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18/07/2019

pinfa Electromobility & Fire Safety workshop Tokyo

At its 2nd Electromobility and fire safety challenges workshop, Tokyo, 1st July 2019, pinfa brought together more than 60 stakeholders of the electromobility value chain: automotive companies, OEMs, plastic compounders and manufacturers of flame retardants.

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18/07/2019

pinfa China official WeChat account

On June 18th 2019, pinfa China launched its official WeChat account to provide information to the public and to industry about PIN flame retardants, and to communicate with members.

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18/07/2019

EU building recommendations point to fire safety

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal a “Recommendation … on building renovation” pointing to the importance of fire safety.

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18/07/2019

Minnesota bans halogenated FRs in certain products

The Governor of the US State of Minnesota has signed into law a bill banning the sale or distribution of children’s products, upholstered furniture, mattresses or residential textiles (such as window coverings) containing non-polymeric, non-reactive organohalogen flame retardants.

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18/07/2019

Hazard assessment of organohalogen flame retardants

A US National Academy of Sciences report proposes that non-polymer, additive, organohalogen FRs, used in consumer products, cannot be treated as a single class for hazard assessment, but can be considered as 14 sub-classes.

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18/07/2019

Barking De Pass fire: timber specifications inadequate

The UK wood materials industry organisation has taken position for more demanding fire safety specifications.

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18/07/2019

Surat coaching centre fire, India

22 young people died in a fire in an academic coaching centre in Surat, Gujarat State, India, 24th May 2019. The fire is said to have started with an electrical short-circuit and to have then destroyed the only escape route, a wooden staircase.

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18/07/2019

Summary of 3rd UL furniture flammability summit

UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has published the proceedings of the third Furniture Flammability and Human Health Summit, organised with Emory University, Atlanta, 13-14 December 2017.

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18/07/2019

Natural sourced mineral nanoparticles as FRs

Magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles were produced by adding sodium hydroxide to filtered seawater to precipitate magnesium dihydroxide, calcing to magnesium hydroxide, then grinding.

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