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July 27, 2021

Asahi Kasei

A leading Japanese polymer manufacturers, Asahi Kasei has joined pinfa to take forward safe and sustainable FRs.

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Smart phone Ecodesign consultation

An EU general public consultation on smart phone & tablet Ecodesign priorities is open to 23 August 2021.

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H&M on Safe and Sustainable by Design

Clothing and interior company H&M calls the EU to require chemical assessment methodology and full disclosure.

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Chemical Ingredient Disclosure

Over 100 companies and organisations have defined and endorsed six principles for access to information on chemicals.

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ChemSec on “Essential Use”

NGO ChemSec says hazardous chemicals must disappear if their function, even if important, can be achieved otherwise.

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Risk scientists criticise Chemicals Strategy

Scientists of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment question the scientific basis of the new EU Chemicals Strategy, in particular the hazard-based approach.

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US federal furniture fire safety enacted

The CPSC has issued a final federal rule to require for cigarette ignition resistance of all upholstered furniture, as passed in the COVID–19 Regulatory Relief and Work From Home Safety Act (see pinfa Newsletter n°122).

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Bio-based polycarbonate with PIN FR

SABIC high-performance, bio-based polycarbonate, carbon fibre reinforced compound with PIN FR package.

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Performance of kaolin with PIN synergists

Quarzwerke HPF has developed an olefin compound for automotive using kaolin and non-halogenated synergists.

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Hexpol Group low-smoke low-toxicity range

New wire & cable compound range from the polymers group centres on non-halogenated FRs to meet regulatory demands.

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PIN FR glass-reinforced polyamides

Teknor Apex expands portfolio of PIN FR polyamides for demanding applications including under-hood automotive. The hon-halogen, 15% - 30% glass-reinforced semi-aromatic PA66 compounds achieve UL94-V0 fire performance (0.5 or 0.8 mm) and offer high flow for injection molding of complex components, good surface finish and good retention of mechanical properties such as tensile strength and stiffness under exposure to moisture.

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Wider applicability of expandable graphite

Georg H. Luh has developed an expandable graphite with starting temperature over 270°C, targeting technical polymers. Expandable graphite is an inorganic flame retardant which expands considerably in heat, generating a thermally stable residue in case of fire.

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Higher temperature expandable graphite

NeoGraf Solutions’s new expandable graphite offers onset temperature over 270°C enabling new applications. The new grade, with particle size of 300 microns, plastics can be used as a PIN flame retardant in plastics including polypropylene, polystyrene, PET, polyamides and ABS for injection moulding and thermoforming, including composites.

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Organoboron smoke suppressing PIN FRs

DTNW Germany has launched research into organoboron compounds as safer alternative smoke suppressant PIN FRs for the automotive and construction sectors

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HELUKABEL new LS0H data cables

The range of four new instrumentation and compensating cables are each available in Low Smoke Zero Halogen versions. The three instrumentation cable types are conformant to PLTC UL13, EN 50288-7 or IEC 60331-21, cable type dependant.

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Improving mineral PIN FR performance

Innospec Leuna offers non-halogenated processing aids which improve processing of ATH and MDH PIN FR compounds.

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Bio – mineral PIN FRs for wood

Milk-derived casein protein reacted with magnesium hydroxide and showed to be an effective PIN FR coating for timber. The reaction was carried out at 70°C with sodium hydroxide and the resulting compound was then spread on 20 mm scotch pine wood samples and dried at room temperature.

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Guanidine-based FR for cotton

Guanidine, a biological molecule, was reacted with ammonium and phosphorus to produce a durable, reactive FR for cotton. Guanidine is found in urine, and can be produced by the degradation of guanine (from DNA/RNA) or synthetically.

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Recycling boron from cellulose insulation

Field trials show effectiveness of a fertiliser made by pyrolysis of cellulose fibre insulation containing boron flame retardant.

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New York State “Family and fire fighter protection act”

New York State “Family and fire fighter protection act” bans intentionally added “halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen or nanoscale chemical” flame retardants and FR synergists in upholstered furniture, mattresses, (enclosure and stand of) electronic displays.

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June 24, 2021

Product sustainability and fire safety

Can flame-retardant materials be Safe and Sustainable by Design ? Is fire safety an essential use ? Interactive discussion with the European Commission, EU experts, OEMs, Plastics Europe, NGOs.

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EU Zero Pollution Action Plan published

This confirms the Green Deal’s targeting of endocrine disruptors, persistent and hazardous chemicals.

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Swedish chemicals tax proposed changes

Swedish authorities publish proposals to take into account flame retardant safety properties based on assessments.

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Safe and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD)

For chemicals, the EU emphasises safer plastic additives, product performance, recycling, harmonised approaches. A number of recent European Commission publications and workshops address the objective of “safe and sustainable by design” fixed by the new EU Chemicals Strategy.

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