Report by Liz White, UTI editor
The German and Italian polyurethanes sectors are the two largest in Europe, accounting together for 40 percent of Europe’s PU production, according to the FSK, the German association for foamed plastics and polyurethanes.
The FSK also has strong ties with Italian companies, and has both direct and indirect Italian members.
These two factors were behind the FSK’s decision to hold a meeting in Milan, with various factory visits part of the two-day programme, 14-15 March, said an FSK panel, during a 14 March press conference at Cannon Afros SpA’s Milan offices.
The two countries have a strong relationship in PU and good cooperation: Italy is a key trading partner for Germany, which took 13 percent of Italian exports in 2011, while 16 percent of German exports went to Italy, said Dr Albrecht Manderscheidt of Cannon, FSK chairman.
Of FSK’s 150 members, seven are Italian companies. About a quarter of FSK members are from outside Germany, the FSK managing director Dr Hans-W. Schloz said, and the association is keen to raise this figure.
Schloz gave figures showing that Germany has about 2060 PU processors, and forms about 30 percent of the European market.
In the Italian market there are up to 1000 processors, and the sector’s traditional strengths were in flexible foam for furniture and bedding, and in footwear and ski boots, added Luigi Olmo, managing director of flexible foam producer Olmo Guiseppe SpA. Olmo is…