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The Importance Of Flame-Retardant Additives In Plastics 

Posted by Martin Howarth on 06-Feb-2019 12:11:00


Flame-retardant additives are used in a wide variety of plastic products these days. You will find them in anything from consumer products to oil pipelines. Flame-retardant additives are important in the use and manufacturing of plastics because they help prevent the material from becoming a fuel which could worsen any possible outbreak of fire.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, Adhesives

How Will Brexit Impact Fire Retardant Regulations For Fabrics?

Posted by Phil Morrison on 01-Feb-2019 12:10:42


In the closing weeks of 2018, few people can comfortably predict how – in exact terms – Brexit will impact on the normal working regulations of any industry in years to come. The first thing to say is that should the UK secure the implementation period that has been much-vaunted by the government from March 2019, nothing will immediately change. So, this means that anyone who purchases textiles that meet the current EU regulations will be able to do so with full confidence until 2021 at minimum.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, News

The Grenfell Tower Fire: The Importance of Flame Retardant Furniture

Posted by Martin Howarth on 07-Jan-2019 09:46:07

On Wednesday 14th June 2017, London's worst fire for at least a generation began. The Grenfell Tower fire disaster went on to be not just a tragedy for those residents of the block who lost loved ones but for the wider community. Indeed, the public inquiry that followed the events looked into many controversial matters that surrounded the blaze. Not least amongst its considerations was the external cladding that had been fitted to the tower, as well as the much-documented complaints that residents had made to their landlord about safety issues.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, Coatings

Price And Availability Of Brominated Based Flame Retardants

Posted by Martin Howarth on 17-Dec-2018 09:36:55

Bromine based flame retardants (FR’s) are very efficient and are widely used in coatings for textiles for upholstery manufacture. Combined with other materials (e.g. antimony trioxide) brominated compounds are used on a vast range of textiles to meet the stringent requirements of the UK Fire and Furnishing Regulations. Brominated FR’s make up a significant proportion of textile coating compounds and as a result any fluctuation in the price or availability has a major effect on compound prices.

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Topics: News

Revertex Malaysia Closure

Posted by Phil Morrison on 30-Nov-2018 14:00:37

On the 16th of October 2018, Synthomer announced the closure of Revertex Malaysia. Manufacturing at the Kluang plant will cease at the end of December 2018.

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Topics: News

Non-Slip Pallet Liners Reduce Plastic Packaging & Environmental Impact

Posted by Martin Howarth on 28-Nov-2018 10:11:00

Non-slip pallet liners were developed to improve the safety and stability of pallets by reducing the slippage risk of cargo during transportation. Pallet liners are coated by a water-based acrylic adhesive to provide the non-slip properties required by the product.

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Topics: Pallet Liners

Improved Safety & Efficiency: A New Automation System From Spiroflow

Posted by Martin Howarth on 23-Nov-2018 10:06:00

We have recently invested in a new automation system from Spiroflow, one of a series of infrastructure improvements aimed at reducing costs, increasing order flexibility and improving turnaround time. The new system allows us to automate the formulation process, thus reducing the need for manual handling and giving us greater flexibility over our shift pattern.

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Topics: News

New Mixer Increases Our Manufacturing Capacity By 30%

Posted by Martin Howarth on 16-Nov-2018 17:15:28

We are happy to introduce customers to our latest investment in our manufacturing process. A new high-quality mixer with impressive performance options has helped us increase our manufacturing capacity by over 30%. The high-speed variable mixer – which was commissioned to our specifications – offers increased flexibility, a smoother formulating process, and faster results for our customers.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, Adhesives

Improved Storage Results In Better Availability

Posted by Martin Howarth on 08-Nov-2018 10:54:13

When it comes to our formulations, top-notch equipment and high precision are vital for manufacturing high-quality products. Unfortunately, without the right storage capacity, the formulation may be delayed until the plant purchases raw materials – especially at times of peak demand.

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Topics: Storage

EU Furniture Fire Safety Standards: What Should Change

Posted by Martin Howarth on 18-Oct-2018 11:41:08

Among all the (current!) European Union member states, the UK has the highest and strictest fire safety standards for furniture and furnishings. This saves thousands of people every year from being injured or even dying by fire in their homes.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

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