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Fit growing demand of WBPU hydro, Hopax raises capacity

Published on 2006-04-17. Author : SpecialChem

Hopax's expansion of hydrophilizing agent for water-borne polyurethane (WBPU) is scheduled to be completed by 3Q 2006 to fit the needs of market demand. Foresee the growth strength in the near future, Hopax Fine Chemicals is to build new plant to raise its capacity of WBPU additives by six folds. The new manufacturing facilities are as part of its millions investment in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The increase in production volume will benefit the emerging global WBPU manufacturers to have more competitive advantage on pricing.

Most of main players in PU industry are heading to develop higher-pricing water-borne polyurethane due to environmental legislation and market demand, while de-facto PU manufacturers are suffering from over-supply on traditional solvent-borne PU, which is currently drawing attention on VOC (volatile organic compounds) concerns.

Hopax positions itself as made-to-order supplier of WBPU additives. The sales of Hopax's WBPU additives have been growing along with customers' thrive. Hopax witnesses the growth of WBPU From 2002 to 2005, usage of water-borne polyurethane in Great China area grew at a compounded annual rate of 18 percent per year.

"With competitive pricing policy and customization-oriented R&D strategy, our perspective is to build long-term relationships with our customers since our products play a significant role for the formation of WBPU." said Dr. Wei, the Vice President of Hopax Fine Chemicals. "By the state-of-the-art sulfonation production, Hopax is enable to provide high performance hydrophilizing agent with reasonable price."

Hopax's WBPU hydrophilizing agent are broadly applied in various fields of CASE (coating, adhesive, sealant, and elastomers.) By the end of 2006, Hopax will also introduce a new series of WBPU additivess. The main components of its product strategy are helping its WBPU additives users to creating items in high-end market.

Source: Taiwan Hopax Chems. Mfg. Co., LTD.

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