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Interview: Jacob Scherf, Polymer Asia

Jacob Scherf and Nguyen Thi Kim Quy, Polymer Asia Vietnam, explain that product manufacturers in Vietnam are mostly multi-nationals, producing for export, and therefore implement Japan, EU and US quality and fire safety requirements.

Korean or Japanese construction companies building in Vietnam apply their own high materials standards. Vietnam itself can be expected to tighten its own fire safety regulations in coming years. These trends result in a growing and technically demanding flame retardant sector in South-East Asia, in particular for ABS and polyamides. Key requirements are UL94-V0 and LSZH (low smoke zero halogen)). This AMI conference enabled understanding of international trends in fire safety standards and in PIN flame retardant developments which can be expected to drive forward the South-East Asia market in the future.

Polymer Asia www.polymerasia.com combines European and Japanese backgrounds with ten years experience of compounding and masterbatch production at two sites in Vietnam, serving international customers in particular in cables. E&E and automobile.