Polyurethanes Grow Strongly in '04 but Face Feedstock Pressure

Hoffman, John
October 2004
Chemical Market Reporter;10/18/2004, Vol. 266 Issue 13, p1
Trade Publication
The article reports that the demand for polyurethane and its precursors is robust and has grown much more rapidly than producers anticipated. However, high energy and feedstock costs have undercut margins, forcing producers to raise prices significantly for methylene diphenyl isocyanate, toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and polyols. The MDI market has grown by around 20 percent compared to this time last year, according to executive Larry Berkowski. He rates year-to-date growth for Nafta polyols at about 20 percent and adds that growth for TDI is close to 10 percent.


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