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04/Aug/2017
Recycling of plastic waste - curse or a blessing?
In our fast-paced „throwaway society“
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31/May/2017
Plastics for E&E applications, “fuse box meets dryer” 2017 in Würzburg
As in previous years „Kunststoffzentrum (SKZ
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01/Aug/2016
pinfa's first workshop in China confirms interest in halogen free FRs
In June 2016, over 250 people from academia, indus
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02/Nov/2015
1st International Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering (AOFSM’1 2015)
The 1st International Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fi
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19/Oct/2015
European fire tests for cables in building and CE-marking
In 2008, in the context of the Construction Produc
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02/Sep/2015
Electrical fires and fire safety requirements for E&E equipment
In a U.S. statistical overview from NFPA[i] on ele
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The flame retardants market

 

The worldwide consumption of flame retardants amounts to more than 2 Million tons per year. Aluminium hydroxide is the largest single flame retardant at 35% share. Second are the halogenated flame retardant systems comprising brominated and chlorinated products which are commonly used together with the synergist antimony trioxide, in total 37%. Organophosphorus and other flame retardants like e.g. inorganic phosphorus compounds, nitrogen and zinc based flame retardants make up the rest at 29%. Over the last decade there is a trend towards substituting legacy halogenated flame retardants with more sustainable non-halogenated products.

According to a 2014 market study of IHS Consulting, the consumption of flame retardants has grown substantially in the past 4 years, notably in electronics, and will continue to grow at a global annualized rate of 3.4% between 2013 and 2018. Use in plastics accounts for approximately 85% of all flame retardants. Textiles and rubber products account for most of the rest. Asia consumed the largest volume of flame retardants in 2013 with a 55% share, with China being the largest single consumer at 27%.

Global Flame Retardants Market by Chemistry, 2013
Global Flame Retardants Market by Chemistry, 2013
Source: IHS Consulting 2014
Global Flame Retardants Consumption by Region, 2013
Global Flame Retardants Consumption by Region, 2013
Source: IHS Consulting 2014