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LANXESS Corporation responds to industry trends by offering range of flame retardants

Published on 2007-09-21. Author : SpecialChem

Pittsburgh, PA -- Current trends in the building, automotive and electronic industry sectors show a significant increase in the use of flame retardants. LANXESS Corporation is responding with a product portfolio that meets nearly all of the polyurethane industry's requirements. The Functional Chemicals business unit offers three product lines of phosphorous flame retardants - DISFLAMOLL®, LEVAGARD®, and BAYFOMOX®. All three lines provide noteworthy advantages and excellent flame retardance in a variety of applications, and they are manufactured to the stringent DIN ISO 90012 quality standard.

About DISFLAMOLL® Flame Retardants

The DISFLAMOLL® products are characterized by very good compatibility with polar polymers and can be compounded easily. DISFLAMOLL® flame retardants do not affect the color or transparency of plastics. The halogen-free phosphorous esters of the DISFLAMOLL® range are suitable for a variety of polyurethane applications. They have proven particularly effective both in rigid and flexible polyurethane foam applications, and in coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE). When used in CASE applications, DISFLAMOLL® TOF and DISFLAMOLL® DPK demonstrate both plasticizing and flame-retardant properties.

Low-viscosity DISFLAMOLL® DPK, for example, is primarily used for flexible polyurethane foam and impresses users with its low-scorch properties and good processability. Using this flame retardant can greatly reduce or totally eliminate the scorch effect that produces anything from undesirable reactions and discoloring to burning inside the foam.

In addition, DISFLAMOLL® products lower plasticol viscosity and enable the production of flame-retardant articles such as awnings and floorings, which must be lightfast and/or demonstrate a low smoke density.

About LEVAGARD® Flame Retardants

Polyurethane foams have emerged as important components in a variety of applications, including construction, furnishings, appliances, packaging, sporting goods, and automotive engineering. LANXESS maintains a visible presence in these industries with its LEVAGARD® line of phosphorus flame retardants, which are particularly suitable for making rigid polyurethane foams flame retardant. Some are used to meet the rigorous building standards for laminated boards and spray foam insulations.

LANXESS' LEVAGARD® DMPP and LEVAGARD® TEP-Z are examples of highly effective halogen-free phosphorous compounds that lend themselves to applications in the construction industry, particularly in insulating foams. The latest grade, LEVAGARD® TP LXS 51053, is tailored to meet the current requirements of the flexible polyurethane foam market with its halogen-free, reactive, and therefore low-emission properties. It already complies with fire safety standards, even at low additions.

About BAYFOMOX® Flame Retardants

Responding to the need to prevent the spread of fires in buildings, LANXESS offers its customers in the construction industry the BAYFOMOX® product line, compromising raw materials and associated systems.

Under the proprietary name BAYFOMOX®, LANXESS offers a reactive dual-component polyurethane system that is used to manufacture extremely flame-retardant articles for fire stop applications. This enables items with a general building certification, such as strips, mats, or masonry blocks, to be produced to seal holes in masonry for cables or pipes. When exposed to high temperatures in an emergency, the molded parts turn into heat-insulating carbonized foam that prevents both fire and fumes from getting through for a long period.

The BAYFOMOX® systems of fiber-free, solvent-free and halogen-free raw materials are used to produce end products that are approved under building regulations for passive fire protection.

DISFLAMOLL® and LEVAGARD® are registered trademarks of LANXESS Deutschland GmbH.
BAYFOMOX® is a registered trademark of Bayer AG.


LANXESS Corporation was formed when the Bayer Group combined most of its chemical businesses and large segments of its polymer activities. The Company began operating as a legal entity in the United States on July 1, 2004. LANXESS Corporation is a member of the German LANXESS-Group that was spun-off from Bayer in January 2005.

LANXESS manufactures high-quality products in the areas of chemicals, synthetic rubber and plastics. The Company's portfolio comprises basic and fine chemicals, color pigments, plastics, synthetic rubber and rubber chemicals, leather, material protection products and water treatment products.

In 2006, LANXESS Corporation employed about 1,400 persons in the United States.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by LANXESS AG management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.


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