ECOFRAM 2018, the second International Conference on Eco-Friendly Flame Retardant Additives and Materials, took place in Metz, France, 28-29 March 2018. Over 70 researchers, companies and experts met at ECOFRAM 2018 and discussed flame retardant solutions for bio-based polymers, fire safety and environmental impacts and smoke toxicity of flame retardants, and bio-based or naturally sourced flame retardants. The LIFE FARBioTY project was present with Veramtex and TVDC to present the project, its objectives and its first results. 

Marc Vanhoomissen, Veramitex SA, Belgium, presented the LIFE FARBioTY project (see pinfa Newsletter n°83): Fire and Ageing Resistance Biocomposite for Transportation industry. This is a classical textile process, in which the chlorine is removed in the process, leaving a phosphorus-nitrogen flame retardant treatment. Results to date show that treated flax can achieve M1 fire performance, similar to glass-fibre based products. Besides, the impregnation of resins is much easier after flame retardancy treatment. Further testing of ageing, weathering and UV resistance is underway.