Furniture, energy efficiency, autos raise PU demand – US Dow

02 February 2012 16:57  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Demand for polyurethanes (PU) is rising because of growth in several end markets, the chief executive of Dow Chemical said on Thursday.

Already, demand for polyurethanes is increasing because of the recovery in the automobile industry, said Andrew Liveris, Dow CEO. He  made his comments during an earnings conference call.

However, polyurethanes are also benefitting from bedding and furniture, particularly in Asia and other high-growth parts of the world, Liveris said.

In the US, polyurethanes are increasingly being used to improve energy efficiency in buildings, Liveris said.

While demand could increase, costs could rise as well because of a run-up in propylene prices.

Propylene is used to make polyols, a feedstock for polyurethanes.

Other polyurethane feedstocks include methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI).


By: Al Greenwood
+1 713 525 2645



AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly

ICIS news FREE TRIAL
Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index