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.
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.
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.
ZB provides multifunctional benefits in a wide variety of solvent-based and aqueous fire-retardant coatings, including epoxies, vinyl chlorides, acrylics, and urethanes coatings.
In a year of disruption, the lumber industry has been on a roller coaster of demand fluctuations. Adaptations from producers—and U.S. Borax—have helped close the lumber supply gap for home building and renovation.
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.
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.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is increasingly viewed as a viable, sustainable alternative to steel and concrete in construction. U.S. Borax is helping researchers improve CLT’s resistance to fire, moisture, and insect damage to meet international building codes.
Borates provide a multifunctional approach to promoting fire retardancy in the polymers and plastics that are prevalent in today’s homes and business construction.
From char promotion to flame suppression, borates offer protection in construction, transportation, and industrial applications.