Archroma’s Pekoflam HFC became the first flame-retardant powder for the textile industry to be certified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Pekoflam HFC, which the global innovator in color and specialty chemicals introduced in November 2014, has possible applications in military and protective wear, transportation interiors and high-quality upholstery.
The Oeko-Tex Association officially listed the halogen-free flame-retardant powder coating additive as Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which is an independent testing and certification system used for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products, throughout the production process. This ensures the products do not contain harmful substances and are safe for customers.
The company says the additive is an organic phosphorous/nitrogen compound that performs well on synthetic materials like polyamide fibers and blends. When compared to other commonly used nitrogen and/or phosphorous based chemicals, Pekoflam HFC displays higher efficiency. It also can be used in water-based systems as well as in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant ‘green” solvent based coating systems.
“The primary advantage of Pekoflam HFC is its ability to combine the effects and properties of selected halogenated and non-halogenated technologies in a fire protection solution for various coating polymers, said Michael Schuhmann, Global Segment Manager Flame Retardants, Textile Specialties Business, Archroma. “Pekoflam HFC thus offers a sustainable long-term alternative for synthetic textile applications, meeting the criteria of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and responding to the general trend towards more environmentally-compatible materials and end-products that pose significantly lower risks to health.”