Guangzhou, China - Bayer MaterialScience inaugurated its new polyurethane systems house in Guangzhou, China, on 7 Nov, pointing out that this is its thirtieth such operation globally.
Commenting on the new operation, Peter Vanacker (pictured), head of the BMS Polyurethanes Business Unit said that, "By 2015, China will have become the largest polyurethanes market in the world."
And the BMS polyurethanes chief said that, "Despite the current economic downturn - which has led to substantial reductions in our capacity utilisation - we continue to believe in the long-term high growth potential of polyurethane systems globally and in particular in China."
As well as the new Guangzhou unit, BMS has a Polymer R&D Center (PRDC) in Shanghai offering global expertise in polyurethane footwear and spray technologies.
BMS said the new systems house focus on customised systems for thermal insulation of appliances, for building insulation, for footwear production, and for the furniture industry, as well as complete automotive solutions for both interior and exterior applications.
At Guangzhou, the building uses the group's own materials, for example, the roof is very well protected against corrosion and water penetration by a polyurethane spray system. This is in line with an aim of the Chinese government - to significantly reduce energy consumption in residential and public buildings.
"We see huge potential for reducing energy consumption by insulating buildings and the refrigeration chain with polyurethanes, which are acknowledged as the most effective of all known insulating materials. In the automotive industry too, demand is growing for polyurethane components for lighter-weight vehicles with reduced fuel consumption. With our state-of-the-art technologies, customer-focused services and environmentally friendly products, we are contributing to China's sustainable development," commented Dr Azita Owlia, senior vice president of the Polyurethanes Business Unit, Asia Pacific region.