Dow Polyurethanes, Midland, Mich., increased off-list prices for
its pure and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI)
products and VORANOL* polyether and co-polymer polyols by 6 cents
per pound for rail-car shipments. The MDI price increase is for
flexible coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, as well as
rigid applications in North America. The increase for polyether and
co-polymer polyols applies to coatings, adhesives, sealants,
elastomers and rigid applications in North America. The price
increases were effective Jan. 1.
"There has been continued cost pressure on MDI and polyol
production throughout 2002," says Richard Beitel, Dow
Polyurethanes' commercial director. "The result has been a decrease
in margins and loss of profitability for Dow Polyurethanes. To be a
viable, long-term supplier of these products, we need to increase
prices and recover our losses."
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