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FLAME RETARDANTS

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by Garrison Minerals

Magnesium hydroxide is a common, inorganic flame retardant that is environmentally friendly.  Its low smoke and non-toxic characteristics make it an attractive option for several applications including furniture upholstery, carpet manufacturing, and textiles which all use Mg(OH)2 as a supplement to the polymeric material which is otherwise combustible.

Polymeric materials are also used in industries such as aerospace and construction where high heat, substantial smoke, and toxic gas is likely; making those materials and resins a fire hazard.  The use of magnesium hydroxide as a fire/smoke suppressant and flame retardant increases the worker and the environment's safety and lowers toxicity risk. 

                                                                                   

Magnesium hydroxide also acts as a pseudo insulator, flame retardant, and suppresses smoke in plastics.   During the endothermic decomposition into MgO and H2O,  magnesium hydroxide pulls the heat away from the plastic and the water released helps to choke the fuel supply.   

Garrison Minerals, the producers of AlkapHix™,   continue to serve on the front lines of this important work with custom equipment, manufacturing of high-quality Mg(OH)2,  and dosing consultancy.

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Advantages of                      , by Garrison Minerals

EXPERT SERVICE

Garrison Minerals is prepared to see your application and independent circumstance through until the end.  Access to an Alkaphix expert is just a phone call away and available 24/7.  Site visits and material/equipment trials are also provided.

HIGH TEMPERATURES

Mg(OH)2 is stable at high temperatures  (above 300°C).

COST SAVINGS

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ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY

Given the government's desire to reduce the use of halogenated flame retardants, the use of Mg(OH)2 offers a product that matches the flame retardancy that is non-toxic and free of acids and halogens.

SAFETY FIRST

Magnesium hydroxide is non-toxic and low smoke when used properly.  It requires little precautionary containment or special handling.  In the event of excess or spillage, Mg(OH)2 can be disposed of quickly and easily without environmental impact.  

CUSTOMIZATION

All AlkapHix products are application-specific.  Equipment, dosing, and more can be customized to meet the needs of the end-user.