LANXESS will have its own exhibition at this year’s SKZ conference “Plastics in E&E Applications” taking place at Fortress Marienberg in Würzburg. “We want to use this cross-sector gathering, whose participants range from household appliance producers and automotive systems suppliers to testing and certification organizations, to showcase our broad range of flame-retardant Durethan polyamides and Pocan polybutylene terephthalates,” explained Alexander Radeck, expert for flame-retardant thermoplastics in Applications Development in the Semi-Crystalline Products business unit. “The focus is on material developments that meet the latest standards and legal requirements such as REACH or those pertaining to flame retardance in rail vehicles.”
For example, LANXESS supplies a glass-fiber and mineral-reinforced polyamide 6 that passes tests according to the upcoming European standard on fire protection in rail transport for specific applications, achieving "Hazard Level 3", the best possible classification. Users of PBT for plug connectors and other components benefit from an investigation carried out in collaboration with Weidmüller. “We were able to show that non-reinforced flame-retardant and non-hydrolysis-stabilized PBT and components made from this are able to withstand the usual climatic conditions that occur around the world," continued Radeck. In addition, LANXESS has developed polyamide compounds whose flame-retardant packages are free of red phosphorus and halogens. One of the disadvantages of red phosphorus is its dark inherent color which prevents corresponding components from being given light shades. A trend that LANXESS is responding to with its own developments in numerous projects is the use of flame-retardant polyamides and PBTs in electrical and hybrid vehicles. “As one of the world’s leading suppliers of flame-retardant thermoplastics for the electrical and electronics industry, we want to apply our expertise to innovative applications for electric and hybrid vehicles,” added Radeck.
LANXESS (lanxess.com) is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2010 and currently around 15,500 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 46 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.