Brussels, Belgium – Europe's flexible foam producers are still suffering from supply disruptions, despite TDI plants restarting after shutdowns, according to EuroPUR, the European flexible polyurethane foam producers’ association.
Europe's TDI supply still tight – EuroPUR
Both of the European TDI makers that lost production in October have restarted, EuroPUR said in a 15 December communique. However, foamers are still on allocation as forces majeures have not been lifted.
MDI foamers are in a better position, and both prices and supply are reverting towards November/December 2019 levels, the association said.
Demand for PU foam remains strong in Europe, especially in the furniture and bedding sectors.
Bart ten Brink, EuroPUR president. said: '2020 has really been a rollercoaster year for the foam industry. Overall, we can be glad – compared to many industries out there – that demand Is still strong, especially in the comfort sector. However, I have never seen such a scramble for raw materials in terms of availably and price instability. I really encourage the supply chain to think about security of supply.
'I sincerely hope that buffers of raw materials can be built up… so that we can start 2021 in a better, more stable supply position.'