Flame retardants act in chemical and physical ways by interrupting the burning process in different phases, i.e. during heating, thermal degradation, combustion, or spread of flames. Worldwide, about 2.15 million tonnes of flame retardants are used per year to protect plastic products, electronic devices, construction material, and textiles. For the fourth time now, Ceresana has analyzed the global market for these lifesaving products. These include brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, as well as ATH, organophosphorus, ATO, and other types. The present study provides both figures of demand and revenues for the overall market as well as demand volume for the particular types of flame retardants and their applications.
From a global perspective, the construction industry and the electrics & electronics industry (E&E) are the most important sales markets for flame retardants: Almost 53% of global demand volume originated in these two segments. Flame retardants are used for insulating foams made of expandable polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane in large quantities but also, for example, for construction material made of rubber, in adhesives, as well as in paints and varnishes. In the segment E&E, they are used for single components such as circuit boards, computer casings, as well as household and telecommunication devices. They are utilized in technical plastics such as ABS, polyamide, epoxy, and polycarbonate. The third largest single market for flame retardants is the application cables and wires followed by products for the transportation industry. At rates of 2.8% p.a. and 2.6% p.a., the segments transportation and E&E account for above-average growth.
With a market share of 37%, ATH is the most commonly used type of flame retardants worldwide, followed by brominated compounds. The most important application areas for brominated flame retardants are electrics & electronics and foams. Brominated flame retardants are very effective but also controversial. Due to legal provisions, there are significant regional differences. For example, demand for brominated compounds accounts for 6.7% and 12% respectively in Western Europe and North America which is only a fragment of total demand - however, in Asia their market share amounts to 28%. Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants will presumably account for the lowest growth worldwide in the upcoming eight years. On the other hand, flame retardants based on organophosphorus as well as substitute products for halogenated flame retardants in the segment insulation material and E&E will grow at above-average rates.
The Study in Brief:
Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the global market for flame retardants – including forecasts up to 2023: Demand for and revenues generated with flame retardants are provided for each world region.
Chapter 2 analyzes the 16 most important countries and their flame retardants revenues and demand in detail. Demand is split by single applications and product types. Additionally, all important manufacturers of flame retardants are listed according to countries.
Chapter 3 offers a substantiated analysis of the application areas for flame retardants: construction materials, electrics & electronics, cables, transport industry, and others.
Chapter 4 examines demand for individual types of flame retardants: aluminum trihydroxide (ATH), brominated compounds, chlorinated compounds, organophosphorus, antimony compounds (ATO), and other flame retardants. Demand is clearly arranged for each of the 16 countries analyzed in chapter 2 and all world regions.
Chapter 5 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, and products. Detailed profiles are given for 97 producers, such as Akzo Nobel N.V., Albemarle Corp., Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO), BASF SE, Chemtura Corp., Clariant International Ltd., Huber Engineered Materials, Rio Tinto Group, The Dow Chemical Company, and Tosoh Corp.