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November 7, 2018

More than 100 000 non residential fires in the US

The US Fire Administration (FEMA) has published a report on non-residential fires. Over 100 000 fires in non-residential buildings in the USA are reported annually, causing around 90 deaths, 1 350 i...

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PIN FR plywood achieves B-S1, d0

UPM, a Finnish and global leader in paper and fibre products, has launched a new flame retarded WISA-SpruceFR structural plywood for construction uses. The non-halogen, non heavy metal FR treatment en...

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ISO 13571 updated to modify smoke toxicant calculation

The ISO 13571 standard document “Life-threatening components of fire - Guidelines for the estimation of time to compromised tenability in fires” has been updated, in particular removing use of “...

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US railway fire standard NFPA 130 modifications

Proposals for updates of the US rail and transit fire standard NFPA 130 is under discussion. Proposed modifications include elimination of “limited combustible materials” from all construction. Th...

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PIN FR compounds to substitute PVC

Dynamic Modifiers, an innovative speciality plastic compounder based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA with 13 staff and operating since 2001, have developed a PIN FR polyolefin replacement for flexible PVC, c...

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Recycling PIN FR polyamides

An article in Kunstoffe International industry magazine outlines the potential for recycling of PIN flame retardant plastics in the Circular Economy and presents results of recycling tests on glass fi...

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CPR compliant low smoke HFFR cable compounds

Teknor-Apex, a global leader in custom compounding solutions and customer-specific requirements, offers EU Construction Product Regulation fire safety standard compliant low-smoke, halogen free FR cab...

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PIN epoxy achieves Airbus fire and smoke specs.

Masterbond, global technical adhesive system specialist since 1976, has launched a non-halogenated flame retardant two component epoxy meeting Airbus’ demanding standards for fire performance, smoke...

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Halogen-free fire protection foam insulated metal panels

CENTRIA, a world leader in performance building envelopes, launched in 2017 and now provides as standard its fire retardant Formawall Dimension Series foam-insulated metal panels (IMP) as halogen-free...

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Iron compound reduces smoke emission

Ferrocene, an aromatic iron compound (C5H5)2, was tested for smoke emission effects in polystyrene sheets, using cone calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourrier transform infrared (TGA-FT...

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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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