pinfa80 Whitcombe


Claudia Whitcombe, Head of Marketing, AMI, considers that the Fire Retardants in Plastics conferences twice a year (Europe, USA) correspond to a continuing demand for dialogue between flame retardant and synergist producers, polymer companies, compounders and formulation experts, researchers and end-users.

pinfa80 Mapleston

Compounding World

Peter Mapleston, Conference Chair and Technology Editor of Compounding World, sees flame retardants being increasingly needed in many areas to ensure fire protection and prevention, in response to society’s general concern about safety, in particularly in electrical equipment and appliances, in buildings and in the automobile industry.

pinfa80 Osborn

Ascend Performance Materials

Shawn Osborn, Ascend Performance Materials - In response to more stringent customer requirements and the environmental demands for non-halogenated flame retardants, Ascend has increased its product catalogue to meet global customers’ needs in promoting PIN FR product offerings.

pinfa80 Lorenzoni Devlies


Joao Lorenzoni and Steven Devlies, Unimin - Fire safety is increasingly important in today’s world as polymers are more extensively present and the population more urban. Fire safety standards in developing countries can be expected to progressively tighten.

pinfa80 Meyer

Mormon Innovation & Technology

Andrew Meyer, Mormon Innovation & Technology - Increasing industry interest in LSZH (low smoke zero halogen) is being driven by a combination of obligation to fulfil regulatory requirements or customer specifications in some applications and image perception.

pinfa80 Wermter

Chemische Fabrik Budenheim

Hendrik Wermter, Chemische Fabrik Budenheim, presented results with their new PIN FR systems. These systems are mainly based on melamine polyphosphate and a recently developed polymeric DOPO-derivative (organo-phosphorus PIN FR).


Tatsuya Shimizu, Adeka, noted that automobiles increasingly use polymers, both to reduce weight and for batteries, electrical and electronic installations. This will drive increasing need for flame retardancy and for additives to ensure weathering and UV resistance.

pinfa80 Howell

Central Michigan University

Bob Howell, Central Michigan University, presented phosphorus reacted isosorbides as possible bio-sourced PIN FRs. Production is starch -> D-glucose -> D-sorbitol -> isosorbitol -> phosphorus esters. The resulting molecules are phosphates, phosphinates or phosphonates / propanoate, enoate or thiatetradecanoate.

pinfa80 Fox

American University

Douglas Fox, American University, presented different possible routes for producing bio-sourced PIN flame retardants: cellulose (from wood and forest by-products), seaweed, chitin (from crustaceans or insects), phytase (non-digestible phosphorus storage molecule in seeds), tannic acid, taurine.


Glade Squires, OMYA (distributor for Italmatch), presented new PIN FRs based on mineral phosphites (magnesium, calcium, aluminium). These products offer a high phosphorus content and combine two flame retardant mechanisms: water release and polyphosphoric acid which contributes to intumescence and char formation.