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July 6, 2020

Wildfires in Horizon 2020

Wildfires are proposed as one of the priorities in a call for Horizon Europe, R&D to support the Green Deal.

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Canada firefighters call to ban halogen FRs

Victoria Fire Fighters Association calls for a ban* on organohalogenated flame retardants in furniture, mattresses, children’s products and electronics casings.

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UK façade cladding regulations questioned

UK fire experts say rules do not account for real risks of fire penetrating the building and do not ensure safety.

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Developing new EU façade fire test

Ri.Se leads EU-funded project to finalise new approach to fire testing of building cladding systems, rainscreens, ETICs and wooden façades.

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Fire safety shapes cable industry future

Compounding World (AMI industry magazine) underlines fire performance and material flexibility as key wire & cable industry developments.

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Polypro PIN FR masterbatch for fibres

Dynamic Modifiers launches non-halogenated, non-antimony polypropylene concentrate for polyolefin textiles, films and molded parts.

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LSZH cables safer for data centres

Tests show that low smoke zero halogen cables achieve fire performance with much lower smoke emission and corrosivity.

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Safety orange for e-vehicle components

Domo Chemicals has launched performance polyamides for high stability orange-colour connectors, plugs, housings and insulators.

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PIN FR epoxy meets motorsport requirements

A new PIN FR epoxy resin prepreg meets demands of Formula One, NASCAR and other motorsports, with fire performance SFI 56.1 and UL94-V0.

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Resisting fire and water

New cable system offers PIN fire safety, with low smoke, low toxic gas emission, and protects against water ingress in weathering or flooding.

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New low-fogging PIN FR

Daihachi Chemicals has launched a new phosphorus-based FR for applications including automotive, polyesters, leather and PUR foam.

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Bio-based resin prepreg offers rail innovations

Composites Evolution has developed a bio-based resin prepreg (PFC502) which meets the most stringent fire hazard requirement (H3) of the EU railway standard EN45545-2.

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Fire safety and mechanical performance

Innovation project combines surface modifications with PIN FRs to improve mechanical performance of composites.

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Bio-sourced P for cotton fire safety

Phytic acid, widely present in plants, showed to provide a wash-durable flame retardant for cotton.

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Reactive phosphorus FR for bioplastic

The organophosphorus PIN FR DOPO-diamine was reacted into PLA and polyurethane, achieving UL94-V0 @ 0.8 mm.

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Bio-sourced PIN FR for bio-plastic

A PIN FR made wholly from plant-origin materials, in water reaction, was successfully tested in the biodegradable, bio-based polymer PBS.

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Aluminium – APP synergy

Inclusion of aluminium oxide in polyester with PIN FR ammonium polyphosphate (APP) improved fire performance and mechanical properties.

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PIN smoke suppressant for intumescents

The mineral synergist, zirconium nitride, reduced smoke production by 40% and improved performance of a PIN APP-melamine epoxy intumescent fire coating for steel.

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Maryland State, USA

Maryland State, USA, has enacted Bill SB0447 banning the sale of mattresses, upholstered furniture or children’s products containing > 0.1% by mass “flame-retardant chemicals”, defined as intended to resist or inhibit fire and containing halogens, carbon plus phosphorus, carbon plus nitrogen or being nanoscale.

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NGO opposes chemical plastics recycling

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives has published a 35 page document arguing against chemicals plastics recycling, claiming that there is a lack of data showing viability, environmental challenges (possible toxic emissions or waste streams) and negative energy and carbon balance.

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Cefic highlights potential of chemical recycling

The European Chemical Council, Cefic, considers that chemical recycling of plastic waste (to produce new chemicals and plastics) can contribute to the circular economy, in complement to mechanical and dissolution recycling of plastics.

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Organic contaminants released in fires

Five full-scale fire tests in furnished rooms show that levels of PAHs (polyaromatic hydrocarbons) and derivates of brominated and phosphorus flame retardants in fire gases and soot depend on the intensity of fire and to some extent on fire extinguishing method.

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Organophosphate esters and birth outcomes

A study of 90 women* found no significant correlation between social and environmental exposure factors (questionnaire) and urinary organophosphate ester (OPE) metabolites.

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June 11, 2020

EU new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Five of the seven targeted product value chains in the new Plan concern flame retardants and fire safety: electronics and infor-mation and communication technology (ICT), batteries and vehicles, plastics, textiles (EU strategy for 2021) and construction.

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