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Stadium seating

Perhaps you were one of the fortunate few able to watch a World Championship 2006 soccer game at a modern German FIFA stadium. If so, you had the chance to come into close contact with the world's best soccer players and - depending on the venue - to sit with some 40 to 60 thousand "plastic supporters" bolted to the stadium bleachers.

The game plan for these plastic seats with their carefully balanced mechanical qualities? To provide spectators with the most pleasant and comfortable stadium experience possible! It was a big order to fill. This is especially true when one considers the demands made on the seats: beer spilling-ecstatic fans dancing on them to get a better view of the action. And let's not forget what these materials must endure between the sporting events: environmental impacts such as rain and snow air pollution and detergents, strong exposure to UV light and much more. It's a tall order to fill for seats that are not expected to differ in color or mechanical characteristics to newer models installed perhaps only a few rows away.

In addition to these requirements, one dare not forget the ever more stringent standards for flame retardant facilities which seats are expected to meet. It's going to be a whole new ball game in next-generation sporting facilities and public buildings.

The results of fire tragedies, such as the one which occurred in 1985 at the soccer stadium in Bradford, England, have been significant. Here a tossed cigarette ignited wooden bleachers killing 56 people and injuring 250, many seriously. In response, more and more countries have created new regulations for fire prevention in public facilities.

These regulations make it essential that the rigidity of the plastic materials is such that it helps prevent vandalism. But that's only the beginning. They have to be UV stable, chemical resistant, color-fast, and conform to RoHS regulations with regard to country-specific fire prevention regulations. They must limit smoke density, burning and dripping patterns. And they must be less toxic and display flame-retardant characteristics.

As a result of all these regulations, A. Schulman has intensively worked on developing innovative materials for all of these applications.

We now fulfill different and stringent international norms and regulations (e.g. the Swiss Fire Code 5.2, the Franch M-2 Classification and the German B1 Standard), which include the use of lower density (polypropylene) and smoke inhibiting materials found in our halogen-free 2000 product series. Thanks to theoustanding FR technology of our polyamide products, we are able to offer attractive, cost effective materials for all of your requirements.

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