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Huber acquires halogen-free fire retardant technology from Floridienne

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces it has acquired the "Safire” nitrogen and phosphorus halogen-free fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives (100% subsidiary of Floridienne).

The technology addition marks the third acquisition over the past five years for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business. Source: by-studio/Fotolia

The technology addition marks the third acquisition over the past five years for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business. Source: by-studio/Fotolia

Huber’s goal is to take the patented technology, integrate it within its existing halogen-free portfolio of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, and rapidly develop a line of commercial products.

Growth of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business

"The addition of the ‘Safire’ technology is another step in the ongoing growth of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business, as we continue to strengthen our array of halogen-free flame retardant offerings,” says Jerry Bertram, Vice President and General Manager of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business unit. "This acquisition gives Huber the opportunity to work in a new category with nitrogen and phosphorus flame retardants, and we believe the synergistic benefits and value between ‘Safire’ and many of our current products will be advantageous for customers.”

Third acquisition over the past five years

The technology addition marks the third acquisition over the past five years for Huber’s growing Fire Retardant Additives business, following the 2012 purchase of the specialty hydrate flame retardant business from Almatis and the 2010 acquisition of the "Kemgard” flame retardant and smoke suppressant business from Sherwin-Williams.

"We look forward to working with companies who’ve expressed an interest in the Safire technology along with introducing it to those who aren’t as familiar with it,” adds Bertram.  "Our plan is to develop a full complement of halogen-free products that meet the most demanding fire retardant requirements our customers are facing.”

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