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Huber Announces Affiliation With Newly-Formed Phosphorus, Inorganic And Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association

ATLANTA, GA, February 22, 2013 – Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, is excited to announce its participation in Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association-North America).  Based in Califon, NJ, Pinfa-NA was formed by leaders in the flame retardant industry that focus on non-halogen solutions and materials.  Pinfa-NA is a sister organization of Pinfa, a Sector Group of Cefic (The European Chemical Industry Council).

The group’s primary focus is to:
• Advance environmentally friendly non-halogenated flame retardant solutions in North America
• Bring together manufacturers and users of major flame retardant technologies
• Support fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on non-halogen phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compound (metal ions, hydroxides)
• Sponsor and participate in conferences/workshops on flame retardants and end uses
• Monitor and work with industry and regulatory organizations

Halogenated flame retardants pose risk factors which has compelled industry and government regulators to consider non-halogen alternatives. For example, in 2006 the European Union banned the use of certain halogenated flame retardants due to environmental and health concerns. Consumer electronic OEM’s manufacturers have since instituted voluntary bans on the use of bromine- and chlorine-based materials in their products. “Huber is looking forward to our relationship with Pinfa-NA and promoting together in North America and worldwide the use of non-halogen flame retardants and smoke suppressants,” says Don Mills, Sales Director of Huber’s Industrial Minerals business.  “We have for over a quarter century been a supplier of non-halogenated products believing them to be the standard for responsible industry solutions.  As we evolve globally seeking 'greener' solutions for sustainability and improving safety for people and the environment, there’s no question these products will be key to the future of the fire retardant additive industry.”

Marc Lebel, Chairman of Pinfa-NA and CEO of FRX Polymers, Inc., notes that “Pinfa-NA will serve as the organization’s North American platform to advance the use of environmentally friendly flame retardants, as the focus for greener consumer and industrial products advance. We’re excited about this endeavor and have already planned a one-day conference to discuss green electronics requirements for flame retardants.”

In addition to Huber, Pinfa-NA has already garnered a group of members from the industry including Clariant Additives, FRX Polymers, Inc., Nabaltec, PolyOne Corporation, Network Polymers, Inc. and Applied Minerals, Inc.

About Huber Engineered Materials (www.hubermaterials.com)
Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic expertise has resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, molybdates, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

About J.M. Huber Corporation (www.huber.com)
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales of about $1.5 billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, engineered wood composites and other specialties.

About Pinfa-NA (www.pinfa-na.org)
Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association-North America) is a non-profit trade organization that brings together flame retardant manufacturers, major end users and regulatory organizations for the advancement of green FR technologies.  The organization supports fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on halogen free phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compounds (metal ions, hydroxides).  Pinfa-NA is the North American sister group of Pinfa (www.pinfa.org), a Sector Group of Cefic (The European Chemical Industry Council).

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