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Iranian demand for polyurethane machinery is surging

By Liz White, UT staffMunich, Germany-A rapidly growing polyurethanes sector in Iran is also generating high demand for machinery and equipment, according to German maker of plastics processing systems, Krauss-Maffei. Figures from the German machinery makers’ association, the VDMA, show that in 2004, Germany exported over Euro 90-million ($111-million) worth of machinery and systems to Iran. This is double the figure for 2002, said Krauss-Maffei.The Reaction Process Machinery division of Krauss-Maffei “has built a strong position in the Iranian market,” and recently sold its 100th machine in Iran, via “successful cooperation with Karamadan,” its sales partner in Teheran, the company said in a press release. Karamadan has worked with Krauss-Maffei reaction machines since 2000 -using its good contacts and thorough knowledge of PU rigid foam systems. In cooperation, the companies have expanded Karamadan’s know-how in other PU applications, mainly in automotive and construction uses, but also in shoes, furniture and packaging, said the German firm. Karamadan can provide full service support for machines and systems shipped to Iran, and has also set up a training centre in Teheran for customers to expand their know-how in PU processing.”

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