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Don't watch your profits go up in smoke.

Construction and infrastructure sectors have proved their significance over the years with the building of roads, homes, work and CORIMerClal spaces and the overall infrastructure of our society using historically traditional materials and, more recently, plastics and rubbers.

The art and science of finding new, better, more cost effective materials requires innovative research that throws up new challenges and problems to solve. Current and future legislation affects the tried and tested chemical additives that industry is allowed to use. Advances in 3D printing and prototyping challenge the way the building environment is designed and constructed. All these challenges affect the way industry works and the products they produce and use.

From the very beginning of the plastics industry, additives have been introduced to promote new operational effects on plastic compounds. They have helped chemical processing and mitigate undesirable properties such as thermal degradation into volatile and potentially fatal compounds as a byproduct of fire.

Flame retardants represent an area of research that is constantly in demand as the need for ever safer materials and the changes in legislation and law move the goal posts in terms of chemicals that are allowed, and the effect that removing current chemicals has on the materials in use at the present time.

No one wants to see their brand new building go up in flames because the plastics used didn't have adequate flame retardant properties. But with so many different flame-retardants available, how do you know which is the best one for your job?

This is where effective research and development can prove crucial. RAPRA offers access to a network of 'preferred providers' that have expertise in a range of fields--from the very general to the incredibly niche. We encourage investment in R&D for new applications in order to ensure they conform to all relevant regulations and criterion, as well as being the most suitable for the task in hand.

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THIS MONTH, STEVE SHAW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT RAPRA, EXPLAINS HOW INVESTING IN R&D CAN PROVE CRUCIAL WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL AND ADDITIVES FOR NEW APPLICATIONS IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES.

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Publication:British Plastics & Rubber
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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