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Flame Retardants

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US demand to grow 5% annually through 2016

Demand for flame retardants in the US is expected to grow 4.6 percent per year to 938 million pounds in 2016, a significant rebound as the industry benefits from an improving economy and a turnaround in key markets like building construction and motor vehicles. Construction related applications will provide the biggest impetus to growth and continue to account for the greatest share of sales. Other factors increasing demand include stringent fire codes and flammability requirements. Environmental issues will present mixed results, with concern over the potentially deleterious health effects of halogenated flame retardants slowing growth for those compounds, especially in consumer goods, but also offering opportunities for safer alternatives.

Recession of 2007-2009 affected most flame retardant markets

The mortgage crisis and ensuing economic downturn resulted in a decline in flame retardant demand beginning in 2007 as a glut in the housing market led to a sharp downturn in residential construction. By 2009 the recession began to impact the construction of offices and commercial spaces. These trends reduced the need for flame retardants used mostly in construction, with boron (used in insulation) and chlorinated compounds (used in PVC) seeing the steepest declines. Markets closely associated with construction, such as wire and cable, upholstery, carpets and rugs, and other home furnishings, experienced similar losses. Outside the construction industry, flame retardant demand in motor vehicles and electronics also felt the severity of the recession.

Construction markets to see sharpest advances thru 2016

With the housing market bottoming out and showing signs of recovery, demand for flame retardants will also begin to improve. Flame retardants utilized in construction applications will see the sharpest improvements given that insulation, roofing, flooring, building boards, and other structural materials that all require treatment. Boron and phosphorusbased flame retardants will expand at the fastest rates. Brominated compounds will benefit from use in polystyrene and polyurethane insulation.

Outside of the construction market, a number of other uses for flame retardants will experience improved market prospects, including construction associated industries like carpeting, curtains, and other home furnishings. Wire and cable applications for both communications and power transmission will expand, along with new construction. Use in motor vehicle applications will post strong improvement along with the rebound in US motor vehicle output. The increasing use of plastics in vehicles provides additional opportunities. In contrast, the outlook for the US electronics industry is less benign and electronics applications will be the slowest growing outlets for flame retardant demand.

Non-halogenated types to benefit from safety concerns

Alumina trihydrate is by far the most important type of flame retardant used in the US market in volume terms, with 46 percent of total volume sales. However, the higher-value brominated flame retardants account for the greatest share of market value. Halogenated types will register subpar advances due to health and safety concerns, although this same issue will provide opportunities for a number of non-halogenated alternatives.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Flame Retardants, presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by flame retardant material, market, and product. The study also considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 36 industry competitors.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • General
  • Macroeconomic Environment
  • Demographic Trends
  • Consumer Income & Spending Trends
  • Construction Trends
  • Manufacturing Trends
  • Plastic Resin Outlook
  • Historical Market Trends
  • Pricing Trends
  • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
    • Environmental & Health Issues
    • Legal & Regulatory Issues
  • International Activity
  • Foreign Trade

III. PRODUCTS

  • General
    • Demand by Type
      • Halogenated Compounds
      • Non-halogenated Compounds
    • Demand by Product
  • Alumina Trihydrate
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Boron Compounds
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Phosphorus Compounds
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Brominated Compounds
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Antimony Trioxide
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Chlorinated Compounds
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers
  • Other Flame Retardants
    • Markets & Materials
    • Suppliers

IV. MATERIALS

  • General
  • Thermoplastics
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Polyolefins
    • Polystyrene
    • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene
    • Nylon
    • Other Thermoplastics
  • Thermosets
    • Polyurethane
    • Unsaturated Polyester
    • Epoxy Resin
    • Phenolic Resins
    • Other Thermosets
  • Other Materials
    • Cellulosics
    • Adhesives & Coatings
    • Elastomers
    • All Other Materials

V. MARKETS

  • General
  • Construction Products
    • Construction Products Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
      • Insulation
      • Roofing
      • Wood Panel Binder Resins
      • Other Construction Products
    • Demand by Product
  • Electrical & Electronic Products
    • Electrical & Electronic Products Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
      • Housings & Conduit
      • Printed Circuit Boards
      • Connectors
      • Other
    • Demand by Product
  • Wire & Cable
    • Wire & Cable Industry Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
    • Demand by Product
  • Motor Vehicles
    • Motor Vehicle Industry Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
    • Demand by Product
  • Textiles
    • Textile Industry Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
    • Demand by Product
  • Aircraft & Aerospace
    • Aerospace Industry Overview
    • Flame Retardant Demand
    • Demand by Product
  • Other Markets

VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • General
  • Market Share
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Marketing & Distribution
  • Research & Development
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Cooperative Agreements

