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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.
One of the highlights of the EuroPUR annual meeting is the market review of the European flexible polyurethane foam market. This year Angela Austin took us through the numbers as Simon Robinson reports.
Sales of the European flexible foam industry grew by 5.2% in 2015, Angela Austin of Labyrinth a Research & Markets told delegates to the 2016 EuroPUR annual meeting in Brussels in June.
Organika, Poland’s third largest foam producer, currently competes with the world’s largest furniture retailer while navigating Russian politics. The firm’s ceo Dariusz Kwiecinski told Urethanes Technology International magazine how.
IKEA partner Dendro’s sales revenues topped PLN 400m in 2014. Michal Soltysinski, the firm’s head of PU foam production, told Urethanes Technology International his hopes for strengthening the partnership with one of the world’s biggest furniture retailers.
In 2014, Vita Polymers Poland (VPP) sales of PLN 298m and a profit in excess of PLN71m. The firm employs 300 staff in Poland.
Key figures in Poland’s flexible foam industry suggest the country’s output is in the region of 200kT/year – which is double the estimated annual yield in the previous decade. Jane Denny reports.
Regulatory change and the potential for furniture industry consolidation are among the challenges faced by Polish foamers today. Eurofoam ceo Alexander Mikolasek told Urethanes Technology International magazine how the firm’s Polish subsidiary plans to meet those trials.
With a chunk of EUR10m investment, polyols producer PCC Rokita is set to increase its polyether polyols capacity by a third in the coming years and develop within Asian markets.