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New Lab Facility Opens For Development Of Flame Retardant Polymers


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FRX Polymers
: 19 April, 2010  (Company News)
FRX Polymers opens new laboratory equipped with extruders and injection moulding equipment for application testing on its new range of polyphosphonate polymers and oligomers
FRX Polymers (FRX), the inventor and manufacturer of an entirely new family of inherently flame retardant (FR) polymers and oligomers, has recently opened a new 2500 square feet applications lab to assist in the market development of its polyphosphonate polymers and oligomers. The applications lab is equipped with a 30 mm, 40 L/D, highly flexible twin screw extruder, designed to handle engineering plastics, reinforcements including glass, mineral fillers and elastomeric additives. The lab also includes a newly installed 30 ton Van Dorn injection moulding machine with the capability of producing a wide range of test specimens. The lab is also equipped with a wide range of polymer characterization and FR testing equipment.

With this capability, FRX will be able to assist its customers to optimise the performance of FRX based FR formulations. “This is a most exciting time for FRX,” mentioned Dr Lawino Kagumba, FRX Director of Research and Development. “With this capability in place, we will be able to greatly assist our customers and help them commercialise new value added formulations based on FRX’s polymers.”

FRX Polymers is in the process of commercialising polyphosphonate polymers and oligomers in a wide range of applications including: as melt processable FR additives for thermoplastics, as stand-alone plastics for thin, transparent FR applications and as reactive FR oligomers for thermosetting resins. The oligomer and homopolymer have 10.8% phosphorus content while the phosphorus content of the copolymer is grade dependant.
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