COMPANY PROFILES

  • Adeka Corporation
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Almatis GmbH
  • Amfine Chemical, see Adeka
  • Ampacet Corporation
  • Amspec Chemical Corporation
  • Apexical Incorporated
  • BASF SE
  • Chemtura Corporation
  • Clariant International Limited
  • Climax Molybdenum, see Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Cytec Industries Incorporated
  • Dead Sea Bromine, see Israel Chemicals
  • Dover Chemical, see ICC Industries
  • Eastern Color & Chemical Company
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Elementis plc
  • Ferro Corporation
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Incorporated
  • GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, see PolyOne
  • Great Lakes Solutions, see Chemtura
  • Hangzhou JLS Flame Retardants Chemical Company Limited
  • Huber (JM) Corporation
  • ICC Industries Incorporated
  • INDSPEC Chemical, see Occidental Petroleum
  • Israel Chemicals Limited
  • JJI Technologies LLC
  • Jordan Bromine, see Albemarle
  • LANXESS AG
  • MAGNIFIN Magnesiaprodukte, see Albemarle
  • Martin Marietta Materials Incorporated
  • Martinswerk, see Albemarle
  • MCA Technologies GmbH
  • Mount Vernon Mills Incorporated
  • Nabaltec AG
  • Nashtec, see Nabaltec
  • Nyacol Nano Technologies Incorporated
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • OxyChem, see Occidental Petroleum
  • PAG Holdings Incorporated
  • Polymer Additives Group, see PAG Holdings
  • PolyOne Corporation
  • Rio Tinto Group
  • RTP Company
  • Schulman (A.) Incorporated
  • Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Solutia, see Eastman Chemical
  • Supresta, see Israel Chemicals
  • Unitex Chemical, see LANXESS

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Summary Table

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • 1 Macroeconomic Indicators
  • 2 Population & Households
  • 3 Personal Consumption Expenditures
  • 4 Construction Expenditures
  • 5 Manufacturers' Shipments
  • 6 Plastic Resin Supply & Demand
  • 7 Flame Retardant Market, 2001-2011
  • 8 Flame Retardant Pricing

SECTION III -- PRODUCTS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Type
  • 2 Halogenated Flame Retardant Demand
  • 3 Non-halogenated Flame Retardant Demand
  • 4 Flame Retardant Demand by Product
  • 5 Alumina Trihydrate Flame Retardant Demand
  • 6 Alumina Trihydrate Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 7 Boron Flame Retardant Demand
  • 8 Boron Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 9 Phosphorus Flame Retardant Demand
  • 10 Phosphorus Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 11 Brominated Flame Retardant Demand
  • 12 Brominated Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 13 Antimony Trioxide Flame Retardant Demand
  • 14 Antimony Trioxide Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 15 Chlorinated Flame Retardant Demand
  • 16 Chlorinated Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material
  • 17 Other Flame Retardant Demand
  • 18 Other Flame Retardant Demand by Market & Material

SECTION IV -- MATERIALS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Material
  • 2 Thermoplastic Resin Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 3 Polyvinyl Chloride Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 4 Polyolefins Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 5 Polystyrene Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 6 ABS Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 7 Nylon Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 8 Other Thermoplastic Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 9 Thermoset Resin Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 10 Polyurethane Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 11 Unsaturated Polyester Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 12 Epoxy Resin Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 13 Phenolic Resin Demand for Flame Retardant
  • 14 Other Thermoset Resin Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 15 Other Materials Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 16 Cellulosics Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 17 Adhesives & Coatings Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 18 Elastomer Demand for Flame Retardants
  • 19 All Other Materials Demand for Flame Retardants

SECTION V -- MARKETS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Market
  • 2 Construction Indicators
  • 3 Construction Products Market for Flame Retardants by Application
  • 4 Construction Products Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 5 Electrical & Electronic Product Indicators
  • 6 Electrical & Electronic Market for Flame Retardants by Application
  • 7 Electrical & Electronic Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 8 Insulated Wire & Cable Indicators
  • 9 Wire & Cable Market for Flame Retardants
  • 10 Wire & Cable Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 11 Motor Vehicle Indicators
  • 12 Motor Vehicle Market for Flame Retardants
  • 13 Motor Vehicle Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 14 Textile Product Shipments
  • 15 Textile Market for Flame Retardants
  • 16 Textile Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 17 Aerospace Equipment Shipments
  • 18 Aircraft & Aerospace Market for Flame Retardants
  • 19 Aircraft & Aerospace Market for Flame Retardants by Product
  • 20 Other Markets for Flame Retardants

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • 1 Selected US Flame Retardant Sales by Company, 2011
  • 2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • 3 Selected Cooperative Agreements

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • 1 Plastic Resin Demand, 2011
  • 2 Flame Retardant Demand, 2001-2011

SECTION III -- PRODUCTS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Product, 2011: Volume & Value

SECTION IV -- MATERIALS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Material, 2011: Volume & Value
  • 2 Thermoplastic Resin Demand for Flame Retardants, 2011
  • 3 Thermoset Resin Demand for Flame Retardants, 2011
  • 4 Other Materials Demand for Flame Retardants, 2011

SECTION V -- MARKETS

  • 1 Flame Retardant Demand by Market, 2011: Volume & Value

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • 1 US Flame Retardant Market Share, 2011
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