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Region 2011 % AAGR 2012

Region 2011 % AAGR 2012 % AAGR 2013 % AAGR 2014 (kt) 2011/2012 (kt) 2012/2013 (kt) 2013/2014 (kt) NAFTA 2,965 6.2% 3,150 4.8% 3,300 3.9% 3,430 S.America 800 1.3% 810 3.7% 840 3.0% 865 China 5,800 3.8% 6,020 9.6% 6,600 12.1% 7,400 EMEA 5,550 -3.5% 5,355 2.5% 5,490 3.0% 5,653 Asia Pacific 2,450 5.1% 2,575 6.0% 2,730 6.2% 2,900 Total 17,565 2.0% 17,910 5.9% 18,960 6.8% 20,248 Fig. 10: Dr Guertler examines PU flexible foam containing CO 2 derived polyols ( Courtesy Bayer Material Science) Table 1 Estimated PU production by region 2011-2013 (2014 forecast) Today’s polyurethane (PU) industry Within polyurethane chemistry, there is tremendous scope for product differentiation, so that today, there are more 20,000 customers globally, using more than 500 generic product families of polyol and isocyanate. Overall, the global demand for polyurethane has continued to recover from the downturn of 2009. Industry estimates suggest that the global production of PU grew by 5.9 % between 2012 and 2013 to reach an estimated 18,960 tonnes and forecasts suggest further growth of 6.8 % for 2014. Growth varies depending upon region, and other factors including wealth, demography, innovation and product substitution. While some markets have performed worse than expected; India, China and Brazil, other have outperformed forecasts; USA, Mexico, and the UK. Despite lower than expected growth Asia and particular China will continue to be the industry growth drivers as more people can afford to buy PU containing products;mattresses, furniture, shoes, travel and appliances. For further information go to www. polyurethanes.org . ISOPA, the Brussels based Association of European isocyanate and polyol producers has also produced the following film to explain how polyurethane touches our lives. Info: watch video clip at bit.ly/1l4lrKj Source: PU Magazine International & industry estimates Note: EMEA – Europe, Middle East & Africa,NAFTA- US, Canada & Mexico www.pu-magazine.com 54 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9

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