Boron Expert

Emmanuel Laval

Emmanuel Laval

Specialist Technical Market Development

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With more than a decade in the building materials industry, Emmanuel is an expert in polymer and composite formulation, processing, and testing—including:

In the past, he has developed new technology platforms, reduced material and operation costs, and implemented new plant capabilities. Emmanuel is fluent in both English and French. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the Université du Havre and a master of science in materials science and engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique of Nantes in France.


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Boron-Based Flame Retardants: Enabling Everyday Safety

:: Thursday, November 3, 2022 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Boron-Based Flame Retardants: Enabling Everyday Safety
Fifty years ago, U.S. Borax introduced a multifunctional, zinc borate, flame retardant we called Firebrake. Learn how we improved the fire safety of essential materials that surround us every day.

Meet the Maestro of Polymer Fire Retardancy

:: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Meet the Maestro of Polymer Fire Retardancy
U.S. Borax celebrates the exceptional career of Kelvin Shen. For 50 years, Kelvin has been the go-to expert for polymer manufacturers looking for the right fire-retardant additive—and insights to help them balance fire retardancy cost, efficacy, and compliance in their products.

Keeping Your Cool

:: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Keeping Your Cool
Closed loop cooling systems are economical and reliable. However, they require proper water treatment to extend equipment life and prevent irreversible damage. Using high-quality borates in your water treatment solution can inhibit corrosion, control pH level, and maintain heat-transfer capabilities.

Borate Caking: Understanding and Prevention

:: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Borate Caking: Understanding and Prevention
Borate caking is a nuisance for many industrial users, but it can be prevented by paying attention to the moisture and temperature conditions in storage areas and by avoiding compaction.

Zinc Borates for Fire Retardancy, Safety, and Performance

:: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Zinc Borates for Fire Retardancy, Safety, and Performance
Polymer producers face a range of challenges as they strive to find a balance of safety, sustainability, and quality in their products. Firebrake products offer a multifunctional solution.s that our team members make every day.

Firebrake ZB in Coatings for Fire Retardant Paint

:: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Firebrake ZB in Coatings for Fire Retardant Paint
Firebrake ZB provides multifunctional benefits in a wide variety of solvent-based and aqueous fire-retardant coatings, including epoxies, vinyl chlorides, acrylics, and urethanes coatings.

Firebrake 500 for Polymers: Multiple Benefits for High-Temperature Processes

:: Thursday, August 27, 2020 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Firebrake 500 for Polymers: Multiple Benefits for High-Temperature Processes
Firebrake 500 is an anhydrous zinc borate that’s designed to stand up to high-temperature polymer processes. Polymer manufactures gain multiple benefits from Firebrake flame retardants—supported by technical expertise from U.S. Borax.

Firebrake ZB: A Modern Choice for Fire Retardancy in Polymers

:: Monday, March 2, 2020 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Firebrake ZB: A Modern Choice for Fire Retardancy in Polymers
Fire safety is not just about preventing fire, but ensuring that if a fire happens, people can escape it. 20 Mule Team Borax Firebrake ZB is a flame retardant and smoke suppressant that can help improve the safety properties of polymer and composite materials—and increase the likelihood of getting everyone out safely.



U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 650 customers with more than 1,800 delivery locations globally. We supply around 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto.

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