Flame retardants are additives that are used in polymers in order to enhance their fire resistance and prevent ignition and to slow down fire spread. Flame retardants are basically categorized into halogenated and non-halogenated. Out of which non-halogenated flame are gaining huge demand. Non-halogenated flame retardant is mainly mixed with production materials in order to suppress flame. Non-halogenated flame retardant lack halogens, enhance efficiency, ensure safety and these additives are also recyclable and release less smoke during disposal. Non-halogenated flame retardants are widely used across rubber, plastics, and textiles products. Out of which plastic is a major consumer of these additives. They have a less environmental impact and promote sustainability due to their benefits over the halogenated flame.

The global non-halogenated flame retardants market was estimated to be valued slightly lesser than US$ 3.0 billion in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).

Drivers

Rising usage of plastics from electrical & electronics industry is expected to propel the market growth of non-halogenated flame retardants. Plastics are widely used across the electronic industry for manufacturing of connectors, switches, electronic housing components, wire & cable, switches, and printed circuit boards. Flame retardant is used in this product to safeguard fire due to overheating. This is expected to accelerate the market growth of non-halogenated flame retardants.

Market Opportunities

Growing usage of non-halogenated flame in the production of plastic sheet films is expected to provide lucrative growth opportunity to the market of non-halogenated flame. All these materials are widely used across transportation, construction, and electrical industries. Hence, the growing demand for polymers will favor market growth over the forecast period. Moreover, growing demand for epoxy resins which are widely used in paints &coating and adhesives is expected to augment the market growth. 

Market Restraints

Production of non-halogenated flame retardant involve high loading level such as magnesium hydroxide and the process is also complex. This is expected to hinder the market growth of non-halogenated flame retardant over the forecast timeframe. Moreover, red phosphorus is the most commonly used non-halogenated flame retardants. However, it has the drawback of color impartment to the polymer and this limit its applications, as it can be only used across that, require red or dark colors.

Key Takeaways

On the basis of application, polyolefin dominated the global non-halogenated flame retardants market in 2018 with around 23% of market share in terms of revenue, followed epoxy and rubber, respectively.

Market Trends

Increasing integration of nanotechnology in product development is projected to be a major trend in the market. Now non-halogenated flame retardants can be mixed with nanoclays, which reduce the negative impact on the performance of polymer additives and also, enhance the performance. Also, nanoclays enhance the mechanical properties of non-halogenated flame retardants and polymers. This is expected to fuel market growth.

Growing initiatives by major players to promote the non-halogenated flame retardant as a part of the smart strategy is expected to augment the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in October 2019, Clariant, a provider of specialty chemicals, has to broaden its collaboration with engineering plastics division of Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp. to promote Clariant's non-halogenated flame retardants to a host of applications in China.

Regulations

Americas

  • In North America, various BSEF (Bromine Science and Environmental Forum) members cooperating with the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) phased out the production of few bromine-based flame retardants in the late 2000s, which were reported to have harmful effects on the environment and also on the health of animals (fishes) and human beings
  • Along with brominated compounds, antimony trioxide that is used as a synergist with halogenated flame retardants was also phased out by a few companies voluntarily in America
  • The voluntary standard governing the use of flame-retardant chemicals in electronics in the US, known as UL-94, is met by adding the chemicals not only to internal components but also to plastic outer casings, including those of TVs
  • The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and other chemical industry groups maintain the safety of currently manufactured flame retardants, and the ACC says that in the U.S., each year, flame retardants help prevent approximately 360 deaths and 740 injuries that could have resulted from furniture fires alone

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global non-halogenated flame retardants market are Clariant International Limited, Albemarle Corporation, Israel Chemical Limited, Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A, Chemtura Corporation, Nabaltec AG, FRX Polymer Inc, Huber Engineered Material, Amfine Chemical Corporation, and THOR Group Ltd

Few Recent Developments

Clariant International Limited

  • In October 2019, Clariant, a provider of specialty chemicals, has broadened its collaboration with the Engineering Plastics division of Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp. to promote Clariant's non-halogenated flame retardants to a host of applications in China. 
  • In March 2019, Clariant introduced an innovative solution for the building and construction industries with the launch of non-halogenated flame retardant Exolit 855. This trend is projected to foster the market growth of non-halogenated flame over the forecast period.

Market taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Metal Oxide Based
    • Al (OH3)
    • Mg (OH)2
  • Phosphorous Based
  • Nitrogen Based
  • Others

By End-User Industry

  • Construction
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Others

By Application

  • Polyolefin
  • Epoxy resins
  • Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UPE)
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • ETP
  • Rubber
  • Styrenics

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa