By Simon Robinson
K2013 was a chance for groups of firms to showcase collaborations that solve customers’ problems
K2013, the large international polymers show, was held in Dusseldorf, Germany between 18 and 25 October this year. There were approximately 70 companies with interests in polyurethane at the event ranging from large materials suppliers through to gear-pump manufactures.
K is notable for attracting companies from around the world. Turkey’s Tekpol, a polyurethane systems house based in the southeastern outskirts of Istanbul, is one of the systems houses that was present. The firm has a staff of 22 R&D engineers, three are PhD qualified from US universities and four of the staff have MSc qualifications, said Caglar Kilic, director. His firm makes a range of polyurethane formulations for all types of use apart from footwear. This is an area where margins are low and payment terms can be 18 months in Turkey, Kilic said. The firm claims 60,000 tonne/year polyol systems production, 24,000 tonne/year pre-
polymer isocyanate production, 6000 tonne/year thermoplastic polymer production and a base polyol production of 20,000 tonne/year. Kilic said Tekpol produces a bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane in which soy oil forms 70% of the feedstock. The material has properties which are identical to conventional polyurethanes. It is priced at the same level as conventional polyols.