As 2013 draws to a close, Urethanes Technology International magazine asked key players in the world of polyurethanes to share their thoughts on the industry during 2013 and tell us what they think we can expect in the coming year.
Polyurethane composites can play an important role in reducing the danger of impacts to pedestrians, work by Magna Steyr, Rühl Puromer and Hennecke goes some way towards this. The three firms have developed an engine bonnet with a honeycomb core, which meets automotive specifications, is substantially lighter and provides superior thermal and acoustic insulation to conventional bonnets made from steel or aluminium
Huntsman’s Asia Pacific boss charts course for a sustained growth of the polyurethanes business, both in China and across the entire ASEAN region
Polyurethane adhesives play an increasingly important role in assembling automotive interiors, according to Thomas Hohberg, director automotive key accounts of German adhesives company, Jowat Klebstoffe which
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H&S unveils product-scale polyol recycling plant for flexible foam industrial waste at Dendro Poland with capacity to reduce polyol costs.Being able to reduce the cost of polyols by 20% could have a significant impact on the economics of the flexible polyurethane foam business. H&S Anlagentechnik has a demonstration plant in operation at a major supplier to IKEA that shows it is possible to do just this.
Major polyurethane players are adapting their capabilities and strategies to the new realities of China’s fast-evolving economy.
The construction of Bayer MaterialScience’s 300 kilotonne-per-year TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant in Dormagen, Germany, remains well on schedule for its completion in the second half of 2014,
Henkel has given more details of the physical and processing properties of the polyurethane matrix resin it has developed for resin transfer moulding (RTM).
Henkel believes that this process will speed the production of composite components in the automotive industry with resins that can cure in one minute.
Polyurethane composite offer many advantages over traditional epoxy or polyester-based products. Low viscosity an fast cure times make them increasingly competitive. Experts from Dow Italia, lead by Luigi Bertucelli, give an overview of physical properties and some applications for polyurethane composites.