For the first time, pinfa has published an Annual Report, summarising key actions in 2018 and perspectives for 2019. This was released at the AMI FRiP (Flame Resistance in Plastics) 2018 conference. The report notes that 2018 saw pinfa continue to expand its membership (now 32 companies) and its geographical coverage (pinfa North America 2012, pinfa China launched 2018). Spotlights cover the new needs for fire safe materials in electric vehicles (electromobility), the pinfa smoke emissions toxicity testing campaign with CREPIM (comparing neat polymers to PIN FR treated polymers), concerted action for a revision of the Sweden ecotax on flame retardant materials in electrical goods, action with scientists and stakeholders to promote the inclusion of fire safety in Europe’s next R&D funding programme (Horizon Europe, see below). pinfa communications and advocacy actions in 2018 are summarised (outreach Advisory Board dialogue with stakeholders, pinfa Newsletter and website, participation in conferences and external events, pinfa-na North America workshops and conferences), input to European policy (REACH and ECHA, Construction Products Regulation, EcoDesign, Green Public Purchasing, RoHS Directive, …). An interview with new pinfa member, Schneider Electric, summarises why this leading E&E company considers moves towards non-halogenated flame retardant solutions, what obstacles are identified, the importance of standards and possible future trends.
pinfa 2018 Annual Report brochure, available on the pinfa website at: https://www.pinfa.eu/mediaroom/pinfa-activity-report-2018-is-now-available/