London -- See the latest issue of Urethanes Technology International magazine for Dec 2008/Jan 2009 for the latest in-depth news and analysis on the polyurethanes sector, including: a look at how raw materials suppliers are dealing with low demand for materials by cutting back capacity; at Polish group Selena's strategy to beat the crisis; news on use of Elastogran's flood defence system in the UK; and Mexican group Air Design, which is going global with PU parts.
Contents for this issue include:
BASF idles US TDI, MDI plants; ISOPA to become more proactive.
5 Raw materials suppliers are idling isocyanate and polyols plants following very low demand levels. But there is some optimism that demand will come up.
6 BASF acquires Recticel's PU glass compounds business; Recticel acquires three foam units in Norway; Bayer starts up 350 ktpa MDI facility in China.
8 ECHA publishes its Candidate List of substances of concern; Hennecke appoints new MD; Johnson ControIs and AirProtekt help seat makers meet emission targets.
9 UTECH Europe 2009 offers 20 percent savings; Selena expands to beat crisis.
10 Rampf introduces new sealing foam system; Dow Izolan appoints new manager; Huntsman & PUR-Systems complete JV; Mondi holds insulation forum.
12 Elastogran launches flood defence system in the UK.
13 JCI impacted by falling auto sales; ACH invests $80 million in Saline plant; Sleep Innovations files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
14 Cargill looks to expand soya-based polyols business; Woodbridge supplies 100 percent BioFoam seat cushioning in Brazil; Rogers acquires Par Foam.
16 Air Design goes global; Lubrizol acquires SKC's TPU assets; PPG to exit PU glass sealant business; LaPolla's foam sales reach record level.
18 FoamPartner Bock launches $27.5 million plant in China; Nippon Polytech builds new insulating ink production plant; Evonik begins $577 million investment in Brazil; KraussMaffei's CCM moulding used by Japanese auto supplier on wooden decor.
19 Mammut Systems close to completing PET facility in Oman; Recticel opens Zheijing joint venture plant.
20 BMS inaugurates systems house in Guangzhou; Exousia ships coatings from China; Invista builds research facility in China; Bayer builds chlorine recycling plant in Shanghai; Brenntag acquires assets of Inquimex.
22 Daewoo & IE to develop SPS for new ships.
Liz White reports on a Korean-UK deal to develop steel/PU structural composite in shipbuilding.
24 FSK sees a tough year in 2009. FSK discusses challenges facing the PU market in 2009, including processors activities to meet REACH.
28 COIM sets goals in hot-cast elastomers; Italian group aims for a major share of this market.
30 Spanish PU systems business diversifies. Plasfi looks to expand business across Europe.
31 Mattresses - is there life after death? A look into the potential for mattress recycling in the US
34 PFA: economic conditions not improving. Study of isocyanate-induced asthma in US
34 Energy efficiency a top priority. US experts feel new insulation standards will push wider PU use in commercial/residential buildings.
38 Renuva-based polyols for moulded foam. Dow develops second-generation NOPs.