Flame retardants in U.S. market predicted to see healthy growth.
Higher value specialty products, especially those that have favorable environmental profiles, will continue to increase their market share. Bromine and phosphorus compounds antimony trioxide (ATO) and magnesium dehydrate (MDH) are expected to see the strongest gains. The product with the largest volume usage, alumina trihydrate (ATH), will continue to grow and maintain its number one volume ranking, but it will increase at a slower rate than other flame relardant products.
However, the environmental restrictions on a range of chlorinated, fluorinated, and brominated materials are affecting the growth of this sector of the flame retardants industry. Chlorinated products, in particular, are expected to post negligible gains. While restrictions have been put in place, the report states that it sees no indication that a complete ban on these materials will be implemented in either the U.S. or Europe.
A main reason cited for the overall continued growth of the flame retardant industry is the increasing use of plastics as a substitute for metal and glass in many kinds of products. Since plastic is inherently more flammable than most of the materials it replaces, the need for flame retardant coatings is increasing and now plastics have become the primary end use product for flame retardants. More details on the report can be found at www.freedoniagroup.com.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2005|
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