SOLVING BURNING PROBLEMS
As a result of legislation and tougher requirements in terms of safety and function, effective fire protection has become an important functional element in the textile market. The demand for flame retardancy has grown to encompass every textile sector. Beside constantly growing demand in the private domestic sector, flame retardancy is especially important in the public sector, for example in banks, offices, hospitals, hotels, and public transportation.
In parallel, ecological and toxicological product profiles are becoming more and more important with a clear move away from classical halogenated flame retardants to less harmful alternatives. Constantly anticipating market needs, Archroma has been focusing successfully on non-halogenated products for a fairly long time with its Pekoflam® range.
And finally – with the latest addition of Pekoflam® ECO/SYN – the problem of formaldehyde and amine emissions* has also been eliminated in flame retardant systems. With Pekoflam® ECO/SYN, which is especially suited to cotton and cotton-rich blends, Archroma is again broadening the opportunities for manufacturers to develop their product range and markets.
The new bi-component Pekoflam® system – ECO for ecological and economic, SYN for synergy – has a very low impact on the fabric strength to which it is applied. Importantly, it also has excellent wash fastness in domestic laundry situations and good performance in industrial applications. Unlike some other systems, processing can be done on common finishing lines with high temperature curing and a suitable wash range.
The new Archroma chemistry is not simply another product on the market – it provides a fundamental and far-reaching change to the way the producers of flame retardant fabric have been forced to work. The new system doesn’t contain any SVHC2) restricted chemicals, commonly used in flame retardants. And it’s cost efficient, too.
* = Below limits of detection
Phosphorous-based halogen-free* range of permanent to non-durable flame retardant coatings and finishes, for all fibers and textile applications.