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15/Oct/2018
"Polyurethanes Technical Conference" shows more sustainable alternatives for polyurethane industry
On 1 - 3 October 2018, the 61st annual "Polyu
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12/Oct/2018
Conference "Fires in Vehicles"​ reveals that fire safety still needs to be improved in busses and electric cars
On 3 and 4 October 2018, the 5th biannual "Fi
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14/Aug/2018
New article on Recycling of Halogen-Free Flame-Retardant Plastics
Kunststoffe international 2018/08, PAGE 39 –
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23/Jan/2018
AMIs „Fire Resistance in Plastics“, 2017
The 12th international Fire Resistance in Plastics
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06/Oct/2017
Fraunhofer LBFs and PINFAs research activities on the recycling of plastics containing halogen free flame retardants
Recycling is an important issue with regard to the
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01/Sep/2017
New pinfa video: How effective are flame retardants for fire safety?
A new video from PINFA, the Phosphorus, Inorganic
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The flame retardants market

 

The worldwide consumption of flame retardants amounts to more than 2.25 Million tons per year. Aluminium hydroxide is the largest single flame retardant at 38% 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 31%. Organophosphorus and other flame retardants like e.g. inorganic phosphorus compounds, nitrogen and zinc based flame retardants make up the rest at 31%. Over the last decade there is a trend towards substituting legacy halogenated flame retardants with more sustainable non-halogenated products.

According to a 2017 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 3.1% between 2016 and 2021. Flame retardants are mainly consumed by the plastics/resin industry. Textiles and rubber products account for most of the rest. Asia consumed the largest volume of flame retardants in 2016 with a 50% share, with China being the largest single consumer at 26%.

Global Flame Retardants Market by Chemistry, 2016
Global Flame Retardants Market by Chemistry, 2016
Source: IHS Consulting 2017
Global Flame Retardants Consumption by Region, 2016
Global Flame Retardants Consumption by Region, 2016
Source: IHS Consulting 2017