Neopor® is composed of small black beads of polystyrene containing particles of graphite and blowing agent, which makes it expandable.

BASF is first in China to adopt safer flame retardant for EPS insulation product

Posted on February 17, 2016
    PolyFR flame retardant replaces HBCD in expandable polystyrene Neopor®
    Insulation materials made of Neopor help meet high energy efficiency requirements


Shanghai, China – February 16, 2016 – BASF is the first supplier in China to adopt a safer, innovative polymeric flame retardant in Neopor® – BASF’s most advanced expandable polystyrene.


PolyFR, which replaces the flame retardant hexabromo-cyclododecane (HBCD), will enhance Neopor insulation solutions with superior environmental profile. In this way BASF will continue to help customers meet the increasing demands of more stringent energy efficiency regulations, fire regulations and sustainable building design.


Giorgio Greening, Senior Vice President of BASF’s global styrene foams business unit said, “There is a greater need than ever for energy efficiency in the commercial and residential construction sectors, and EPS insulation materials like Neopor have the right properties to serve this need. Additionally, with the switch to PolyFR, we are now ensuring that the thermal insulation products are suitable for a wide range of sustainable building projects in the future. These high-quality materials can help developers address the increasing market requirements for energy efficient living and working spaces while ensuring regulatory compliance.”


PolyFR is already used as an effective flame retardant in BASF’s portfolio of polystyrene-based insulation materials worldwide, including the Neopor range used by customers in Europe, North America and China. As the first manufacturer in Europe and the first in Korea to switch entirely to PolyFR, BASF is now the first to do so in China.


Neopor was invented by BASF, and has been used in the construction industry for almost 20 years. The grey plastic granular material is an improved version of Styropor (white EPS). It contains special particles that reflect heat radiation like a mirror to reduce heat loss in a house. The granular material is foamed by BASF’s customers and converted to insulation boards and molded parts for insulation facades, roofs and floors. Neopor insulation material meets the standards of passive house construction and it can save insulation materials in construction projects by 20 percent compared to conventional white EPS.


BASF now uses PolyFR globally in its EPS insulation materials as an alternative to HBCD, which is not allowed as a flame retardant in the European Union starting from 2015. Based on the outcome of several years of testing and development supported by BASF, PolyFR has been determined to possess a good environmental profile both during the processing and use of insulation panels.


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