Recap: Highlights from The National Week of Flame Retardants 2024

Highlights from The National Week of Flame Retardants 2024.
Highlights from The National Week of Flame Retardants 2024.

The National Week of Flame Retardants 2024, hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), marked the ongoing advancement of fire safety technologies and materials engineering. Gathering industry experts, researchers, and practitioners, the event showcased the latest innovations, research findings, and trends in flame retardants.

This year’s event, focused on cutting-edge solutions and sustainable practices, drew attention to critical advancements in FR technologies. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with a wide array of topics, emphasizing the event’s role in shaping future fire safety standards and materials development.

You can also read: Embracing Sustainability With Bio-based Flame Retardants

Non-halogenated Flame Retardants

The shift towards non-halogenated flame retardants was another major theme, aligning with increasing environmental and health concerns. Experts presented the advancements in this area, showcasing alternative chemistries that offer effective flame retardation without the drawbacks of traditional halogenated compounds. Companies like Paxymer have been working on non-halogenated solutions that combine different flame-retardant mechanisms.

Intumescent Coatings

Intumescent coatings, a key focus of the event, represent a dynamic area in fire protection. These coatings expand when exposed to heat, forming an insulating barrier that protects underlying materials. Discussions and presentations highlighted recent breakthroughs, application techniques, and the coatings’ integral role in enhancing fire safety.

Mineral-based Flame Retardants

Mineral-based FRs received notable attention for their inherent safety and environmental benefits. The event featured sessions on the latest mineral-based technologies, exploring their application across various materials and industries. For example,  Lumina Sustainable Materials proposes the utilization of minerals from Greenland for flame-retardancy purposes. You can also read: Greenland Minerals as Potential Flame Retardants


Synergists, compounds that enhance the effectiveness of FRs, were also a focal point. The event shed light on novel synergistic approaches, offering insights into how these substances can optimize FR performance.

The National Week of Flame Retardants 2024 concluded on a high note, with participants leaving enriched and inspired. The insights and innovations shared promise to fuel further research and development, steering the industry towards safer, more sustainable flame-retardant solutions. Companies like Imerys are working on these solutions to enhance the retardancy in synergy with other mechanisms. You can register today and get access to full presentations from the week.

By Juliana Montoya | March 28, 2024

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