Clariant and Lavergne have launched a PIN flame retardant polyester produced from ocean-bound plastic (OBP). This is plastic waste, collected in Haiti, which would have reached the ocean if it had not been recovered. Some 8 million tonnes of plastic are estimated to enter the world’s seas each year. The new OBP-based compound, Lavergne VYPET OBP-FR is 30% glass fibre reinforced PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It offers UL94-V0 (0.8 mm) fire performance, achieved using PIN flame retardants from Clariant, in particular phosphinates which offer GreenScreen Benchmark 3 and have been demonstrated to be compatible with plastics recycling. The PIN FR and synergists used ensure that the compound is adapted for E&E applications, requiring structural and aesthetic qualities, and is compatible with reprocessing of post-consumer plastics. pinfa member Clariant is a phosphorus FR specialist. Lavergne is a Canada-based world leader in engineering resins from recycled plastics.
“A new high-performance life for plastic waste: Lavergne and Clariant develop halogen-free flame-retardant compounds for electronics based on recycled ocean-bound plastics (OBP)”, 27 February 2020 https://www.pressreleasefinder.com/Clariant/CLAPR1660/en/