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Statistics in brief - Flame retardants

Substances used as flame retardants

Graph, Substances used as flame retardants, year 2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2010.

Many chemical substances act as flame retardants. The most commonly used types are shown in the chart. About 7,000 tonnes of substances are used as flame retarders in manufacture of Swedish products. Flame retarding substances are also imported as components in goods.

The share of flame retarders that are brominated is about 0,5 per cent of the total amount of flame retarders used in Swedish production. Inorganic phosphorous-based flame retarders increase their share whereas the organic have decreased as have the chlorinated compounds. The group Others includes some boron-based substances whose use is diminishing because they are now classified as hazardous to reproduction.

Aluminium hydroxide is the metallic compound accounting for the largest quantity.

Turnover of brominated flame retardants in chemical products 1999-2010

Graph, Turn-over of brominated flame retardants in chemical products 1999-2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2010.

Turnover of some brominated flame retardants 1999-2010

Graph, Turnover of some brominated flame retardants.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2010.

Brominated flame retardants are not manufactured in Sweden. Brominated flame retardants are also present in imported goods as products containing electronics or flame retarded plastic and textile parts, e.g. in cars.

Altogether, in the year 2010 Sweden imported about 41 tonnes of brominated flame retardants as an industrial raw material and some of it was exported. Brominated flame retardants were also contained in finished products.