London - Automotive trends in polyurethane use, an update on car seat foam formulation and manufacture, the market for natural oil polyols and a report on the recent CPI conference/UTECH North America 2007 exhibition - all these feature in the October November 2007 issue of Urethanes Technology International, out now.
Together with these in-depth features, the issue has a report on the Turkish polyurethanes market and as usual gives the latest news from around the world in the polyurethanes sector, as listed below.
4 Yantai Wanhua to double MDI capacity to 800 ktpa by 2010; BMS assessing 400 kt MDI plant for Europe; Caojing MDI plant up to capacity in October.
6 Dow to buy Danish systems house… adds in US in polyols and adds bio-polyols; BMS to build $56.5 m PMPO unit in Antwerp.
8 UNEP deal accelerates HCFC freeze/phase-out; Progress on low-GWP blowing agent; BASF opens novel coatings facility.
10 Vita raising foam prices; Grammer's driver seat business strong; BBG PU frames make better solar panels.
12 Cannon's innovative mix-head will benefit polyurethane users - despite lack of recognition in awards.
14 Perstorp spending $285 million on Solvay's caprolactones unit; BASF restarts THF plant in China; Lonza to grow PU applications.
16 Foamex sells its two US carpet-cushion facilities for $10 million; president resigns; Developments in TDI study, FR legislation; Desert group to use PU in sand tyres
18 Flotation Technology triples capacity to meet 'unprecedented' demand.
19 Huntsman signs MOU on using Lignin.
20 Pultruded PU profiles may work in windows; Polymer Technology Group triples research, plant capacity; Nordson buys TAH Industries.
22 Demand prompts Max move, expansion; FRs to be boosted by strong growth in non-residential building.
23 Seiko Watch winner From UTECH North America announced; LaPolla sales rise as polyol unit starts up; G&F buys Urethanes Processing assets.
24 Stepping down, but not out: Amerityre's Steinke.
26 Mammut and Reliance to set up sandwich panel line in Gujarat; Cargill to set up L Am plant for bio-polyols; New Singapore source for NOPs.
28 A look at technical trends and the effects of supplier restructuring and consolidation.
34 John McNeil reports on developments in foam formulation for comfort in car seats.
37 Sustainability in seat foams helps automotive OEMs as soya polyols get used by Ford.
42 Matrix Composites helps solve SRIM problems.
43 An analysis of the growing Turkish PU market - and a look at expanding local systems house Kimteks.
45 Renewable polyols were a major focus at the CPI conference/UTECH North America event.
50 Dow adds chemically engineered bio polyols to its offerings
51 As supply of TDI and MDI tightens, Liz White talks to some of the major suppliers about how long they foresee the situation lasting:
And North America's PU production has dropped slightly, CPI data reveals.
Pic: Woodbridge's Hamdy Khalil at UTECH: Woodbridge is using high levels of Cargill's soya polyols to make all kinds of low-emission automotive PU products including vibration control parts. The different architecture, and hydrophobic saturated nature of soya polyols has Woodbridge excited about further developments, Khalil indicated.