Flame retardants have a long history of controversy. While everyone agrees that flame retardants in materials such as plastics and textiles are a good thing, there has been much testing and discussion over the toxicity of the chemicals that make these materials less flammable and thus safer in cases of fire. Let’s look at some of the facts.
A recent report from BCC Research notes that the global consumption of flame retardant chemicals from 2012-2019 is expected to grow from 4 billion pounds in 2014 to nearly 6 billion pounds in 2019. Aluminum trihydrate (ATH) has the largest market share by volume estimated to be worth 45% by 2019. While bromine-based flame retardant chemicals should continue to be the largest sector by value growing to 41% market share by 2019.
The value of the flame retardant market is expected to reach $10.4 billion by 2019, with the largest growth markets in plastics and textiles. BCC notes that this is based on growth rates in electronics applications, housing and construction. Plastics have been traditionally the largest consumer of flame retardants by volume with textiles close behind.
There are a number of flame retardant chemicals from which to choose depending on the application including bromine-based, Phosphorous-based, Magnesium hydroxide, and more. Bromine-based chemicals are the most widely used in plastics representing 14.4% CAGR from 2014-2019.
When decabromodiphenyl oxide (decabromine) was eliminated from industry use due to safety concerns, Plastics Color created FlamaSol™ to meet the demand for safe flame retardants in applications where flammability or ignition is a concern. Plastics Color makes fully non-halogenated and low-halogenated versions of FlamaSol, and we can customize materials to meet your needs with regard to the standards or regulations you are required to meet.
With a dedicated regulatory manager on staff, Plastics Color ensures that our materials meet the latest standards for your needs. FlamaSol materials include Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Nylon and Polyethylene Terephthalate, in white, black, and natural concentrates (or masterbatches).
Whatever your requirements for flame retardant materials, talk to Plastics Color and we can help you determine the best materials for the application.