Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a brominated flame retardant used in 90% of epoxy-coated circuit boards. Tetrabromobisphenol A is used as an intermediate in epoxy resins as a reactive brominated flame retardant. This epoxy resins is used for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards. Moreover, epoxy resins containing TBBPA are used to encapsulate certain electronic components such as refrigerators, business machines and telephones.
Growth of medical devices market is expected to drive demand for printed circuit boards, which in turn is expected to drive demand for TBBPA. For instance, according to MedTech Europe (the European trade association representing the medical technology industries), the European medical devices market was valued at US$ 171.9 billion in 2020. The European medical devices market grew by 8.5% in 2020 from the previous year. The biggest medical device markets in Europe include Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, and Spain.
TBBPA is used as a plastic additive and used in manufacturing of engineering plastics. TBBPA is generally used with antimony oxide for optimum performance as an additive fire retardant in engineering plastics such as ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene). Moreover, derivatives of TBBPA are used as an additive in other engineering thermoplastics such as polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). These plastics are used in electrical and electronics industry for manufacturing casings, switches, connectors, and other plastic parts. Engineering plastic is used across the electronic industry due to its high resistance to various environmental factors such as chemicals, high temperature, and abrasion. This makes it an ideal material for manufacturing of consumer electronic goods.
Stringent regulations on the use of brominated flame retardants are expected to drive demand for non-halogenated flame retardants, which is expected to hamper the market growth. For instance, in January 2020, the California state government banned the sales and distribution of new upholstered furniture, replacement components of reupholstered furniture, foam in mattresses, and certain children’s products made for residential use if these products contain more than 0.1% of certain flame retardants, including TBBPA.
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