Participants in the polyurethanes sector would agree that the business has gone through a “roller-coaster period” in the last few years
Bayer MaterialScience has developed “extremely lightweight” rigid PU foam for the cockpit of the Solar lmpulse aircraft
Norwegian slabstock machinery maker Laader Berg has a business approach that seems hard to beat: it invented the Maxfoam concept for making slabstock polyurethane foam
If polyurethanes are a business where megatrends are important, then the influence of the Chinese market on the sector could probably be considered a single megatrend in its own right.
Moulds coated by plasma may help to reduce or eliminate the need for release agents
Raw materials suppliers in the polyurethanes sector have been hard hit by the global economic downturn. At its lowest point, demand for their products slumped by up to 40 percent: it has now limped back to perhaps 15 or 20 percent below normal.
Despite the obvious difficulties of doing business over the last year, the German polyurethanes sector is in a positive mood
Syrian-based polyurethane company Baalbaki Chemical Industries is so convinced of continuing high growth in the Gulf States and urther afield in the Middle East and North Africa that it plans to set up a network of systems houses in the area.
If one thing characterises the Middle East, and particularly the Gulf States, at present, it is its astonishing growth,
Fire regulation in the US is heavily influenced by environmental groups and the current moves to ban chlorinated and brominated fire retardants is, “one of the most political events I have ever been involved in, in my career,” commented Bob Luedeka, executive director of the US Polyurethane Foam Association.