Washington, DC -- Lee Salamone, director of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, which is part of the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division, recently told James DaSiva, of the SmartBlog on Leadership, that as the US economy continues a slow recovery, industry seems cautiously optimistic in 2012, but remains concerned about the impact of the global economy.
Salamone said some companies have closed or consolidated facilities, but others have expanded capacity in certain areas. So the varying sectors of the broader polyurethanes industry are looking at 2012 in different ways.
The spray polyurethane foam market shows steady progress, she told DaSilva, ahead of next week's annual technical conference, Polyurethanes 2012, being held in Atlanta.
Statistics from the Spray Foam Coalition's show growth in SPF use, with sales up nearly a third from the first half of 2010 to the first half of 2012.
Uncertainty is a primary challenge that the industry faces in 2013. There is uncertainty surrounding the economic recovery, pending legislative reforms to chemicals management, and the fate of expiring tax cuts in the US, Salamone said.
She noted that the agenda for this year's Technical Conference, like past ones, includes tabletop exhibitions, professional development and other types of sessions.
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