By Liz white, editor
For PU additive suppliers Momentive, it’s October 2010 merger with sister resins company Hexion is a major development (see box below) the company is also “celebrating 70 years in silicones,” said Tony Lanchak, global business director for urethanes additives.
In PU additives, Lanchak believes the group will now be “much more externally focused [in the merged unit] than with the GE heritage.”
Momentive developed the first Niax-brand hydrolysable silicone surfactant for PU in 1962 and now in urethane additives, it claims a “leading position,” across many segments, along with “excellent global infrastructure.”
The company claims to be number one globally in additives for slabstock; number two in moulded foam additives; and number one in specialties – excluding silicones in footwear, Lanchak said.
In additives for rigid foam Momentive “does not have as high a market share as we would like,” so it is putting a lot of focus on there globally, said Lanchak, speaking on 11 October, at the 2010 conference of the Center for the Polyurethane industry (CPI) held with UTECH North America 2010 in Houston, Texas.
At Momentive, “we are the only guys (in urethane additives) basic in siloxanes that are competitive across the playing field,” Lanchak stressed.
It has pendent silicone stabilisers, hydrolysable and non-hydrolysable types, whether ABA or ABN products – “I don’t think anyone in the world can offer such…