Today’s electrical and electronic products, from razor thin cell phones to miniaturized circuit boards, are very different than those of just a few decades ago. In consumer electronics alone, dramatic changes in the look, feel and performance of these products are reflected in countless examples. Bulky computers, TV sets, and washers and dryers have given way to sleeker laptops, thinner flat-screen TVs and a variety of household appliances with customizable functions.
Much of the transformation in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is owed to the development of technologically advanced materials, especially polymers, or plastics, now used in the majority of EEE components. The versatility of plastic lets manufacturers meet increasing demands for new EEE products for a variety of consumer and industry uses, including the medical, defense and aerospace sectors. Flame retardants added to these critical components allow EEE to meet fire safety standards and are vital to the safety of hundreds of EEE products.