Pr Global Pu Amine Catalysts Market Report 2006 4
Introduction to a Global Market Report about Polyurethane Amine Catalysts
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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GLOBAL MARKET REPORT POLYURETHANE AMINE CATALYSTS 2006 JBK RESEARCH & CONSULTING DR.J.B.KOSTER CH-1260 NYON
INTRODUCTION Lectori Salutem ! I took the courage to prepare for and write this Market Report. I took the courage from the fact that I have worked during 30 years in the world of PU Amine Catalysts, first with Bayer in Dormagen-Germany, in their PU Research Department, and later with Union Carbide Europe ,Africa &Middle-East in Geneva . Just as a personal introduction, m y first patent with Bayer was the combination of PU amine catalyst s with silicone surfactants, zero emission, but the time was too early, 1975- W hen I started 1980 working for Union Carbide , polyester catalysis was dominated by odoriferous tertiary amines like NMM and NEM. My contribution to the PU ester foam world was the development of NIAX TM catalyst KST-100 , what was quite successful, and as a consequence got kloned pretty soon. (Product has been re-developed into NIAX TM KST-100-NPF since ) As you will know , PU amine catalysts are an integer part of the total PU formulation for foamed polyurethane applications. Everywhere where water is used as a blowing agent, a blowing amine catalyst is needed. And for the reaction of isocyanates with polyether or polyester polyols, a gelling amine catalyst is needed, in combination with stannous octoate for polyether slabstock foam . This report is supposed to be a global report. However, I have to admit that the emphasis is on the three major world PU areas— Europe, Africa , Middle East ( including India ), Nafta Countries and Asian & Pacific Countries, including China . Detailed country data are hardly reliable, and are omitted for this reason. Global data are however provided , but not in total detail like for the major areas. CASE applications are omitted from this report, as the usage of PU amine catalysts in this industry is limited, no water for example is used as a blowing agent, hardly any blowing agents are used. Some vocabulary explanations ( a PU Tertiary Amines Catalysts Glossary is included ,together with activity & selectivity data ) : Odoriferous catalysts do mean alkylated morpholines, like NMM & NEM, and trialkylamines, like TEA. Zero-emission amine catalyst do speak for themselves, this product segment shows a lot of promising innovation during the last years. The report starts from my estimation of 2006 PU global consumption data, which data were discussed and agreed with PU colleagues. I do hope that this report will enhance your knowledge & understanding of the complexity of the exciting world of PU amine catalysis ! Dr. Joop Koster , CH-1260 Nyon, Switzerland, tel. +41223617960.
CONCLUSION It is obvious that the usage of PU amine catalysts in the PU foam industry will continue, there are hardly any economic and performing alternatives. The same applies to stannous octoate for flexible PU polyether slabstock foam for example . Their usage in flexible foam applications will definitely change, the trend is to zero emission amine catalysts, at the cost of BDMAEE for example . This zero-emission demand might be satisfied by present or newly developed zero emission amine catalysts, or by so called autocatalytic polyols, where the tertiary amine function is built into the polyol polymeric matrix. This can be done for newly developed biopolyols a well. This would affect the present supply chain of PU amine catalysts, like decreased sales by the established suppliers of Urethane Additives, like Evonik-Goldschmidt , Momentive Performance Materials, Air Products , Tosoh , Huntsman and Basf. Producers of so called active ingredients like Taminco could profit from this trend, and Chinese / Indian producers. The industry is not seated anymore in comfortable chairs, like 20 years ago . Competitive forces increased dramatically and this will continue, till some industry consolidation has taken place. Nevertheless, I do believe in the future of this market segment. Innovation has to take place, for zero emission purposes, and for autocatalytic polyols , as I think that the « final « molecule has not yet been made . Good “ ROC “ can still be earned, but less with pure commodities like DMCHA & DMEA for the time being . Advantages from blendology have to be exploited , especially in combination with other additives. Synergies !! A worrying aspect as to this business is the new EU REACH legislation. Not all used active ingredients are fully tested as to their environmental impact,and it has to be seen if the producers want to continue marketing these not high volume products. However, for the lower volume products, there is still a lot of time leftover till REACH has reached this industry.For new products, their future chances might be even lower, what could affect the availability of new zero-emission amine catalysts. Or it must be « blockbusters « . Please send me your appreciated comments . [email_address] Thanks for having purchased this report.