World Flame Retardants Market

  • February 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 336 pages

Global demand to rise 5.4% per annum through 2016

Worldwide demand for flame retardant additives is forecast to rise 5.4 percent yearly to 2.6 million metric tons in 2016.

Advances will represent an acceleration over the 2006-2011 period, in which demand was severely impacted by the effects of a global economic slowdown, especially in the mature markets of the US, Western Europe, and Japan. In addition to an improved economic outlook, flame retardant demand through 2016 will benefit from trends toward improved fire safety and flammability standards -- particularly in the developing world -- and the rising use of plastic products over less flammable materials.

Non-halogenated types to benefit from favorable environmental profiles

Alumina trihydrate was the leading flame retardant product by volume in 2011, and is expected to post above-average gains in demand through 2016, driven by trends toward non-halogenated chemicals.

Halogenated types (chlorinated and brominated) will see subpar advances due to health and safety concerns, while in turn providing opportunities for a number of non-halogenated alternatives. Flame retardants that feature more favorable environmental profiles, including boron, phosphorus, melamine, and magnesium hydroxide, will benefit most from the trend away from the use of halogenated chemicals. However, although brominated flame retardants are being phased out of a number of applications, superior performance and new environmentally friendly formulations will help these products remain an important part of the product mix going forward.

Construction markets to experience fastest gains

Construction and electrical and electronic applications were the leading markets for flame retardants in 2011, each accounting for about one-fourth of overall demand.

Faster gains are expected for construction products, fueled by the recovery of the markets in North America and Western Europe and increasing flammability standards in the developing world. Wire and cable, for both communications and power transmission, will expand along with new construction, generating demand for flame retardant products.

Demand in motor vehicle applications will also exhibit improvement due to the rebound in motor vehicle output in North America, Western Europe, and Japan and continued growth in developing countries. The increasing use of plastics in vehicles provides additional opportunities for flame retardant demand.

Asia/Pacific region to retain market dominance

The Asia/Pacific region will continue to be the largest and fastest-growing market for flame retardants through 2016, accounting for more than half of global demand. Advances will be fueled by over eight percent annual growth in the large Chinese market, rapid development in less developed countries such as India and Thailand, and solid growth for electronics producers such as South Korea and Taiwan. Gains in North America will reflect Mexico’s growing importance as a producer of electronics and other consumer goods for the American markets, and the recovery of building construction in the US. Western Europe will see a rebound from the declining demand of the 2006-2011 period, although financial uncertainty will restrain growth in flame retardant outlets such as construction and motor vehicle production.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Flame Retardants, is available for $6100. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material, type, market, world region and for 18 countries. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 37 global competitors.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
Global Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 7
World Demographic Outlook 11
Building Construction Outlook 13
World Manufacturing Overview 17
World Electronics Outlook 19
World Motor Vehicle Production Outlook 21
World Wire and Cable Production 24
World Plastics Production Outlook 27
Regulatory Factors 29
Environmental and Health Issues 30
European Union 31
United States 32
Other Regions 33
Building, Fire, and Electrical Codes 34
Recycling and Disposal Issues 37

III. OVERVIEW 39

General 39
Demand by Region 41
Demand by Product 44
Demand by Market 70
Production and Trade 90

IV. NORTH AMERICA 93

Overview 93
Flame Retardant Demand 95
United States 97
Canada 104
Mexico 110

V. WESTERN EUROPE 116

Overview 116
Flame Retardant Demand 118
Germany 121
France 128
Italy 133
United Kingdom 139
Spain 144
Netherlands 149
Belgium 154
Other Western Europe 159

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 165

Overview 165
Flame Retardant Demand 167
China 170
Japan 178
South Korea 185
Taiwan 191
India 198
Thailand 203
Other Asia/Pacific 208

VII. OTHER REGIONS 214

Central and South America 214
Overview 214
Flame Retardant Demand 216
Brazil 218
Other Central and South America 223
Eastern Europe 229
Overview 229
Flame Retardant Demand 230
Russia 232
Other Eastern Europe 238
Africa/Mideast 243

