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November 30, 2021

pinfa launches new report on innovative and sustainable flame retardant solutions for transportation

Brussels 30 November – Designers, manufacturers and operators of different forms of transportation are constantly trying to strike the right balance to meet energy reduction requirements as well as...

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November 16, 2021

European Fire Safety Week meets FRiP

pinfa online worldwide event, on fire safety of green energies, from AMI Fire Resistance in Plastics Düsseldorf, 1st December 2021, 16h – 17h30 CET. Speakers will include the US National Fire Prote...

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Luna: new pinfa-na new member

Innovative fibre-optics and communications solutions, from R&D to product, for, defense, health care, energy … Luna was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, and has today 420 staff at twelve locations worldwide.

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Success of pinfa-NA formulators’ training

The pinfa-NA - SPE formulators’ training engaged around 90 participants, with strong interest in PIN FR developments. Led by plastics and compounding expert Roger Avakian, the four online sessions (4 x 2 hours), co-organised by pinfa North America and SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) in June 2021, addressed in depth fire behaviour of materials and fire safety tests, non-halogenated flame retardant chemistry, flame retardant selection for different polymers, (in particular formulation of elastomers, thermosets, textiles, coatings), new developments and sustainability.

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EU consultation on photovoltaics

pinfa underlined that specific fire safety risks of PV should be considered in EU Ecodesign, GPP and Ecolabel criteria. An EU Commission consultation on the ‘roadmap’ for environmental regulation of photovoltaics closed 28th October 2021.

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Batteries Regulation in EU Parliament

pinfa, via Cefic, has proposed amendments to include fire safety and toxicity in requirements for batteries sold in Europe, applicable to industrial and > 2 kWh vehicle batteries. The Batteries Regulation is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and Council (see pinfa Newsletter n°121).

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US EPA further restrictions on five PBTs

Tighter rules considered for five Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic chemicals, including. DecaBDE, HBCD and PIP. This follows policy of the new Biden-Harris Administration and a consultation organised Spring 2021 (pinfa Newsletter n°125).

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Croatia’s recovery plan refers to fire safety

National “Recovery and Resilience Plan” for EU Covid recovery funding states building renovations must include fire safety, The Plan, validated by the EU, notes that Croatia’s building stock is largely old and energy-inefficient, often not meeting minimum fire safety requirements, and that comprehensive renovation requires increasing fire and seismic safety.

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Call to abolish Sweden’s electronics ecotax

Swedish business organisations have called to abolish the tax, considered ineffective in promoting environmental progress. The statement signed by national trade federations covering electronics, IT & telecoms and technologies, notes that such a national measure is ineffective in driving global environmental policy and distorts competition, whereas action at the EU level is effective (citing examples of REACH, RoHS and the recent ban on PFAS halogenated chemicals).

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Rugs recall because of fire safety

US CPSC issues recalls for > 1000 rugs, of several types, sold on Amazon, which fail to meet federal fire safety requirements. CPSC (the US Consumer Product Safety Commission) indicates that the ru...

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USA: c. 12 000 civilian fire injuries per year

USFA study indicates 11 650 non-firefighter injuries/year (2017-2019), of which ¾ in homes, in some 370 000 recorded fires. This is additional to the c. 3 700 fire deaths per year in the USA (NFPA data, see pinfa Newsletter n°117).

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Torre del Moro tower cladding fire Milan

Combustible ACM cladding is again accused of causing fire spread over the 18-floor building, leaving 70 families homeless. The modernistic residential tower block was completed in 2011. A fire started on a Sunday afternoon in a flat on the 15th floor, possibly due to an electrical fault in an aircon unit.

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GM battery fire risk costs 1.8 billion US$

All Chevrolet Bolt electric cars ever produced (2017-2022, over 140 000 cars) have been recalled after several caught fire. The recall concerns a battery fault, in LG batteries, where a torn anode tab and a folded separator occurring together lead to a cell short-circuit.

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EV fires an opportunity for materials

IDTechEx market report points to new equipment needs for EVs and material and new demands for fire safe materials. The report analyses new system trends in EVs and related component and material opportunities.

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Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) FR trends

Specialchem expects strong growth in LSZH FRs, driven by cable demand, regulations, EVs and new PIN FRs. An online market overview by Polymer-Additives.Specialchem.com cites MarketsandMarkets forecasts of nearly 9% CAGR growth in non-halogen FRs to 2025 (from 4.1 billion US$ worldwide in 2020).

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PIN FR masterbatches for clear polyethylene

Ampacet has launched two halogen-free FR solutions for PE film, with high transparency and optical performance, compatible with the company’s colour portfolio. Ampacet indicate low loading rates, compliance with health and environment requirements including ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001, 94/62/EC (EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive) and automotive norm VDA 232-101 (Global Automotive Declarable Substance List).

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PIN FR system for reinforced polyamides

Budenheim’s new PIN FR system for glass-fibre reinforced polyamides offers no migration and low corrosion. The HFFR (halogen-free flame retardant) package is based on melamine polyphosphate, acting in the solid phase (charring) with a polymeric synergist (phosphorus acting in the gas phase).

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PIN FR replacing perfluorinates

Arichem, Alabama, reports increasing demand for its non-halogenated sulphonate PIN FR for polycarbonate, resulting from listing as SVHC (substance of very high concern) of potassium perfluorobutane sulphonate (and analogues). Arichem’s potassium 3-(phenylsulphonyl)benzenesulphonate (EINECS 264-097-3) is not Hazard classified.

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Biobased P-N FR for PLA

Phosphorus and nitrogen PIN flame retardant from plant-based phytic acid and furfurylamine (from furfural). Phytic acid is the molecule in which plants store phosphorus in seeds, and is not digestible by humans, pigs and poultry.

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Phosphonic acid – piperazine PIN FR

Effective smoke suppression and flame retardancy for epoxy with “eco-friendly” phosphorus – nitrogen PIN FR. A commercially available phosphonate (titrilotriemthylene triphosphonic acid ATMPA) was reacted in water with piperazine to produce a polymeric n- P salt (poly-amino trimethylene phosphonic acid piperazine salt PTPAP).

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PIN FR from recycled waste textiles

Waste PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) filter textiles were tested as a PIN FR in epoxy, showing reduced PHHR and smoke. PPS fibre bag-filters are widely used for high-temperature industrial gas cleaning, for e.g. combustion plants, metallurgy …

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Innovative melamine compound as PIN FR

A phosphite derivate of melamine was successfully tested, with SiO2, as a PIN FR solution for polypropylene (PP). Melamine compounds are recognised N-based PIN flame retardants, and their effectiveness is improved by synergy with phosphorus.

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Building claddings can be fire safe

Marcello Hirschler summarises updates of façade requirements in the 2021 US IBC (International Building Code). He underlines that the NFPA 285 test in place since the 1980’s has shown to ensure fire safety, in that the US has had zero fatalities in cladding fires where systems have passed this test.

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FR claddings show limited fire spread

Agarwal et al. present large-scale fire test results on twelve different ACM (aluminium composite materials) and HPL (high-pressure laminate) cladding assemblies.

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