Baton Rouge Louisiana - Albemarle Corp. is expanding production capacity for its ne precipitated aluminum trihydrate (ATH) flame retardants at its Bergheim, Germany-based "Martinswerk" manufacturing site.
The projected capacity enlargement is set at 20,000 metric tons and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The company said its Martinal grades of ATH are used as a filler and flame retardant in wire & cable and various other plastics and rubber applications processed below 200Â° C because of the additive's environmental friendliness, non corrosiveness, recyclability and excellent smoke-suppressant properties.
Albemarle and joint venture partner RHI Group earlier announced that their joint venture Magnifin Magnesiaprodukte GmbH & Co KG, had completed a similar capacity expansion for Magnifin flame retardants at Breitenau, Austria. Magnifin mineral flame retardants areused in halogen- free applications where processing temperatures exceed 200Â°C.
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Press release from Albemarle