The European market for industrial cables
is enormous and safety standards with respect to their use in industrial,
civil and domestic electrical plants have become more and more stringent.
Of special concern has been the question of inflammability of cable
sheaths and the toxicity of fumes which can be released as a result
of their burning.
The principle aim of this project was
the development of halogen-free thermoplastic materials for replacing
polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in electric cable sheaths. The new materials
are inexpensive and fire resistant. When they do burn they release
non-toxic smoke and they exhibit good processability and sufficient
mechanical properties to compete advantageously with PVC. What is
more, they are recyclable, thus providing important ecological benefits.
Partners say they wanted to achieve high
production capacities using low-cost materials. Low cost European
cables will mean increased competitivity with cables from other
countries which have lower labour costs. The market perspects looks
promising and are not limited to the cable industry.