Founded in 2007, FRX Polymers has now broken ground on a commercial-scale facility located on Bayer's open chemical site on the Scheldelaan in Antwerp, Belgium. This follows the company's two pilot plants in Chelmsford, MA and a semi-works plant in Domat/Ems, Switzerland. The Antwerp site is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The company, which is the first to produce the inherently flame-retardant polymer polyphosphonate (PPh), has also introduced a new brand name, Nofia, for its product line. FRX was the 2008 recipient of the Frost and Sullivan "Innovation of the Year," award for flame retardant materials.
Polyphosphonates are a new thermoplastic family of homopolymers, copolymers, and oligomers with high clarity, inherent flame resistance, and a higher melt flow than polycarbonate (PC), and are polymerized from the diphenyl-methyl-phosphonate (DPP) monomer. PPh offers the highest limiting oxygen index (LOI) for all thermoplastic, processable polymers....