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May 28, 2024

Free webinar: innovative materials for EVs

pinfa-NA free webinar: EV battery enclosure materials and testing, with Ken Vessey, UL Solutions.

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Free webinar: FR research in the USA

pinfa-NA free webinar: what research on FRs is carried out, what is needed, with what funding, which stakeholders?

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pinfa-NA webinar attendee survey

Survey with five short questions aims to help pinfa-NA improve and develop its ‘Lunch and Learn’ one-hour webinar series.

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pinfa-NA explainer video – FR chemicals

6th 3-minute education video addresses the questions of health and environmental concerns and regulation of FRs.

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1 500 readers of PIN FR smoke toxicity study

Science publication of pinfa study on PIN flame retardant polymer smoke emissions downloaded more than 1 500 times after one year.

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Melamine & melamine cyanurate

pinfa has updated our Q&A on regulatory classification of melamine and implications for melamine-based PIN FRs.

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Electronics industry criticises ecotax

Organisations say Sweden’s ecotax on FRs and chemicals in electronics is unfair, ineffective, economically damaging.

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Proposal to UN for plastics chemicals

Rwanda, Cook Islands and Norway have proposed to the United Nations to “avoid and minimise” many plastics chemicals

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Fire risks in rural China

Ten years’ data shows increasing fires in China, especially in rural areas, with electrical systems the leading fire cause.

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29 killed in Istanbul nightclub renovation fire

Fire in Masquerade Club, closed for renovation, started with sparks from work and burned to third floor of 16-floor building.

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Denmark historic monument & museum fire

Copenhagen stock exchange, one of Denmark’s most famous buildings, with many valuable paintings, was destroyed by fire on 16th April.

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Demonstration video: cable fire safety

Flame test video by Europacable, compares dangers of non-fire safe cable to fire safe cable.

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CPR CE-mark and export

The EU CE-mark is necessary to sell construction products in the EU, but also brings credibility and added-value for export, for example for timber and wood products used in both commercial and residential buildings.

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Home fire safety video

Video shows side-by-side room fire tests with UK fire-safe and US non fire-safe furniture – and how families react.

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Book: materials fire testing methods

300-page book presents fire resistance testing of construction materials, insulation, cables, furniture, textiles, furniture, and also dust and liquids, smoke and toxicity and science of fire modelling and large scale tests.

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Functionalised APP for different polymers

Ammonium polyphosphate is an effective, non-toxic PIN FR. Innovative coatings improve performance and compatibility.

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April 17, 2024

Historic fires show need for action

Webinar on 1963 Fitchville nursing home fire shows that fire safety improvements are slow and often inadequate.

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Save the date: EV materials webinar

pinfa-NA free webinar – EV battery enclosure screening fire tests, with K.R. Vessey, UL Solutions. Wed. 29th May, 11h30-12h30 EDT (17h30 -18h30 CEST).

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pinfa-NA at ANTEC® 2024

pinfa-NA members participated at ANTEC® 2024, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri, March 2024.

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pinfa-NA to present “value of FR materials”

Tim Reilly and Stephen Scherrer, pinfa-NA, will present on why and where flame retardants are needed at ACS Fire & Polymers, 12-15 May, New Orleans. pinfa-NA is developing a project on the “Value of flame retardant containing materials” to demonstrate that FRs are effective in saving lives and protecting property.

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ECHA mandate for further work on FRs

The European Commission has clarified investigations ECHA should undertake in 2024 on flame retardants.

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Global chemicals databases

A 2-year Norway – Switzerland research project is developing a database of chemicals used in plastics.

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Proposed modifications to IWUIC fire code

Revision of the (US) International Wildland Urban Interface Code shows wide discussion on materials fire resistance.

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Batteries, technologies and fire safety

Fire fighter suggests to anticipate fire safety in new materials, rather than trying to deal with consequences.

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