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FR4TEX

Flame-retardant textiles 2015: how to reconcile legislation, ecology and economy?

Because of the high number of victims and damages caused by a fire, it is logical that the standards regarding fire retardancy and inflammability are becoming increasingly severe. Therefore it is essential that flame-retardant agents are added to textiles. However, the use of these FR-products is strictly controled for several reasons: strict European legislation (REACH, CLP), strict requirement of eco-labels (European Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex® 100…). It goes without saying that the sector voices its concern. The textile industry insists on the development of alternative products and treatments complying with all these requirements.

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General objectives of the trajectory

Enabling the companies of the target group to reply to the very strict FR requirements by

  • mapping the most important industrial fire retardants and their applicability in the textile sector
  • looking for synergies between product suppliers and the textile industry
  • upgrading fire retardant textiles through the evaluation of alternative systems and an optimal harmonisation with the textile sector (coating and extrusion)
  • raising awareness on the issue, new legislations and labelling (REACH, Oeko-Tex, EcoFlower,…)
  • dissemination of test results to the companies belonging to target group

Expected results

  • 30 companies will actively participate in the users' committee (UC) and will
  • acquire the necessary knowledge to make a suitable choice of FR product, also in view of the standard and label requirements
  • become familiar with the procedures/directives to produce compounds or formulations, to use them during extrusion or finishing operations
  • acquire knowledge on the availability of FR products and where they can be found (database) creating new collaborations between FR producers and chemicists and textiles companies
  • at least 10 companies will validate the results through company-specific cases during the trajectoryt

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Start date: 
01 Jun 2012
End date: 
31 May 2016