Business heats up at Fire Retardant Additives

Business heats up at Fire Retardant Additives

Huber continues to build on its more than 30-year history of supplying fire retardants and smoke suppressants. New product introductions, strategic acquisitions and additional manufacturing capacity are fueling the growth of the Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business unit of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM). Among the highlights:


  • Huber acquires the Martinswerk mineral flame retardants and specialty chemicals businesses of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). On February 1, 2016, the Martinswerk portfolio and plant in Bergheim, Germany, become part of the HEM’s FRA business. See the news release to learn more.
  • Purchase of Safire® nitrogen and phosphorous flame retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives. HEM announced the acquisition in June 2015 with the goal of integrating the patented technology with its existing halogen-free portfolio of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, and rapidly developing a line of commercial products.
  • Additions to the MoldX® Optimized ATH (alumina trihydrate) product family. This line of specialty products provides unique fire resistance and smoke suppression characteristics for building materials; heating, ventilation and air conditioning parts; rail applications; and more.
  • Expansion at the Kennesaw, Georgia, FRA plant. To meet market demand of MoldX Optimized ATH and other FRA products, HEM expanded this FRA plant in 2014 to increase space, flexibility and efficiency.
  • Purchase of the assets of the specialty hydrates flame retardant business of Almatis, Inc. in April 2012. The operation has become part of Huber Specialty Hydrates LLC, which manufactures precipitated ATH for FRA. Assets include a manufacturing plant in Bauxite, Arkansas, and all product grades under the Hydral® and SpaceRite® brands. The Bauxite facility has had several successful projects designed to boost capacity since the HEM purchase, the latest beginning in December 2015 and slated for completion in January 2016.
  • Acquisition of the Kemgard® flame retardants and smoke suppressants from Sherwin-Williams in 2010. This addition has helped FRA take advantage of the shift toward non-halogen flame retardants, which are more environmentally-friendly. HEM increased capacity for Kemgard products in 2012 by expanding its plant in Marblehead, Illinois.


HEM’s investments in its FRA business unit continues to build on Huber’s more than 30-year history as a trusted supplier of flame retardants and smoke suppressants. FRA produces value-added alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, molybdate compounds and nitrogen and phosphorus products for a variety of end-use applications, including reinforced polyester molding and pultrusion, engineering thermoplastics, roofing, silicone rubber, wire and cable, coatings and carpet backing. Visit HEM’s site to learn more about our Fire Retardant Additives business.



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