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Polyurethane Elastomers

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 6
Summary 8
Introduction 14
Thermosetting 14
Thermoplastic 15
Industry structure and dynamics 16
Manufacturing processes 17
Raw materials 17
Microcellular products 18
Cast systems 19
Millable gums 20
Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers 20
Environmental issues 22
Supply and demand by region 23
United States 23
Producing companies 23
Production 26
Consumption 26
RIM products 28
Automotive RIM applications 29
Nonautomotive RIM applications 31
Cast and poured products 32
Transportation 34
Wheels and tires 34
Machinery 35
Construction 35
Electronics 35
Footwear 35
Other 36
Thermoplastic polyurethane 36
Film and sheet 38
Industrial 38
Transportation 39
Medical 39
Machinery 39
Footwear 40
Other 40
Price 40
Trade 40
Canada 42
Producing companies 42
Consumption 42
Trade 42
Mexico 42
Producing companies 42
Consumption 43
Trade 43
Central and South America 43
Producing companies 43
Consumption 44
Europe, Middle East, and Africa 45
Western Europe 45
Producing companies 45
Production 48
Consumption 49
Microcellular products 51
Cast elastomers 53
RIM elastomers 53
Other thermosets 54
Thermoplastic polyurethane 54
Price 55
Trade 56
Central and Eastern Europe 57
Producing companies 57
Consumption 57
Middle East 59
Producing companies 59
Consumption 60
Africa 61
Producing companies 61
Consumption 61
Mainland China 61
Producing companies 61
Production 64
Consumption 64
Price 66
Trade 68
Japan 69
Producing companies 69
Production 71
Consumption 72
RIM products 73
Microcellular 73
Cast systems 73
Millable gums 74
Thermoplastic polyurethane 74
Price 75
Trade 76
Other Asia 76
Producing companies 76
Consumption 77
India 78
South Korea 79
Taiwan 80
ASEAN 81
Oceania 82
Additional resources 84
Revisions 85
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