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Dow completes conversion of styrofoam XPS plants

7:50 AM MST | February 28, 2014

Dow Chemical has completed converting its three styrofoam extruded polystyrene (XPS) plants in Japan to new polymeric flame-retardant (FR) technology, the company has announced. Dow Kakoh (Tokyo), a joint venture with Sumitomo, has started producing styrofoam containing the new technology. Dow’s polymeric FR technology is designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a common flame retardant that has been labeled a pollutant with possible human health risks, the company says.Products containing HBCD will be withdrawn from the Japanese market in May and...

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