Pinfa members work together to take forward joint projects and action. Experts from pinfa member companies cooperate with PIN flame retardant users in different industry sectors, environmental NGOs, scientists and other interested stakeholders.
Pinfa Activity Report 2019
2019 saw unprecedented technological breakthroughs, such as successful landings of reusable unmanned rockets, eradication of 2 of 3 polio stems or the very first observable image of a black hole. Prof. Michio Kaku often reminds us that we now have more computing power in our backpocket than the NASA had when men were first sent to the Moon … Yet, despite this profound progress, fire keeps being a threat to our society and lifestyles: when Notre-Dame caught fire earlier this year, nothing could
be done to stop the flames from destroying the eightcenturies old monument. The easiest fire to quench is the one that never sparkles; to achieve that, we need to promote greater awareness of fire safety, develop safer designs and rely on fire-resistant materials. pinfa is proud to be part of the solution for a safer world.
Since 2009, pinfa has been advocating for the promotion of safer flame retardants. The growth of our organisation spreading across three continents is a proud testimony of our success. Our value-chain approach bringing together manufacturers of flame retardants and their downstream users like distributors, compounders and OEMs facilitates integrated collaboration on our substances’ portfolio. Recently, the pinfa Product Selector has been revised to reflect the most up to date contents on the known PIN FR formulations. As the most visited page of the website, it is a strong endorsement for our transparency goal. As you will read in these pages, pinfa has been very active to ensure our commitment in favour of safer, greener flame retardants stays a top priority for policy-makers.
Together, let us promote durable and sustainable fire safety solutions.
Pinfa Activity Report 2018
Throughout 2018, pinfa has maintained a high level of activities and commitment to promote PIN flame retardants in Europe and beyond. Indeed, 2018 is a watershed because it has been the first year with operations on three continents: in Europe where it all started in 2009, in North America where it grew in 2012 and now in China, where the thriving market offers many growth opportunities.
Fire Safety is one of the guiding concepts for our organization and we have been busy promoting it for prioritization in European Research programmes, in scientific bodies and in standardization platforms. One of the overarching principles in many sectors facing challenges in the selection of materials, Fire Safety deserves a high position on the political agenda and pinfa will keep pledging support to ensure it becomes more and more visible. Since pinfa is committed to deliver positive advocacy on non-halogenated flame retardants, our resources were invested in mostly three themes where pinfa could make a difference: first and foremost, the continuation of the work undertaken on smoke toxicity ought to deliver excellent sound scientific results on the toxicity of PIN flame retardants formulations. Second, pinfa kicked off a series of electromobility & flame retardants workshops, the first of which took place in Shanghai this November. Last but not least, pinfa maintained activities in its advisory board to collect feedback and constructive criticism over its initiatives.
Finally, 2018 ends in brio, with two new members who strengthen the pinfa portfolio and widen its scope: Schneider Electric, a world leader in the E&E sector is now fully integrated as an associate member and OMYA, one of the leaders in distribution of flame retardants is also a proud addition to the list of pinfa members.
Current pinfa working groups and
ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLABELS
COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH
The Outreach Project is Pinfa’s pan-European awareness-raising programme
Launched in 2013, it aims to promote a constructive dialogue between stakeholders on a series of issues ranging from fire safety, to the health and environmental footprint of flame retardants and flame retardant containing products.
It is in everyone’s interest that high fire safety standards are maintained across Europe. Yet, understanding the complexity of flame retardant products can be difficult, even for experts. Outreach aims to visualize and explain to a wide audience the crucial role PIN (phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen) flame retardants play in fire safety. By reducing the flammability of many common materials and lowering the amount of smoke produced, PIN FR’s can contribute to saving lives by giving people more time to escape in case of a fire.
In reaching out to national governments and EU institutions, environmental NGOs, consumer associations, fire testing laboratories, scientists, fire fighters associations and user industries, Pinfa seeks to establish partnerships and provide all interested stakeholders with a platform for debate and information.