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April 7, 2016

SpecialChem flame retardant Techno Briefs

SpecialChem online offers summary information on fire safety, different flame retardant types for polymers, flame retardant application and use and fire performance testing. All flame retardant chemis...

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March 21, 2016

Match dropped on carpet causes fatal fire

One women died and her husband was injured in a fire in a 5th floor flat in the Ménilmontant area of central Paris, 22nd February 2016, after a match dropped on the floor whilst lighting a cigarette...

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PFRs absent from most dust around new furniture

Dust collected from eleven student houses (Vasar Campus, New York), five furnished with old upholstered furniture (probably conform to TB117 fire safety standard) and six after replacement with new fu...

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Sulphur containing PIN FR for nylon

A polymeric phosphorus, nitrogen and sulphur containing PIN flame retardant was synthesised, based on polyphosphoric acid, an epoxy and thiourea, containing c. 2N:1P:1S. Using a water-soluble cross-li...

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HELUEVENT flexible hybrid cable

HELUKABEL has launched the HELUEVENT HYBRID, an HFFR (halogen free flame retardant), bundled, hybrid cable combining sound, video and electrical components. The cable offers high flexibility, which is...

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PIN fire safety treatment for wood

Wood is a renewable sourced material for furniture and construction, but poses fire risks because “it is easily combustible, and when a fire occurs, the convection heat and radiant heat discharge de...

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PIN FRs for recycled insulation material

Interiorproject Ltd’s PIN flame retardants are used to ensure fire safety of sustainable building thermal insulation material. The insulation material, made of recycled textiles and textile wastes,...

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N-P-graphene FR for polylactic acid foam

Microcellular foams were produced using the bio-sourced polymer PLA (poly lactic acid) and UL94-V0 fire performance achieved using a nitrogen, phosphorus and graphene (nano carbon plate polymer) based...

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Optical smoke detectors react too slowly

Tests for Norway’s Civil Protection Directorate conclude that optical smoke alarms can take 2 – 3 hours to sound in case of smouldering fires, whereas during this time the carbon monoxide (CO) acc...

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Fire safe kid’s clothes at 1° Vision fashion show

In February, the leading British textile manufacturer, Heathcote Fabrics, launched a new range of flame retardant dress fabrics at the Première Vision Fabrics show in Paris in February, in response f...

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Global flame retardant market to grow 5.9% per year

The world market for flame retardants is predicted to grow nearly 6% per year from 2015 to 2020, from US$ 7 to 10 billion, according to a new Market study by ResearchAndMarkets. Today, Asia has today...

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New bio-based FR solutions for textiles

An overview from the Fashion and Apparel Technology department of CET, India, assesses the need for textile flame retardancy, and summarises natural bio-based FRs and solutions with positive environme...

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N-63-06 Flame retardants and associated toxicity

An article by materials fire safety expert Marcelo Hirschler in “Fire Protection Engineering” provides an overview of toxicity questions related to different flame retardants and to fire smoke and...

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Phosphorylated lignin as biobased PIN FR for ABS

Lignin is an abundant natural biological polyphenol polymer, found e.g. in wood and plant fibres. A number of studies have shown that the lignin’s aromatic chemical structure supports char developme...

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Tolsa ADINS® clay synergists for PIN FRs

Tolsa Group, Madrid, a leading supplier of additives for wires, cables and electronics, has widened the polymer applications for its ADINS® fire safety synergists, to cover EVA/PE, PP, PA and expande...

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Milan Prato chemicals safety commitment

Twenty leading Italian fashion and textile companies from Milan’s Prato district have together signed Greenpeace’s ‘Detox’ commitment to eliminate “hazardous” chemicals, defined as meaning...

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Compounding World update on FR developments

‘Compounding World’ magazine published a 7 page special article, which includes visions of plastics industry experts on innovation challenges for polymer fire safety and flame retardants. The over...

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Pinfa Twitter account launched @pinfa_eu

pinfa has launched its Twitter account @pinfa_eu. This will provide occasional professional information only: announcement of events or publications, regulatory developments, links to new information...

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March 17, 2016

Fraunhofer LBF investigates recycling of PIN FR plastics

The zero plastics to landfill objective of PlasticsEurope increases the need to mechanical recycling of plastics. Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Germany, wi...

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March 8, 2016

Other News

HBCD temporary phase-out exemption: The EU Commission has officially published the decision (see pinfa Newsletter 57) to authorise 13 companies to continue to use the brominated flame retardant HBCDD...

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FireBar Concept

The National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, ENSCL) has won a European Research Council Advanced Grant of 2.4 million € for the ...

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PIN FR market expects continuing growth

An analysis and opportunity assessment of the global PIN flame retardant market 2015-2025 (published January 2016) predicts annual market growth of 6.4% CAGR. The report looks at metal oxides, phosph...

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Developments in intumescent coatings for steel

PIN-FR based intumescent coatings have been used to protect materials from fire since Gay-Lussac proposed ammonium polyphosphate based systems for textiles in 1821. In 2012 the world intumescent coati...

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General Plastics aircraft rigid PUR foam

Last-a-Foam® FR-3800 is General Plastics’ new PIN flame retardant rigid polyurethane foam compliant with fire-safety, smoke toxicity and corrosivity requirements for aircraft interiors. This is the...

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