Aachen, Germany — Cutting machine manufacturer Fecken-Kirfel has pointed to evidence of a growing stability in the polyurethane market as 2013 draws to a close. Axel Wynands, the company’s general manager sales, said the “stability” that had established itself within the polyurethane market was proving favourable for the company. He said: “It was very difficult […]
Moscow — Flexible foamer, the FoamLine Group is predicting a growth rate of up to 4% for the polyurethanes industry in the country for next year. The company’s head of marketing Alexander Agafonov said a growth rate of about 3% or 4% would translate to around 110 kT/year consumption. He also said an issue affecting […]
Morris Township, New Jersey – Honeywell has said it expects 2014 to yield sales of up to $40.7bn (EUR 29.7bn). The company’s chairman Dave Cote said he expected 2014 to be “another strong year for Honeywell” after he confirmed the company’s 2013 sales estimate of $38.8 to $39bn. At an outlook conference on 17 December, […]
Midland, Michigan – Dow Chemical reported a sales increase of 1% or 2% to $13.7 billion (EUR10 billion) during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. The figure was down on that for the second quarter of 2013, when the company reported sales of $14.6 billion. William Weideman, executive vice […]
Leverkusen, Germany — Sales at Bayer MaterialScience dropped 3.1% to EUR 2.8m ($3.8m) during the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2012. Chief executive Marijn Dekkers said the figure was higher than that achieved in the year’s second quarter and put the growth down to higher sales volumes in the […]
Brussels — Belgian foamer Recticel is bracing itself for a tough 2014 although Michel De Smedt, the company’s external communications and investor relations manager, said “the feeling” was that there would be no further deterioration of markets. He added, however, that the coming year would in his view “still be very challenging.” As reported by […]
Freudenberg, Germany — Polyurethane machinery firm Albrecht Baumer said 2013 had brought the company its highest ever turnover since it began 60-plus years ago. The company’s sales director Harald Kullmann said: “The enormous growth in the plant business is definitely a result of the fact that more and more foam producers are reorganising their production […]
London — The threat of injury posed from falling debris when buildings collapse – such as occurred at the Apollo Theatre in London this week – has already been the focus of polyurea practitioners and the material could provide a solution. Polyurea coatings are already being used to strengthen structures in war and earthquake zones […]
Catalyst developer Econic Technologies has secured a £5.1m (EUR 6.1m) cash injection to develop its technology for manufacturing polymers from carbon dioxide.
A collaboration between BASF and US technology firm Renmatix could boost BASF’s 1,4-butanediol (BDO) capacity.