STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
Flame Retardant Chemicals: Technologies and Global Markets presents an overview of the worldwide market size, growth and trends for this important and special industrial segment of chemicals. The report reviews global markets for specific flame retardant chemicals and forecasts trends and sales in these markets through 2018. The major applications and industries using these special flame-retarding products are discussed. The regulations driving this market are reviewed and a look at disasters that have occurred because they were not used. The impact of regulations on the global market is evaluated. Estimates of market share by product application and chemical types are analyzed. Regional consumption by chemical and by application is presented. The industry structure and profiles of the major companies in this market space are discussed.
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
Government regulations and industry standards obligate manufacturers to add flame retardant chemicals to a wide range of products that are used every day. The irony of this industry is that some of these flame retardant products, while responsible for saving countless lives, may be toxic. To protect consumers and the environment, regulations are put in place limiting the use of specific flame retardants in certain applications. The benefits of protecting people from death and property from damage resulting from fires must be weighed against exposure to chemicals that could be potentially harmful to human health and the environment. The impact these regulations have on the industry is multi-dimensional. This study will discuss the flame retardant chemicals market resulting from efforts to balance fire-retardant requirements and environmental regulations and take a look at new compounds and approaches addressing the flame retardant issue.
Flame Retardant Chemicals: Technologies and Global Markets is a detailed report covering plastics, textiles, wood/paper, coatings/paper, coatings/construction and coatings/ decoration applications. The report aids in strategic planning for companies supplying flame retardants to customers in need of these products or that are required by law to use flame retardants. This technical marketing report will assist end users of flame retardants and flame-retarded products and those needing further information about this industry. Information will be provided to support estimates.
SCOPE OF REPORT
The scope of this study includes the chemicals used for flame retardant purposes. The chemicals are evaluated by retardant mechanism and by chemical type and by end-use application. Particular attention is paid to the plastics industry. The current flame retardant chemicals market is assessed and compared to historical market performance. Projected sales for the industry as a whole are forecast by application and type. The market is also valued on a corporate, regional and worldwide scale. The impacts of the industries using flame retardant products are discussed.
BCC Research evaluates flame retardant chemical applications and types. To make projections for the future of the flame retardant chemicals market, a correlation between products using flame retardant chemicals and the annual sales of flame retardant chemicals was developed. Interviews were conducted with raw material suppliers, flame retardant chemical companies and end-user company representatives to compile a full picture of the future of the flame retardant chemical marketplace.
Hundreds of information sources contributed to this study, including interviews with industry experts, research databases, technical abstracts, commerce publications, government sources, annual reports and trade information combined with the author’s own experience. It should be noted that this document deals with flame retardant chemical additives and not with products such as Nafion that are inherently flame retardant.
Anna Welch Crull, a chemist and experienced private consultant, is qualified in flame retardant chemistry, polymers, membrane materials and protective advanced materials. Ms. Crull has worked with BCC Inc. (now BCC Research) for 30 years and has authored more than 113 technical/marketing reports, helped establish 10 technical newsletters and assisted in numerous special consulting studies and conferences for more than 35 corporations and intelligence analysis for U.S. government entities. She has worked for the U.S. Army Materials Command on rocket technology, propellants and explosives. Ms. Crull is a graduate of the School of Engineering, University of Mississippi and holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
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