Shanghai, China – Liming, a Chinese research institute and maker of polyurethane systems, expects a fall in the consumption of PU materials in rigid foam as a result of a reduction in foam density.
New technology allows larger pore sizes to have higher rigidity, which is putting a cap on PU consumption in the segment, the company told UTECH-polyurethane.com on the sidelines of PU China/UTECH Asia.
Liming has been putting more efforts in research, such as on modified polyether and polyester polyols, to find the next growth point, according to Zhao Zhigang, deputy director of the Institute’s international trade department.
‘Previously you just need a master’s degree to join our research team, but over the past two years we’ve only been hiring PhDs,’ he said.
The company’s technology licensing projects overseas have been hindered by coronavirus. ‘We’ve shipped and installed the machinery, but the trial run has been delayed,’ Zhao said.