The automotive industry faces a number of challenges which will affect the polyurethane industry in the next five to ten years. Simon Robinson looks at some of these.
The polyurethane industry is leading many of the key innovations in new production, cooperation, the development of new products, standards and ways of working in the automotive sector.
At the same time automakers are working with the polyurethane industry to try and close the circle with automotive components.
This innovative power was highlighted by several speakers at the recent EuroMoulders meeting in Brussels in June.
Speaking at the recent EuroMoulders meeting held in Brussels on 8 June, Frank Schlehuber, director aftermarket at CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, told delegates that a number of trends will hit carmakers in the near future.
Schlehuber said his association represents 118 companies with EUR 600bn annual sales.
Although some of the trends he outlined such as connectivity and autonomous driving are not likely to be big opportunities for polyurethane, his suggestions around electrification; advanced manufacturing and advanced materials are likely to be opportunities delegates were told.
Schlehuber said that stronger regulations cutting carbon dioxide emissions coupled with increasing consumer demand and government incentive programs for electric…