Long fibre, glass-reinforced polyurethane composites offer a number of advantages over traditional materials, and now building code changes in China offer the prospect of real growth for local firms such as Collodin. Simon Robinson and Jane Ho report.
Building standards in China have been becoming increasingly strict as the country builds more highly insulated, flame retardant buildings. The standards are rising for all the aspects of a building including window-frames and the demands on these components is high rise buildings are getting tougher.
New regulations which came into force in 2016 offer prospects for polyurethane to capture a significant slice of this market, Sun Shenggen, chairman of Shanghai Collodin Material Scientific and Technological Development, said in an exclusive interview at UTECH Asia 2016.
Shenggen sees a bright future for his company which has been working with Huntsman to develop glass-reinforced polyurethane pultrusions since 2009.
China’s construction sector is large. It was forecast to account for around 5% of China’s GDP, according to the Emerging Markets Information service, in a 2013 report by the EU SME Centre which is funded by the European Union.
Currently, glass reinforced polyurethane window frames take a small part of the Chinese high rise window market, “between 2-3%” Shenggen, suggests. “In a couple of years,” he said,…