Look around you; our houses, offices, working locations and transport are flooded with inflammable material. A small spark, a mishap can cause large scale destruction. Flame retardants are very important at this crucial point of time. Almost all major calamities have a focal point, a point where it all could have been prevented if proper resistance would have been present. Flame retardants are these types of resistances, if present, can prevent a catastrophe.
Flame retardants, as the term suggests, are a group of chemicals which essentially prevent the spread of fire. They can either be mixed with the base substance or can be added as an additive and chemically bonded. Typical materials with which flame retardants that are used are textiles, plastics, coatings and surface finishes.
"Flame retardants and the Pivotal role in fire protection"
Fire can essentially occur in few seconds. Flame retardants delay the ignition. They also play an active role in fire prevention. They extend the quintessential escape time, thus providing a higher probability for life saving. Some of the flame retardants are known to form an intumescent coating, preventing the spread of fire. The deadly flashovers that occur whenever a fire starts can also be prevented by the use of flame retardants.
"Regulations influencing the overall product cycle"
The demand for flame retardants used in plastics and other applications is on the rise. Strict regulations pertaining to the disposal and production of halogenated flame retardants is a key industry scenario. Manufacturing, processing, application, recycling or disposal are all governed by these regulations. Especially environmental regulations are expected to play a key role in the near future on the overall product cycle of the product.
"Halogenated to Non Halogenated- The shift is evident"
The regulations have forced major industry participants to shift from halogenated production to the non halogenated ones. Strict regulations in the developed regions such as North America and Europe are the primary reasons for this shift. The developing regions of Asia Pacific are also following suit and are imposing strict regulations on halogenated flame retardant usage. The higher loading required for non halogenated counterparts remains a primary concern for key end users. However, development of new, advanced and innovative products is expected to offset this concern.
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