Innovation in Cable Filler for the Wire & Cable Industry

Web Industries, Inc. announced the release of its new line of Zero Halogen – Flame Retardant (ZHFR) SUPERBULK® cable filler. (Read more: pdf foramat)

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New products of ICI inc.

Innovative Composites International Inc. (IC:TSX-V) (“ICI” the “Company“), announced that it has filed provisional patent applications on two advanced fire retardant products.

Fire Retardant Resin/Additive. This non-toxic, bromide and halogen-free fire retardant product can be utilized as an additive to be incorporated into polymers, rubbers, foams and other synthetic materials. This eco-friendly compound replaces harmful brominated organic compounds, phosphorous, or other environmentally hazardous materials that are being used in the industry today. Applications include enhancement of the fire retardant properties of ICI’s thermoplastic products and a wide variety of stand alone applications in the fire safety industry. 

Fire Retardant Binder. This advanced binder system can be utilized to bond a fire retardant agent to a variety of composite and textile materials in order to create durable protection. Applications include military, fire fighter and police uniforms, industrial and consumer products that are subject to fire safety codes and a variety of composite and conventional building products. (Ref : click here)

Perkalite as FR synergist

Perkalite is an orgaanically modified clay based on magnesium- aluminum layered double hydroxydes(LDH), also referred to hydrotalcite. Upon compounding in polymers, Perkalite can be delaminated to nanoscale level, resulting in improved polymer properties such as thermo-mechanical, flame retardant, barrier and rheological properties.

Technical bulletin of Perkalite as FR synergist- pdf format

First mobile device without FR

One of the latest devices that Nokia has developed following the green route is the Nokia C7 smartphone, an eco lead device with a wide range of environmental features as well as new innovative materials that decrease environmental impact of the product throughout its lifecycle, including manufacturing, use and recycling. The Nokia C7 is the first mobile device in the industry to use biopaints that are free of PVC, BFR (brominated flame retardants) and RFR (chlorinated and brominated compounds and antimony trioxide).

(Ref: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=648142&publicationSubCategoryId=73)

World Flame Retardants Industry

Global demand to rise 6.1% annually through 2014 (pdf format, click here)

World demand for flame retardant additives is forecast to rise 6.1 percent per year to 2.2 million metric tons in 2014. Gains will represent a substantial acceleration over the 2004-2009 period, in which demand was severely impacted by the effects of a global economic slowdown, especially in the mature markets of the US, Western Europe and Japan. In addition to an improved economic outlook, flame retardant demand through 2014 will also benefit from trends toward more stringent safety and flammability standards — particularly in the developing world — and the rising use of plastic products over less flammable materials. The Asia/Pacific region will continue to be the largest and fastest-growing market for flame retardants through 2014, accounting for nearly half of world demand. Advances will be fueled by nearly ten percent annual growth in the large Chinese market, strong increases in major electronics-producing countries such as Taiwan and South Korea, and a solid turnaround in Japanese demand. Gains in North America and Western Europe will rise at a more subdued pace, although each — like Japan — will exhibit a strong rebound from recent declines in demand.

Environmental, health issues causing shift in product mix

Concerns over the possibly damaging environmental and health effects of halogenated flame retardants have begun to cause a considerable shift in the product mix. Brominated flame retardants have come under increased scrutiny, and a combination of government regulations and image-conscious product manufacturers have led suppliers of the widely used chemical decaBDE to begin phasing out its production. Additionally, although environmentally unfavorable chlorinated flame retardants continue to enjoy high levels of demand in less developed parts of the world, countries such as China are rapidly moving away from these chemicals, spurring robust growth in demand for other flame retardants, including phosphorus and alumina trihydrate.

Alumina trihydrate to remain leading product

Alumina trihydrate was the leading flame retardant product by volume in 2009, and is also expected to see above-average gains in demand through 2014, driven by trends toward nonhalogenated chemicals. Even more rapid advances, however, are forecast for phosphorus compounds and other flame retardants such as magnesium hydroxide, which feature favorable environmental and health profiles. Although brominated flame retardants are being phased out of a number of applications, demand for these products will remain healthy going forward, supported by their superior performance and by new, more environmentally friendly formulations.

Motor vehicles to be fastest growing market

Construction products were the leading market for flame retardants in 2009, accounting for one-quarter of total demand. However, faster gains are expected for electrical and electronic applications, fueled by rising production of electronic products and increasing flammability standards in Western Europe and the developing world. Motor vehicle markets for flame retardants will exhibit the most rapid advances in demand, as the use of plastic components rises and vehicle production in the US, Western Europe and Japan rebounds from an extremely low 2009 base.

