Despite the current challenges, there seem to be opportunities for fire safety with safety awareness, home working, growth of IT and reshoring of plastics supply chains. pinfa members and the pinfa Advisory Board in May separately and informally discussed challenges and opportunities for fire safety and flame retardants of the Covid crisis. The pinfa Advisory Board brings together scientists, stakeholders and experts. The economic turndown will put pressure on fire safety, but Covid has increased overall safety awareness. The recovery plan will emphasise environmental concerns, favourable to PIN flame retardants. Distance working is pushing growth in communications technologies, where flame retardants are essential to ensure fire safety, and will increase domestic fire risk (time spent and equipment for home working). Perceptions of plastics have become more positive, seen as key for protective and medical equipment. Changes in plastics and IT supply chains could offer opportunities for production chains in Europe, requiring EU expertise and supply of fire safety materials. For pinfa itself, the new acceptance of distance conferences enables to reach new audiences and communicate more actively.
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