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08/Apr/2021
Updated comprehensive overview about flame retardants available
The article about flame retardants in ULLMANN'
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07/Dec/2020
During "European Fire Safety Week" Pinfa informs about fire safety for e-mobility
As in previous months, conferences and information
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13/Nov/2020
RoHS and potential additional flame-retardant bans in Europe
  In the past, the growing amount of elect
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09/Oct/2020
Electronics Goes Green 2020+ brings together participants from the "green electronics sector" online
Despite the continuing corona crisis, conferences
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26/May/2020
US EPA - Current risk assessment and consultation for a chlorinated alkylphosphate ester, triphenylphosphate and tetrabromo-bisphenol-A
Chemicals, and thus also flame retardants, are inc
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06/Jan/2020
Pinfa China E&E workshop addresses fast growing 5G technology
November 21, 2019, Shanghai. Pinfa China succes
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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