PU TECH 2005

Nick Webster
Vice President, Europe
26 - 28 October 2005, Pragati Maidan New Delhi

 

Global Polyurethanes Demand

‘Other’ raw materials include: catalysts, surfactants, colorants, pigments, fillers, blowing agents and other additives

Source: Nexant

Global MDI Demand (‘000 tonnes)
Regional Split


  2002 2007
Growth Rate (% / year) 2002-2007
US
703 970 6.5
Western Europe
850 1020 3.7
Asia
744 1075 8.9
Rest of World
492 709 6.5
Total 2690 2824 6.7

Construction: Growth Drivers

Global Drivers - Insulation India Drivers

Higher Energy Prices
More and better Insulation


.................................................................... Boardstock
Growth of commercial construction
market
Energy legislation and building codes
Highest R-value/inch
Substitution of polystyrene and mineral wool
....................................................................
Metal Faced Composite Panels/Discontinuous Panels
Fire legislation and building codes
Growth of the cold chain
Design freedom
Speed of construction
....................................................................
Pipe-in-Pipe
PU is the insulation of choice in District Central Heating applications
Energy Efficiency
Cost and speed of installation
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Government investment in infrastructure
Growing industrial applications
Telecom boom requiring PU insulated shelters
Investment in retail chain
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Case Study 1
Energy conservation and insulation in Europe


Energy Legislation



Inherent PU performance advantage
Energy Cost

Energy Conservation


30% annual CAGR for PUR
Industry, economic, and society benefit


Improved Building Codes



Active industry lobbying



Case Study 2:
Damage control in Florida, US


Engineering studies in building science




Inherent PU performance advantage in installation, air infiltration and energy efficiency

Wind damage cost

Moisture damage
 



Industry growth over 40%/yr
Active Industry Lobbying
Societal benefits of reduced risk of property damage and better energy Un-vented Attic Spaces efficiency







Un-vented Attic Spaces






Active Industry Lobbying

 



In Summary

  • Asia region is a major driver of growth in polyurethanes demand
  • India is expected to become the third largest Asian market for MDI by 2015, offering extensive opportunities
  • Construction is central to the anticipated growth
  • The PU industry must take an active role in order to fully realise the potential of the opportunities provided


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