By Liz White, UT staffMaastricht, the Netherlands--AirProducts and Chemicals Inc.'s recent announcement that it may sell its amines and polymers businesses and restructure in polyurethane intermediates will not make any difference to the company's polyurethanes chemicals (PUC) business, according to company executives speaking at UTECH EUROPE 2006. The plan, which includes the sale of a dinitrotoluene plant in Geismar, Louisiana, to BASF, "doesn't really change our business much," commented John Duggan, global marketing manager for the PUC business. "From our point of view it is fairly positive," Duggan continued. "Air Products has retained its core businesses and PUCs are in there," and there is "more focus and more investment" planned in the business, he said. And Air Products' $115-million acquisition of Tomah3, a speciality surfactants producer, "gives us different process capability," in surfactant manufacture, Duggan commented.The PU chemicals operation-additives and catalysts--is part of Air Products Performance Products group, slated for investment and growth. "This is a very exciting time for the business, we are starting to deliver on our strategy to deliver new solutions and additives for the PU sector, " added Didier Grillot, marketing manager with Air Products for PUC in the EMEA region. Pic: Duggan (right) and Grillot at UTECH EUROPE 2006 in Maastricht, 30 March. "