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Albemarle ups FR prices

By David Reed, UT EditorBaton Rouge, Louisiana-Albemarle Corp., a leading maker of speciality chemicals for a wide range of applications, plans to increase prices worldwide of its Saytex flame retardants used in construction and furnishing applications, according to a 17 May announcement. The firm will also increase the prices of its Antiblaze flame retardants on sale in the Americas. Both moves will take effect from 1 July 2005 or as contracts allow, the statement added.Prices for its Saytex RB-79 family of products (brominated diols) will increase by US$0.12/lb (about €0.2/kg) globally, while those for Saytex HP 900 (hexabromocyclododecane) and Saytex BCL 462 (dibromoethyldibromo-cyclohexane) will increase globally by 5 percent.Prices for the Antiblaze flame retardant product line (chloroalkyl phosphates, phosphates, and phosphonates) will increase in the Americas by US$0.12/lb. These Saytex and Antiblaze flame retardants help prevent fire in rigid polyurethane foams used in insulation and flexible PU foams in furnishings, the announcement explained, adding that they are also used to improve the fire resistance of cellulosic products such as oriented-strand board (OSB), particle board and other wood-based panels, as well as paper products and other packaging materials.”

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