Maastricht, Netherlandsd – ICL chose UTECH Europe for the European launch of its VeriQuel R100 reactive flame retardant for rigid applications.
The material is designed to be a replacement for TCPP and, although other reactive FRs exist for rigid uses, this is the first that is broadly applicable, according to Greg Symes. Symes is global building and construction marketing manager at ICL.
VeriQuel R100 is described as a phosphorus-rich reactive flame retardant that can bind chemically into polyurethane and polyisocyanurate systems.
It can be used in place of TCPP in PIR roof and wall insulation, closed cell spray foam insulation and rigid PU foams. It is non-emissive in both PIR and closed cell SPF formulations.
‘We are not looking for it to be a market replacement for TCPP as that is a commodity,’ Symes said. ‘It is for those looking for non-halogen FRs, or wanting to avoid migration.’
He added that many in the regulatory community say they cannot consider changes to insulation or product use regulations because alternatives to TCPP do not exist. ‘We are saying loud and clear that they do,’ he said.
A second group of stakeholders to influence is those NGOs who say plastic insulation needs to be more sustainable. ‘We say PU can be more sustainable if it moves beyond TCPP,’ he said. ‘PU is the most thermally efficient [insulation material].’
A new VeriQuel product for flexible applications, F100, should also be available later this year. ‘It is to replace TDCP in automotive flexible applications, such as textile laminated slabstock,’ Symes said. ‘We are in the final stages of testing, and we hope to get it to the market in Q3 or Q4 of 2018.