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November 21, 2022

Fire Resistance in Plastics (Europe)

The leading European conference on flame retardants comes back to Cologne for 2023, covering flame retardant materials, applications and testing.

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Fire Retardants in Plastics (USA)

The US flame retardants conference takes place in Philadelphia, 26th-27th April 2023. The conference covers trends, regulations, new applications, developments in formulation and technology in the fire retardant industry 172h AMI Fire Retardants in Plastics, 26-27 April 2023, Philadelphia, USA https://www.ami-events.com/event/60ee9240-2cf9-4088-a455-e35e259e5b97

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IMERYS mineral-based specialities

A world leader in mineral solutions for industry and consumer applications, IMERYS offers performance PIN FR synergists.

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Last decade shows little fire safety progress

1.35 million fires in the US in 2021 caused 3 800 civilian fire deaths, 14 700 injuries and 16 bn. US$ property damage.

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E-scooter fire kills eight

Fire in e-scooter spreading to others in a showroom causes fire and smoke killing 8 guests in hotel. 

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Standards and e-bike fire safety

NFPA identifies e-bike battery fires problem and points to need for the industry to adopt safety standards, such as UL 2849.

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Fire safety and green buildings

Analysis of published research into fire safety and sustainable construction shows interest in insulation materials and timber, as well as smoke, fire emissions and indoor air quality.

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New book: Residential Fire Safety

Fires kill 120 000 people annually worldwide. In this new 400 page book, experts analyse causes, demographics, prevention.

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Bus fire kills 18

Fire reportedly caused by electrical fault in air conditioner kills 18 passengers in bus in Nooriabad, Pakistan, other passengers were seriously burnt. 

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PIN FRs in plastics recycling

Study by PNO for pinfa analyses development opportunities and data needs for PIN flame retardants in plastics recycling.

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Specialist additives for plastics recycling

Compounding World says developments in additives will open new opportunities to enable and improve polymer recycling.

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“Natural and non-toxic flame retardants”

commercial “market research report” invents a misleading new jargon for FRs which can only generate confusion. What seems to be the same study, titled “Natural and Non-toxic Flame Retardant Market” is on sale online, for several thousand Euros, from several companies (QY, Preditctive, ReportMines,  24ChemicalResearch …).

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November 17, 2022

Flame retardant “market reports”

Market studies for sale online expect sustained growth in flame retardants worldwide but the numbers given vary hugely.

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High tracking resistance PIN FR PBT

Lanxess (pinfa member) launches high performance PBT for electric vehicles, electronics, with non-halogenated UL 94 V-0.

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PIN FR adhesive silicone rubber sheets

General Silicones launches halogen-free flame retardant silicone rubber sheets for adhesion to various materials.

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Polymeric P FR selected for airport seating

FRX polyphosphonate PIN flame retardant has been selected to ensure fire safety of airport polyester seat fabrics.

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Durable PIN FR for nylon/cotton fabrics

Water-soluble cyclophosphazenes provide effective, wash-resistant fire resistance to 50:50 “nyco” blend fabric.

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Polymer smoke toxicities

Seven construction polymers were tested for fire performance and smoke, showing considerably different toxic emissions.

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Fire and smoke toxicity for sandwich panels

Flame retarded phenolic foam core panel showed lowest toxic smoke emissions, did not reach danger limit for warehouse fire. Recent major fires have occurred in warehouses and logistics centres in Sout...

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Causes of fires in photovoltaics

Fires in PV are estimated to occur at c. 3 fires per year per 100 MW capacity installed, with connectors a significant cause.

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APP oyster shell bio-based flame retardant

Oyster shell powder reacted with ammonium polyphosphate reduced heat and smoke release of epoxy resin 70 – 80 %.

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PIN FR plywood shows low smoke toxicity

Plywood with phosphorus-nitrogen flame retardants showed very low toxic fire gases and achieved IMO fire performance.

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PIN FRs for PET from recycled bottles

Less than 10% PIN FR loading, plus a chain extender, enabled production of quality PET foam from post-consumer bottles.

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Phosphate esthers well below health-based limit values in UK foods

Eight organophosphate esthers (OPEs), used as plasticisers and/or flame retardants, were tested in 393 food product samples in the UK: TCEP, TCIPP, TDCIPP, TBOEP, TnBP, TPHP, EHDPP, TMPP.

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