NEWS

02/12/2019

Nine dead in Odessa hotel fire

A fire in the 273 room Tokyo Star Hotel, Odessa, Ukraine, 17th August, killed nine people, reportedly by carbon monoxide poisoning.

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02/12/2019

Prysmian in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Prysmian Group, world leader in energy and telecom cable systems, has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, recognising environmental, social and governance performance.

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02/12/2019

Tratos Queen’s Award for LSZH cables

Leading European electrical, electronic and fibre optic cables manufacturer, Tratos, is amongst the 2019 UK Queen’s Award Enterprise winners for innovation for its new Tratos JBA cable sheathing elastometric compound.

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02/12/2019

Market for PIN flame retardants continuing to grow

A number of new market studies predict continuing growth for flame retardant demand, particularly for PIN FRs. DataMintIntelligence predict 6.2% growth for overall FR markets worldwide 2019-2026, with increasing application in construction, E&E and generally in plastics.

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02/12/2019

IAFSS publishes agenda for fire safety

The International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) has published (in Fire Safety Journal) its “Agenda 2030 for a fire safe world”, as a call for dialogue between fire scientists, fire engineers, regulators and funding agencies.

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02/12/2019

Keratin from waste feathers as a PIN flame retardant

New Zealand researchers are developing a process to extract keratin from waste poultry feathers and produce a PIN flame retardant. Some 40 million tonnes (1) of chicken feathers are generated worldwide, considered as a waste.

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02/12/2019

Dissent over study on toxicity of FR furniture smoke

A study led by UCLAN UK centering on toxicity of smoke from FR furniture has led to publication by the same journal of an immediate rebuttal.

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02/12/2019

Three times more wildfires in Europe this year

The European Commission’s (JRC Copernicus) European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) indicates that the number of wildfires occurring in the EU in 2019 (to mid August) was three times higher than the average (for the same months) for the decade 2008-2018.

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02/12/2019

Scientists scrutinise phosphorus FRs

Arlene Blum, Heather Stapleton and several other scientists from six universities in North America have published a paper comparing toxicity and exposure of organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) to brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Firstly, total levels of OPFRs in water and air are compared to total PBDEs, showing to be generally higher.

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