European Union R&D call for alternative flame retardants

Pinfa: The European Union has opened a call for proposals for R&D into innovative materials for halogen free flame retardants under Seventh Framework Programme funding. R&D proposals should closely involve SMEs, and should include demonstration of fire classification for intended applications, technical performance, health, environment and cost factors. Priority will be given to projects producing such flame retardants from renewable sourced materials, and which take into account a life cycle approach. Submission deadline for proposals for the first call is 8 th November 2011.

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Zero halogen cables meet London Tube challenges


Pinfa: London underground transport poses particular fire safety issues: as the oldest metro system in the world, the tunnels were built small, deep and long, with very few escape exists, and are used daily by millions of people. Railway systems worldwide have strict smoke and fume standards (BS6853 UK, NF 16 101 France, DIN 5510 Germany and TS 45545-2 Europe) and the London tube requirements for low smoke and toxicity are amongst the most stringent in the world. PolyOne’s ECCOH compounds provide LSFOH (low-smoke and fume, zero halogen) fire safety solutions for cables, as well as mechanical performance (mineral oil resistance IRM 903 for 7 days at 100°C, temperature rating from -40°C to +120°C) and have been accepted for installation in the London underground system. PolyOne ECCOH also includes a range conforming to the performance requirements of the nuclear industry, including radiation and chemical resistance. Read more:


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