Fenzi Group Issues Caution on Polysulphide IG Sealant
June 8, 2011
Italy-based Fenzi issued a news release on June 7 cautioning
customers to expect future cost increases on polysulphide sealants
as a result of shortages coming from the Toray Thiokol production
facility in Chiba, Japan. Fenzi reports that the Toray facility
was greatly affected by the March earthquake and has told customers
that production of the polymer, which stopped on March 12, is
not likely to resume until July.
According to the Fenzi release: “To make matters worse,
there are problems in getting the infrastructures and electricity
throughout Japan up and running again and this is deeply affecting
the production chain … Over the coming weeks therefore,
problems are likely to emerge with the sourcing of IG sealants
and for this very reason the costs of the products will increase.”
According to Fenzi, this Toray Thiokol production facility in
Chiba produces and caters to approximately 35 percent of the
worldwide demand for polysulphide polymer. The supplier also
notes that the shortages of this particular material are leading
to strengthened demand for alternative sealant materials, including
polyurethane, butyl, silicone and hot-melt.
here to read the news release from Fenzi.
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