The key monomer in Akestra™ received the positive opinion of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) in October 2014 and is now also added to the latest update of the European Commission regulation regarding “plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food” (EU) No 10/2011.
This means Akestra™ can be used for all type of food contact applications, hot as well as cold. Akestra™ is since long already compliant for food-contact use in the United States (FDA) and Japan (JHOSPA). Akestra™ is launched in cooperation with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) and brought to Europe by Perstorp.
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.
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.
Akestra™ is produced by Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals in Japan and brought to Europe by Perstorp