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April 30, 2021

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Endocrine (EDC) effects of “replacement” FRs. Experimental data and endocrine modelling results were collected for 52 flame retardants considered to be possible replacement of brominated PBDE and HBCD FRs.

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New tool to teach fire safety and FRs

80+ slides of information and graphics explaining materials fire safety, flame retardants, fire tests, standards, environment and health.

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US EPA consultation on Deca, HBCD, TIPPP

Public comment is requested on rules to reduce exposure to PBT chemicals including three FRs: Deca-BDE, HBCD, TIPPP.

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Unlimited fines for fire safety regulations

The UK Government has announced unlimited fines for breaching fire safety orders or obstructing fire inspectors.

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Sustainable Products Initiative consultation

EU public consultation to 9th June 2021 on the Sustainable Products Initiative, targeting mainly recycling and reuse.

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Review on flame retarding of batteries

Fire and thermal runaway risks of lithium ion batteries can be reduced by using PIN FRs in separators, electrolyte, cathode.

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Review on fire safety of battery separators

Flame retardant separators are important to prevent or limit lithium ion battery fires and thermal runaway.

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Full-scale fire test of EV battery

In just 22 seconds, cell thermal runaway spreads flames throughout the battery compartment. A full-scale fire test was carried out on a battery system of seventeen 3P6S battery modules mounted with control systems in a car chassis.

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Efectis report on battery fires

Report to EU underlines fire safety problems of lithium ion batteries, incidents in uses from electronics to airplanes.

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PIN FR polyamide PA6 for 3D-printing

BASF FORWARD AM offers a non-halogenated FR PA6 for 3D-printing of performance parts for public transport and electronics.

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Graphite PIN FR for railways

Tirupti Graphite has a first order for non-halogenated FR polyurethane foam and composite for railway carriages.

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Developing PIN FR for expanded foam parts

Unipetrol is working on low-migration, halogen- and antimony-free fire safety in lightweight automotive foamed parts.

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Thermally conductive epoxy resins for LEDs

PIN FRs enable fire performance, low smoke and fumes, transparency and thermal conductivity for LEDs. Electrolube, a global formulated chemical supplier since 1941 to electronics and industry, has developed innovative thermally conductive flame retardant epoxy resins.

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Rubber flooring for rail fire safety

Treadmaster PIN FR flooring offers fire safety beyond standard rail requirements, wear resistance and visual appeal.

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Performance FR cables for solar PV

Cicoil low-smoke, zero-halogen FR cables for reliable, weather and UV resistant performance in solar and technical uses.

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Increasing fire risk of car parks in buildings

Study concludes that increasing fire hazard of vehicles means more “devastating fires” in parking structures.

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NGO report on chemical plastics recycling

Environment NGO recognises potential of chemical plastics recycling but considers more LCA and energy data is needed.

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Flame retardants and 3D printing

Review points to PIN FR 3D-pinting materials but suggests more data is needed on fire behaviour of 3D-printed materials.

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Graphene effective PIN FR for foams

PET foam treated with Directa Plus graphene resists flame penetration seven times longer than neat foam. The tests were carried out by Turin Polytechnic using 120 kg/m3 polyethylene terephthalate foams from BASF, coated with Directa Plus expanded graphene nanoplatelets.

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Mineral PIN FR cables show durability

Cables with mineral PIN flame retardants showed durable fire performance after prolonged harsh weathering. Simple test cables (copper core plus mono-material sheath) were formulated by Leoni Kabel, us...

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FRs improve wood product fire safety

Tests show that surface-applied intumescent FRs prevent or delay ignition of wood products and reduce heat release. Three FR formulations were compared in cone calorimeter fire tests to virgin products (no FR), including MDF (medium density fibreboard), blockboard and pine.

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April 20, 2021

AMI Fire Resistance in Plastics 2021

The 2020 AMI Fire Resistance in Plastics Conference, the principal annual industry event in Europe, was postponed and held online 23-25 February 2021.

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Panel : the Future of Flame Reatrdants

Addressing the real challenges of fire safety tomorrow and ensuring environment and health safety, including in recycling, showed as priorities in the panel discussion, organised by pinfa at the AMI (online) Fire Resistance in Plastics Conference, 23-25 February 2021.

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Needs and trends for tomorrow’s FRs

Mentimeter input from Conference delegates during the pinfa panel discussion

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