Global demand expands for FlamaSol

Global demand for flame retardants is projected to expand 4.6% per year through 2018 to 2.8 million metric tons, valued at $7.0 billion, according to The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Demand will be stimulated by the acceleration in electronic product, motor vehicle, and wire and cable production, particularly in the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan.In industrializing countries, the stricter enforcement of building codes will increase the market penetration for flame retardants in building materials, fueling sales increases. Alumina trihydrate (ATH) was


Life After Deca: Flame Retardants Becoming More Specialized, Masterbatches More Challenging

The plastics industry lost its most versatile and effective flame retardant (FR) when decaBDE was phased out over environmental and health concerns in 2012. Deca was a broad-spectrum FR that worked well with many resins. In January of this year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on alternatives for deca, identifying 29 potential candidates, both new and old, for use in select polyolefins, styrenics, engineering thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers or waterborne emulsions and coatings. In June the EPA provided a similar assessment for hexabromocyclodod


Alternative flame retardants

Why is there a need for alternatives to Halogenated plastic materials? That was the next question answered in the Panduit White Paper, Five Things to Know When Specifying Halogen-Free Wiring Duct (see our previous post).  “In the longer term to meet more application requirements, the challenge to halogen-free product developers will be to provide comparable or superior material properties to halogenated products at a comparable cost,” noted Panduit. Some applications for these materials create a concern that plastics materials containing halogen can release corrosive and toxic gases if


Safer flame retardants?

Flame retardants have a long and mixed history. While Deca Brominated flame retardants are the most widely used (about 80% of the Brominated flame retardants are the Deca type), there is some scientific evidence that the brominated flame retardants have negative health effects.Deca brominated flame retardants are used primarily in textiles and foams such as upholstery, mattresses, and electronics such as computer housings and TVs. However, many of these markets have started demanding Bromine-Free Retardants (BFRs), and there is some progress being in the non-halogenated flame retardants in ce

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