Politics, innovation and consumer demand drive markets for insulation boards worldwide and perhaps nowhere more than in energy-conscious Europe. Jane Denny report s on the key issues facing the UK insulation board industry today.
According to a report by UK-based polyurethane research agency IAL Consultants, in 2014 enough insulated board was produced worldwide to entirely cover the island of Tobago.
In addition, IAL’s researchers reported that insulation board demand is expected to grow by 20% over the next three years. The firm’s optimistic outlook is echoed by Chris Hall of the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association (BRUFMA).
Hall, chief executive of the association, spoke to Urethanes Technology International magazine following the UK government’s July 2015 announcement of an independent review into energy efficiency within construction.
Speaking on behalf of BRUFMA members, drawn from PU/PIR insulation manufacturers and raw materials suppliers in the UK, Hall said: “The market at the moment is very buoyant and all of BRUFMA members are reasonably busy at present.”
Insulation market drivers
Trend drivers in the UK insulation market include legislation and regulation. However, innovation and new materials as well as consumer pressures have also contributed to the industry’s development.
Celotex’s head of technical Rob Warren told Urethanes Technology International magazine that regulatory change in the…