A dominating theme among the exhibitors at PU China was the environment. How is China’s drive to higher quality, environmentally friendly products and production is playing out? Simon Robinson investigates.
China has changed. Under the latest five-year plan, the environment is more important than flat-out economic growth, and this is working to western polyurethane companies’ advantage at the moment.
China takes the environment to mean the space inside and outside of buildings, so factory conditions are improving as well as the air and water in the wider environment.
Kenny Pan, vice president, Asia Pacific at Huntsman Polyurethanes explained, the 19th people’s congress featured the environment heavily in the government’s key performance indicators, and environmental protection is now number one.
‘GDP is now China’s first priority with no harm to the environment top of the list. “Green water, blue mountain is better than a gold mountain and silver mountain” is the new approach,’ Tan said.
This view is reflected by Daniel Meyer, who is head of Covestro’s polyurethane segment. He said: ‘We are in an environment where the government is putting legislation and money where its mouth is in terms of sustainability and upgrading the industry and securing the highest standard of safety.’
Huntsman’s Pan explained how, in the past, flexibility…