NEWS

10/05/2019

EU POPs legislation will restrict DecaBDE

EU legislators (Parliament and Council) have agreed modifications to the POPs Regulation (Persistent Organic Pollutants, EC 850/2004) to implement updates of the UN Stockholm Convention (see pinfa Newsletter n°81), in particular adding the brominated flame retardant DecaBDE to the POPs Regulation, with an “unintentional trace” level of 10 ppm.

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10/05/2019

Alaska city bans certain FRs in furniture

The City of Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city with 300 000 population, has passed an ordinance banning many types of flame retardant in (consumer) upholstered furniture and products for children under 12 (for use in the home). All “halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen or nanoscale” flame retardants are covered by the ban, as well as antimony and also any FR listed by Washington or California.

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10/05/2019

Canada proposes DBDPE ban

The Canada Government (Health Canada) has proposed a ban on the manufacture, sale or import of the brominated flame retardant DBDPE (decabromodiphenyl ethane), which is used as an alternative for DecaBDE (decabromodiphenyl ether).

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10/05/2019

Flame retardant cable and resins markets developing

A market study estimates that the world market for fire resistant cables will increase from 1.7 to 2.12 billion US$ 2017 to 2024, with a growth rate of more than 3% per year. Drivers are identified as urbanisation and increasing fire safety and security awareness.

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10/05/2019

New product enables PIN FR textile back coatings

CTF2000 is a Belgian company of the FLAMAWAY Group, with production sites and offices in Belgium, UK, Germany & China, specialised in flame retardant chemicals and textile specialties. They have developed a new “economical” PIN flame retardant coating product which will enable substitution of halogenated back coatings in applications such as domestic and public furniture, blackout curtains, technical textiles, automotive, construction and furnishings.

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10/05/2019

FRX Polymer on Global Cleantech 100 List

Pinfa member company, FRX Polymers, a global leader in polymeric non-halogenated PIN flame retardants, has been named to the 2019 Global Cleantech 100 List for the sixth time in ten years.

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10/05/2019

Polyphosphonate FRs for high-temperature PUR foam

FRX Polymers (a pinfa member company) has launched an innovative new grade of non-halogenated oligomeric PIN flame retardants for high temperature polyurethane flexible foams. The new grade of polyphosphonates can achieve UL94-V0 fire performance combined with high temperature resistance and dimensional stability as demanded in transport and electronics applications.

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10/05/2019

Performance PIN FR polyamide for electromobility

Solvay (a pinfa member company) has launched new advanced polyamide-based (PA66) materials for the demanding performance and specific fire safety needs of electric vehicles. Nitrogen and inorganics based PIN flame retardants enable to achieve fire safety requirements, whilst avoiding risks of galvanic corrosion which is susceptible to lead to systems failure or short-circuiting.

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10/05/2019

HFR Insulating Metal Panels

Several manufacturers now offer Halogen Free Flame Retardant insulated cladding (IMP = Insulated Metal Panels) in the US according to Building Green. Kingspan first introduced non Halogen Flame Retardant (HFR-free) IMPs in 2013, and is now making them available mass produced.

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