Flame Retardant Chemicals - A Global Market Overview

Industry Experts
October 4, 2011
235 Pages - SKU: IDXP6590822
Countries covered: Global

Flame Retardant Chemicals - A Global Market Overview


`Demand for flame retardants is mainly driven by increased security measures and the new regulatory guidelines for reducing toxic chemicals. With governments setting new standards for flammability and smoke for a gamut of products, innovation takes the front seat with a chance of entering the market and making it big. Nanotechnology is expected to be the next big thing in the context of improving performance, creating, amongst others, polymer-clay composites. The global market for Flame Retardant Chemicals, in terms of volume, is expected to reach 1.9 million metric tons by 2012 valued worth US$5.1 billion.

Market for Flame Retardant Chemical types analyzed in this study comprise Aluminum Hydrates, Antimony Oxides, Brominated Flame Retardants, Chlorinated Flame Retardants, Phosphorus based Flame Retardants and Other for major global markets. The report also includes the market analysis for end-use application areas of flame retardant chemicals - Automobile, Construction, Electrical & Electronics, Wires & Cables and Others for global and key regional markets. The report analyses the flame retardants global market in terms of metric tons which also includes an overall global chart in terms of USD Million.

The report reviews, analyses and projects the Flame Retardant Chemicals market for global and the regional markets including the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific China, Japan and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 7 more independent countries across Europe - France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific - India, South Korea and Taiwan.

This 235 page global market report includes 103 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of the market. The statistical tables represent the data for the global market by geographic region, chemical type and application area.

The report covers the brief business profiles of 48 key global players and 55 major players across the United States - 22; Europe - 20; Asia-Pacific - 1; China - 5; Japan - 6; and Rest of World - 1. The report also provides the listing of the companies engaged in research and development, equipment manufacturing, processing, supplies and distribution of flame retardants. The global list covers the addresses, contact numbers and the website addresses of 602 companies.

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Though there are several classes of flame retardants, they all function in only a few specific ways. Some flame retardants can be used on their own, while some others act as “synergists” to enhance the effectiveness of other flame retardants. This product class is vital in that materials that are to be fire safe have varying natures and compositions. For instance, plastics have a variety of physicochemical properties and different plastics act differently on combustion. Hence, it is vital that flame retardants are appropriately matched with the type of plastic for effective functioning. Comprehending the functioning of flame retardants requires knowledge about how a material burns.

Solid materials do not burn on direct contact with a flame but have to be decomposed by heat (pyrolysis) that releases flammable gases. Flames appear only when these combustible gases react with oxygen in the air in the presence of high energy free radicals that can give rise to several exothermic radical chain reactions. In case conditions for combustion are not achieved, the material only smolders and can even self extinguish. The material remaining after the polymer has released flammable gases is a stable carbonaceous “char”.

Heat generated by the exothermic radical chain reactions breaks down (pyrolysis) long-chain solid molecules into combustible gases that are in reality smaller short-chain molecules. The fire becomes a self-sustaining chemical reaction when the combustion of the flammable gases supplies enough energy to the material that released them, so much so that decomposition (pyrolysis) continues due to the supply of fresh combustible material.

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