Niche work, if you can get it: MDH competes for share in flame retardant markets

By Laura Syrett
Published: Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Magnesium hydroxide (MDH) is used widely in flame retardant chemicals throughout the world, but is confessedly a niche market for magnesia. However, recent market analysis has shown significant consumption growth and price appreciation for MDH, as a result of the recovering global economy coupled with growing demand for safe consumer products.

Rising affluence and more stringent fire safety regulations are helping to boost consumption of magnesium hydroxide (MDH) by the global flame retardants industry, a niche but growing market for magnesia.

Flame retardants are major consumers of MDH, although the material is forced to compete with other mineral compounds including aluminium...

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