Frankfurt, Germany-An agreement on cooperation between the German foamed plastics association, the FSK, and polyurethane processing companies from China has arisen following a visit to Shanghai by Dr Hans-W. Schloz, FSK managing director.
Discussions with the Chinese companies arose via an initiative from Helmut Kuhn, a former member of the FSK board, who has been providing assistance to a Chinese polyurethane manufacturer.
Schloz, who was in China for discussions with both Chinese and European companies that have production facilities in the region, agreed that the FSK would work with the Chinese association of plastic processing industries, and especially with polyurethane processors.
The focus of this cooperative effort will be eegulatory activities and conditions, rather than technological exchange, said the FSK, in a 6 July statement on the arrangement.
For example, Chinese companies wish to learn more about the energy-saving directive and regulations on insulation of buildings and cooling and heating plants in Europe, the FSK statement continued. This is in order to improve the associated regulations for insulating materials made of polyurethane for energy saving in China.
The focus here is on the Chinese market, and not on export to compete with the European polyurethanes producers, comments the association.
Schloz pointed out that demand within China is so great at present that Chinese polyurethane processors are not considering exports to Europe.
"Just like in Europe and other regions of the world, the rule-of-thumb also currently applies that customers for the polyurethane processing companies are generally found a few hundred kilometres away and seldom overseas," he said.
Also, he added, it is also in the interest of the European plastics processing companies and industries that the Chinese produce standards for energy, environmental and waste politics similar to those in Europe. Not only will this make competition fairer, it will also but help raise environmental and safety standards in the dynamically growing Asian markets.
Chinese companies also wish to learn from the European experience of standards and standardisation procedures.
The Sino-German cooperation in the polyurethane sector will be sealed by a return visit of Chinese representatives to the FSK general meeting and foam conference in Stuttgart in November 2006.
Pic. Schloz (second left), with representatives of the Chinese polyurethane sector. "