FRX Polymers (FRX) and China's Shengyi Technology Company, have jointly developed a new copper clad laminate (CCL) product with greatly improved dielectric properties compared to current commercial halogen-free systems. The new CCL, based on FRX Polymers' Nofia FR hardener system, is in the low loss region (0.005 - 0.010) with accompanying low dielectric constant. The new CCL technology utilizes FRX Polymer's Nofia flame retardant hardener and is expected to find initial applications in the smart phone and server segments of the printed circuit board market.
In addition to its excellent electrical properties, the product also has high modulus, very low coefficient of thermal expansion, very good peel strength, outstanding pressure cooker resistance, and a strong UL 94 V-0 rating in the flammability test. This game-changing development is the result of a strong collaborative effort between the R&D teams at Shengyi and FRX over the last two years.
Nofia phosphonates, FRX Polymers' polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solution, replace halogenated flame retardants, which are being phased out due to toxicity concerns. Nofia products have undergone extensive toxicology testing, received a favorable toxicological profile, and have consequently been registered globally. They are produced using sustainable green chemistry principles such as a solvent-free production process, no waste by-products, and near 100% atom efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014 recognized FRX with the Environmental Merit Award citing FRX as an example of an innovative New England company making a real difference by making products that reduce risks to human health and reduce environmental damage while simultaneously delivering fire safety.