The synthetic leather market is dominated by polyurethane coating products and these are increasingly moving towards water-based systems. Jane Ho visited Covestro in Shanghai and found out more.
Politics, innovation and consumer demand drive markets for insulation boards worldwide and perhaps nowhere more than in energy-conscious Europe. Jane Denny reports on the key issues facing the UK insulation board industry today.
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China’s domestic refrigerator market is a big customer of the polyurethane industry. Jane Ho, takes a snapshot of the market
Brent Gawne, polyurethane business manager at Frimo, gave delegates at the UTECH North America Automotive and Sustainability conference an insight into some of the work his firm has done to keep PU used in a number of interior components.
The polyurethane technology behind one of the world’s most popular brassieres inspired an award-winning sports shoe and a PU foam allergy mask innovation. Both were among the highlights of the International PU Forum 2015. Jane Denny reports.
Derbyshire, UK-based AutoRIM is one of the smaller machinery makers on the world stage. It has its own range of low pressure machinery and is the UK agent for Hennecke. Simon Robinson went to investigate.
VOCs are a difficult topic for the polyurethane industry but, regulations covering them are becoming more stringent across the world. UTECH North America’s Automotive and Sustainability Conference heard of some of the concerns and problems that the PU industry faces.
Bhavesh Patel, senior consultant, chemical strategy consulting, IHS Chemical Consulting/IHS Automotive Consulting, gave delegates to the UTECH North America Automotive and Sustainability conference told delegates the signs are now positive for the auto industry.
Muhammed Usman, senior global manager and technical leader, powertrain at Ford Motor Company told delegates at the Automotive and sustainability conference in Charlotte in June that there are still many opportunities for polyurethanes in the automotive sector.