By David Reed, UT EditorParis-Rhodia Coatis, claiming to be the world’s second largest maker of aliphatic isoyanates, is to increase prices of its HDI (hexamethylene diisocyanate) and IPDI (isophorone diisocyanate) monomer and derivative products by10-12 percent from 1 Dec.The price increase is required to help respond to the continuously rising cost of energy and raw materials, and to the significant erosion of margins at a time when the global aliphatic isocyanates demand is strengthening worldwide, the firm said in an 18 Nov. statement.Rhodia says it has been working to improve productivity, reduce manufacturing and operating costs in recent years, and will continue to sustain these efforts. However, under the current circumstances, these efforts are inadequate to overcome the cost pressures, the statement explained. Rhodia Coatis, headquartered in Aubervilliers, France, says it offers a very wide range of resins and additives to coatings producers, including aliphatic polyisocyanate derivatives sold under the Tolonate tradename (for solvent-based systems) and Rhodocoat (for water-borne formulations) trademarks, as well as the individual HDI and IPDI monomers. The firm adds that this range of products is constantly being enhanced by the introduction of new products meeting the dual requirement of the polyurethane producers: enhanced performances together with environmental protection.Rhodia is a global specialty chemicals company with net sales of €5300 million ($6230 million) in 2004 and employs around 20 000 people worldwide. The firm says it is recognised for its strong technology positions in applications chemistry, specialty materials and services, and fine chemicals. “
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