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February 1, 2019

Budenheim

Brigit Fassbender, Budenheim noted that flame retardants (FRs) represent around one third of polymer additives, and pointed to market tendencies towards FRs with lower smoke emissions and positive tox...

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IMDEA Materials Institute Madrid

De-Yi Wang, IMDEA Materials Institute Madrid summarised different investigations underway looking at different novel mineral flame retardant and smoke suppression synergists: boron nitride nanosheets,...

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IMT Mines Alès (France)

Rodolphe Sonnier, IMT Mines Alès (France) summarised over 80 smoke emission tests of polymers, with and without flame retardants, using a cone calorimeter, and comparing smoke density (by laser) to h...

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BÜFA Composite Systems

Peter Kornas considers that fire safety requirements will continue to tighten in some sectors, with at the same time increasing demands on smoke toxicity. Standards such as EN45545-2 (railways), CPR E...

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Biesterfeld Spezialchemie

Peter Kumpf emphasised the role of the distributor in advising customers, including both users of polymers and related products as well as formulators, supporting definition of requirements and materi...

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Hellenic Cables

Fotini Karkantelidou and George Dritsas note that an important challenge today is the Construction Products Regulation. Demanding CPR specifications are increasingly specified by customers, both for l...

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Marmon Innovation

Dan Masakowski, Marmon Innovation presented development of new materials and their testing to meet demanding fire safety and smoke emission standards for cables for railway and metro control cables. N...

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Marmon Innovation

Dan Masakowski notes the overall trend towards zero halogen, low smoke cables, in many applications, although this is moving faster in Europe than in the USA. A key driver in this trend is the low cor...

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iPool

Marco Badalassi, iPool summarised trends in cables flame retardancy. The EU Construction Products Regulation brings new requirements for smoke density, non dripping and smoke acidity. Developments to...

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Flame retardants and polymer recycling

A panel discussion on recycling was organised by pinfa, with Raquel Llorens Chiralt, AIMPLAS, Kathrin Lehmann, Evonik and Rudolf Pfaendner, Fraunhofer, chaired by Adrian Beard, President of pinfa. Th...

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MGG Polymers

Arthur Schwesig, MGG Polymers presented the company’s activities as an ‘urban miner’ of waste materials, specialised in post-consumer E&E wastes. Recycling is complex, because E&E wastes...

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Fraunhofer LBF

Rudolf Pfaendner, Fraunhofer LBF presented investigations into oxymides as a possible new class of PIN flame retardant synergist, acting in the gas phase by releasing radicals which quench oxygen. The...

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MateriaNova Belgium

Fouad Laoutid, MateriaNova Belgium presented testing of industrial plasma technology for coating different materials with flame retardants. Such technology is today widely used in industry, for exampl...

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University of Lille

Fabienne Samyn, University of Lille presented testing of innovative PIN flame retardant solutions for polyamide (PA6). Guanidine sulfamate, which can be derived from bio-sourced DNA in food processing...

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University of Lille

Séverine Bellayer, University of Lille presented research into substitution of SVHC (substances of very high concern) brominated flame retardants in flexible polyurethane foams by sol-gel surface app...

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Fire and Polymers

Günter Beyer, Fire and Polymers discussed research underway into flame retarding of silicone based polymers and use of silicones in flame retardant systems in other polymers. Silicone elastomers are...

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EMPA Switzerland

Sabyasachi Gaan, EMPA Switzerland presented innovation in DOPO-derived (phosphorus based) PIN flame retardants. Products already developed include a DOPO-derivative for polyamide (PA6), now industrial...

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Bekina Compounds

Peter Uytterhaegen explained that Bekina produces and sells an innovative non-halogen fire safety solution, using a rubber-like polymer for injection molding or extrusion to provide protection from ex...

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Quarzwerke

Péter Sebö, Quarzwerke presented developments with kaolin (a mined aluminium silicate mineral) and wollastonite (a calcium silicate). Kaolin can be optimised by specification of grain size, coating...

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BYK-Chemie (Altana Group)

Jochen Wilms, BYK-Chemie (Altana Group) Showed developments in use of natural and modified clay minerals as PIN flame retardant synergists, based on mined bentonites (montmorillonite, smectite). Funct...

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Europiren

Alexander Kulichenko, Europiren, outlined flame retardant application of brucite, a natural magnesium hydroxide mineral. Performance and chemical composition are improved by sorting of the mined miner...

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January 15, 2019

Workshop on design for fire safety in green electronics

San José, California, 30 April – 1 May 2019. Day 1 will provide an overview of flame retardants, fire testing and formulation for electrical and electronic applications, with presentations by Alex...

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SABIC: new pinfa member

pinfa's new member SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) www.sabic.com is a global petrochemical company, and a major producer of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics. SA...

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EU consultation on circular product policy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to 24th January 2019 on product policies relevant to the Circular Economy. Questions in the consultation address, amongst others, restrictions...

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