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February 9, 2022

Alexander Kuchner, CURRENTA Fire Technology

Alexander Kuchner, CURRENTA Fire Technology, presented the results of fire testing of photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs.

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Eric Guillaume, Efectis

Eric Guillaume, Efectis, outlined specific fire risks of photovoltaic systems in buildings. The PV system itself can cause fires, through electrical faults, because of DC arcing, power mismatches with partial lighting, electrical faults in e.g. DC-AC inverters, or the PV system can be ignited by fires starting elsewhere.

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Victoria Hutchison, Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF – NFPA, USA)

Victoria Hutchison, Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF - NFPA, USA), outlined the fire safety challenges of new energy systems, underlining that fire safety regulations tend to be behind technological development and societal use.

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Florian Tomiak, Institute of Polymer Technology

Florian Tomiak, Institute of Polymer Technology, Germany, presented data testing expandable graphite in polyamide (PA6).

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Günter Beyer, Fire & Polymer, Belgium

Günter Beyer, Fire & Polymer, Belgium, discussed nano organoclays as PIN FRs in LS0H formulations (Low Smoke Zero Halogen).

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Fouad Laoutid, Materia Nova Research, Belgium

Fouad Laoutid, Materia Nova Research, Belgium, presented tests of several different phosphorus-containing nano-FRs.

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Angela Schöffel, Georg H Luh

Angela Schöffel, Georg H Luh, summarised developments in Expandable Graphite as a PIN flame retardant.

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Hendrik Tjaden, The Compound Company

The Compound Company works closely with customers to develop and deliver bespoke performance thermoplastic solutions, by (reactive) extrusion, for applications including construction, technical engineering, Packaging, PV modules, cables.

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Barbara Bruzzi, MP3

MP3 is specialised worldwide in extrusion of polymer sheet and reel products, used in thermoforming, and the company offers customer-tailored solutions combining into one process extrusion of polymers, masterbatches and additives.

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Daniele Redaelli, Lamplast

Fire safety requirements have increased significantly over recent years in cables, as a consequence of the European Construction Products Regulation, in particular today with no-dripping.

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Bryan Guichard, MCPP

MCPP is a leading materials supplier to the automotive industry for thermoplastic elastomers used in seals, interior parts and wires and cables, as well as supplying consumer electronics and other sector with tailor-designed material solutions.

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Abdullah Al-Mamun, Adler Pelzer

Abdullah Al-Mamun, Adler Pelzer, outlined the demanding requirements set by customers for FR engineering plastics for electric vehicles.

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Michael Grosshauser, Fraunhofer LBF

Michael Grosshauser, Fraunhofer LBF, summarised tests of ageing of cable compounds (polyethylene, EVA) with nano-clays.

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Thanos Porfyris, National Technical University, Athen

Thanos Porfyris, National Technical University, Athens, presented work underway in the EU-funded EPAnEK project testing non-halogenated flame retardants for polypropylene electrical cable conduits and tubes.

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Serge Bourbigot, Centrale Lille / UMET France

Serge Bourbigot, Centrale Lille / UMET France, indicated an increase in the number of publications addressing intumescents for fire safety of around 4x from 2000 to 2020*.

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Ivan Kotek, Funzionano

Ivan Kotek, Funzionano, presented the company’s silicon-containing POSS (polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) PIN FRs, see presentation at the previous AMI FRiP conference in pinfa Newsletter n°124.

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Yann Bourgeois, Huber Martinswerk

Yann Bourgeois, Huber Martinswerk, presented results of combining zinc melamine polyphosphate (ZMP intumescent) and aluminium tri hydroxide (ATH) for LSZH (low smoke zero halogen) cables (polyethylene – EVA).

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Tobias Moss, Budenheim

Tobias Moss, Budenheim, presented a new liquid organic phosphorus PIN FR for rigid polyurethane foam, to be commercialised in 2022.

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Mike Bird, Imerys

IMERYS S.A. is a French multinational company which specialises in the production and processing of industrial minerals used in a vast range of applications, including the plastics, rubber, paints, ceramic and paper industries.

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Michael Fiala, Georg Baumgartner, Metadynea

Because the company is a specialist supplier of wood composite board resins and finishings, working directly with panel producers, Metadynea can provide specialist PIN flame retardant solutions for fire safety.

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Adrian Beard, pinfa and Clariant

Adrian Beard, pinfa and Clariant, summarised the new EU Chemicals Strategy, which is part of the EU Green Deal, see pinfa Newsletter n°119.

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Fire Resistance in Plastics 2021

This Special Issue of the pinfa Newsletter summarises the 16th Fire Resistance in Plastics Conference 2021 (AMI FRiP) and the European Fire Safety Week hybrid event “New fire challenges of green energy in buildings” co-organised within this Conference by pinfa.

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January 31, 2022

EU public consultation on REACH revision

To 15th April. Questions on polymers, endocrine disruption, mixture effects, environmental footprint, essential use.

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New York bans halogenated FRs in TVs and non-mineral FRs in furniture

The New York State “Family and fire fighter protection act” (S. 4630-B/A. 5418-B) was signed into law 2nd January 2022.

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