SHANGHAI, China, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DuPont
(NYSE: DD), together with the China Association of Building Energy
Efficiency (CABEE) and its partners Lanxess, ICL Industrial
Products (ICL-IP), Shandong Sunris New Materials Co., Ltd.
(Sunris), and Guangzhou Fuda Thermal Insulation Materials Co., Ltd.
(Guangzhou Fuda), held a Seminar on Sustainable Flame Retardants
for Energy-efficient Buildings in Shanghai on May 12,
2021. The seminar was held to further promote the ban of
hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and the application of a safer
alternative to HBCD. DuPont also released the White Paper on
BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant at the symposium.
In China, production, use,
import and export of HBCD has been banned since December 26th, 2016 with the exception for use in
EPS and XPS for building insulation, which has a 5-year exemption
that will expire on December 26th,
2021, according to the official announcement No.84 (2016) of
the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China.
As an innovative solution, the BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame
Retardant (FR) technology has been used globally to replace HBCD in
EPS and XPS insulation foams. In China, DuPont, together with the three
licensees of the BLUEDGE™ Polymeric FR (Lanxess, ICL, and Sunris),
is providing samples to downstream EPS and XPS partners to complete
process and performance validation before HBCD is phased out.
Lanxess, ICL and Sunris are the only three DuPont licensed
manufacturers of this novel, IP protected chemistry. Their
tradenames for BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant (FR) in the
market will be EI 3000 (Lanxess), FR-122P (ICL) and SR-105 (Sunris)
A rigorous Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) evaluation
and extensive testing of BLUEDGE™ illustrates that it has very low
toxicity and environmental impact. Today, BLUEDGE™ is regulatorily
approved in multiple countries globally, and is the only flame
retardant allowed for use in polystyrene foam insulation under the
Nordic Swan Ecolabel program. As a technology that was designed
specifically to be a safer alternative to HBCD, the BLUEDGE™
Polymeric FR technology is advancing DuPont's 2030 Sustainability
Goals as a Safer by Design innovation.
Products with BLUEDGE™ pass the EN class E, German B2 and
China B1 and B2 flammability
tests. Products containing BLUEDGE™, such as STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS
Insulation, have all passed the Class E testing requirements. These
products are effective in maintaining the overall market
expectations regarding performance of the foam insulation,
including their density, compressive strength and flexural strength
and fire performance, as well as their dimensional stability, water
absorption, without any volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
DuPont holds over twenty patents in China that cover composition of matter and
process to manufacture the Polymeric FR.
The commercialization of BLUEDGE™ has already been in place by
several companies. In 2013 in Europe, much of the qualification work was
completed. Similarly, in 2019 in China, Guangzhou Fuda produced FUDAXPSeco
insulation boards with BLUEDGE™ polymeric FR, which have been used
in a floor heating project and a roof insulation project
respectively. As the first manufacturer in Europe and the first producer in Korea to
switch entirely to BLUEDGE™, BASF is now the first to do so in
China in its Neopor® products. In
2015, BASF started to sell BLUEDGE™-containing Neopor® into the
China market and the EPS panel
foamed by Neopor® beads has been widely used in residential
buildings as wall insulation materials.
"Technology innovations like BLUEDGE™ are essential to enabling
the transition to sustainability in the built environment, and
we're excited to help lead that transition as we take one more step
towards facilitating a global conversion," said Tim Lacey, global vice president & general
manager, DuPont Performance Building Solutions. "Our objective is
straightforward—offer solutions that drive ever-higher standards of
sustainability, quality, performance, and safety that work in many
building environments to meet the increasing demands of energy
efficiency and architectural design."
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