SOURCE: Applied Minerals

February 14, 2013 12:44 ET

New Association Formed to Advance Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant Solutions in North America

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2013) - Applied Minerals, Inc. ("Applied Minerals" or the "Company") (OTCQB: AMNL) is pleased to announce its participation in Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association-North America). Based in Califon, NJ, Pinfa-NA was formed by leaders in the flame retardant industry that focus on non-halogen solutions and materials. Pinfa-NA is a sister organization of Pinfa (www.pinfa.org), a Sector Group of Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council).

The group's primary focus is to:

  • Advance environmentally friendly non-halogenated flame retardant solutions in North America
  • Bring together manufacturers and users of major flame retardant technologies
  • Support fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on halogen free phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compound (metal ions, hydroxides)
  • Sponsor and participate in conferences/workshops on flame retardants and end uses
  • Monitor and work with industry and regulatory organizations

Halogenated flame retardants pose risk factors which has compelled industry and government regulators to consider non halogen alternatives. For example, in 2006 the European Union banned the use of certain halogenated flame retardants due to environmental and health concerns. Consumer electronic OEM's manufacturers have since instituted voluntary bans on the use of bromine- and chlorine-based materials in their products.

"The establishment of Pinfa-NA is a natural and necessary progression of our work to provide a forum for phosphorus, nitrogen and inorganic flame retardant additive users and manufacturers," said Dr. Michael Klimes, Chairman of Pinfa and Director of Nabaltec AG. "Together with Clariant and FRX Polymers, we are proud to be founding members of Pinfa-NA."

Mr. Marc Lebel, Chairman of Pinfa-NA and CEO of FRX Polymers, Inc., noted that "Pinfa-NA will serve as the organization's North American platform to advance the use of environmentally friendly flame retardants, as the focus for greener consumer and industrial products advance. We're excited about this endeavor and have already planned a one-day conference co-sponsored by the HDP User Group to discuss green electronics requirements for flame retardants."

Pinfa-NA has already garnered a great group of members from the industry including Clariant Additives, FRX Polymers, Inc., Nabaltec, J.M.Huber Corporation, PolyOne Corporation, Network Polymers, Inc. and Applied Minerals, Inc.

About Pinfa-NA (www.pinfa-na.org)

Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association -North America) is a non-profit trade organization that brings together manufacturers of flame retardants plastics, major end users and regulatory organizations for the advancement of green FR technologies. The organization supports fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on halogen free phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compound (metal ions, hydroxid). Pinfa-NA is the North American sister group of Pinfa (www.pinfa.org), a Sector Group of Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council).

For more information on membership in Pinfa-NA, please visit www.pinfa-na.org or e-mail: dwagner@pinfa-na.org.

About Applied Minerals, Inc.

Applied Minerals, through its wholly-owned Dragon Mine Halloysite property in Utah, is the leading global producer of Halloysite Clay, marketed under the Dragonite™ trademark. The Dragon Mine contains the world's purest commercial source of Halloysite Clay. Halloysite Clay is a non-toxic, biocompatible aluminosilicate clay mineral that forms a naturally occurring micro tubular, porous morphology. Applied Minerals specializes in developing value added, Halloysite Clay-based sustainable solutions for a range of industries. In addition to serving the traditional halloysite markets for use in technical ceramics and catalytic applications, the Company has developed niche applications that benefit from the tubular morphology of its halloysite. These applications include carriers of active ingredients in paints, coatings and building materials, environmental remediation, agricultural applications and high-performance additives, functional fillers and environmentally friendly flame retardants for polymer composites. The Company's Dragon mine property also contains an iron oxide resource from which products are being developed to serve the natural pigment and smoke suppressant markets. Additional information on the company can be found on our Company website at http://www.appliedminerals.com.

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Contact Information

  • Contact for Applied Minerals:
    Jordan M. Darrow
    Darrow Associates
    631-367-1866
    Email Contact

    Contact for Pinfa-NA:
    Deb Wagner
    908-832-2207
    Email Contact