Market Report on the Global Market for Flame Retardants with Forecasts up to 2030



Electricity makes our lives more convenient – but unfortunately also more dangerous. The boom in e-mobility, charging stations, batteries and photovoltaic systems is increasing the need for chemicals that prevent plastics and other flammable materials from igniting or at least slow down fires. Ceresana has analyzed the global market for all types of fire retardants for the seventh time: including brominated and chlorinated flame retardants as well as ATH, organophosphorus, ATO and other additives. The new market study provides figures on demand and revenue for the entire flame retardant market, as well as demand volumes for the individual grades and their applications: Around 2.19 million metric tonnes of flame retardants are used worldwide each year.




Cables and Insulation Materials Need Fire Protection

Large quantities of fire-retardant coatings and gelcoats are needed for cars, but also for public transportation. Virtually all materials can be protected against fire and fire consequences, whether plastics, textiles, wood or paper. Ceresana expects the greatest increase in demand for flame retardants to come from the automotive industry sector: the market researchers anticipate an annual growth rate of around 3.1% in this sector until 2030. Currently consuming almost one-third of total production, the construction industry is expected to remain the largest consumer of flame retardants. Fire retardants are essential for insulating foams, but also, for example, for the sheathing of steel girders in buildings. Electrical and electronic equipment is the second largest application area for flame retardants, with a worldwide consumption of around 525,000 metric tonnes. Highly efficient synergistic combinations of different flame retardants are increasingly being developed, and fire retardants are being tailored specifically for certain applications.

Seeking Environmentally Compatible Flame Retardant Types

Many flame retardants are controversial because of their potential impact on health and the environment. For instance, they can accumulate in living organisms or release toxins. The recycling of plastics containing flame retardants is also a challenge. Halogen-free aluminum hydroxide, also known as aluminum trihydroxide, is considered relatively environmentally friendly: ATH is by far the world's best-selling flame retardant, with a current market share of 38%. Brominated flame retardants, which are used particularly in electrical products and foams but are considered problematic, come in second. Government regulations and legal requirements, such as the European Union's RoHS Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, result in significant regional differences: In Western Europe and North America, brominated compounds account for only 5.1% and 11% of the market, respectively – while in Asia they account for 28.4%. Overall, most flame retardants are consumed in Asia-Pacific: This region of the world currently accounts for around 46% of total demand for flame retardants.



The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 provides provides a presentation and analysis of the global flame retardants market, including forecasts up to 2030: demand in tonnes and revenues in US dollars and euros are detailed for each region of the world. In addition, the global and regional flame retardant demand per product type and per application area is analyzed.

The following flame retardant types are considered in detail:

  • Aluminum Trihydroxide (ATH)
  • Brominated Compounds
  • Chlorinated Compounds
  • Organophosphorus
  • Antimony Compounds (ATO)
  • Other Flame Retardants

Flame retardant application areas examined in this study are:

  • Construction Material
  • Electrics & Electronics
  • Wires & Cables
  • Transportation
  • Other Applications

Chapter 2 analyzes revenues generated with flame retardants and their demand for the 16 countries with the largest national markets. Demand is broken down into individual applications and product types.

Chapter 3 provides useful company profiles of the major flame retardant producers, arranged by contact details, revenues, profits, product range, production sites and brief profile. Detailed profiles are provided by 91 flame retardant producers, such as Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co., Inc., Altana AG, CHT Germany GmbH, Clariant International Ltd., Colorobbia Holding S.p.A., CTF2000 NV, Daihachi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Lanxess AG, Metadynea Austria GmbH, Nabaltec AG und Schill+Seilacher GmbH.


Scope of the Report:



Base Year


Trend Period

2018 - 2030

Forecast Period

2021 - 2030



Retardant Types

Aluminum Trihydroxide (ATH), Brominated Compounds, Chlorinated Compounds, Organophosphorus, Antimony Compounds (ATO), Other Flame Retardants

Application Areas

Construction Material, Electrics & Electronics, Wires & Cables, Transportation, Other Applications

Company Profiles

Ajinomoto Fine-Techno, Altana, CHT, Clariant, Colorobbia, CTF2000, Daihachi Chemical Industry, Lanxess, Metadynea Austria, Nabaltec und Schill+Seilacher (Selection)


7th edition


May 2022



What was the global consumption of flame retardants in 2020?

About 2.19 million tonnes of flame retardants were processed worldwide in 2020.


What are the most important areas of application for flame retardants?

The construction industry represents the most important application area. Electrical and electronics is the second largest application area for flame retardants with a global consumption of 525,000 tonnes.


In which application area is the highest demand growth expected?

Until 2030, researchers at Ceresana expect demand for flame retardants in the segment transportation to experience the strongest percentage growth: approx. 3,1% per year.

1 Market Data: World and Regions

1.1 World
1.1.1 Demand

1.1.2 Revenues

1.1.3 Application Areas Construction Material Electrics & Electronics Wires & Cables Transportation Other Applications

1.1.4 Flame Retardant Types Aluminum Trihydroxide (ATH) Brominated Compounds Chlorinated Compounds Organophosphorus Antimony Compounds (ATO) Other Flame Retardants

1.2 Western Europe
1.2.1 Demand
1.2.2 Revenues
1.2.3 Production
1.2.4 Applications & Product Types

1.3 Eastern Europe
1.3.1 Demand
1.3.2 Revenues
1.3.3 Production
1.3.4 Applications & Product Types

1.4 North America
1.4.1 Demand
1.4.2 Revenues
1.4.3 Production
1.4.4 Applications & Product Types

1.5 South America
1.5.1 Demand
1.5.2 Revenues
1.5.3 Production
1.5.4 Applications & Product Types

1.6 Asia-Pacific
1.6.1 Demand
1.6.2 Revenues
1.6.3 Production
1.6.4 Applications & Product Types

1.7 Middle East
1.7.1 Demand
1.7.2 Revenues
1.7.3 Production
1.7.4 Applications & Product Types

1.8 Africa
1.8.1 Demand
1.8.2 Revenues
1.8.3 Production
1.8.4 Applications & Product Types

2 Market Data: Country Profiles

(For each country: data on revenues, demand split by applications and product types)
2.1 Western Europe
2.1.1 France
2.1.2 Germany
2.1.3 Italy
2.1.4 Spain
2.1.5 United Kingdom
2.1.6 Other Western Europe

2.2 Eastern Europe
2.2.1 Poland
2.2.2 Russia
2.2.3 Turkey
2.2.4 Other Eastern Europe

2.3 North America
2.3.1 Canada
2.3.2 Mexico
2.3.3 USA

2.4 South America
2.4.1 Brazil
2.4.2 Other South

2.5 Asia-Pacific
2.5.1 China
2.5.2 India
2.5.3 Japan
2.5.4 South Korea
2.5.5 Other Asia-Pacific

3 Company Profiles*

3.1 Western Europe
Austria (3 Producers)
Belgium (5)
France (1)
Germany (11)
Italy (3)
Spain (1)
Sweden (2)
Switzerland (1)
The Netherlands (5)
United Kingdom (5)

3.2 Eastern Europe
Poland (1)
Russia (2)
Slovakia (1)
Turkey (1)

3.3 North America
USA (8)

3.4 Asia-Pacific
Australia (1)
China (8)
India (3)
Japan (25)
Taiwan (1)

3.5 Middle East
Israel (2)
Saudi Arabia (1)

*Note: The profiles are assigned to the country in which the company or holding is headquartered. Profiles also include JVs and subsidiaries.

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