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November 29, 2018

New pinfa introduction video

pinfa has published a new two minute video explaining who we are and what we do. Infographics explain how different (phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen based) PIN flame retardants function to reduce f...

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Separating brominated FR contaminated plastics

In EU-funded INSPIRE4LIFE project, SRC Bertin Technologies and Rescoll have developed an automated system to detect plastics containing brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in electrical and electronic...

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Comparison of smoke toxicity test methods

RISE Fire Research has published a comparison of four different smoke toxicity test methods. The report compares results for four commercially-available insulation materials: black methyl methacrylate...

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Grenfell Tower fire fallout concerns

UK media (The Guardian) have reported analysis of dust and soil around Grenfell Tower showing elevated levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and hydrogen cyanide. The analysis is being carr...

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Study says PIN FRs reduce smoke toxicity of TPU

Thirteen different combinations of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with and without PIN flame retardants were tested for emission of toxic gases during thermal degradation / combustion in nitrogen an...

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PIN FR synergy reduces smoke from epoxy

The mineral and phosphorus PIN FRs hexaphenoxycyclotriphosphazene (HPCTP) and aluminium trihydroxide (ATH) were tested separately and in combination in epoxy resin, at loadings of 15% total PIN FR. AT...

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POP PBDEs found in recycled plastics in toys

A study published by three NGOs (Arnika, HEAL, IPEN) found the brominated flame retardants PBDE in nearly a quarter (109 out of 403) of plastic consumer products, including toys, purchased in shops in...

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NGOs target chemicals in carpets and recycling

A report published by five NGOs states that “toxics” were found in analysis of carpets from leading European manufacturers, pointing at (amongst other chemicals cited)  presence of the chlorinate...

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Hazardous substances and plastics recycling

A report for the Nordic Council of Ministers assesses what actions are needed to ensure that hazardous substances in plastics do not obstruct safe recycling. The report identifies “Flame retardants...

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Report criticises quality of REACH dossiers

A large-scale assessment of more than 3 800 REACH* dossiers (100-1000 and > 1000 tonnes) by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) concludes that, for...

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DOPO phosphonamidate PIN FRs for epoxies

Two DOPO-based phosphonamidates were synthesised (by Atherton-Todd reaction) and tested as PIN flame retardants in epoxy resin (80% DGEBA – 20% DDM). Loadings of 2.5% DDM-DOPO (total loading 0.25% p...

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Chemistry of organophosphorus PIN FRs

A detailed (32 page) review of chemical synthesis of organophosphorus PIN flame retardants outlines different types of chemical structure developed, different chemical reaction pathways for synthesis...

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Colemanite mineral as flame retardant in EVA/EMA

The natural mineral colemanite (hydrated calcium borate), quarried in Turkey, was tested in EVA and EMA (ethylene vinyl acetate and ethylene methyl acrylate, polymers used in particular in wires and c...

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PIN FR solutions for natural fibre polymer composites

Several recent papers and review assess fire safety solutions for composites using natural fibres in polymers. Such innovative new material solutions are developing in a range of applications, as indu...

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PIN flame retardant market growth

A study by Researchandmarkets estimates that global demand for non-halogenated flame retardants will grow by 6.2% per year (CAGR) from 2018 to 2023, with growth particularly strong in consumer electro...

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November 8, 2018

ESFSS European Symposium on Fire Safety Science

Some 130 scientists working in fire science, in universities, technical and engineering organisations and industry, met in ENSIC (French National Higher Institute of Chemical Industries), Nancy, Franc...

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Effects of different flame retardants in PBT polymer

At ESFSS (above), two studies underway with BASF analysed different flame retardants in PBT polymer. Nils Roenner, Imperial College London, showed in PBT the physical material fire behaviour impacts o...

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Fires in office chairs in different contexts

Also at ESFSS (above), Jaeyoung Lee, Tokyo University, et al., compared fire development in lobby chairs in compartment vs. open office space. Chairs weighed nearly 11 kg, and were constructed of ste...

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A Schulman develops new PIN FR rotomolding PE

Pinfa member company, A. Schulman, leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and resins, has developed a new PIN flame retardant polyethylene compound powder for...

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EU Fire Information Exchange Platform meetings

The second and third meetings of the European Commission’s Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) took place on 29th June and 14th September. The FIEP was established in late 2017 (see pinfa News...

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European approach to façade fire performance

The European Commission (DG GROW) has published a report proposing a European approach to assessing the fire performance of building facades. The report by RISE, BAM, BRE, Efectis and EMI, is the resu...

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EU impact assessment cites fires safety statistics

The European Commission’s “Impact Assessment” accompanying the proposed updates of EU regulations for the single market, competitiveness and European statistics mentions the need for European fi...

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EU Parliament initiative on fire statistics

Two draft amendments (n°s 152 = ITRE/6385 and BUDG/4026) were submitted to the European Parliament proposing to engage a European pilot project aiming to identify actions to improve data and statisti...

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US firefighter cancer registry

In July 2018, US federal legislation (H.R.931) rendered obligatory the establishment and management by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a public registry of firefighter cance...

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