Boron Expert

Emmanuel Laval

Emmanuel Laval

Specialist Technical Market Development


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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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 500 customers with more than 1,700 delivery locations globally. We supply 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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