Top fire classification for Perstorp Akestra™ opens new opportunities in the construction business

Perstorp - August 22, 2017 - Akestra™ 110, the new transparent plastic, has received top-rated classification of fire safety for building & construction according to EN13501-1. The top classification B opens up a wide range of new applications in the construction industry.

  • According to EN13501-1, Akestra™ 110 achieves top fire classification B
  • New transparent plastic now available for the construction industry
  • Akestra is a unique co-polyester with a sparkling, glass-like appearance
Fire safety in buildings and construction is top of mind and in many cases an increasing issue, as smoke generation from plastic materials is among first cause of casualties in case of fire. Finding safe plastics materials with slow smoke generation in fire is a challenge. According to EN13501-1, Akestra 110 meets top class plastic fire classification B, without needs of any additives. This is a superior fire class to the traditional transparent Plexiglas™ (PMMA). The classification allows Akestra to be used in highly transparent plastic sheeting and in articles for lighting, signing and light weight plastic windows in building & construction.

Polymer materials are classified from B to F, with B as the top classification. Akestra 110 has also been top rated regarding smoke emissions and flaming droplets. This resulted in classification according to B – s1, d0.

Akestra is a new generation of thermoplastic co-polyester offering a sparkling, fully transparent and high heat resistant plastic material. The classification proves Akestra is a great alternative to other plastic materials with its top fire classification and transparency, making it suitable for films and sheets, now also for the construction industry in Europe.

“There is a strong demand from customers for a fire classified, transparent plastic material. We are therefore happy to receive the top classification B which opens up new strategic markets for Akestra in the construction industry.” says Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President at Perstorp.

Akestra™ is produced by Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals in Japan and brought to Europe by Perstorp.


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