Brussels, 13 & 14 November 2018

13-14th of November 2018

Stanhope Hotel

Brussels - Belgium

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i2a 2018 Antimony Day

What is a sustainable use of flame retardants?

Setting a feasible trade-off 

between managing chemical risk and fire safety


Objectives of the event:

  • Raise awareness and destigmatize/debunk myths around flame retardants
  • Take debate of chemical risk vs fire safety back to its pertinent societal level
  • Stimulate engagement in regulatory processes affecting antimony substances
  • Invite flame retardant producers and users to participate in i2a’s product stewardship initiatives


  • Hans Vercammen (Campine) 
  • Kevin Bradley (International Bromine Council)

Moderator: David Rose

Confirmed intervenants include:

  • Jack Bedder (Roskill)
  • Kevin Bradley (International Bromine Council)
  • Caroline Braibant (International Antimony Association)
  • Karen Galea (Institute for Occupational Medicine)
  • Thomas Höhne-Sparborth (Roskill)
  • Professor Richard Horrocks (University of Bolton)
  • Kasturirangan Kannah (Lanxess)
  • Sander Kroon (ICL)
  • Richard Meads (European Risk Forum)
  • Professor Guillermo Rein (Imperial College)
  • Luca Spettoli (PVC Forum Italia)
  • Hans Vercammen (Campine)
  • Wes Ware (Albemarle)

Day 1 - 13 November

12:00    Registration and light luncheon     

13:15   Welcome and opening statement
Including presentations from the host and main supporter


SESSION 1 – Back to school: how does flame retardancy work?

Academia and Industry experts talk about the importance of fire safety and flame retardancy, the  synergistic effect of antimony, and the function of antimony flame retardant solutions in plastics and textiles       

14:30   SESSION 2 – Setting the scene: main trends in flame retardants

The view of market analysts on the global trends for antimony used in flame retardants, and the  experience of Industry in facing these trends together with the increasing regulatory requirements
affecting flame retardants


15:15   Coffee & tea break



            Flame retardants – (Why) Do we need them?           

An attempt to respond to a critical question, building upon the exchanges between representatives with different views on and expectations from flame retardants


16:45   Takeaway thoughts

A recap of the first part of the Sb Day


17:00  Evening cocktail


Day 2 - 14 November

9:30      Welcome back – Snapshot of the developing EHS policy horizon

A kind reminder about how hazard does not mean risk, and how developing policies (should) reflect this...

9:45      SESSION 3 – Health and environmental issues around flame retardants

An overview of the known hazards of our chemicals, and show how preventing exposure can
lead to safe use of antimony-based flame retardants


10:45    Coffee & tea break


11:15    SESSION 4 – Substitutability of flame retardants

The opportunity to understand how the appropriate flame retardant is chosen, considering the  technical performance, economic and toxicity profiles of possible solutions and the application they are required for.


12:00    Lunch


13:00    Interview: What is a sustainable use of flame retardants?

What do regulators see as a sustainable use of flame retardants?


13:15    BREAKOUT GROUPS – Choosing the right flame-retardant solution:  
is there a ‘one fits all’ choice?

A collective identification of the various criteria which inform the choice of the applicable flame  retardant


14:15   Coffee & tea break


14:45    Reporting from breakout groups


15:15    Takeaway thoughts and next steps

A recap of the 2nd Sb Day, including key messages for all stakeholders

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