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"Fire Protection Worldwide"
Flame Retardants increase to 2.75 bn US $ in 2005 and 3.52 bn US $ in 2010 worldwide.
Nanotechnology enables many fire protection applications to improve flame retardancy. Fire protection business briefing conference new york 24.03.2005
Flame Retardants show strong increase in several applications and countries. The highest increase is seen in China with more than 15 percent. Slow growth in western europe and usa. Plastic applications count for more than 60 percent of the quantity produced but fire protection applications like building materials and insulation, cables and wood products count for more thann 70 percent of the profit potentials. After 2.6 bn US $ in 2004 the worldmarket increase to 2.75 bn US $ in 2005 and reach 3.52 in 2010 according to a new study from helmut kaiser,
Nanotechnology improve coatings, enables synergism with other materials and converge with processes and chemical technologies already today. The result is a better retarding of flame spread and smoke development. The greatest growth is still for bromine based, phosphorus based and aluminia Trihydrate until 2010. Health and environmental concerns will not replace halogenated chemicals up to 2010 in most applications worldwide. For some applications and countries alternative and additional markets are possible today to replace halogenated chemicals.Health benefits versus fire protection of these materials are dicussed.
New chemicals are developed to improve the flame retardancy and one of the most promising technologies and substances are nanocomposites ( polymer - clay nanocomposites ) which can substantially improve perfomance.