APLA '11: Seasonal slowdown projected for PU in Brazil

07 November 2011 21:01  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Demand for polyurethanes (PU) flexible foam precursors in Brazil is expected to weaken into year-end because production for the holiday season is done, an industry source said on Monday on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

Sales of bedding and furniture will rise in Brazil as families spend the year-end bonus, the equivalent of one month’s salary, for holiday gift giving, the source said.

However, demand for polyether polyols and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), raw materials in the production of flexible polyurethane foams, is decreasing in Brazil because the furniture and mattresses to be retailed for the holidays are already in show rooms, according to the source.

Slabstock flexible foam applications make up approximately 70% of the PU market in Brazil. Rigid-foam roof applications constitute about 15% of the PU market, and the balance is made up of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) products, insulation for appliances and footwear, the source said.

The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

By: Ron Coifman
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