Fabien Rialland: collaboration between FR suppliers, polymer industries, synergist specialists and user industries can find sustainable PIN FR solutions for new applications, ensuring fire performance and reduced smoke toxicity. Challenges include improving polymer quality compatibility with inorganic FRs, extending product life time durability and ensuring recyclability. Dow Corning’s silicon based synergists for PIN FRs contribute to low smoke toxicity and reduced smoke emission.
Demand for such low smoke PIN FR systems will continue to increase, for example with implementation of the EU Construction Products Regulation. There are strong opportunities for development of high performance, low loading PIN FR solutions for polycarbonates and for polyamides, and here Dow Corning hopes to bring its expertise in order to develop more sustainable solutions.