London - Among the contents of the latest edition of Urethanes Technology International is a three-page special on supply and demand in the isocyanates sector, looking at where and why supply is tight in these important raw materials.
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Contents for Urethanes Technology International June/July 2007
4PU and PO part of Dow and Saudi Aramco Project; BASF may add 400 ktpa MDI unit in Chongqing; BMS sets up systems venture in Russia.
6Huntsman takes over at Saudi polyols venture; BMS's 60-ktpa polymer polyols plant to use new technology; Shell adding flexible polyols at Pernis.
8Proseat venture into Eastern Europe and Russia; Dupont develops corn-based polyols for polyurethanes.
9Quinn Group to build Welsh insulation plant.
10Cost Index "vital tool in price negotiations.'
11Surging costs of raw materials force Vita to raise prices.
12Baulé to sell moulding business and focus on machinery; Celotex prepares for change with new team.
13Recticel buys flexible foam units in Finland.
14PFA wants open-flame foam test suspended; Quest buys United Coatings; XPEL to offer SmartShield.
16Foamex results reflect "softness" in market; ACC appoints Candelori for CPI.
18Engineered Fabrics investing $5 million in Georgia Expansion.
20Nukote plans $10 million PU coatings plant in Dubai; BASF opens Shanghai PU systems site; June restart for Caojing MDI facility; BMS opens PU systems house in India.
22BMS expands polyisocyanate production in Shanghai; Chinese PU group Yutian gives BASF best supplier award.
24Emaar invests in UAE sandwich panel maker Mammut; Dow sets up Egyptian systems laboratory.
JEC report26We profile some of the companies exhibiting at JEC show in Paris in April, as DSM launches new PU material for advanced composites.
Hot-cast elastomers30Michel Baulé is still as excited by innovation in hot-cast PU elastomers as he was in the company's early days. Urethanes Technology International talks to Baulé about its strengths in PU systems and processing equipment.
Systems33 "Independent systems houses have an incredible and very important role in the PU systems market," says Juan Antonio Merino, manager of Dow PU Systems.
TPU film sector36TPU film specialists Deerfield and Epurex dominate the market in North America and Europe for these customised films: the Asian market, especially in China, dominates in commodity uses, but is highly fragmented.
Isocyanates report39As the polyurethane sector struggles with tighter and tighter supply of both TDI and MDI, Liz White talk to some of the major suppliers about their strategies.
Report from Korean PU forum44Korean companies take advantage of China's rise as a producing nation to set up raw material production plants and foam-making units in the country.
Machinery focus45Frimo adds polyurethane mixing and dispensing equipment as it aims to offer complete solutions.
Russian market48PU use in Russia may reach 500 ktpa by 2010, but only if supply of isocyanates improves, says a recent report.
Gas-phase TDI for lowest costs50BMS is mighty pleased with its new gas-phase phosgenation process for TDI, which needs much smaller plants, has lower cost, and uses far less energy.
52Diary of upcoming events; Our latest pricing chart from ICIS Pricing; forthcoming features in Urethanes Technology International; Advertisement index."