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October 19, 2022

Sekisui Alveo launches PIN FR foams

The specialist in polyolefin foams has launched non-halogenated FR versions of Alveolit TA and TL foams.

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2-hour fire-rated power cables are PIN

Radix launches 600V cable, UL 2196 (2 hours) to ensure system reliability in a fire, using non-halogen flame retardants.

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Comparison of PIN FR systems in ABS

Various combinations of fourteen different PIN flame retardants were tested for fire performance and smoke emission in ABS.

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PIN FRs for sustainable construction

All The Shapes Tile & Co. eco-friendly material innovation hub, Liverpool, features PIN flame retardant fire-safe timber.

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Natural seaweed boron for fire safety

Researchers propose bio-based “plasterboard” for building, with natural boron PIN fire safety and carbon benefits.

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Polyphosphinoboranes as PIN FRs

New class of polymeric phosphorus- and boron-based PIN FRs synthetised and fire tested on cotton at lab scale.

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DOPO – N PIN FR for polyamide

A phosphorus – nitrogen PIN flame retardant was developed for PA6 providing gas phase fire performance and anti-drip.

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EU committees favorable opinions on proposed restriction for Dechlorane Plus

The EU’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) has adopted an Opinion supporting Restriction (under REACH) of the chlorinated flame retardant Dechlorane Plus

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September 29, 2022

Safe and sustainable by design (ssbd) Flame retardants

100 to 130 participants joined the three sessions of pinfa’s webinar on “What are Safe and Sustainable Flame Retardants?” (one hour sessions on each of 27, 28 and 30th June 2022).

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Filipe Almeida, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Federation)

Filipe Almeida, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Federation) underlined that the Green Deal Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability represents a radical step forward in regulation, with important changes in both REACH and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) within wider actions such as the Sustainable Products Initiative and Ecodesign.

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Adrian Beard (Clariant), Chairman of pinfa

Adrian Beard (Clariant), Chairman of pinfa emphasised that this proposed generic category “flame retardants” is not logical, because it refers to a function and not a family of chemicals.

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Laurent Tribut, Schneider Electric (pinfa member)

Laurent Tribut, Schneider Electric (pinfa member) explained that ensuring 50% “green materials” in its products by 2025 is a core element of the company’s sustainability objectives, including both climate and resources, and covering both Schneider Electric and its suppliers.

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Barton Finn, TCO Development

Barton Finn, TCO Development presented TCO Certified, the global independent sustainability certification addressing social and environmental responsibility of workplace and data centre related IT products.

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Jonatan Kleimark, ChemSec

Jonatan Kleimark, ChemSec indicated that the International Chemical Secretariat is an independent non-profit organisation, founded in 2002, to advocate for substitution of toxic chemicals to safer alternatives, funded by the Swedish Government, WWF and other NGOs and individuals.

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Peter Fisk, Green Chemical Design

Peter Fisk, Green Chemical Design presented a study underway for pinfa, looking at whether organo-phosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) is a meaningful group of chemicals for generic legislation, or how they could be appropriately grouped.

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Stacy Glass and Lauren Heine, ChemFORWARD

Stacy Glass and Lauren Heine, ChemFORWARD underlined the need to establish trusted downstream user information on chemicals in products. Firstly, toxicology data is missing on many chemicals.

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Mike Werner, Google

Google is committed to moving to safer chemicals in its products and operations to support a safe and circular economy, from production through the end of life for recycling.

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Carles Ibanez, ICL (pinfa member)

Carles Ibanez, ICL discussed the challenge for flame retardants and for all plastics additives of persistence versus durability.

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Thomas Futterer, Budenheim (pinfa member)

A very wide range of different flame retardants are today needed to achieve fire safety in materials with very different and demanding mechanical, electrical, aesthetic or other properties.

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Sustainability & fire safety: what’s the link?

As part of EU Green Week, Fire Safe Europe’s 2nd June 2022 webinar discussed why fire safety is linked to sustainability in buildings, in the context of the EU’s “Renovation Wave” objective of renovating building stock to improve energy efficieny and of “green buildings”.

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Margaret Simonson McNamee, Lund University

Introduced the webinar with a presentation explaining why environmental and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) assessments of buildings should take into account fire risk and fire safety, in the context of the IAFSS agenda for fire safety (International Association for Fire Safety Science, see pinfa Newsletter n°108).

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Heikki Väänänen, European Commission DG GROW

The EU FIEP (Fire Information Exchange Platform) was launched with the aim of improving fire safety across the EU by sharing information on best practices between Member States.

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Fulvia Raffaelli, European Commission DG GROW

Emphasised that sustainability is critical in construction, but is also very complex. Energy efficiency was a key parameter in the past, but now circularity is also a priority (use of secondary materi...

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Christian Fundby Schou, DBI

Agreed that fire safety opens important potential for innovation in sustainable building materials and construction.

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