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Perstorp’s New Transparent Plastic Akestra™ 110 Earns Top Fire Classification

Published on 2017-08-22. Author : SpecialChem

Transparent Plastic Used in Fire Alarm
Transparent Plastic Used in Fire Alarm
New transparent plastic Akestra™ 110 receives top-rated classification of fire safety. Classification is according to EN13501-1 standard. The top classification B opens new applications in the building & construction industry.
  • According to EN13501-1, Akestra™ 110 achieves top fire classification B
  • New transparent plastic now available for the construction industry
  • Akestra is unique co-polyester with a sparkling, glass-like appearance

Fire Classified Transparent Plastic

Fire safety in buildings and construction is top of mind and often an increasing issue. 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.

EN13501-1 Regulation

  • 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 for use in transparent plastic sheeting. it also allows use in articles for lighting, signing and light weight plastic windows in building & construction. 

Akestra Used in Construction Industry
Akestra Used in Construction Industry

Polymer Classification

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. It offers plastic material that is:
  • Sparkling
  • Transparent
  • High heat resistant

Opportunity in Construction Business

The classification proves Akestra is a great alternative to other plastic materials. Its top fire classification and transparency makes it suitable for films and sheets. It is now also used in the construction industry in Europe.

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

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

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