Machinery companies report continuing demands for better quality production from better quality machinery in China, Simon Robinson reports.
While there can be doubt about what is happening in different application sectors for polyurethane, this year it was unequivocal at UTECH Asia 2016: when it comes to machinery, there is a flight to quality in China.
The move up the value chain is driven by China’s consumers’ increasingly high quality demands and greater competition.
Per Henning Vaagen of Laader Berg explained: “The market is more oriented to high-quality machinery to compete on quality, yield and competitiveness. More competition within the Chinese foam market means companies need to work on yield as an internal processes. Additionally, they need the highest quality products to attract customers. We are part of our customers’ differentiation strategy.”
“The Chinese market is changing, more and more companies are ready for good equipment,” said Francis Pinckers of Fecken-Kirfel.
“[International] Mattress manufacturers are coming to China and are looking for approved suppliers who want good equipment,” Pinckers said. “There are local cutting equipment…