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Polyurethanes capacity buildup will help meet rising demand

8:34 AM MDT | October 4, 2013 | —Natasha Alperowicz

Polyurethanes (PUs) are regarded as the most versatile of all polymers. Users are attracted by the products’ affordability, safety, and recyclability, and demand is expected to grow above 5%/year for the next five years. Major PU components include the aromatics isocyanates—toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene di- para -phenylene isocyanate (MDI)—and polyols, the main precursor of which is propylene oxide (PO)....

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