Materials and Markets
Germany processes about 30 % of the west European market in foamed plastics made of polyethylene, polypropylene, XPS, EPS, melamine resin foam, PVC foam, foamed rubber and polyurethane. The branch turnover in 2008 was close to 9 billion Euros with about 1.8 million tons of processed foamed plastics. The turnover for 2009, with around 7 billion Euros and about 1.5 million tons processed quantities of the named materials, was clearly below that of the preceding years. In 2010 these figures are likely to once again be just slightly below those of 2008. Not included in these figures are rigid thermoplastic foams such as for example rigid foam sheets or plant carriers.
In 2009 the percentage of foamed plastics and polyurethanes used in the building sector was at around 29 %, vehicles at 13 %, furniture and mattresses at 23 %, varnishes/paints/shoes/consumer goods at 23 % and the countless technical applications at 12 %.
Of the materials represented by the FSK polyurethane is, by weight, one of the most processed materials. Not only are things like car seats and/or automotive components or insulating materials foamed with polyurethane but also hard housing parts, varnishes, adhesives and semi-hard components are manufactured. This of course weighs much more than for example melamine resin foam, recorded in cubic and, one of the lightest special foams.
Branch breakdown of foamed plastics in Germany 2009
Frankfurt (FSK) . After one to two years of a difficult market situation cellular plastic andpolyurethane processors are now looking clearly into a more optimistic future. According toDr. Hans W. Schloz, Managing Director of the FSK, the branch is...