FRX Polymers to build first commercial plant in Belgium

FRX Polymers, Inc. in Chelmsford has signed a long-term lease with Bayer Material Science to operate its first commercial plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

FRX expects to break ground on the 32,291 square-foot site during August of 2012 and commission the plant during the fourth quarter 2013, according to a written statement.

FRX says it’s in the growth phase of commercializing its environmentally-friendly flame retardant plastics. The company’s products are used in consumer electronics, building and construction, and transportation markets as polymeric flame retardant additives, flame retardant engineering plastics, and as reactive flame retardant additives for thermosetting resins.

“The selection of Bayer’s Antwerp site is a strategic one for FRX,” said Marc Lebel, president and CEO of FRX Polymers. “Not only is the site equipped with state of the art infrastructure, but two key raw materials important for FRX are also produced by Bayer on this site. Moreover, Antwerp Port is at the heart of European chemical manufacturing, which ensures access to a highly skilled workforce and to world class logistics.”

Founded in 2007, FRX has 20 granted patents and 58 patent applications. The company was the 2008 recipient of Frost and Sullivan’s “Innovation of the Year” award for flame retardant materials, and received the first-place award in the Clean Technology Business Forum. Besides its two pilot plants in Chelmsford, it operates a third pilot plant in Switzerland. (source: MHT)

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