We look at the effects the pandemic year 2020 has had on the polyurethanes industry, its suppliers and customers and the conference and fair schedules.
Enjoy reading Angela Austin’s current market report on the flexible foam industry in Europe. She says the Corona pandemic caused the European flexible foam industry to grind to a halt, although the year started very well with strong sales.
Find out what the new study from IAL Consultants reveals about the thermoplastic polyurethane market, which declined by 6.1 % in 2020 due to the effects of Covid-19.
Gain insights from the latest Electromobility Report of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), the AVK (Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe) report on the European GRP market the European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update.
Whatever the impacts of the current pandemic may be, all over the world people still conduct research and come up with new ideas. This is reflected in reports on innovative, carbon black-filled compounds and masterbatches (Matthias Hübner, Caparol), a patented 3D veneer that enables joinery work for demanding shapes (Danzer) and an overview on how polyurethanes contribute to sustainability (Lee Salamone, Center for the Polyurethanes Industry CPI).
The Corona pandemic has also caused the change of many conference: Utech Europe first moved from April 2021 to September 2021 and is now scheduled for 16 – 18 November 2021. As a result Europur has rescheduled its Annual Conference to 3 – 4 November 2021. Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) has cancelled the in-person components of NPE2021, but the conference is taking place virtually from 17 – 21 May 2021. Chinaplas 2021 on the other hand will be held 13 – 16 April 2021 in Shenzhen, China.
Dr. Christine Rüdiger
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