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Lanxess A.G.'s Rhein Chemie Additives business unit has released two products designed to meet demand for halogen-free flame retardants by fire safety standards for buildings and the automotive and electronic sector.
Levagard TP LXS 51114 is a low-emission flame retardant the company said is highly suitable for use in polyether and polyester based flexible polyurethane foams. PU foams containing the new product can meet the strict VDA 278 standard for the characterization of non-metallic materials in vehicles with respect to volatile and condensable emissions, the company said.
Lanxess said it is addressing the trend toward halogen-free low-emission products with Levagard TP LXS 51114 as well as with the use of biopolymers in highly technical applications such as components and housings for the electronic industry, which must be supplemented with corresponding additives.
According to Lanxess, Levagard TP LXS 51114 can be used as a flame-retardant plasticizer in cellulose derivatives, particularly cellulose triacetate. It can be used in the manufacture of notebook displays, LCD screens and electronic housings in which a fire classification of UL 94 V.0 needs to be achieved, the company said.