Flame Retardants from Italmatch Chemicals

Italmatch Chemicals is a world-wide supplier of Red-P widely as Halogen Free Flame Retardant Additive in many polymers, but especially for PA66 Glass Fiber reinforced.

The present strategy of the company is to become a reliable global multiproduct player able to offer a wide range of effective flame retardants, based on different technologies, environmentally friendly, and competitive on a cost/performance basis for the engineering polymers market.

Italmatch Chemicals has the following trade names for different halogen free product families:

Masteret® – Red Phosphorus Based Flame Retardants
Melagard® – Melamine Based Flame Retardants
Phoslite® – New, Phosphorus based, fully colorable Flame Retardants

Masteret®, stabilised and polymer-bound Red Phosphorus Masterbatches (NOT flammable and NOT ADR regulated), was introduced by Italmatch Chemicals in 1996 and gave the engineering plastic industry a boost in the area of high level flame retardancy technology, especially in the polyamide field. It is mainly used where moulded final fireproofed articles with outstanding properties are needed, in particular areas where good mechanical properties together with very high electrical properties are required and where the natural red or black pigmentation are acceptable.
Main applications include: electric installation systems, industrial switching units, household electrical equipment and automation technology.

Melagard®: Italmatch Chemicals has recently introduced its own line of Melamine Based Flame Retardant additives with trade name Melagard®. Among other derivatives, Melagard MC (melamine cyanurate) is a non toxic and environmentally friendly product widely used in unfilled PA. Its high efficiency, low corrosivity, high compatibility with PA and good colorability allow the production of compounds that shows also good combination of electrical and mechanical properties, low density and low smokes density.

Phoslite® is the new trade name of Italmatch Chemicals recently introduced line of FR additives. It is a new family of white products intended to be used in polypropylene (PP) as well as in engineering polymers, in particular in polyamides, PBT, PC and PC Alloys, but also as Antimony trioxide replacement.
Phoslite® are highly effective additives due to the high phosphorus content, thermally stable, compatible with most organic polymers, non toxic and fully colorable (white powders).

Polymer Additives from Italmatch Chemicals

Dapraslip®: primary and secondary Fatty Acid Amides, slip and anti-block agents in polymer processing

Italmatch Undesa produces a great variety of lubricants, metal stearates and PVC stabilizers for multiple plastic industries:

  • Calcium, zinc, magnesium stearates and other special esters for polymerization of Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Expandable Polystyrene.
  • Amide waxes, ester lubricants, and metal stearates for compound plastics.
  • Calcium-Zinc PVC One-Pack Stabilizers containing all lubricants, stabilizers, pigments, U.V. filters and processing aids especially formulated for market needs ready to use in pipes, profiles, cables and PVC compounding.

These natural and biodegradable additives are suitable for food-contact plastic applications.



Italmatch Chemicals is one of the founding members of the organization for non-halogenated Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants, PINFA, a sector group of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. Pinfa represents the manufacturers and users of non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (PIN FRs).

“Flame Retardant additives for a safer environment need to comply with the best criteria of efficiency, toxicological profile and sustainable production.”