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 250

General 250
Market Share 253
Industry Restructuring 256
Competitive Strategies 258
Product Differentiation and Market Segmentation 259
Research and Development 260
Cooperative Agreements 261
Marketing and Distribution 264
Company Profiles 266
Akzo Nobel NV 267
Albemarle Corporation 269
Almatis GmbH 273
BASF SE 275
Borealis GmbH 277
Budenheim Iberica SLSC, see Oetker (Dr. August)
Campine NV 279
Chemtura Corporation 280
China Antimony Chemicals, see China Minmetals
Nonferrous Metals
China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals Company Limited 285
Clariant International Limited 286
Cytec Industries Incorporated 289
Daihachi Chemical Industry Company 291
Dead Sea Bromine, see Israel Chemicals
Dover Chemical, see ICC Industries
Eti Mine Works General Management 293
Glencore International AG 294
Great Lakes Solutions, see Chemtura
Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star Company Limited 296
Huber (JM) Corporation 297
ICC Industries Incorporated 299
INDSPEC Chemical, see Occidental Petroleum
Israel Chemicals Limited 301
Italmatch Chemicals SpA 305
Jiangsu Yoke Technology Company Limited 307
Jordan Bromine, see Albemarle
LANXESS AG 308
MAGNIFIN Magnesiaprodukte, see Albemarle
Manac Incorporated 311
Martin Marietta Materials Incorporated 312
Martinswerk, see Albemarle
Nabaltec AG 314
Nashtec, see Glencore International and Nabaltec
Nihon Seiko Company Limited 316
Nippon Carbide Industries Company Incorporated 317
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 318
Oetker (Dr. August) KG 320
OxyChem, see Occidental Petroleum
Rinkagaku Kogyo, see Tosoh
Rio Tinto Group 322
Sanwa Chemical, see Nippon Carbide Industries
SCR-Sibelco NV 325
Shandong Brother Science and Technology
Company Limited 327
Shandong Haiwang Chemical Company Limited 328
Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Company Limited 329
Sherwin Alumina, see Glencore International
Showa Denko KK 330
Sibelco Specialty Minerals Europe, see SCR-Sibelco
Solaris ChemTech Industries Limited 332
Supresta, see Israel Chemicals
Suzuhiro Chemical Company Limited 333
Tetrabrom Technologies, see Israel Chemicals
Tina Organics Private Limited 334
Tosoh Corporation 335



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 11
2 World Population by Region 13
3 World Building Construction Expenditures 17
4 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 19
5 World Electronic Product Shipments 21
6 World Motor Vehicle Production 24
7 World Plastic Resin Production 29

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Flame Retardant Demand by Region 43
2 World Flame Retardant Demand by Product 47
3 World Alumina Trihydrate Flame Retardant Demand 52
4 World Brominated Flame Retardant Demand 56
5 World Phosphorus Flame Retardant Demand 60
6 World Chlorinated Flame Retardant Demand 62
7 World Antimony Flame Retardant Demand 65
8 World Boron Flame Retardant Demand 67
9 World Other Flame Retardant Demand 70
10 World Flame Retardant Demand by Market 72
11 World Electrical and Electronic Markets for Flame Retardants 76
12 World Construction Market for Flame Retardants 80
13 World Wire and Cable Market for Flame Retardants 82
14 World Motor Vehicle Market for Flame Retardants 85
15 World Textiles Market for Flame Retardants 88
16 Other World Markets for Flame Retardants 90

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 94
2 North America: Flame Retardant Demand by Product and Market 96
3 United States: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 99
4 United States: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 101
5 United States: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 103
6 Canada: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 106
7 Canada: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 107
8 Canada: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 109
9 Mexico: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 111
10 Mexico: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 113
11 Mexico: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 115

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 118
2 Western Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Product and Market 120
3 Germany: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 123
4 Germany: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 125
5 Germany: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 127
6 France: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 129
7 France: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 131
8 France: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 132
9 Italy: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 135
10 Italy: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 136
11 Italy: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 138
12 United Kingdom: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 140
13 United Kingdom: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 142
14 United Kingdom: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 143
15 Spain: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 145
16 Spain: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 146
17 Spain: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 148
18 Netherlands: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 150
19 Netherlands: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 151
20 Netherlands: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 153
21 Belgium: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 155
22 Belgium: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 156
23 Belgium: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 158
24 Other Western Europe: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 160
25 Other Western Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 162
26 Other Western Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 163

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 167
2 Asia/Pacific: Flame Retardant Demand by Product and Market 169
3 China: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 172
4 China: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 175
5 China: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 177
6 Japan: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 180
7 Japan: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 182
8 Japan: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 184
9 South Korea: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 187
10 South Korea: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 189
11 South Korea: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 190
12 Taiwan: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 193
13 Taiwan: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 195
14 Taiwan: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 197
15 India: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 199
16 India: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 201
17 India: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 202
18 Thailand: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 205
19 Thailand: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 206
20 Thailand: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 207
21 Other Asia/Pacific: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 210
22 Other Asia/Pacific: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 211
23 Other Asia/Pacific: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 212

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 216
2 Central and South America: Flame Retardant Demand by Product and Market 218
3 Brazil: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 220
4 Brazil: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 221
5 Brazil: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 223
6 Other Central and South America: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 225
7 Other Central and South America: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 226
8 Other Central and South America: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 228
9 Eastern Europe: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 230
10 Eastern Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Product and Market 232
11 Russia: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 234
12 Russia: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 236
13 Russia: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 237
14 Other Eastern Europe: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 239
15 Other Eastern Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 241
16 Other Eastern Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 242
17 Africa/Mideast: Key Indicators for Flame Retardant Demand 245
18 Africa/Mideast: Flame Retardant Demand by Product 246
19 Africa/Mideast: Flame Retardant Demand by Market 248

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 Flame Retardant Sales by Company, 2011 252
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 258
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 263



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Insulated Wire and Cable Production by Region, 2011 27

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Flame Retardant Demand by Region, 2001-2021 44
2 World Flame Retardant Demand by Product, 2011: Volume and Value 48
3 World Flame Retardant Demand by Market, 2011 73

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Flame Retardant Demand by Country, 2011 97

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Flame Retardant Demand by Country, 2011 121

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Flame Retardant Demand by Country, 2011 170

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Flame Retardant Market Share by Company, 2011 253

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