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Dow Global licenses Polymeric FR technology to Albemarle

16 April 2012

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Dow Global Technologies (DGTL), a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has granted the third and final licence of its Polymeric Flame Retardant (Polymeric FR) technology to Albemarle.

As part of the licence, Albemarle will use the Polymeric FR technology to produce extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foams.

In March 2012, DGTL developed a stable, high molecular weight, non-persistent, bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) substance, Polymeric FR, which provides a fire safety solution to thermal insulation materials, including XPS and EPS foams, enabling them to continue to meet the demands of global energy efficiency regulations and sustainable building design.

Dow Global Technologies president Mark Whiteman said the Polymeric FR has become the 'next generation industry standard' flame retardant for use in both XPS and EPS foam insulation applications globally.

"The development and licensing of the Polymeric FR is the result of years of research and development that leveraged Dow's polymer chemistry, process science, applications know-how, and environment, health & safety expertise," Whiteman added.

Dow said the licensees of Polymeric FR will construct new plants over the coming months and years.

Headquartered in the US, Albemarle develops and manufactures specialty chemicals for petroleum refining, consumer electronics, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services.

Image: Dow Chemical Corporate headquarters in Midland.