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Upcoming Flame Retardant Trends & Regulations For Plastic In 2019

Posted by Phil Morrison on 09-May-2019 16:21:44


Sometimes, even being the best is just not good enough. Although the EU has for years had in place regulations stipulating all furniture upholstery, foams and plastics must meet certain fire-retardant principles, it is only the UK and Ireland that included an open flame test within their furniture manufacturing laws. Theoretically this makes the UK and Ireland’s manufactured furniture the safest in the European Union.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

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

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

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

FP 2109 Anti-Fungal Flame Fabric Flame Retardant

Posted by Martin Howarth on 02-Oct-2018 10:40:44

Our FP 2109 Flame retardant is a water-based impregnant compound designed for use with military grade fabrics – such as tent and marquee canvases. FP 2109 differs from other fabric flame retardants in the range of secondary benefits it applies to treated substrates.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Product Focus: FP1398 General Purpose Flame Retardant Polyurethane Foam

Posted by Phil Morrison on 31-Aug-2018 11:47:01

In the wake of the Grenville Tower tragedy, flame retardant foams are receiving more publicity than ever. Our FP 1398 is a water based flame retardant polyurethane foam impregnant, with acoustic/thermal insulating properties. Foam impregnated with FP 1398 will meet the requirements UL94 V0 & 94-SV, BS 476 Part 5 and BS 476 Parts 6 and 7 Building Regulations Class “O”.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

Product Focus: FP 2112 Flame Retardant For Tent Canvas

Posted by Martin Howarth on 14-Aug-2018 16:44:41

Our FP 2112 is a polymer bound water based flame retardant impregnant, for use in the manufacture of industrial and military canvas for tents and marquees. FP 2112 enhances water resistance, reduces permeability and increases physical strength, dimensional stability and durability.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

The Move To Decabromodiphenyl Ether From Decabromodiphenyl Oxide

Posted by Martin Howarth on 14-Feb-2018 12:54:52

In order to reduce the devastating impact of fire on people and the environment, most household items are treated with flame retardants. They are added to most potentially flammable items, such as electronics, textiles, and plastics. However, flame retardancy describes a function, not a chemical. Different chemicals with different structures and properties act as flame retardants and are often combined for effectiveness. Some are considered safer than others, for example, Decabromodiphenyl Ether is safer than Decabromodiphenyl Oxide.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

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