Amsterdam, Netherlands – The past two years has seen raw material shortages and extreme price volatility and this has to stop, according to Bart Ten Brink, president of EuroPUR.
Stabilise supplies, EuroPUR president tells raw materials companies
Ten Brink, who was speaking at the opening of the recent EuroPUR conference said that his comments from the 2019 meeting in Lisbon were true then, and true today: '[It] has been a challenging year for the polyurethane industry in Europe, influenced by the instability of prices and supply of raw materials.'
In the two years since the meeting in Lisbon, the supply situation has remained unbalanced. '[It was] partly triggered by the pandemic, partly by a conjunction of unfavourable weather conditions and partly due to structural weaknesses in our supply chains,' he said.
'As president, I can only repeat previous calls on major players in the supply chain to think about how to avoid these inconsistencies in supply and demand and extreme price volatility, to enable steady growth in our whole industry along the supply chain.'
The EuroPUR meeting was held in Amsterdam 3-4 November 2021.