(Ref :http://www.reportlinker.com/p065263/World-Flame-Retardants-Market.html)
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Five New Eco Paxx

DSM Engineering Plastics has launched five new grades of its “EcoPaXX” bio-based, high performance engineering plastic. EcoPaXX is a polyamide (PA) 410 with typical long chain polyamide properties, such as low moisture absorption and high melting point. About 70% of the polymer is derived from castor oil, which is obtained from the Ricinus Communis plant. DSM says it has developed the new grades especially for injection moulding purposes. EcoPaXX Q150-D is a general purpose, unfilled injection moulding grade, with potential applications including castor wheels and household equipment. 

EcoPaXX Q-HG6 and Q-HG10 are glass-reinforced (30% and 50%), heat-stabilised injection moulding grades, with high resistance against hot water / glycol, hot oil and salt solutions. DSM says they are suitable for applications requiring high stiffness and toughness, such as parts in automotive cooling circuits, sensors that are exposed to oils and salts, and structural parts that are exposed to moist conditions.

EcoPaXX Q-HGM24 is a glass/mineral reinforced grade suitable for the injection moulding of large parts requiring low warpage and good surface quality, the company says. With a high melting point, the material can be used at relatively high operating temperatures. Potential applications include automotive engine covers.

DSM says EcoPaXX Q-KGS6 is a halogen-free flame-retardant glass reinforced (30%) compound which is light in colour so can easily be coloured in the standard industrial RAL colours. Potential applications include connectors, circuit breakers and switch bodies.

Three of the grades, Q-HG6, Q-HG10 and Q-HGM24, are already available commercially, while Q150-D and Q-KGS6 will be available in sample quantities starting this month, the company adds. (Ref: http://www.plasteurope.com/news/DSM_t218070)

Ban on flame-retardant chemical one of new Washington state laws

Washington state is banning the sale of televisions, computers or residential upholstered furniture containing a toxic chemical flame-retardant starting Jan. The new law is one of a handful to take effect New Year’s Day. Another law prohibits the use of lead wheel weights used to balance tires. State officials say about 40 metric tons of lead wheel weights fall off of vehicles every year in Washington. Lead fragments and dust from the weights contaminate soil and water, and pose hazards to aquatic life, they said.Washington state was the first in the nation to phase out the use of decaBDE, the flame retardant, which has been found in people and wildlife.

“It’s really exciting to see this very forward-thinking policy go into effect that will protect all of Washington residents,” said Erika Schreder, staff scientist with the Washington Toxics Coalition.She noted that the only two U.S. makers of deca and the largest importer of deca voluntarily agreed in late 2009 to stop producing and importing deca for most uses by 2012.”Action here at the state level can have national implications and change the whole way the industry does business,” Schreder said.Deca, one of three main types of PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, is largely used in the black plastic casings of TVs. The makers of the other two forms – penta and octa – voluntarily agreed to stop making them by the end of 2004.

Washington’s law required state officials to identify safer alternatives that would meet fire safety standards before the ban on deca could take effect Jan. 1, 2011. A state fire safety committee approved those alternatives in November 2008, triggering the ban Saturday.

Also taking effect Saturday is a law that stiffens fines for those who don’t give enough room to police, emergency workers and tow trucks that are pulled over on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

The new law builds on a 2007 law that created a 200-foot buffer around emergency vehicles that are stopped with lights on. Under that law, drivers must change lanes if it’s safe to do so, or slow down if they are unable to change lanes or move over. Now, that area is designated as an “emergency zone” under the new law taking effect Saturday.

The new law doubles the fine for drivers who don’t move over or slow down. The ticket increases from a base of $124 to $248, with additional speeding charges. Drivers can also be charged with endangering an emergency worker and could face possible jail time and a suspended license.

Dan Coon, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said there has been a significant increase in the number of collisions since the 2007 law took effect. He said the number of collisions where troopers were struck increased from 18 in 2007 to 30 in 2008, and there have been more than 20 accidents a year since then with troopers alone, not counting other emergency or tow vehicles.

In September, a tow truck driver working on a disabled vehicle on the side of Interstate 5 was killed when an SUV crashed into him.

Other laws taking effect Saturday:

– A new law expands the category of drivers arrested for drunken driving who can apply for a special license to drive with an ignition-interlock device. The device tests for alcohol in their breath before the car will start. Under a 2008 law, only drivers arrested for drunken driving could apply for the device. Now those who have been convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault due to DUI can also apply. Under the underlying law, a person with an interlock license would have the device on their car for either one, 5 or 10 years depending on their record. The new law also requires that a driver with a device have no failed blows on starting their car for four consecutive months before the device can be removed.

– A measure that requires a judge to personally set bail for people arrested on felony charges. It was one of several bills sparked by the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police officers in November 2009. Currently, several counties have a system, called “booking bail,” where a formula is used to set bail amounts if arrests are made on the weekends or a holiday. However, the law expires Aug. 1, and a bail practices workgroup that was created by the Legislature has recommended in a report to the Legislature that the law be allowed to lapse.

(Ref: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_new_washington_laws.html)

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