Flame Retardant Chemicals: Technologies and Global Markets
Global consumption of flame retardant chemicals for 2012 was 3.9 billion lbs. In 2013 consumption is expected to increase to more than 4 billion lbs and to about 5.2 billion lbs by 2018. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% for the next five years.
- An overview of the global market for flame-retardant chemicals, with coverage of plastics, textiles, wood/paper, coatings/paper, coatings/construction, and coatings/decorations market applications.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2008 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
- Reviews of government regulations and their impact on the market, as they obligate manufacturers to add flame-retardant chemicals to a wide range of products used every day.
- Discussion of industry structure, including major suppliers.
- Evaluations of chemicals by retardant mechanism, by chemical type, and by end-use application.
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.
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.
- The global market for flame-retardant chemicals was worth $4.1 billion in 2008 and a projected $4.3 billion in 2009. It should reach $6.1 billion by 2014, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0%.
- The global fl ameretardant chemicals industry used 3.2 billion pounds of materials in 2008. This is expected to increase to 3.4 billion pounds in 2009, and 4.3 billion pounds in 2014, for a CAGR of 5.0%.
- Studies have shown that a burning room containing fl ameretardant products releases 75% less heat and 33% fewer toxic gases than a room that lacks the products.
The 2005 projected consumption of flame retardant chemicals worldwide is 2.9 billion pounds. BCC estimates this volume will grow 3.5% annually and reach 3.4 billion pounds worldwide by 2010.
Price increases for most products, except alumina trihydrate, should impact the average annual growth rate of the market’s sales. In 2005, sales are estimated to be approximately $3.5 billion worldwide. This figure should reach $4.6 billion by 2010 with an average annual growth rate of 5.6%.
The continuation of fire safety standards in the U.S. and abroad should impact the sales increase. Additionally, the largest country in the world, China, has opened its borders to Western products, providing new opportunities for companies with the ability to do business in the region. Environmental and health concerns over halogenated flame retardant chemicals should also allow additional market share for halogen replacements.
Flame-retardant chemical sales worldwide should grow at an average annual rate of 5.5% reaching $2.95 billion by 2008.
Greatest growth will be in melamine, and bromine- and phosphorus-based FR, posting AAGRs of 6.6% to 6.7%
Bromine represents more than one-third of the market, and will maintain this share through the forecast period.
Melamine should have increased presence in Northern Europe.
Alumina trihydrate will dominate with an estimated 44% market share of volume.