The Society of Plastics Engineers will host an association for producers of flame retardants at SPE headquarters in Newtown, Conn.
SPE and Pinfa the Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association announced the pact May 2 during SPE's Antec 2011 conference in Boston. The organization represents manufacturers and end users of non-halogenated flame retardants.
Until now, Pinfa has been strictly a European trade association under the European Chemical Industry Council. SPE will house Pinfa North America under the agreement. SPE will help Pinfa North America create membership and activities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
It was only in Europe. This is the news, that we're starting up a separate organization in North America. And we're doing it under the SPE, said Marc Lebel, a Pinfa board member and president and CEO of FRX Polymers Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass.
The North American association will be a separate group, but it will be affiliated with the European organization and will share many of the same members, according to Lebel.
SPE is looking forward to working with Pinfa North America as we more-formally develop activities, such as conferencing, around non-halogenated flame retardants, SPE Executive Director Susan Oderwald said.
At Antec in Boston, SPE approved forming a special-interest group for the halogen-free flame-retardant industry. Pinfa also held a technical session at the conference.
SPE has held new-technology forums at Antec on that subject for the last several Antecs.
Lebel said non-halogenated flame retardants are used in a variety of sectors, including consumer electronics, building and construction, carpeting and transportation applications such as aerospace, trains, airplanes and automotive.