Moscow - In 2006, polyurethane consumption in Russia increased 9.8 percent over the previous year, to 252.5 kilotonnes, according to Tamara Hasova, director of the Analytic Department of Russian market research consultant Creon.
Creon's data predicts that polyurethane consumption will increase by 10 percent a year to 2010, to reach 350 kilotonnes, Hasova added.
The Creon analyst was speaking 27 April at the third international conference 'Polyurethanes 2007,' organised by Creon with support from Dow Europe (Moscow Representative Office) and Sibur Holding.
Key products made in Russia are rigid and moulded polyurethanes, which together form about 50 percent of total production, Hasova said, with elastomers taking 36.7 percent of the business. Non-foamed PU forms 13.5 percent of the market, she added.
Main consumers of polyurethane materials in the region are the furniture industry (33.7 percent), the automotive and aircraft industries (24.9 percent), refrigeration (10.1 percent), pipeline transport (9.7 percent) and the building industry (13.5 percent), data from Creon shows.
Hasova commented in her presentation that feedstock supply remains a problem for the Russian polyurethanes sector. In 2006, 34.3 percent of the polyester polyols needed were imported, while all the isocyanates used had to be imported from outside Russia.
Creon, an independent Russian consultancy in the chemical and petrochemical industries, listed various leading companies as participants in the meeting. These included Honeywell Fluorine Products; Huntsman, Selena Co. SA; Solvay Fluor; The German Foamers' Association (FSK), Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd; AvtoVAZAgregatplast; RC ApATeK-Dubna; BASF; Vikord; Degussa Chemistry; Europlast, Kamaz, Corund, Krauss Maffei, Kronos Spb, Makromer, Mitsui and Co. Moscow, Perm Powder Plant, Plastik (Syrzan), RPE Soteks, Soudal, FomLine, Khimprom (Novocheboksarsk), Khimform, and more. epw"