Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech research and development institutions, has introduced Reddex, a non-toxic, fire-resistant composite material technology that simultaneously offers ignition resistance and fire protection in one system, effectively reducing the risks associated with structure fires. ITRI has received a “2010 R&D 100 Award” from R&D Magazine for this breakthrough technology.
Reddex introduces a new family of polymer inorganic composite that provides
ignition resistance and effectively slows down the rate at which fire burns. It
is unique in its combination of these advantages. This allows more time for people
to escape, for less (non-toxic) smoke to be produced, and for fire fighters to
get to the scene before the fire has dramatically spread and intensified, limiting
the building’s structural damage, which can save lives and
Reddex sets a new standard in fire protection and offers versatility in its
applications. It can be prepared as a paint, paste or foam, and is offered in
mechanical properties ranging from flexible to rigid. It is ideal for
buildings, hospitals, schools and residences, as well as for interiors of cars,
airplanes and boats. With its flexibility, Reddex is useful in applications
never imaginable: films, tapes, hoses, tubes, electrical cables and wires.
Reddex can be coated onto the surface of substrates, polymeric foams, woods, silicate
boards and metals for the construction of fire-resistant layered structures.
The Reddex composites have excellent adhesion to these useful substrates.
“Reddex signals a breakthrough in fire prevention and will to play an integral
role in reducing the risks associated with fires,” said Echo Tseng, Director of
business development at ITRI’s Commercialization and Industry Service Center.
“Reddex’s versatility makes it cost-effective. We anticipate material
manufacturers to be particularly interested in this
In a recent study, the
U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated average of 109,300
structure fires in non-residential properties annually. These fires resulted in
100 deaths, 1,410 injuries and $42.5 billion in direct property damage each
year. High-rise buildings had an average of 13,400 reported structure fires per
year and $179 million in direct property damage.(1)
Reddex’s key breakthrough is the polymer component that chars and burns at a
slower rate than any other fire retardant. The Reddex material eventually
converts into a bound inorganic porous structure, which effectively becomes a
structure that has low thermal conductivity to insulate heat and good
mechanical rigidity to maintain structural integrity. Reddex’s formulation does
not use conventional ignition-resistant additives that contain halogen, sulfur
or phosphor components. As a result, no toxic gas is generated when exposed to
fire. By using polymers such as PU as the organic component, which is turned
into water vapor and carbon dioxide when burned, much less smoke is
ITRI has applied for 45 patents for Reddex in nine countries and is
currently licensing the material technology. It will be tested in the United
States within one year, and ITRI expects it to be globally commercialized
within three years by material manufacturers, and the fire protection, coatings
and building industries. Interested companies can contact ITRI at
886-2-27377390 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Non-Toxic Composite Material Offers Ignition Resistance and Fire Protection
June 1, 2011