London -- Asia-Pacific is fast becoming the world's driving force in the polyurethanes industry, according to industry figures and the upcoming UTECH Asia/PU China 2011 exhibition and conference is an opportunity to connect with companies and specialists involved in this growth.
China is now the world's leading manufacturer of polyurethane-based products, with its output estimated at more than 5 million tonnes in 2010. And by 2020, India's consumption could be "a whopping 1200 kilotonnes a year," according to Rahul Gautam, chairman of the Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA), while the smaller countries - now including Japan and Korea - will also see good growth.
Asia-Pacific's rapid growth looks set to continue, despite the financial crisis of recent years in Europe and North America, and its future looks solid as local investments come on stream, giving the region direct access to all the key raw materials needed to supply local demand, including the diisocyanates and polyols needed to make polyurethanes.
Local economies are also booming, as people in India and China seek to improve their living conditions as rapidly as possible, with polyurethane-based products being vital components in many of the leading economic sectors, such as automotive, building and construction, domestic appliances and furniture and bedding. These are all key products for people looking for a more comfortable, enjoyable and energy-efficient standard of living.
The latest developments in all of these sectors will be key topics for discussion during the UTECH Asia/PU China 2011 exhibition and conference, running 6-8 Sept 2011, in the Shanghai New International Convention Centre, Pudong, China.
The event will feature specialised product seminars discussing international developments in polyurethane technologies, while the exhibition floor will feature suppliers of chemicals and machinery, such as local companies Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd. and Wuxi Chemicals, alongside global players such as Bayer MaterialScience, Dow and Krauss-Maffei.
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