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Fire is a simple event which demands a lot of know-how!

This was how one of the delegates summarised the papers presented at the Fire Resistance in Plastics Conference held in December, 2009 at the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel near Frankfurt in Germany. This is an annual international conference.

Ian Yates, responsibile for the marketing and development of Minelco's UltraCarb product range, had the pleasure of presenting a paper describing some of the recent technical developments made by the company. The title of the paper was:

“An improved model to describe the fire retardant action of huntite and hydromagnesite”

It discusses the limitations, in relation to these unique minerals, of the standard models typically used by the industry for explaining how mineral fire retardants work. The goal of the paper was to demonstrate and explain the significantly greater char promoting functionality that Minelco UltraCarb gives to polymeric materials when they burn and how this differs from what is generally understood for other mineral fire retardants like alumina hydrate (ATH) or magnesium hydroxide (MDH). The presentation sought to raise the understanding and know-how in the polymer industry of the unique benefits that Minelco UltraCarb can provide.