Automotive sector strong, appliance and flex foam mixed, while insulation still has great potential
By Liz White, editor
Polyurethane experts UTI spoke to at the PU China 2012 exhibition, held in Shenzhen, China, 18-20 Sept, had quite mixed views on how the sector is faring in the country. Some feel there has been a slowdown, others are convinced that business is still strong.
Polyurethane machinery maker Hennecke has been doing good business in China, “but we see a slowdown here in Q3, and some uncertainty about Q4,” said Hennecke’s Rolf Trippler, joint managing director with responsibility for sales and marketing. The first half of 2012 was “quite good for us in China and Asia,” he added. Each sector is behaving differently, he said, with automotive seat machinery having quite a good first half, and the investment level in automotive parts still good
On the consumer side, for furniture and mattress foam, block foam still represents a good business, “especially in South-east Asia this year, where Indonesian companies have been investing in plants,” he said. Trippler agreed that there is still a lot of potential for strong growth in the flexible foam sector in China and South-east Asia.
For Huntsman Polyurethanes, a major supplier of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), business in China continues to grow strongly, at double digit rates, said Tony Hankins,…