Albemarle expanding production of mineral flame retardants

By Liz White, ERJ staff
Baton Rouge, Lousiana-Albemarle Corp. is expanding production of its mineral-based flame retardants, Martinal, a fine precipitated aluminum trihydrate (ATH) and Magnifin, a high-purity magnesium hydroxide. Both the products are used in a range of elastomeric parts, according to Albemarle.

As part of the expansion, Albemarle said it will turn a former zeolite plant at its Pasadena, Texas, site into a plant to make ATH, by 2006. The plant’s projected capacity is 25 kilotonnes, which Albemarle said boosts its global ATH production…

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