Jasmin Seebade, VELOX Germany, sees market developments for flame retardants driven by increasingly demanding fire safety standards, both in developed and developing countries, through both regulatory requirements and through industry standards.
However, this leads to increasing testing costs as regulations are not harmonised, whereas at the same time industries are looking for cost savings. Downstream users want non-halogenated (PIN) flame retardants that offer flexibility and performance but are not always aware of new or upcoming low smoke and low smoke toxicity requirements which PIN FRs can address. VELOX works to understand each product’s real product safety requirements, not simply passing one fire test, and then works with customers to develop adapted FR solutions and to demonstrate the product added value. Promising new application areas include synthetic and natural rubbers, resins and polymer composites.
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