Advancements in denier polypropylene fiber, which has in-built flame retardant properties, have created significant interest among various end-user industries such as packaging, construction, aerospace& aircraft, electrical &electronics, and automotive. Currently, there are two methods that are popular in the flame retardant polypropylene market: halogenated and non-halogenated. Both these methods have been effective in imparting flame retardant properties to polypropylene polymer; however, non-halogenated flame retardants are preferred to halogenated flame retardants. Halogenated flame retardants use bromine and chlorine chemicals for fire safety purposes. However, increasing consumer awareness regarding environmental safety and rising number of government regulations on low smoke flame retardant polymers have hampered the usage of halogen flame retardant polypropylene. Therefore, the use of halogenated (brominated and chlorinated) flame retardant polypropylene has been waning in the flame retardant polypropylene market. Non-halogenated(halogen free)flame retardants include alumina trihydrate (ATH), magnesium hydroxide (MDH), nitrogen, antimony trioxide, and phosphorous-based flame retardant polypropylene.
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Low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene is a type of polymer that offers high resistance to fire. This property helps delay the combustion process; moreover, it produces little smoke when burnt. Currently, halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene is considered to be a promising flame retardant due to its environment-friendly properties. Construction industry is one of the major end-users of the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market. Increasing usage of low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polymers in wires and cables applications is another driving factor for the market. Development of synergistic systems of polypropylene with other polymers such as epoxy resins, engineered polymers (ETP), and styrenics is expected to provide significant opportunities for growth of the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market during the forecast period.
Biodegradable low smoke halogen-freeflame retardant polymers and composites are anticipated to provide significant growth opportunities to the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market in the near future. Based on end-user industries, the market can be divided into six major segments: building and construction, electrical and electronics, automotive, aerospace and aircraft, wires and cables, and others.
Low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene is used significantly in end-user industries such as construction, electrical and electronics, and automotive. This can be ascribed to the fact that these industries have high degree of fire risk, which can cause significant loss of life and property. Construction is the most crucial end-user industry in the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market. Increasing amount of flame retardant plastics and polymers provides thermal insulation to the residential and office buildings. This is one of the factors driving the construction industry. Similarly, demand for environment-friendly flame retardant polypropylene is rising in the automotive end-user industry for the production of automotive parts, seat covers, automotive interiors, and under hoods of cars.
Asia Pacific and Europe are the key markets for low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene. China constitutes the largest market for low smoke halogen-free retardant polypropylene in Asia Pacific due to robust industrialization in the country. This has resulted in strong growth of the construction industry in China. Thus, the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness substantial growth during the forecast period. Western Europe held significant share of the global low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market in 2014. Automotive is the one of the major end-user segments driving the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market in Western Europe. Aerospace and aircraft accounted for substantial share of the low smoke halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene market in North America in 2014.
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Some of the leading players in the low smoke halogen free flame retardant polypropylene market include SIMONA AMERICA INC., Albemarle Corporation, Vycom Corporation, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont), Dover Chemical Corporation, Bayer AG, The Lubrizol Corporation, RTP Company, Teknor Apex Company, Celanese Corporation, and Lati S.p.A.
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