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May 15, 2023

PIN FR synergies in polyamide

Fire performance synergies are shown between phosphorus PIN flame retardant and different PIN mineral additives.

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PIN FR thermoplastic piping system

GF Piping Systems non-halogen pipe jacket solution for fire-protection of lightweight, corrosion-free maritime applications.

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Testing new silicon – nitrogen PIN FRs

Silylamine and siloxyamine compounds showed flame retardancy in PP, PE and epoxy and synergy with P FR.

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Review of possible new endothermic FRs

Metal complexes with endothermic properties (phase transition, cold crystallisation) could provide new FR solutions.

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April 28, 2023

EU Taxonomy consultation to 3rd May 2023

Published draft criteria for green finance for electrical and electronic equipment exclude halogens in all components.

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April 17, 2023

pinfa acknowledges the ECHA Regulatory Strategy on Flame retardants and offers to support its further development

On the 15th of March 2023, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) published their Regulatory Strategy on Flame Retardants (FRs) as part of the European Restrictions Roadmap under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

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April 4, 2023

AMI Plastics in Electric Vehicles conference

pinfa is a sponsor of the brand-new “Plastics in Electric Vehicles” conference, organised by AMI, Munich 6-7 June 2023.

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pinfa-NA at SPE automotive EV conference

pinfa-NA is a sponsoring and participating in the Battery and Thermal Materials sessions April 16-19 2023, Troy, Michigan.

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Plans for FR assessment and regulation

ECHA document identifies most PIN flame retardants as low hazard, no regulatory action needed, including mineral, nitrogen, inorganic phosphate and several types of organophosphorus FR.

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P4 proposed as “Critical” but not “Strategic”

Proposed EU Act keeps P4 as a Critical Raw Material but fails to recognise its need for fire safety of strategic technologies.

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pinfa recycling brochure published

pinfa publishes brochure summarising state-of-the art knowledge and testing on PIN flame retardants and recycling.

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pinfa-NA sponsors research student

James Covello, student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio) has received the first pinfa-NA Merit Scholarship (US$ 2500):

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JavaChem

Javachem develops performance P, P-N and nanoclay PIN FRs and synergists, within an innovative range of plastic additives including silicone additives, antistatic agents, polymer processing aids and functional masterbatches.

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Expert Committee on Sustainable Chemistry

Beyond Benign ECOSChem actionable definition and criteria for Sustainable Chemistry calls for “without hazards”, to cover the chemical itself, input components, emissions and breakdown products.

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UK debate on FRs and fire safety

Scientists suggest policy should prioritise “benign-by-design” for fire safety taking into account smoke and fire toxicity.

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Every Grenfell fire death was avoidable

Council to Grenfell Inquiry Phase 2 cites cladding material suppliers’ “cynical and possibly even dishonest practices”.

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Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 conclusions

Inquiry confirms that Grenfell fire started in fridge-freezer and catastrophically spread through PE, PIR and phenol cladding.

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Grenfell “The Toxic Smoke Files”

Grenfell Inquiry raises questions on cladding smoke toxicity and flammability and insulation suppliers’ information.

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Efectis Workshop – Building Fire Safety

Fire safety needs a competence and responsibility restart in the UK to address green building and new energy fire risks.

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Electrical failure or malfunction causes fires

Homes fires related to electrical failure or malfunction kill 390 people, injure 1 300 and cost 1.5 bn US$ yearly in the USA.

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Two million item fire risk product recall

Electrical fault in air fryers causes recall of two million items: wire connection risks overheating and causing burns or fire.

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High-rise fire Chicago

Rapid fire spread up nine floors of a high-rise building, Kenwood, Chicago, 25 Jan. 2023, killing one and injuring nine.

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Lithium-ion battery fire dangers

NBC TV network Today news shows lithium ion battery fires with videos of batteries catching fire and exploding in the home and in industry.

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E-mobility fires in France

Fires presumed to have started in e-scooter batteries lead to deaths and multiple damage in France.

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