The world market for flame retardants in aircraft plastics is expected to grow from US$ 18 million in 2014 to 29 million in 2022, according to a study by GrandView Research. The development of PIN FRs is considered to have opened new areas of growth, including in applications subject to stringent regulations.
For example, PIN FR carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) are now used in aircraft cabins and empennage and a range of plastics are used in wings, fuselage, engines and interiors (including glass fibre reinforced engineering plastics, polyimides, polycarboxylates and epoxies. The report notes that regulatory pressures have led to the development of “non halogenated, non toxic” flame retardants, with Ecolabels further pushing in this direction. Carbon fibre reinforced plastics already account for 30% of the world aircraft plastic market and are expected to show an annual growth of nearly 6% CAGR. Other studies by QYResearch assess the world market for flame retardant fabric, with predictions for developments through to 2021, and the global PIN flame retardant market, summarising industry definitions and classifications, market development trends and industry structure.
“Flame Retardants for Aerospace Plastics Market Analysis By Product (Antimony Oxide, Aluminum Trihydrate, Organophosphate, Boron Compound), By Application (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP), Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP), Polycarbonates, Thermoset Polyimides, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Acetal/POM, Epoxies) and Segment Forecasts To 2022”, Grand View Research, March 2016
“Global Flame Retardant Fabric Industry 2016 Market Research Report”, QYR Chemical and Material Research Centre, February 2016
“Global Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant Consumption 2016 Market Research Report” (141 pages), March 2016