Guangzhou, China – Polyurethane foam additives maker Shanghai Longgan Polymers started production of two new series of silicone surfactants in May, the company told UTECH-polyurethane.com in an exclusive interview at the UTECH Asia/PU China 2015 event held in Guangzhou.
One of the two series is designed for flame/adhesive laminated flexible foams with a density range from 15 to 35kg/m³, the other is for fillers or thin flexible foams with a density range from 25 to 40kg/m³, according to Longgan.
The low-VOC, low-odour surfactants were developed by the company in mid-2014 using a technology similar to Degussa’s, and are claimed to have better stability than domestic rivals.
Longgan’s additives are made at its 2kT/year plant in Shanghai, and a 1kT/year expansion project focusing on low-VOC, low-odour products is scheduled to start by the end of this year.
The company, selling mostly to eastern China, saw flat revenue in 2014 at RMB30m ($4.7m). “Additives is a comparatively small sector and is less vulnerable to macroeconomic influences,” said Wu Weidong, president of Longgan.
XE Currency conversion: 10 September 2015