Bromine market has seen various regulations owing to the production of the bromine as this product is largely a part of various segments such as flame retardant, precision cleaning, monomers, oxidizing chemical, and bleaching chemical. During the last quarter of the year 2017, Gulf Resources Inc., one of the leading bromine market players in China announced their rectifications in the bromine business. With an order from the government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City in China, the company halted its bromine production. The company is all set to support the process of rectification and inspection of their bromine production process in regulations with the new environmental policies of the China.
The regulations implicated on the bromine business to improve the safety of citizens, environmental protection, and pollution, are the major milestones in the way towards a streamlined bromine business. Gulf Resources are looking forward to complete the process and recover their drop in sales over the past months. On the other hand, the bromine market is expected to grow with Lanxess, a specialty chemicals company seen investing around 50 million dollars in the bromine market, which is a part of their greater investment strategies in U.S. sites through the year 2022.
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The Global bromine market has made remarkable growth over the past few decades. This market has largely been driven by the increased usage of bromine in various applications such as flame retardant, photographic chemical, bleaching & oxidizing chemical, precision cleaning, monomers for specialty polymers, organic intermediates and lot more. The growing demand for flame retardants by textile and electronic industries is anticipated to offer outstanding opportunities for bromine market.
Bromine belongs to halogen group and is the only liquid nonmetallic element. It is volatile element that is reddish-brown in color and is extracted from seawater, salt lakes, and brine wells. In seawater bromine appears in very small amount and it is recovered through the treatment of seawater with chlorine gas. There is no need to produce the bromine in laboratory as it is present commercially in the market. The bromine vapor may cause throat and eye irritation so maximum precautions are taken while handling it.
The growing consumption of bromine in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, Pesticides and water treatment industry is poised to show an impressive growth for global bromine market during the forecast period 2015-2020.
Bromine Market: Drivers & Restraints
The demand for global bromine market is anticipated to show considerable growth during the forecast period 2015-2020 due to its increased demand in several applications such as biocides, flame retardants, oil & gas drilling, plasma etching, and PTA synthesis. The growth in Bromine consumption by numerous industries such as cosmetic industry, textile industry, pharmaceuticals and Agro-Fumigants is set to fuel the demand for bromine market. Though bromine is very vital element for various industries and used in large scale, it has some negative effects also. Brominated flame retardant are considered toxic in nature. Thus, rising environmental concern such as water and soil pollution due to bromine may affect the demand for global bromine market.
Bromine Market: Market Segmentation
The global bromine market is broadly classified into six segments by applications
- Flame retardants
- Organic Intermediates
- PTA synthesis
- Plasma etching
- Oil & Gas drilling
Flame retardants is the biggest application among all other bromine applications and expected to show tremendous growth during the forecast period.
The global bromine market is broadly classified into five segments by end user industry
The global bromine market is broadly classified into five segments by derivatives
- Clear brine fluids
- Hydrogen bromide
Among all Organobromines is the largest derivative for bromine.
Bromine Market: Regional Outlook
Depending on geographic regions, global endoscopy visualization systems and components market is segmented into seven key regions: North America, South America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan, and Middle East & Africa. As of 2015, Asia-pacific is the largest market in global bromine industry followed by North America and Western Europe. In Asia Pacific region China is the largest market for bromine and it is the world’s third largest producer of Bromine after U.S. and Israel. Growing automotive and construction industries in Asia Pacific region and their increasing consumption of bromine are the major drivers for Asia Pacific bromine market.
Bromine Market: Market Players
Major players operating in Global bromine market are, Israel Chemicals Limited (Israel), Albemarle Corporation (U.S.), Tosoh Corporation (Japan), , Tata Chemicals Limited (India), Chemtura Corporation (U.S.), Jordan Bromine Company Limited (Jordan), Gulf Resources Inc. (China), and Hindustan Salts Limited (India), Tetra Technologies Inc. (U.S.), are some of the major manufacturers of bromine in the world.
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