OSIC is LaaderBerg’s agent in China, and played a key role in Meia’s recent plant upgrade by introducing the company to LaaderBerg machinery. OSIC’s chairman, Haoming Zhang, met Simon Robinson at PU China 2018, and explained what the Chinese surfactant maker plans for the next few years.
OSIC was founded as a trading company in 1994. The company rose to prominence in 2012 when it purchased Momentive’s site in Songjiang. This gave it capacity in polyurethane surfactant materials. It now plans to use its strength in Chinese markets as a springboard into other areas. It is also LaaderBerg’s Chinese agent.
‘We became a systems manufacturer when we purchased the Momentive plant,’ said Haoming Zhang, OSIC’s chairman, at PU China. The company’s long-term strategy for the business since the purchase is to become expert in key applications for polyurethane in specific areas.
Zhang added that because the Chinese market for shoe soles represents about 70% of the global total, this segment is particularly interesting to OSIC, but other markets are growing in importance, too. ‘In the next few years, the automotive sectors will have grown more in China, and there will be opportunities for moulded foam,’ he said.
As it stood earlier in the summer, Zhang claimed his company was the number one player for additives for shoe soles in China. ‘For flexible foam,…