J.M. Huber Corp., through its Huber Engineered Materials division, has acquired the Martinswerk business of Albemarle Corp.The Martinswerk portfolio is now officially part of the Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business unit of HEM. Huber’s largest acquisition in over 10 years, the transaction includes Martinswerk’s manufacturing facility in Bergheim, Germany, more than 470 employees and the following product lines:    Martinal precipitated and ground alumina trihydrate Magnifinpremium precipitated magnesium hydroxide A variety of specialty chemical products, including: Martifin specialty hydrates for paper Martoxid aluminum oxide primarily for ceramics Pergopak flatting agents and carrier additives Compalox granulated activated alumina “This strategic acquisition is well aligned with HEM’s FRA business unit – both from a product and geographic standpoint,” said Jerry Bertram, vice-president and general manager of HEM’s Fire Retardant Additive business.  “It builds on our existing halogen-free fire retardant offerings and expands the range of products we can provide to customers around the world.” To ensure a smooth integration, HEM is retaining the current management team at Martinswerk. The FRA business unit will be structured in a regional model with a general manager operating out of Europe. The Martinswerk acquisition builds on Huber’s 34-year history of supplying fire retardants and smoke suppressants. It marks the latest in a series of investments in the FRA business by Huber, including the acquisition of the Kemgard product line from Sherwin-Williams in 2010 and the purchase of the assets of the specialty hydrates business from Almatis in 2012.  In 2015, Huber purchased the Safire nitrogen and phosphorous flame retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives.   Added Bertram, “Bringing together our long-term experience in fire retardant additives with the product lines from Martinswerk broadens our portfolio of environmentally-friendly fire retardant additives for use across multiple applications, including carpet backing, fiber reinforced plastics, roofing, silicone rubber and wire and cable. This addition truly makes FRA a global business.” www.hubermaterials.com