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Pinfa-NA to Offer Two Important Programs on Flame Retardants and Fire Safety

One in FST/ Aviation and another on Formulating Flame Retardant Basics

April 18, 2021, Caliphon, NJ: The Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association North America (Pinfa-NA) is pleased to announce programs dedicated to the importance of flame, smoke and toxicity in transportation and a workshop on flame retardant basics with detailed instruction on formulation,  FR Test Videos and more. Both programs are designed to offer attendees current information and helpful tips they can bring to their respective jobs. 


Meeting Flame, Smoke and Toxicity Requirements in Transportation Composites

The first session, “Meeting Flame, Smoke and Toxicity Requirements in Transportation Composites” is co-sponsored by SAMPE during the SAMPE virtual technology series. This session concerning advanced materials on fire, smoke, toxicity (FST) will focus on transportation with an emphasis on aviation. The session features speakers from FAA, Boeing, Safran Cabin, UL and Southwest Research. 


“We are  so pleased that the program with SAMPE on FST has been  scheduled at a time when things are beginning to return to normal for North American aviation,” said Maggie Baumann, Vice-chair of Pinfa NA and moderator of the session. “The topic is extremely important as we improve the energy efficiency and safety of air travel”.


More Information: 

Format: Virtual

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)


Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant (NHFR) Workshop Series

The second major announcement for us is the inaugural Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant (NHFR) workshop series where Pinfa-NA offers insight and knowledge to help with formulating materials for fire safety.  This is something that we have recognized is needed in North America and are pleased to be able to offer the program with SPE as our Co-sponsor.


The four-part workshop series is designed to provide detailed instruction in Flame Retardant Basics and FR Test Videos, NHFRs for Thermoplastics, TPE/Thermoset and Emerging NHFRs.


The course is led by instructors with decades of industrial experience in formulating and compounding and company leaders with real experience in commercializing NHFR formulations and technologies. 


The four programs will:

  • Provide an overview of the regulatory environment and the need for FR additives

  • Learn about flame retardant mechanisms, ingredients and testing

  • Understand how Formulators design systems to meet application needs

  • View actual flammability test videos and explain what they are measuring

  • Get insight into new NHFR technology developments

  • Learn how sustainability is affecting the choice of NHFR Technology


Roger Avakian (Avakian Polychem Consulting, member of Pinfa NA and organizer of the program), remarks "The upcoming series of webinars in June will be of great value to a broad audience: newcomers to the field and also seasoned practitioners. We will have speakers/panelists with many years of practical experience who will not only assist in teaching the courses but will also share their tips and suggested best practices"


The program also offers flexibility – you can attend any or all four webinars.  Access to the program will be available after the event for those who are registered.


More Information:

Format: Virtual

Date and Time: June 2021, June 1 ●  June 8  ●  June 15  ●  June 21



About Pinfa-NA (
Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association North America) is a non-profit trade organization that brings together manufacturers of flame-retardants plastics, major end users and regulatory organizations for the advancement of green FR technologies.  The organization supports fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on halogen free phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compound (metal ions, hydroxides). Pinfa-NA is the North American sister group of Pinfa (, a Sector Group of Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council).
About SAMPE (
The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE®) is a global professional member society, that provides information on new materials and processing technology either via conferences, exhibitions, technical forums, publications, or books in which professionals in this field can exchange ideas.
About SPE (
SPE is the leading technical society for the global plastics industry. It is a community of individuals involved in the technical and commercial aspects of the plastics and polymer industry. It is a place where individuals can interact, learn and develop skills to meet their personal and professional goals. This community fosters technical innovation and industry competitiveness through scientific development and commercialization

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