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Polyurethane Elastomers

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary4
Summary6
Introduction11
Industry structure and dynamics13
Manufacturing processes14
Raw materials14
Microcellular products14
Cast systems16
Millable gums17
Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers17
Environmental issues18
Supply and demand by region19
United States19
Producing companies19
Production21
Consumption22
RIM products23
Automotive RIM applications24
Nonautomotive RIM applications25
Cast and poured products26
Transportation28
Wheels and tires29
Machinery29
Construction29
Electronics30
Footwear30
Other30
Thermoplastic polyurethane30
Film and sheet32
Industrial32
Transportation33
Medical33
Machinery33
Footwear33
Other34
Price34
Trade34
Canada35
Producing companies35
Salient statistics35
Trade36
Mexico36
Producing companies36
Salient statistics36
Trade37
Central and South America37
Producing companies37
Consumption37
Europe, Middle East, and Africa38
Western Europe39
Producing companies39
Production42
Consumption42
Microcellular products44
Cast elastomers45
RIM elastomers46
Other thermosets46
Thermoplastic polyurethane46
Automotive47
Sports, leisure, and footwear47
Film and sheet47
Price48
Trade48
Central and Eastern Europe49
Producers49
Consumption49
Middle East and Africa50
Japan51
Producing companies51
Production53
Consumption54
RIM products54
Microcellular55
Cast systems55
Millable gums55
Thermoplastic polyurethane55
Price56
Trade57
China57
Producing companies57
Production60
Consumption60
Price62
Trade63
Other Asia64
Producing companies64
Consumption65
Oceania65
Bibliography67

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