Nearly 120 delegates attended the Polyurea Development Association (PDA) Europe 2014 conference in Krakow, Poland in November. Jane Denny reports.
The polyurethane industry has to understand the forces affecting the automotive industry if it is to take advantage of the opportunities that localisation, light-weighting, the move to hybrid and then electric cars offer in the future, said Peter Fuss, of Ernst & Young.
Developments in robotics and automated machinery may have been the focus of this year’s Desma house fair but polyurethane was the material of choice for its innovative QuadWrap trainer.
A team at the University of Missouri is developing formulation simulation software that could eventually reduce costs and make PU formulations more efficient.
Bradbury appeared on the radar of many in the rigid polyurethane market in January 2014 when the firm bought “substantially all of the assets of Industrie Pu.Ma,” said David Cox, president.
Bradbury Group is not new to insulated panels, it has been in the business of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulated panels since 2010, but it is new to rigid polyurethane technology.
China has been a driver of polyurethane consumption over the past decade and there has been considerable growth in consumption during that time. However, the different market segments have unique drivers.
The EuroPUR AGM in Vienna this summer featured a sustainability panel which discussed issues around end of life solutions for flexible polyurethane.
Emery Oleochemicals has introduced Emerox renewable and Infigreen recycled polyols as part of its range of eco-friendly polyols for flexible polyurethanes. These have potential applications in the automotive sector where OEMs are increasingly demanding green alternatives to conventional materials.
OMS Impianti has come a long way since its foundation in 1969 by two employees from Italian chemicals major Montedison. Now two sons of the owners run the company.
Sustainability is a one of the key demands of customers and regulators of the polyurethane industry in Europe. It was one of the themes at this year’s Europur meeting in Vienna on June 11-13