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July 21, 2019

pinfa presentation to car producers

Vincente Mans presented non-halogenated fire safety to a JAMA meeting (Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association) at CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) in Brussels, June 4th.

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PIN FR 3D-printing filament

Formfutura has launched a non-halogenated, self-extinguishing PIN flame retardant filament for 3D-printing. The ABSPro filament contains ABS, polycarbonate and PIN flame retardants, enabling to meet UL94-V0. It is available in black only and offers low printing temperatures and mechanical performance (dimensional stability, interlayer adhesion, high gloss).

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Non-halogenated flame retardant market to grow

Data Bridge Market Research predict the global non-halogenated flame retardant market to grow at over 8.4% per year, to over 8.2 billion US$, driven by regulations imposing environmentally friendly FRs and by fire safety regulation. Challenges identified are levels of loadings needed in materials and implementation in production.

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July 12, 2019

Pinfa Electromobility & Fire Safety Challenges workshop – Japanese edition

At its second Electromobility and fire safety challenges workshop, pinfa brought together more than 60 stakeholders of the electromobility value chain, ranging from automotive companies, OEMs, plastic compounders and manufacturers of flame retardants. Held in Tokyo, this workshop addressed the specificity of the Japanese market, extending the discussions kicked off last November in Shanghai.

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July 11, 2019

pinfa E-Mobility Workshop, Tokyo, 1st July 2019

The pinfa workshop on “Fire Safety Challenges in Automotive Plastics”, Tokyo, 1st July, will take place within EMCE2019 (E-Mobility and the Circular Economy, 1-3 July 2019).

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Design for Fire Safety in Greener Electronics

pinfa-NA (pinfa North America) held its sixth industry workshop in San Jose California, April 30 – May 1, 2019, on fire safety for green electronics. SAMPE (Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering) and SPE (Non Halogenated FR Special Interest Group) were co-sponsors of the event. In addition to two lively panel discussions, the fifty attendees gained timely insight from twelve experts representing organizations including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Corning, Underwriter Laboratories, Texas Instruments, State of California Toxic Substances Control, MaterialWise, Sabic IP and others.

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Fire safety organisations co-sign letter to Europe

At the initiative of pinfa, leading fire safety organisations have signed a joint letter to the European Commission asking that fire safety be better integrated into the EU’s R&D funding programme, Horizon Europe. Signatories include fire fighters organisations, a range of industry federations concerned by fire safety, fire safety associations, wildfire organisations and research centres.

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Public consultation on microplastics

ECHA (European Chemical Agency) has launched a public consultation on “a restriction on intentionally added microplastics”. The consultation particularly targets industry, open to 20th September 2019 (but contributions on certain topics should preferably be submitted at intermediate dates before this deadline).

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Looking for partners for nano-cellulose

Finnish research institute VTT is looking for partner(s) to commercialise a nanocellulose product as a flame retardant coating for timber materials. The new High-Consistency Enzymatic Fibrillation of Cellulose (HefCel) technology generates, from wood pulps, a nanocelulose gel with a very high solids content.

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May 22, 2018

Fire safety treatment of wood

Laia Haurie, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, presented tests of resin-impregnation of wood, with the objective of developing flame retarded wood-plastic composites. Two phosphorous flame retard...

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May 3, 2016

Reducing smoke toxicity

Prof. Camino, Politecnico di Torino, emphasised that PIN FRs mostly act in the condensed phase (solid phase by charring, rather than gas phase) or by emitting water vapour (cooling) or inert gases (fi...

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August 15, 2015

Call for information on health effects of foam flame retardants

NIOSH (US National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) is calling for information on health effects of occupational exposure to flame retardants in polyurethane foam. Companies using FR foam...

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January 15, 2015

Biosourced PIN flame retardants

Research shows that two renewable PIN flame retardants can be combined: Phosphorus based phytic acid (widely present in plant seeds) and Nitrogen containing chitosan (derived from natural chitin, pres...

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EPA Design for the Environment: alternatives to TBBPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency has published an update of the Printed Circuit Boards Partnership report (DfE: Design for the Environment) on alternatives to the brominated flame retardant TBBP...

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