>Marc Vanhoomissen: durability of fire safety treatment is essential in many textile applications. Veramtex PIN fire safety treatment textile finishing can ensure wash-proof and ageing resistant textile fire safety performance for cellulose-containing fibres. The demand for flame retardant textiles is increasing, with opportunities to widen application of effective treatment processes to other applications and fibres.
Examples include the use of bio-sourced fibres such as flax in curtains in public buildings, or to ensure fire safety treatment of natural fibres used in polymer – fibre composites. Challenges include investment in new application equipment, and aversion to the legal responsibility issues of guaranteeing durable fire safety. Durable fire safety treatments of textiles offer end-of-life opportunities which should be explored, in that fire safety could be maintained if textile products are shredded and used to produce insulating materials or composite component fibres.