listed on any major stock exchange. This year, almost 14,000 companies from more than 90 countries were nominated. Nominees were weighted and scored to create a short list of just over 300 companies reviewed by a global panel made up of investors and executives from a wide-range of industrial corporations active in technology and innovation scouting.
FRX continues to commercialize its environmentally friendly family of inherently flame retardant plastics and oligomers. Officials said these materials are tough, transparent and possess high melt flow for use in consumer electronics, textiles, building and construction, and transportation markets. Nofia materials can replace halogenated flame retardants, which are being phased out over toxicity concerns.
Nofia materials are available as polymeric flame retardant additives, flame retardant engineering plastics, and as reactive flame retardant additives for thermoset resins.
FRX — founded in 2007 — operates a pilot plant in Chelmsford and a full-scale commercial plant in Antwerp, Belgium.