If you read my last editorial, you’ll know that I’ve been on a trip to Moscow in the meantime, where I ‘enjoyed’ the inevitably freezing cold February weather. I was somewhat sceptical this time, because the Polyurethanex & Composite-Expo had moved venue. The exhibition used to be held in the old Moscow exhibition halls, in the centre of the city – not the most beautiful place! What I hadn’t realised was that the Interlakokraska (Russias’ coatings show) would be taking place at the same time. To make things even better, the Inventra PU&TPU conference was held the day before the start of the show.  Consequently I can say that I’ve never experienced such a well-attended Polyurethanex – I think this combination of simultaneous events works extremely well and will be repeated next year.  As the only non-russian speaking delegate at the PU&TPU conference, I received my own translator – which sometimes made it a little difficult to follow proceedings. Nevertheless I’d like to say a great big ‘thank you’ to Nikolay Asatiani and Maria Kryukova from Inventra for this service.

… first of all, an example of Russian humour …

The optimist learns English.
The pessimist learns Chinese.
The Realist “Kalashnikow”
The President of NAPPAN (Association) told me this joke, he speaks fluent Italian by the way – and I’m not sure what I should make of it.

I learnt ENGLISH!

Here’s some information on the Russian market:
Total polyurethane consumption in Russia was 275,000 tons in 2016. As Russia still doesn’t have their own isocyanate production, the import figures (2016) are as follows:
Total consumption: 157.200 tons/y, thereof 113.600 tons MDI (72 %), 39.000 tons TDI (25 %) and 4.600 t others (3 %).

What really surprised me was the relatively huge consumption of TPU, which counted for 3700 tons in 2016 (2015: 2900 tons).

More information is available on request.

I’m currently working on my PU Elastomer industry meeting in September – further information can be found on the events calendar – gathering a few relevant consumption figures. Unfortunately without the support of the system manufacturers, but with quite a lot of help from the PU cast elastomer producers in the DACH countries. Participants will be able to see the results in the conference follow up.

Grafiken-1-deGraphik 1: The largest consumers of imported isocyanates in Russia 2014–2016. (Inventra, Maria Dubinina)

Grafiken-2-enGraphik 2: TPU Imports to Russia in 2016 by country of origin. (EURASIAN Chemical Market, Boris Gaevskij)

Grafiken-3-enGraphik 3: TPU Imports to Russia in 2016 by producer. (EURASIAN Chemical Market, Boris Gaevskij)

Birgit Harreither