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Duro starts production of Alexium FR treatment

Alexium International Group has announced that its late product development phase and commercial roll out are proceeding to plan and that the company’s novel nylon FR treatment is quickly moving from development to scale-up and initial production.

10th January 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Perth, WA & Greer, SC

Protective, Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

 

Alexium International Group has announced that its late product development phase and commercial roll out are proceeding to plan and that the company’s novel nylon FR treatment is quickly moving from development to scale-up and initial production.

This week, Alexium and Duro Textiles will begin production runs for a specific end application and initial product runs for other customers are planned over the next few months. Duro Textiles licensed Alexium’s novel flame retardant (FR) treatment under an exclusive commercial agreement for nylon fabrics.  The scope of the license covers Duro’s 95%+ nylon product areas for military, government and commercial markets in North America. Initial product deliveries are expected to take place late Q1 2013.

“Transitioning our FR nylon treatment to Duro’s production floor is a key near-term objective. Both parties are eager to get over the last development stages and get products into the market,” said Stefan Susta, Alexium’s COO and Executive Director.

Alexium’s innovative technology for synthetic fabrics is based on a unique charring mechanism that extinguishes the flame while preventing any melting or dripping.  After production transition of FR nylon to Duro Textiles, Alexium’s will shift technical emphasis to developing an exciting product pipeline for nylon blends and non-textile applications.   Alexium has not assigned licenses for treatments of nylon blends and non-textile applications.

In November Alexium announced a major advancement in the development of its Flame Retardant (FR) treatments and curing methods. The company has developed its novel, non-halogenated FR chemistry for nylon so it can be applied with a standard oven as well as Alexium’s microwave technology. The ability to use traditional heat curing methods, aims to significantly lower entry barriers to key markets and speed up market introduction.

Further reading

Alexium accelerates introduction of novel FR treatment

Alexium to license FR nylon treatment to Duro

 

 

 

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