LANXESS FLAME RETARDANTS
HIGH PERFORMING PHOSPHOROUS AND BROMINE FLAME RETARDANTS
Enhance escape time
Flame retardants slow the spread of fire and lower heat release.
LANXESS is able to delay the development of fire through the flame retardants Disflamoll, Reofos and Levagard.
LANXESS ensures vehicles don’t burst into flames…
Flame retardants from LANXESS delay the spread of fire in vehicles – and put criminals in risky situations.
The advent of plastics and synthetic textiles in the ‘50s and ‘60s led to more and more flammable materials and ignition sources entering our living spaces. While these products made our lives more comfortable and functional, they also increased the risk of fire. It was soon realized that fire safety standards were essential to reduce their risk. Such standards were therefore developed for electrical and electronic appliances, furniture, thermal insulation and many other flammable products and components. It was also discovered that flame retardants provided a technically and economically feasible technique to comply with these standards.
The term “flame retardant” describes a wide range of substances used to prevent or slow down a fire. Flame retardants are simply chemicals that are incorporated into materials that burn easily, in order to prevent ignition or slow down a fire. Therefore, flame retardants help to prevent fires, or if started slow down fire spread, reduce heat release, smoke formation and toxic fire effluents. Most importantly, they enhance the time available for safe escape. This can mean the difference between life and injury or even death.
This graph shows that with flame retarded products in a typical home, time to flashover can be significantly extended. This gives the occupants valuable time to discover the fire, alert other people, call the fire brigade and evacuate the building. Fire statistics from the UK and Ireland show that there is a distinct downward trend in the number of fires .
Conversely, the USA has witnessed an upward trend in fire fatality rates in the last few years due to changes in their furniture standards .
There is a strong correlation between these statistics and the use or non-use of flame retardants.
Kacew et al., 2021 Risks and Benefits associated with the use of BFRs
A recent study  has shown that flame retarded furniture used in Great Britain helps to delay time to flashover and reduces smoke production when compared to non flame retarded furniture used in the U.S. and France.
Blais, M.S., Carpenter, K. & Fernandez, K., Comparative Room Burn Study of Furnished Rooms from the United Kingdom, France and the United States Fire Technol (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-019-00888-8
Like all chemicals, flame retardants need to undergo extensive testing and safety assessments throughout their life cycle to make sure they comply with all relevant legislation and do not cause harm to people or the environment.
We believe the public should not be forced to choose between human health and environmental protection on the one hand and fire safety on the other – they are entitled to both. Our business demands the highest standards of both fire retardancy performance and environmental sustainability.
A variety of flame retardant technologies is needed to address the complex challenges posed by the diversity of materials and their intended uses. LANXESS, as one of the global leaders in flame retardants, offers a wide spectrum of solutions for applications such as e-mobility, electronic components, electrical enclosures, building products, furniture foam and more.
Download our brochure here and find out more about our broad flame reatardants product range for versatile applications.
LANXESS at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”, July 28 and 29
Motorcycle tank made from polyamide 6 as a cost-effective single-material solution
Brake pedal in composite design for electric sports cars
Continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for components in high-voltage batteries
Broad range of products for charging plugs
COLOGNE June 25, 2020
Continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites from LANXESS for electric vehicles
Fabric structure and high fiber content prevent flames from spreading
Flame-retardant product variants with UL 94 V-0 classification
Highly suitable for use in flame-resistant high-voltage battery components and inductive charging
COLOGNE March 05, 2020
Oligomeric and reactive phosphorus compounds for polyurethane and polyisocyanurate
Polymeric, bromine-containing flame retardants for expanded and extruded polystyrene
COLOGNE July 02, 2019
LANXESS possesses and operates its own well-equipped technical competence centers and analytical laboratories in Europe, Asia, and North America which are geared to invent, develop, test, and improve both, highly effective phosphorus- and bromine-based flame retardants for various applications.
LANXESS’ comprehensive technical capabilities in flame retardants comprise the whole spectrum from the development of high-performance products and formulations, compounding, processing, material and flammability testing to technical recommendations for our customers. We perform small scale burn testing in our own facilities. Furthermore, we have established a strong network with reliable and efficient partners for large scale fire testing.
Based on elemental phosphorus, LANXESS produces a variety of derivatives being used in many industries including flame retardants, lubricant additives, pharmaceutical intermediates, water treatment chemicals, fine chemicals, and agrochemicals.
Our company runs a network of phosphorus chemicals production sites in Europe and North America including one of the largest integrated production facilities for organic phosphorus downstream chemistry.
With our fully integrated phosphorus derivatives facilities we are strongly focused to further develop our leading position in the phosphorus-based flame retardants market. We continue to develop phosphorus-based flame retardant solutions helping our customers to address increasing regulatory challenges, particularly for the PU industry. Phosphorus based flame retardants are found worldwide in many plastic products.
The brands Disflamoll®, Levagard®, Reofos® and Uniplex serve to flameproof polymers such as polyurethane, PVC, polycarbonate and polymer blends, e.g. for cable sheathing or housings for electrical devices.
Our phosphorus chemicals production sites are located in:Our phosphorus chemicals production sites are located in:
• Leverkusen, Germany
• Trafford Park, UK
• Charleston, SC, USA
LANXESS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bromine, bromine intermediates, and brominated flame retardants.
The bromine manufacturing sites at LANXESS Solutions U.S. are located in rural south Arkansas and sit atop of a bromine-rich brine reserve, the second largest known brine reserve in the world.
With access to large concentrated bromine reserves and ongoing investment in our bromine production facilities and ISO tank fleet, we are one of the leading global suppliers of bromine derivatives. Bromine and bromine based intermediates serve as building blocks for producing highly complex molecules that meet specific performance, environmental, and quality requirements.
Bromine and its intermediates are utilized in many applications including foam insulation for building and construction, fine chemical/pharmaceuticals, agriculture, power generation, transportation, water treatment, oil field services, and more.
LANXESS is amongst the global leaders in flame retardant products and solutions for use in applications such as furniture foam, electronic components, electrical enclosures, building products and more. Brominated flame retardants provide optimal processing while maintaining outstanding physical properties in a cost effective manner.
LANXESS bromine flame retardants products include the brands Firemaster® and Emerald Innovation®. Emerald Innovation® 3000 was introduced as an environmentally friendly alternative to Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) flame retardant for polystyrene foams.
The application of flame retardants in the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) market can be divided into four major segments: connectors, printed wire boards, enclosures, and cables.
Transportation plays an important role in our modern society. Different types of transportation involve different risks for fire and different fire scenarios. Thus a variety of different fire standards reflect different fire scenarios. Various types of flame retardants are used in materials for transportation depending on the type of material and its final application.
|Technical Data Sheets|
|Levagard TP LXS 51114|
|Uniplex FRP 64|
LANXESS has a long history of promoting the safe and effective use of flame retardants. We have a strong belief in the value of fire safety in our modern world and support those organizations that seek to improve fire safety standards that benefit society. We continually strive to provide government officials, regulators, legislators, the public and other stakeholders with the best science-based facts to address questions that arise around the use of flame retardant products.
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