Akestra 110, the new transparent plastic produced by Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals in Japan and brought to Europe by Perstorp (Malmo, Sweden), has received top-rated classification for fire safety in building and construction according to EN 13501-1.
Akestra is a unique co-polyester with a sparkling, glass-like appearance. Fire classification B opens up a range of applications in the construction industry.
Fire safety is a prime concern in the building and construction sector—smoke generation from plastic materials is among the first causes of casualties, according to information from Perstorp. “Finding safe plastic materials with slow smoke generation in a fire is a challenge,” said Perstorp’s news release. “Akestra 110 meets fire classification B without the need for 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 applications such as lighting, signage and lightweight plastic windows.
“There is strong demand from customers for a fire-classified, transparent plastic material,” said Marie Gronborg, Executive Vice President at Perstorp. “We are therefore happy to receive the top classification B, which opens up new strategic markets for Akestra in the construction industry.”