Flame Retardants Bulletin

Weekly updates delivering an overview of the latest literature on flame retardants. From the world's largest database dedicated to polymer literature.

This Polymer Bulletin is a current awareness service from the Polymer Library, the world's largest database dedicated to polymer literature. Each time the abstracts database is updated with new records (every week) you will be sent a bulletin alerting you to any items that relate to flame retardants.


Flame retardants are used to meet fire safety requirements for plastics in applications as diverse as the transport, furniture, construction and electrical engineering/electronics industries. Their effect is to prevent a fire from occurring, or to limit its spread if it does break out. In flame retarded plastics, environmental criteria are playing an increasingly prominent role. Fire safety for humans and property has to be balanced against environmental and legislative considerations including toxicity of emissions and low smoke production.

There has been an increasing demand for fire retardant versions of a range of plastics. According to Freedonia Group global demand for flame retardants is projected to expand 4.6 percent per year through 2018 to 2.8 million metric tons, valued at USD7.0 billion.

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