Polyurethane elastomer is a kind of polyurethane synthetic material. Because its structure has two segments, soft and hard, it can be designed for molecular, and give the material high strength, good toughness, wear resistance, oil resistance and other excellent performance. Because of its excellent performance, it is widely used in many fields such as automobile, construction, mining, aerospace, electronics, medical equipment, sports products, etc., and has become a promising synthetic material product.
The annual global thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) consumption is 2.26 million tons. In order to better grasp this huge business opportunity and meet the market demand, the international rubber and plastic materials manufacturers have actively developed a variety of new thermoplastic elastomer products. Thermoplastic elastomers have a wide range of applications, and the demand for automotive and medical markets has grown most significantly.
Polyurethane elastomer application prospect and development trend
The global consumption of urethane rubber elastomers has been rising rapidly year by year. The foreign authoritative agencies predict that the world will maintain a growth rate of 7%-8% in the next few years. Among them, the automobile industry and footwear industry are the major consumer markets of polyurethane elastomers and the fastest growing consumption. The two major areas.
The major manufacturers of polyurethane elastomers in the world are: United States Futits, Mobay, Dow Chemical, Huntsman, Bayer, Japan, Asahi Glass, Kyowa, NOK. Among them, Bayer and Huntsman companies mainly produce shoe materials, while Dow Chemical, Asahi Glass, NOK and Kyowa are mainly based on automotive machinery parts. At present, these major production companies continue to introduce new varieties to expand into surrounding areas.
Demand for polyurethanes in the domestic market has increased year by year, but some key raw materials also rely mainly on imports, which restricts the development of the polyurethane industry. China should accelerate the localization of production of key raw materials and produce raw materials with excellent performance and low prices.