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The safety of modern buildings and consumer products relies heavily on flame retardants. These key components help consumers stay safe and prevent the spread of fires. Flame retardants slow the spread of flames, maximising the time for intervention and to escape. They ensure fire safety in three ways: They disrupt combustion. They insulate the fuel from the heat source. They dilute...

BSEF appointed GR Japan, the leading government relations and public affairs company in Japan, to provide government relations and public affairs support in the Japanese market, starting from 8 January. Since then, GR Japan has been working on the handover process with Hiro to ensure a smooth transition on Hiro’s retirement at the end of March. Under the supervision of Managing Director...

The BSEF team in China has translated the brochure Impact of Brominated Flame Retardants on the Recycling of WEEE plastics released by the end of 2020. The brochure based on SOFIEs’ study regarding Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) plastics flows and recycling efforts in Europe addresses misperceptions regarding the impact of Brominated Flame Retardants(BFRs) on WEEE plastics recycling and...

On November 18, 2020, the International Bromine Council (BSEF) organised a webinar on the recyclability of Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) plastics in the context of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This launched a Sofies’s publication of an independent study entitled “Impacts of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) on the recycling of WEEE plastics.” Arthur Haarman from Sofies highlighted that...

In this edition of Meet the Experts, Nuno Bacharel, Communications Manager at BSEF, speaks to Dr. Jürgen Troitzsch, a global expert on fire safety standards and author of the worldwide success ‘Plastics Flammability Handbook’. https://youtu.be/cLXZLz9X1ak In this interview, Dr. Troitzsch talks about the exponential increase in the use of plastics in our society and the concurrent decrease in the number of fires...

The European Commission recently adopted its ‘Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability towards a toxic-free environment’. Stakeholders have called it a significant change in approach to chemicals management – the biggest since the advent of REACH in 2000. Along with our colleagues in CEFIC we see the strategy as presented, as a missed opportunity to “truly accelerate the ability of Europe’s fourth...

The IBP, a joint cross-industry initiative of BSEF, India’s bromine industry and the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) started in 2019, organized their first virtual meeting on November 6th, 2020. The aim of this meeting was to discuss the milestones achieved by the group and set a roadmap for the next year taking into account the recent developments and the dynamic...

The Chinese Flame Retardant Association (CFRS) Annual Conference was held in Zhuhai on October 18-22, 2020. Hu Qianlin, secretary general of the Chinese Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), said that China’s flame retardant industry is facing some challenges such as the lack of leading companies; the industrial structure is unreasonable, high-end products are dependent on imports, and low-end products are...

In October and November, ABICHAMA participated in three of the main events regarding fire safety in Brazil. The association’s president, Lilian Salim, gave a presentation about the "Applicability of ABNT NBR 16405:2015 in upholstered furniture for fire prevention" during the National Passive Protection Seminar (Rio de Janeiro webinar) on November 19th, and reinforced the benefits of the use of flame retardants,...