Brent Gawne, polyurethane business manager at Frimo, gave delegates at the UTECH North America Automotive and Sustainability conference an insight into some of the work his firm has done to keep PU used in a number of interior components.
The polyurethane technology behind one of the world’s most popular brassieres inspired an award-winning sports shoe and a PU foam allergy mask innovation. Both were among the highlights of the International PU Forum 2015. Jane Denny reports.
Derbyshire, UK-based AutoRIM is one of the smaller machinery makers on the world stage. It has its own range of low pressure machinery and is the UK agent for Hennecke. Simon Robinson went to investigate.
VOCs are a difficult topic for the polyurethane industry but, regulations covering them are becoming more stringent across the world. UTECH North America’s Automotive and Sustainability Conference heard of some of the concerns and problems that the PU industry faces.
Bhavesh Patel, senior consultant, chemical strategy consulting, IHS Chemical Consulting/IHS Automotive Consulting, gave delegates to the UTECH North America Automotive and Sustainability conference told delegates the signs are now positive for the auto industry.
Muhammed Usman, senior global manager and technical leader, powertrain at Ford Motor Company told delegates at the Automotive and sustainability conference in Charlotte in June that there are still many opportunities for polyurethanes in the automotive sector.
The European flexible polyurethane foam market has shown steady demand growth, according to figures produced by EuroPUR at its 2015 annual meeting in Frankfurt in early June 2015.
It can be hard to calculate a value for the global footwear industry. However, there are figures available for the US.
Global footwear production patterns are subject to a variety of trends including reshoring as footwear bands look to bring production closer to consumers. Is this viable in the longer term? Jane Denny reports.
Huntsman and German fashion footwear maker Ara developed a series of polyurethane-based prototype shoes, with a production facility opened in Portugal in 2013.