Milan, Italy – 2014 looks to be positive for Cannon, according to Francesco Abba, sales and marketing manager, Cannon Afros, and Alberto Zarantonello, general manager, Cannon Ergos.
The executives were speaking exclusively to utech-polyurethane.com/Urethanes Technology International at the Cannon group headquarters.
The Italian machinery major is optimistic only because it has concentrated on non-European markets for growth.
Abba, said his Afros, mix-head business was “pretty good in terms of volume” in 2013.
He added that Cannon, while firmly rooted in the polyurethanes business is looking to expand its operations into other materials such as dicyclopentadiene DCDP, and expoxies.
“Our strategy is to keep the same volume with polyurethane while trying to produce new ways of doing business in other areas. Our experience is with polyurethane is 95% useful with other technologies. We want a complete portfolio, to get more width in our portfolio.”
“A DCPD [dicyclopentadiene] machine is not dramatically different from a polyurethane machine but there are different aspects,” Abba said. “We find epoxy mixing systems to be less critical than polyurethane,” he added. There are other problems, with epoxy, “though the hardeners are acidic,” he said.
“But,” said Abba, ”polyurethane mixing technology is more than enough to develop…