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November 7, 2018

Metyx rail fire safety standard performance materials

Metyx Composites has enlarged its range of performance materials and composites for railways, which includes aramid and carbon fibre composites and texties, eglass, and moulding sandwich panel materia...

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Water based PIN FR coating

Dainichi Giken Kogyo, Daimaru Kogyo and Teijin have co-developed the “world’s first” non-halogenated, water-based, transparent acrylic FR coating for materials including wood, paper, fibres, rub...

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Self-extinguishing TPE for performance polymers

Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG, a leading manufacturer of tailor-made soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) for specialist and industrial applications, has extended its range of HFFR (Halogen Free Flame...

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Heat release of Chinese upholstered furniture

Zou et al. carried out full scale heat release fire tests of items of upholstered furniture. A 3.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 m test room was used with a 0.5 l gasoline fire ignition source. Six cushions were te...

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Testing PIN FRs in poly lactic acid (PLA) foam

Ammonium polyphosphate (APP), montmorillonite and PIN-FR cellulose (cellulose surface treated with diammonium phosphate and boric acid) were tested in polylactic acid foam (PLA, a bio-based polymer)....

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ECHA increases pressure on SVHC chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency ECHA has announced that notifications of uses of “Authorised” chemicals will now be systematically made public on their website (except certain confidential commercia...

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Bus fires in Rome

Two bus fires in Rome on 8th May caught media attention, with a new hashtag #flambus with a total of ten bus fires in the city in 2018 and 22 in 2017. To date, few serious injuries have been reported,...

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PIN flame retardant market growth

Two further reports confirm expected growth of the world PIN flame retardants market, estimating respectively annual growth rates of 8.3% 2017-2021 and 6.2% 2018-2023. Another recent study estimated g...

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Upcoming fire safety and FR conferences

The IAFSS Workshop “Agenda 2030 for a Fire Safe World”, 11 September 2018 (13h-17h), Nancy, France, will discuss fire safety research needs and input to the European Commission (Horizon Europe “...

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Flame Resistance in Plastics and the Circular Economy

pinfa and AMI are organising a specialist panel on flame retardants in the plastics circular economy at AMI’s Fire Resistance in Plastics Conference, Cologne, Germany, 10-12 December 2018. This is t...

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US NFPA fire alarm code update

The 2019 version of NFPA 72, the US ‘National Fire Alarm and Signalling Code’ includes a number of significant changes. From 2022, all newly installed household smoke alarms will be subject to a l...

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Studying impacts of PIN FRs on smoke toxicity

Pinfa has now published online the initial literature study of impacts of PIN flame retardants on toxicity of smoke emissions in case fire, carried out by CREPIM, France (see pinfa Newsletter n° 85)....

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Fire Safety at NPE & ANTEC 2018

During the week of May 7th the premier North American plastics event was held in Orlando, Florida.  Nearly 60 000 people attended NPE 2018. pinfa-na had a booth at NPE (National Plastic Exposition)...

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Review of knowledge of railcar fires

A detailed review summarises research into rail carriage fires from the 1970’s to today, including NIST, Eureka, Firestarr, Transfeu and Metro projects, and translation into standards for materials...

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PIN FR treated timber achieves 2-hour certification

D-Blaze® from Viance, LLC. (a Dow-Dupont™ Company and Venator Materials joint venture) has obtained Underwriters Laboratories UL and ULC (UL Canada) certification listing for two-hour fire resistan...

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Innovation: fire resistant – fire alarm wallpaper

Chinese scientists have developed, at the laboratory scale, wallpaper integrating both fire resistance and fire alarm functionality. The paper itself is inorganic, and based on ultralong hydroxyapatit...

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PolyOne PIN FR cables for demanding Euroclasses

The global specialist in polymer materials and solutions, PolyOne (pinfa member) presented at ‘Wire 2018’ CPR (EU Construction Product Regulation) compliant PIN FR wire and cable compounds meeting...

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Recycling cable polymers

Diaz et al. (2018) tested recycling of post-consumer cable polymers back to cables by milling and rotational molding to produce 200mm test polymer cubes, after blending 10-50% with virgin polyethylene...

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Pyrovatex breakdown before textile valorisation

Yasin et al. (2017) demonstrate that the permanent PIN FR textile treatment Pyrovatex CP (based on N-methylol dimethyl phosphonopropionamide MDPA) can be decomposed, to allow thermal valorisation of r...

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UK Smoke Control Association on buildings regulations

The UK Smoke Control Association (SCA), representing companies and consultants in this sector, has input proposed changes to the currently underway review of the UK Building Regulations (Approved Docu...

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Nordic Fire Safety Days 2018 (NFSD)

NFSD2018 brought together some 130 participants in Trondheim, Norway, 6-7 June 2018, including researchers, fire and rescue services, technical consultants and concerned administrations. Presentations...

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NFSD workshop: fire safety in EU R&D funding

A workshop at the Nordic Fire Safety Days, initiated by pinfa, discussed trying to ensure that fire safety is included as a theme in the next EU R&D funding programme (FP9 “Horizon Europe”), w...

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Council position on chemicals in plastics recycling

The EU Member States, in Council, unanimously adopted on 25th June conclusions on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, including recommendations to define “substances of concern to be minimised or e...

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EU GPP criteria for furniture

The EU proposal for Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for furniture notes that in public buildings, in most EU Member States, fire resistance requirements for furniture and mattresses is part of...

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