NEWS

12/07/2019

Pinfa Electromobility & Fire Safety Challenges workshop – Japanese edition

At its second Electromobility and fire safety challenges workshop, pinfa brought together more than 60 stakeholders of the electromobility value chain, ranging from automotive companies, OEMs, plastic compounders and manufacturers of flame retardants. Held in Tokyo, this workshop addressed the specificity of the Japanese market, extending the discussions kicked off last November in Shanghai.

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11/07/2019

pinfa E-Mobility Workshop, Tokyo, 1st July 2019

The pinfa workshop on “Fire Safety Challenges in Automotive Plastics”, Tokyo, 1st July, will take place within EMCE2019 (E-Mobility and the Circular Economy, 1-3 July 2019).

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11/07/2019

Design for Fire Safety in Greener Electronics

pinfa-NA (pinfa North America) held its sixth industry workshop in San Jose California, April 30 – May 1, 2019, on fire safety for green electronics. SAMPE (Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering) and SPE (Non Halogenated FR Special Interest Group) were co-sponsors of the event. In addition to two lively panel discussions, the fifty attendees gained timely insight from twelve experts representing organizations including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Corning, Underwriter Laboratories, Texas Instruments, State of California Toxic Substances Control, MaterialWise, Sabic IP and others.

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11/07/2019

Fire safety organisations co-sign letter to Europe

At the initiative of pinfa, leading fire safety organisations have signed a joint letter to the European Commission asking that fire safety be better integrated into the EU’s R&D funding programme, Horizon Europe. Signatories include fire fighters organisations, a range of industry federations concerned by fire safety, fire safety associations, wildfire organisations and research centres.

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11/07/2019

Public consultation on microplastics

ECHA (European Chemical Agency) has launched a public consultation on “a restriction on intentionally added microplastics”. The consultation particularly targets industry, open to 20th September 2019 (but contributions on certain topics should preferably be submitted at intermediate dates before this deadline).

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11/07/2019

Looking for partners for nano-cellulose

Finnish research institute VTT is looking for partner(s) to commercialise a nanocellulose product as a flame retardant coating for timber materials. The new High-Consistency Enzymatic Fibrillation of Cellulose (HefCel) technology generates, from wood pulps, a nanocelulose gel with a very high solids content.

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11/07/2019

Responses to UK Parliament Inquiry on chemicals

The UK Parliament is currently running an Inquiry into “Toxic chemicals in everyday life”. Forty different inputs have been published (submission deadline was 8th March 2019).

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11/07/2019

UL study shows low FR emissions from furniture

A three year study by UL assesses flame retardant exposure and fire performance of upholstered furniture with and without California TB117 (open flame test) requirement. 20 commercial design chairs were tested, 5 each of 4 types: no FR, OPFR in foam (organophosphorus TPhP + TBPP), reactive FR (not specified, reacts with the polyurethane foam during polymerisation), no foam FR but fibreglass textile barrier behind covering textile.

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11/07/2019

Polymer or plastic?

pinfa has perhaps not always been attentive in the past in our use of the words “plastic” or “polymer”. This is a general tendency, with for example leading conferences titled Fire Resistance in PLASTICS (AMI FRiP Conference, 3-5 December 2019, Cologne) or Fire Retardant POLYMERIC Materials (FRPM 25-29 June 2019, Turku, Finland).

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