WILMINGTON, Del. — Underscoring the importance of driving sustainability through innovative technology and application of green chemistry, DuPont announced the selection of Shandong Sunris New Materials Co., LTD as its latest technology license partner for BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame-Retardant Technology.

BLUEDGE technology is a sustainable, polymeric replacement for flame retardants currently used by the building industry in extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation products. It replaces hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a common flame retardant with a less favorable environmental profile that has been phased out in much of North America, Europe, and parts of Asia and is scheduled to be banned in China by the end of 2021.

"Technology innovations like BLUEDGE are essential to enabling the transition to sustainability in the built environment, and we're excited to help lead that transition as we take one more step towards facilitating a global conversion," said Tim Lacey, global vice president and general manager, DuPont Performance Building Solutions. "Our objective is straightforward — offer solutions that drive ever-higher standards of sustainability, quality, performance, and safety that work in many building environments to meet the increasing demands of energy efficiency and architectural design."

Shandong Sunris New Materials Co. LTD is a leading Chinese flame-retardant producer for XPS/EPS external thermal insulation application. The addition of BLUEDGE technology to their current product portfolio is a natural complement that enables them to move their production towards next-generation sustainable flame retardants. Shandong Sunris New Materials Co. LTD.'s local manufacturing footprint and capability, technical readiness, established relationships with local authorities, longstanding relationships with XPS/EPS manufacturers and channel strength made it a strong choice in the selection of the third BLUEDGE technology licensee.

Shandong Sunris New Materials Co., LTD. now joins the Lanxess Corporation and ICL Industrial Products (ICL-IP), as licensees of BLUEDGE technology from DuPont.