The environment is a concern to us all and therefore when using potential hazardous agents Euroflam seek to search out safer ways of protecting and applying agents to yarns and textiles we process.
ACE has been developed with the growing demand for more environmentally friendly chemicals in mind. Based on Nitrogen Phosphorus chemistry, there are no chemicals on the OSPAR list of chemicals for priority action in the solution.
Whilst EU risk assessment under existing substances regulations show there is no need for risk reduction measures of current brominated flame retardants used in blackcoating formulations, greater emphasis on the ecological impact of these products is now at the forefront.
An ongoing development of all types of flame retardant is being undertaken by all manufacturers, but the phasing out of some of the 'potentially' harmful chemicals will take more research and that without brominated flame retardants the British Standards that call for a water-soak, would be difficult to meet.
EUROFLAM are pleased to announce that both of the FR Back-Coat compounds we now use do not contain DecaBDE.
DecaBDE is likely to be classified as SVHC (substance of high concern) under E.U. REACH requirements. When this happens it will still be able to be used on textiles, but only under certain conditions. These would add complications to the whole supply chain hence we have moved to a new back-coat, NDBC (Non-DecaBDE Back Coat)
This will complement the current ‘NDF Clear Coat,’ (Non Deca Formula) a translucent coating which is used on a wide range of fabrics, be they natural, blends or synthetics.
Some synthetics however are more difficult to treat, hence now have the NDBC for these more tricky fabrics. It has a more traditional ‘white’ back-coat look, but gives good FR results and handle.
Safety data sheets are available for both of the above compounds on request.