Posted on 09/02/2022 in Electric & Electronic Fire Safety 2021
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. This demands more complex compounds and synergists to achieve non-halogen fire resistance for low smoke specifications. Specific solutions are proposed to ensure high fire resistance without mica, using ceramifying synergists. Lamplast offers specialist non-halogenated FR cable compounds which ensure CPR low smoke requirements with smoke suppressant synergists, and compounds which offer performance in extrusion (shear resistance), durability and low water uptake. Current fire performance requirements in automotive generally do not require flame retardants in polypropylene, but this may change with stricter fire safety demands for electric vehicles. The AMI FRiP conference brings information on new non-halogenated additives which the company can test for integration into its compound formulations.

Founded in the 1970’s, Lamplast offers thermoplastic and rubber compounds (polypropylene, polyamides, nitrile and EPDM rubbers), producing over 60 000 t/y. Applications include automobile, cables, E&E and textiles. The company is the largest non-integrated supplier of polypropylene compounds for the automotive industry in Europe.

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