Xiamen, Fujian — Dow Polyurethanes is bullish about the opportunities offered for polyurethanes in China’s 13th five-year plan and sees possibilities in renewables, Glenn Wright, business president told UTECH-polyurethane.com.
Wright said: “What we like about the Five Year plan, not only did it substantiate growth, but also sustainability. When you look at urethane chemistry regarding providing superior insulation.”
Referring to the construction and appliance markets, he said: “it really hones in as material to attain the long-term sustainability goals.”
Wright was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting to launch a consumer awareness campaign of Dow’s Voralast thermoplastic polyurethane materials, (See Dow builds partnership with China’s Xtep).
While not ruling their use out in the future, Wright added that the use of biomaterials has its limits at Dow: “We don’t use renewable content in our polyurethanes. We actually have had a soy-based material in polyurethanes a while back but we don’t use that in our products now.”
He added: “It sounds good but in performance we find that there are many challenges. Our scientists are looking at it and we know some of our competitors are using renewable materials in polyurethanes. At scale, you run into manufacturing or processing challenges.”