A Plastics News Report
Duesseldorf, Germany - Mindful of regulations and controversy regarding the safety of flame retardants, the European Flame Retardants Association released two new publications at K 2010 highlighting the role of flame retardants in meeting society's challenges.
Manager Phil Hope said that when it comes to fire safety, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution.
"Our industry offers the right product for every use. Nevertheless, we felt the need to bring more clarity and transparency to the use of flame retardants, as well as the complex technical requirements they must meet," Hope said in a news release.
The brochure "Flame Retardants for a changing Society" is aimed at the general public, and it gives a broad overview about the variety of flame retardants used in everyday life.
A second brochure "Keeping fire in check," gives insight into flame retardants used in electrical and electronic devices. It is aimed at regulators, manufacturers and other specialised audiences.
"Take tablet computers: they are fast, light and incredible pieces of design. They were partly made possible by the use of lighter and more diverse plastics," Hope said. "But they also pose specific fire safety and technical challenges, which need very specific answers. The materials, their applications and fire safety standards, are the decisive factors determining the crucial choice of the flame-retardant system.
The brochures are available at K 2010 exhibitors Albemarle (Hall 6, stand D61), ICL-IP booth (Hall 7, C26), or Chemtura booth (Hall 6, E24).