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Shifting FR Markets image

The FRs market is experiencing a massive transformation in chemistry. As of 2013, bromine manufacturers no longer manufacture and use decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in the U.S. according to the bromine industry association—Bromine Science and Environmental…

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One of the most studied of the new FRs is Firemaster 550—a bromine and phosphorous-based compound. Firemaster 550 highlights include:  Used in polyurethane foam products, including seating applications, as an alternative to the now phased out…

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BFRs in Electronics & Electrical Devices image

Electronics and electrical devices account for 50% of global brominated flame retardant (BFR) consumption. The dominant end uses of BFRs in electronics are in cabinets, housings and printed circuit boards—together they account for roughly 80%…

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Alternatives: Are FRs Necessary? image

A critical approach to chemicals in products in general and plastics in particular is to ask: Is it necessary? For example, is a flame retardant in nap mats even necessary? Driven by government regulations and…

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Government policies drive, somewhat ironically, both the use and restriction of FRs. International, regional, national, state, and local fire safety regulations and flammability standards drive demand for FRs. At the same time the trend in…

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