Global demand for flame retardants will reach 2.2 million tons

According to the latest research report from the United States’s Friedonia Group, due to the increasingly rigorous safety and environmental protection standards and the increased use of plastic products, the global flame retardant market demand will grow at an average annual rate of 6% over the next four years. The market demand will reach 2.2 million tons in a year.

Among them, Asia-Pacific region will be the fastest growing market for flame retardant demand in the world, and is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.5% over the next four years. By 2014, the demand for flame retardants in this region will account for half of the global market; North America Demand growth in Western Europe is relatively slow, averaging 5.5% and 3.5% respectively.

The Friedonia Group expects that the global flame retardant market will continue to shift to halogen-free flame retardants in the future. This is due to the increasingly stringent national environmental protection and safety regulations for flame retardants, and some image-oriented consumer products companies are Actively seek safety and environmental protection alternatives to flame retardants.

Some non-governmental organizations stated that brominated flame retardants are easily decomposed into two oxins and furans, which may cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to the nervous system. As some electronics manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, announced that they will gradually phase out the use of bromine-containing flame retardants, giant flame retardant manufacturers such as Yabao and Coquia have announced that they will phase out decabromodiphenyl ether. The EU and Canada have already stipulated the ban on the use of this additive by the end of 2012.

Swiss Clariant recently announced that its non-halogenated flame retardant production capacity will double by 2012. Michael Groskov, head of the company's additive business, said: “The customer’s awareness of environmental protection and safety has increased significantly in recent years, which will lead to a substantial increase in the demand for halogen-free flame retardants. Some key customers have already stated that they will The demand for halogenated flame retardants will be three times current."

The Group of Friedonia pointed out that the halogen-free flame retardant market is more optimistic because of the stimulation of the gradual withdrawal of halogenated flame retardants. The annual growth rate of aluminum hydroxide, the largest flame retardant in the world in 2009, will exceed 6% in the next four years, but the growth rate of phosphorus-containing flame retardants and other flame retardants such as magnesium hydroxide will increase. Faster because these products have better safety and environmental characteristics. However, the consumption of brominated flame retardants in certain applications will continue to maintain a good momentum of growth. This is due to the fact that brominated flame retardants are excellent in flame retardancy and some manufacturers have developed more environmentally friendly bromine-containing products. Flame retardant product formulation.