Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Improving the Flame Retardant Properties of Thermoplastic Materials

Request Number
Due Date
Nov 14, 2014
Program Manager



Depending on the nature of the proposed solution, this RFP could result in one or more of the following: licensing, contract research, proof of concpet leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.



Phase 1 - Proof of Concept – Q1 2015

Phase 2 - Scale up – Q2 2015

Acutal timeline may vary based on nature and maturity of the proposed solution.



Annual supply opportunities are available at volume (pending scale-up). Proof of concept, developmental, or scale up funding may be available commensurate with the nature and scope of the proposed activity. All engagements are subject to negotiation with the sponsor.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901


RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Improving the Flame Retardant Properties of Thermoplastic Materials
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Manufacturer of Nonmetallic Products, invites proposals for plastics, polymers, alloys, additives, coatings and other material solutions to impart better flame resistance on injection molded thermoplastics.

Thermoplastic materials represent a cost-effective option in the manufacture of both structural and functional products for applications across industry – from automotive and aerospace, to construction and manufacturing. Regardless of the end use, strict standards and regulations (both national and international) govern these thermoplastic components to ensure safe operation throughout the product lifetime. Currently, NineSigma’s client manufactures a wide range of products that must be resistant to the long-term effects of heat at the end application. Additionally, many of these products must also have a self-extinguishing flame rating.


There are various means by which flame resistance may be imparted. For example, it may exist as an inherent property of the thermoplastic material OR it may be achieved through the introduction of coatings, fillers or other components during the manufacturing processes. Current material options (such as PVC and polycarbonate) can be readily optimized to meet the required industry standards for flame resistance. However, products made from these materials face significant limitations related to cost and product consistency both during and after the manufacturing process. In order to overcome these barriers, novel solutions are sought in the areas of materials, processes, or engineering that are currently – or may be adapted to be – compatible with injection molding operations.


The client seeks partners with technologies that can be prototyped and tested within their product stream with an end-objective of providing cost-effective product that is resistant to heat and fire without sacrificing the overall integrity. The client is willing to support a range of business arrangements that may include either purchase, licensing or joint development. Successful technologies may have the long-term potential to be scaled up to support the client’s operations at volumes up to or exceeding several million pounds annually.



Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Impart heat / flame retardant properties in the end product
    • High relative thermal index (>80C) or equivalent measurement standard
  • Maintain mechanical / structural stability under operating conditions:
    •  Tensile Strength – 5000 – 10,000 psi
  •  Material shrinkage: 0.005 – 0.007 in./in
  • Experience moderate melt flow (range may vary based on material selection)
  • Be moldable through a processing range greater than 20°C.


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel plastics or plastic engineering solutions
    • Alloys
    • Composites
    • Extrusion technologies
    • Biomimetic materials
    • Co-molding technologies
  • Novel alternatives to thermoplastics
  • Other material solutions, including:
    • Coatings
    • Films
    • Ceramics
    • Additives
    • Fillers
    • Encapsulation technologies
  • Nanotechnology solutions
  • Computational solutions that can be supported by materials testing / engineering capabilities.

Material solutions incorporating or compatible with source material from a recycled stream that can meet the specifications outlined above are of significant interest.


Technologies that employ novel equipment or processes for manufacturing / molding parts to achieve the desired properties are of significant interest. All such proposals should include a non-confidential discussion of these processes and their uniqueness for the intended application.


Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Brittle or unstable materials or coatings.
  • Environmentally unacceptable in the US or Europe.



Items to be Submitted

To respond, use the Response options at the bottom of the page, which are only available when registered and logged into the NineSights Innovation Community.


Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following:


  • High level, non-confidential, description of proposed technology including:
    • Description of how the proposed solution addresses the stated technical need
    • Working principle or knowledge base to support your approach
    • Availability of technical data
    • Technology maturity (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to industrial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture (if available)
  • Estimated cost/price of technology (if available)
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references (if available)
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Other Request information includes:



Phase 1 – Proof of concept

·      Provide a sample of the material that can be injection molded and performance tested


·      Provide a sample of a product that can be performance tested.


Phase 2 – Commercial development

·      Work with National and International Standards

·      Provide an annual quantity of material or product to meet the needs of the client.

·      Provide a long-term plan to meet the future needs of the client.



Respondents from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.


You represent an organization with a novel material or commercial product that should provide a solution for testing in the intended application.


You represent an organization with material engineering capabilities that can provide a solution for development and prototyping.


You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.


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