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Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces it has acquired the Safire nitrogen and phosphorus fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives (100% subsidiary of Floridienne).
Huber’s goal is to take the patented Safire technology, integrate it within its existing halogen-free portfolio of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, and rapidly develop a line of commercial products.“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.” says Jerry Bertram, Vice President and General Manager of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business unit.The Safire 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.“Our plan is to develop a full complement of halogen-free products that meet the most demanding fire retardant requirements our customers are facing.” adds Bertram. About Huber Engineered Materials:HEM has been a supplier of non-halogen flame retardants and smoke suppressants for more than 30 years and produces value-added alumina trihydrate (ATH), magnesium hydroxide (MDH) and engineered molybdate-based compounds and provides technical expertise for a variety of thermoplastic, thermoset plastic and rubber end-use applications, including fiber reinforced plastics, roofing, silicone rubber, wire and cable, coatings and carpet backing.More information: www.hubermaterials.com