Flame Retardant Chemicals Market growing at a CAGR of 6.9% & to reach $7,131.9 Million by 2017

SOURCE: MarketsandMarkets

(PRWEB) February 17, 2013

The report “Flame Retardant Chemicals Market by Type, Application & Geography – Market Estimates up to 2017” published by MarketsandMarkets, defines and segments the global flame retardant chemicals market with analysis and forecasting of the global volumes and revenues for flame retardant chemicals. It also identifies driving and restraining factors for the global flame retardant chemicals market with analysis of trends, opportunities, winning imperatives, and challenges. The market is segmented and revenues are forecast-ed on the basis of major geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (ROW). The key countries are covered and forecast-ed for each geography. Further, market is segmented and revenues are forecast-ed on the basis of applications and product types.

The market for flame retardant chemicals is being driven by globally tightening fire safety regulations. Flame retardants are substances that can be chemically inserted into the polymer molecule or be physically blended in polymers after polymerization to suppress, reduce, delay or modify the propagation of a flame through a plastic material. Fire retardancy characteristics of flame retardant chemicals make them suitable for use in myriad and diverse applications to avoid loss caused by fire and burning. The application for flame retardant chemicals ranges from automotive, electrical and electronics components to construction, and wires and cables industry.

Building and construction industry is the largest end-use application for flame retardant chemicals. Increasing fire safety regulations and fire safety standards for residential, commercial as well as infrastructural construction are expected to fuel consumption growth of flame retardant chemicals building and construction industry. Rapidly growing construction industry in China and India is also expected to boost the market. Wire and cable is the second largest application for flame retardant chemicals.

The global market for flame retardant chemicals in terms of revenues was estimated to be worth $4,792.5 million in 2011 and is expected to reach $7,131.9 million in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2012 to 2017. Asia-Pacific dominates the global flame retardant chemicals market, accounting for 47.7% of the overall market in 2011. The growth in the Asia-Pacific market is expected to be fuelled by countries like China and India.

New Association Formed to Advance Non-halogenated Flame Retardant Solutions in North America

Pinfa-NA (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association -North America) announced it has officially launched in Califon, NJ. The organization was formed by leaders in the flame retardant industry that focus on non-halogen solutions and materials. Pinfa-NA is a sister organization of Pinfa, a Sector Group of Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council).

“Together with Clariant and FRX Polymers, we are proud to be founding members of Pinfa-NA.”

The group’s primary focus is to:

  • Advance environmentally friendly non-halogenated flame retardant solutions in North America
  • Bring together manufacturers and users of major flame retardant technologies
  • Support fire safety through innovative, reliable and sustainable fire performance solutions, using products based on halogen free phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and inorganic compound (metal ions, hydroxides)
  • Sponsor and participate in conferences/workshops on flame retardants and end uses
  • Monitor and work with industry and regulatory organizations

Halogenated flame retardants pose risk factors which has compelled industry and government regulators to consider non halogen alternatives. For example, in 2006 the European Union banned the use of certain halogenated flame retardants due to environmental and health concerns. Consumer electronic OEM’s manufacturers have since instituted voluntary bans on the use of bromine- and chlorine-based materials in their products.

“The establishment of Pinf-NA is a natural and necessary progression of our work to provide a forum for phosphorus, nitrogen and inorganic flame retardant additive users and manufacturers.” said Dr. Michael Klimes, Chairman of Pinfa and Director of Nabaltec AG. “Together with Clariant and FRX Polymers, we are proud to be founding members of Pinfa-NA.”

Mr. Marc Lebel, Chairman of Pinfa-NA and CEO of FRX Polymers, Inc., noted that “Pinfa-NA will serve as the organization’s North American platform to advance the use of environmentally friendly flame retardants, as the focus for greener consumer and industrial products advance. We’re excited about this endeavor and have already planned a one-day conference co-sponsored by the HDP User Group to discuss green electronics requirements for flame retardants.”

Pinfa-NA has already garnered a great group of members from the industry including Clariant Additives, FRX Polymers, Inc., Nabaltec, J.M.Huber Corporation, PolyOne Corporation, Network Polymers, Inc. and Applied Minerals, Inc.

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Fire statistics in Great Britain: Number of fire victims has been declining due to strict fire regulations

One of the best documented fire statistics in the world are those of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), which started in 1944. Reports of the fire brigades on fire incidents began in 1947 and since became the basis of the current fire statistics in Great Britain. The GB fire statistics cover accidental and deliberate fires, fatalities from fires and non-fatal casualties, as well as the type of fires.

It shows that the long term trend in fire fatalities has been downward and that the main death toll comes from dwelling fires.  The number of fatalities in England in accidental dwelling fires in 2011-12 was 187, 26 (12%) less than in 2010-11. This is 40 per cent lower than ten years ago (310 in 2001-02).

Smokers’ materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco) were the most frequent source of ignition causing accidental dwelling fire fatalities, accounting for over a third of all accidental dwelling fire fatalities in 2011-12. For every 1000 accidental dwelling fires where smokers’ materials were the source of ignition, 31 people were killed in 2011-12. Fatalities from this source have been declining since its peak of 144 in 2001-02.

The most common identified cause of death from a fire incident is being overcome by gas or smoke or toxic fumes. In 2011-12, fire and rescue services reported 380 fire related fatalities of which 130 people died because of this cause, accounting for 34% of all fatalities. A further 74 (19%) fatalities were attributed jointly to both burns and being overcome by gas or smoke, whilst 94 (25%) were due to severe burns alone. The rest is classified under unspecified (14%) or other (8%).

The continuous decrease in fire deaths in Great Britain, and particularly for dwelling fires  since over 20 years is due to the strong regulatory activities on fire safety. The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (latest amendment 2010) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. Upholstered furniture meeting these requirements will not be ignited or propagate an initiating fire when exposed to small ignition sources such as cigarettes, open flames (gas burners of varying intensity) and a series of wood cribs as larger ignition sources. The Smoke Detectors Act of 1991 prescribes the use of smoke detectors in new dwellings. Both regulations have initiated the ongoing reduction of fire incidents and thus of fire deaths in Great Britain, although the amount of combustible materials and products in dwellings has been increasing at the same time.

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Effect of a novel flame retardant containing silicon and nitrogen on the thermal stability and flame retardancy of polycarbonate

This article was published in Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, February 2013:


A novel flame retardant (PSiN), containing silicon and nitrogen, was synthesized using N-(β-aminoethyl)-γ-aminopropylmethyldimethoxysilane and diphenylsilanediol through solution polycondensation and it was added to polycarbonate (PC). The structure and thermal properties of PSiN were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TG) tests. The effect of PSiN on the flame retardancy and thermal behaviors of PC was investigated by limited oxygen index (LOI), vertical burning test (UL-94), and TG tests. The results showed that the flame retardancy and the thermal stability of PC are improved with the addition of PSiN. When 1 mass% PSiN and 0.5 mass% diphenylsulfone sulfonate (KSS) are incorporated, the LOI value of PC is found to be 46, and class V-0 of UL-94 test is passed. The char structure observed by scanning electron microscopy indicated that the surface of the char for PC/KSS/PSiN system holds a firmer and denser char structure when compared with neat PC and PC/KSS system.

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