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15/Oct/2018
"Polyurethanes Technical Conference" shows more sustainable alternatives for polyurethane industry
On 1 - 3 October 2018, the 61st annual "Polyu
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12/Oct/2018
Conference "Fires in Vehicles"​ reveals that fire safety still needs to be improved in busses and electric cars
On 3 and 4 October 2018, the 5th biannual "Fi
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14/Aug/2018
New article on Recycling of Halogen-Free Flame-Retardant Plastics
Kunststoffe international 2018/08, PAGE 39 –
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23/Jan/2018
AMIs „Fire Resistance in Plastics“, 2017
The 12th international Fire Resistance in Plastics
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06/Oct/2017
Fraunhofer LBFs and PINFAs research activities on the recycling of plastics containing halogen free flame retardants
Recycling is an important issue with regard to the
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01/Sep/2017
New pinfa video: How effective are flame retardants for fire safety?
A new video from PINFA, the Phosphorus, Inorganic
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Selection criteria

"Side effects"

It is important that the best suitable flame retardant is selected for the specific application and, where necessary, that the overall recipe of the plastic is also improved. This is because the advantages of flame retardants - increasing the fire safety of products - can also cause some disadvantages.

During production and use of plastics:

  • Worsening of the mechanical and electrical properties of the plastic
  • Resistance to water, high temperatures, sunlight, chemicals, etc. can be affected
  • Flame retardants have their price - this can affect the price of the end product

Migration/emission:

  • Some flame retardants migrate out of the material under certain conditions, i.e. they vaporize. 

 During recycling or disposal:

  • Possible release of toxic decomposition products
  • Separate processing may be required for halogenated products
  • Corrosive fire gases may be produced by halogenated products