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Scientific data and heightened public safety concerns to drive growth in flame retardants

SpecialChem / Oct 9, 2002

The use of flame-retardant additives is expected to experience strong growth in the next five years. The anticipated growth is being attributed to two factors. Firstly, there will be a more scientific-based approach to evaluating the effects of such additives on the environment and secondly an increased global emphasis on public safety. Plastics Additives & Compounding reports on an assessment made by leading additive manufacturer Great Lakes Chemical Corporation. When politics drives the debate over additives, the discussion often boils down to the call for a ban on all fire-retardant chemicals, starting with halogenated compounds currently in high use. However, that position is increasingly at odds not just with trends in the marketplace, but also with recent scientific findings and the resulting adjustments in official attitudes, claims Great Lakes Chemical Corporation. When science drives the issue, the conclusions are far different. The company says that one global trend appears under way that is using science to confirm the key reason for using flame retardant polymer additive technology in the first place - namely, that these products save lives and property.

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