Fire safety is a highly critical concern that holds the capacity to cause a major impact on the lives of people and the surrounding environment. The criticality of the same makes the emergence of a solution a highly imperative requirement. Flame retardants comes-in as a viable solution to this situation.
Flame retardants market size refers to a variety of chemical substances that help prevent fire and slow down the ignition from spreading. They are added to combustible materials to increase their fire safety and reduce the risk of the same. It has considerably helped increase fire safety and has curbed the destructive impact of fires on properties, people, and the environment. They are added to potentially flammable materials like textiles and plastics to prevent it any fire hazards. These retardants are found in a wide variety of applications like cables and wires, plastics, polyurethane foam, fabrics, and others.
However, flame retardants cause toxicity issues during the time of production, one which can severely affect market growth in the near future. Additionally, alternatives like Magnesium Hydroxide (MDH) can also cause a decline in the flame retardants market.
The global Flame Retardants market segmentation is divided in terms of types, application, and end-users.
By types, the market includes phosphorus, brominated, metal hydrate, nitrogen, chlorinated, and others.
By application, the market comprises of plastics: polyurethane foam, fabrics, cable and wires, and others.
By end-user, the market includes the packaging industry, electronics, transportation, building & construction, military & aerospace industry, and others.
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The global flame retardants market is regionally segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.
Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market player of flame retardants. This is primarily due to the surging demand for flame retardants in various applications such as cables and wires, fabrics, plastics, polyurethane foam, and others. Following Asia-Pacific, North America is the largest market share holder.
The remaining regions, namely Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America, also witness a growth of the market because of various applications. These applications include packaging, building & construction, transportation, military & aerospace, electronics, and others.
The Flame retardants Industry Applications comprise of various prominent players, including Akzo Nobel NV (Netherlands), The Dow Chemical Co (US), BASF SE (Germany), Chemtura Corporation (US), Clariant International Ag (Switzerland), China Antimony Chemicals Co. Ltd (China), Albemarle Corporation (US), and others.
Feb 14th, 2019, researchers from the A&M University of Texas are developing a one-of-a-kind flame retardant coating that does not emit toxic fumes, unlike the normal ones. The non-toxic alternative is made out of renewable materials. Successful development and implementation of this flame retardant coating could offer much superior fire protection to varying materials, including textiles, upholstered furniture, and insulation. The uniqueness of the study is understandable through the usage of two naturally occurring nanomaterials — cellulose nanofibrils and clay nanoplatelets. Efforts are being undertaken on refining the technology and methods are being investigated on how to produce the coating on a commercial scale.
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