Polyols Market Share To 2020- Dominated By Asia Pacific

The worldwide polyols market has expanded imperatively in the past few years. It is predicted to expand further in the coming five years. The regions of Asia Pacific and rest of the world are estimated to expand at higher rates than the worldwide market. There are three chief applications of polyols. The polyols market is developing constantly.

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This is owing to expansion in automotives, augmentation in building activities and increasing need for resins, fabrics and fibers. The polyols market is segmented on the basis of applications, kinds and geographical regions. The three applications are polyurethane (rigid foams), polyurethane (flexible foams) and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers).

The polyols market is also segmented on the basis of kinds into polyester polyols and polyether polyols. The four geographical regions of the market include Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and rest of the world. Asia Pacific is the biggest client of polyols in the world. The Asian Pacific polyols market is predicted to rise during the anticipated phase (2014 to 2019). This is anticipated to happen at about 10 percent CAGR.

India, Japan and China are some of the most important markets in Asia Pacific. The requirement for polyols in these nations is pushed ahead by increasing consumption in the industries of consumers. Increased requirement for bio-based solutions in order to decrease dependence on meager raw materials and enhance carbon footprint is predicted to propel the polyols market in the next six years.

However, unevenness in the costs of raw materials is slowing down the polyols market through the anticipated phase. The demand for polyether polyols is hugely propelled by demand from the industry of polyurethanes. Boost in the use of bio-based polyether polyols acts as a vital prospect in the polyols market. Health dangers linked with polyether polyols are predicted to hinder the market growth.

Polyols Market Share

Source: Grand View Research


Australian environmentalists propagate awareness on aerosol canister recycling

Environmental organization Planet Ark will begin its campaign during the National Recycling Week to inform the public about aerosol recycling following the publication of research showing that many Australians are ill-informed about the issue.

Planet Ark conducted a survey of 1,003 Australian residents this year on their recycling habits and found that 54 per cent believed wrongly that aerosol cans could not be recycled (in fact, aerosols are fully recyclable, just like any other type of metal packaging.

Twelve per cent said they didn’t know, while just 33 per cent said it was possible.

Planet Ark has teamed up with Unilever, the company behind popular deodorant brands such as Rexona, Dove and Lynx, to help raise awareness about safe recycling of aerosol products during National Recycling Week

Unilever is a signatory to the National Packaging Covenant and has in place an ambitious sustainability agenda to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact.

Among the company’s key focus areas is a target to halve the waste associated with the disposal of its products and make it easier for consumers to recycle.

Consumer aerosols have been safely and effectively recycled for several decades but people have been unaware or unsure, so the more information out there the better.

John Bigley, president of the Aerosol Association of Australia and managing director of Ardagh Australasia, has reportedly said that  metal packaging world have been well aware for many years about the recyclability credentials of tinplate and aluminum as used in the production of aerosol cans.

However, it is extremely encouraging to see that in NRW aerosols are being exposed in such a positive way and the key is to improve peoples’ understanding about recycling.

However many observers have said that the campaign’s success could only be measured in people’s knowledge based on a follow-up survey rather than the improvement in the actual number of aerosols recycled.


After US explosion, Holland youth becomes victim to aerosol misuse

After an aerosol can explosion in a University in the United States, another misuse report of this spirited industrial substance has emerged, this time from Holland.

On autopsy of the body of a 20-year old man who was found dead in September has revealed that he had inhaled aerosol before his death.

Holland Hospitals has further determined that the cause of Soto’s death was drowning, but the inhalants likely led to to him drowning in the first place.

Several chemicals found in commercial aerosol products were found in significant traces in the deceased’s blood.

Inhaling fumes from aerosols such as cleaners, markers or glue is known as “huffing,” a habit Soto’s mother has said publicly acknowledged that his son indeed had.

Huffing causes a brief “euphoria” , which is characterized by light-headedness, but is very dangerous. It can cause a lack of oxygen in the participants, who commonly pass out, and can even cause heart failure due to uneven heart beats which the substances trigger. It has been suggested that the 20-year old continued huffing for a long time to have an effect which lead to his death.

According to Ottawa County’s medical examiner, Dr. David Start, huffing is related to one or two deaths examined in his office every year. Death related to drug use has become a more common cause of death in Michigan than deaths from car crashes, he said.

He further expressed his concern over the rising cases of drug over doze, especially among the young population.


Unusual danger posed by canned aerosol

This week an explosion occurred at the Montana State University which has a called for an increased scrutiny over the danger posed by canned aerosols.
However on going through the details of the case it is clear that the incident occurred due to the mis- handling of the container by the student and that the aerosol market will certainly not collapse over an issue like this.
Most aerosol cans use some kind of hydrocarbon as a way to get the product out of the can by pushing it. These hydrocarbons are highly inflammable which raises the risk if one has fire nearby.

However, at Montana State University, students are prohibited from having an open flame in their room. However it is said that a lighter was the source of fire and that a very large amount of aerosol has to be sprayed out to cause an explosion of that magnitude.

The product is said to be of high concentration which the student, who apparently smelled it to get a “kick” out of it, had mixed in the air until it reached a source of combustion.

Aerosol canned products are categorized into three levels, Coburn says the Freez-It product involved in the explosion most likely fell into the level 3 category that include things like spray paint and carburetor fluid.

Level one is the least hazardous it is a water-based product, level two is usually an alcohol based product which is your hair sprays and level three is a little more hazardous.

It is ideally common sense be aware of the pretty prominent warning label posted on the back of a can to avoid any accidental fires or explosions. The students, as a sign of clear recklessness on their part had most likely chosen to avoid the sign or never bothered to read it to begin with.

A spokesman  of the university has reportedly said that a lighter ban in the dorms would not have changed the outcome of Thursday’s incident, as he insists that there was “simply a lack of common sense”.


NASA to launch new device for aerosol detection

In order to investigate the layers and composition of clouds and tiny airborne particles like dust, smoke and other atmospheric aerosols, NASA has developed an instrument called the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, or CATS. The instrument is expected to reach the orbit with a satellite launch in late December.

Aerosols are both natural and man-made, and include windblown desert dust, sea salt, smoke from fires, sulfurous particles from volcanic eruptions, and particles from fossil fuel combustion.

Currently, scientists get a broad picture of clouds and air quality conditions in the atmosphere and generate air quality forecasts by combining satellite, aircraft, and ground-based data with sophisticated computer models. However, most datasets do not provide information about the layered structure of clouds and aerosols.

CATS will provide data about aerosols at different levels of the atmosphere. The data are expected to improve scientists’ ability to track different cloud and aerosol types throughout the atmosphere.

These datasets will be used to improve strategic and hazard-warning capabilities of events in near real-time, such as tracking plumes from dust storms, volcanic eruptions, and wildfires. The information could also feed into climate models to help understand the effects of clouds and aerosols on Earth’s energy balance.

Alongwith the study of climate changes, the device will also allow them to investigate air quality and how atmospheric particles affect daily life on Earth. This ranges from volcanic eruptions, dust storms, pollution levels and wildfire outbreak.

By infusing CATS data directly into aerosol models, data from CATS can make a difference in tracking and responding to impacts of natural activity in the future and in taking prevention measures.

It is unclear if the launch will affect the natural aerosols market in any way which are used for commercial purposes and differ in their composition.