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Huber Strengthens Halogen-Free Fire Retardant Portfolio With Safire™ Technology Acquisition

ATLANTA, June 15, 2015 – Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces it has acquired the Safire™ nitrogen and phosphorus fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives (100% subsidiary of Floridienne).  Huber’s goal is to take the patented Safire™ technology, integrate it within its existing halogen-free portfolio of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, and rapidly develop a line of commercial products.

“The addition of the Safire technology is another exciting step in the ongoing growth of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additive business, as we continue to strengthen our array of halogen-free flame retardant offerings,” says Jerry Bertram, Vice President and General Manager of Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business unit.  “This acquisition gives Huber the opportunity to work in a new category with nitrogen and phosphorus flame retardants, and we believe the synergistic benefits and value between Safire and many of our current products will be advantageous for customers.”

The Safire™ technology addition marks the third acquisition over the past five years for Huber’s growing Fire Retardant Additives business, following the 2012 purchase of the specialty hydrate flame retardant business from Almatis and the 2010 acquisition of the Kemgard® flame retardant and smoke suppressant business from Sherwin-Williams.

“We look forward to working with companies who’ve expressed an interest in the Safire technology along with introducing it to those who aren’t as familiar with it,” adds Bertram.  “Our plan is to develop a full complement of halogen-free products that meet the most demanding fire retardant requirements our customers are facing.”

HEM has been a trusted supplier of non-halogen flame retardants and smoke suppressants for more than 30 years and produces value-added alumina trihydrate (ATH), magnesium hydroxide (MDH) and engineered molybdate-based compounds and provides technical expertise for a variety of thermoplastic, thermoset plastic and rubber end-use applications, including fiber reinforced plastics, roofing, silicone rubber, wire and cable, coatings and carpet backing.  


About Huber Engineered Materials (www.hubermaterials.com)
Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.), 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 precipitated silicas and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, molybdate compounds, barium sulfate and industrial, food, natural and USP grade calcium carbonate.

About J.M. Huber Corporation (www.huber.com)
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey (U.S.), operates a portfolio of companies with a focus on its core engineered materials businesses.  Founded in 1883, today Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies in the U.S.  The diversified, multinational company creates products that are used in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications, including oral care, personal care, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and building materials.

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