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US flame retardant demand to reach 1.2 billion pounds in the year 2005.

Demand for flame retardants will increase 3.7 percent per year to 1.2 billion pounds in the year 2005, valued at $1.2 billion. In value terms, growth will increase a robust 6.2 percent annually as higher value specialty flame retardants increase their share of the market. Gains will be concentrated in brominated and phosphorus compounds and in more specialized antimony oxide and magnesium hydroxide formulations, while alumina trihydrate (the largest volume product) records less rapid growth. These and other trends are presented in Flame Retardants, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Alumina trihydrate (ATH) is the largest volume flame retardant, due primarily to its low cost and wide range of uses. However, performance limitations restrict its use in the dominant plastics processing industry, and as a result, more versatile brominated compounds continue to record faster growth.

Brominated products will continue to post above-average gains, despite some efforts to restrict their use. Nevertheless, there will also be an increased focus on nonhalogenated phosphorus products, which work effectively in plastics and are not subject to environmental restrictions. Chlorinated products, on the other hand, will record decelerating growth due to environmental concerns, even though there are no regulations restricting or banning such products. Above average gains will also be registered by antimony oxide (a synergist usually used in concert with brominated compounds), magnesium hydroxide and phosphorus compounds.

Plastics are the primary end use for flame retardants, due to the inherent flammability of many polymers, and their widespread (and growing) use in motor vehicles and aircraft, construction products, and electrical and electronic goods. Plastics have increasingly displaced materials such as metals and glass in a wide range of products in order to reduce weight, lower production costs and improve design and production flexibility, and with this change has come the need to improve flame retardancy.

By far, the most important growth factor will continue to be the widespread use of plastics in the electronics industry. As electronic circuitry becomes smaller and more powerful, the individual circuits and other components are more densely packed, leading to increased heat build-up. Along with the incorporation of small fans and "heat sinks," which are designed to dissipate heat within an electronic device, the flammable plastic portions of the circuitry increasingly need to contain flame retardant additives.

Flame Retardants (published 01/2002, 171 pages) is available for $3,600 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com.

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FLAME RETARDANTS DEMAND
(million pounds)

 % Annual
 Growth

Item 1995 2000 2005 00/95 05/00

Flame Retardants Demand 795 1003 1200 4.8 3.7
 Alumina Trihydrate 289 344 390 3.5 2.5
 Bromine Compounds 196 264 325 6.1 4.2
 Phosphorus Compounds 120 154 190 5.1 4.3
 Antimony Oxide 54 73 95 6.2 5.4
 Chlorine Compounds 54 60 65 2.1 1.6
 Boron Compounds 40 50 60 4.6 3.7
 Other Flame Retardants 42 58 75 6.7 5.3

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