New Analysis: 2020 TECH Program - Polyurethane
Nexant Energy and Chemicals Advisory TECH program publishes a new report on Polyurethanes
The diversity in polyurethane chemistry is the primary reason this relatively expensive polymer is selected to overcome challenging problems – for instance, the production of flexible yet long-lasting foams and lightweight but insulating construction panels. The ability to create a cellular structure with polyurethane allows for the production of flexible foams for comfort (bedding, furniture and transportation cushioning) and rigid foams for insulation (construction and appliances industry). Non-cellular (or solid) polyurethanes are used as coatings, adhesives or elastomers where they are known for their abrasion resistance, durability, gloss, color retention and strong adhesive properties.
NexantECA’s recently published TECH report, Polyurethanes, provides an updated overview of the technological, economic, and market aspects of the polyurethane industry.
The report analyzes process technologies required for the production of over twenty different types of polyurethane, as well as the specific formulation of raw materials required for each. Detailed cost of production estimates are presented for five different polyurethanes (see below graph) in Western Europe, the United States and China in 2Q 2019 and 2Q 2020. Estimated raw material costs are made for approximately twenty more types.
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