Mining products grow US market for Sydney PU firm

By Kate Tilley
Correspondent

Published: July 18, 2013 12:16 pm ET
Updated: July 18, 2013 12:18 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials Construction
Companies & Associations

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — A Sydney-based polyurethane manufacturer that has acquired two companies so far this year is growing its U.S. presence by focusing on PU products for mining-industry applications.

Global PU supplier Era Polymers Pty. Ltd. manufactures a range of PU products, including rigid and flexible foams; cast elastomer prepolymers; binders that bind reconstituted rubber to make sports surfaces, playgrounds and pavers; and coatings for timber floors.

Era now has two manufacturing sites in Sydney, and one each in Melbourne and Auckland, New Zealand. It has sales offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland and Singapore; and research and development laboratories in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Alex Papamanuel, Era sales director, said the company has focused on growing its international presence in the last few years and exports to more than 70 countries. It has stock warehouses in all Australian capital cities, Malaysia, Shanghai, Dubai, Belgium, Canada, and California and Illinois, in the U.S., he said.

Papamanuel said Era’s focus in the U.S. is supplying high-performance PU elastomers for high-wear applications, particularly for the mining industry.

He said Era’s products are “well received” and have a “good track record” in the U.S. because Australia is known for its expertise as a mining country.

Era has exported directly to several U.S. companies for at least 10 years, but its U.S. focus “took off” in September 2011 when it formed a relationship with chemicals e-distributor ChemPoint.com, which is a subsidiary of a global chemical distributor Univar Inc. of Redmond, Wash.

Papamanuel said Era, unlike other Australian manufacturers, has witnessed no downturn in Australia’s PU foam market. He attributes Era’s market growth to focusing on new opportunities in the building and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries.

Era bought two Australian PU manufacturers this year, but Papamanuel said no more acquisitions are planned in the immediate future and two is “enough for now.”

Era bought Melbourne-based PU system manufacturer Ariel Industries Pty. Ltd. on May 1 to strengthen its presence in the PU foam industry, particularly for the LNG market. Papamanuel said Ariel already has developed many foam formulations approved for LNG applications, which will see growth opportunities in the next decade and beyond.

Papamanuel said Ariel’s transition to ownership by Era is a “strategic positive” because it gives Era a manufacturing facility in Melbourne.

Era bought Sydney-based Urethane Coatings Pty. Ltd. in February to strengthened its floor coatings business. Urethane Coatings manufactures coatings and ancillary products suitable for timber, parquetry, cork and concrete flooring. Era did not keep the company’s Sydney plant, but consolidated manufacturing operations into Era’s existing plants, Papamanuel said.

He said the acquisitions are “opportunities that presented themselves” and Era was able to take advantage of them. He would not disclose acquisition costs.

 


Comments

Mining products grow US market for Sydney PU firm

By Kate Tilley
Correspondent

Published: July 18, 2013 12:16 pm ET
Updated: July 18, 2013 12:18 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Ford moving forward in carbon fiber for 'high volume' use

April 17, 2015 10:21 am ET

Ford Motor Co. has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight...    More

Image

Force majeure declared at six European sites since mid-March

April 17, 2015 1:10 pm ET

At least six European resin makers have declared force majeure on polyethylene, polypropylene and related products since mid-March, leading to higher ...    More

Image

Executives step down from Star Thermoplastics

April 17, 2015 12:56 pm ET

Executives Randall Fortin and Larry Johnson no longer are with materials firm Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers Inc.    More

Image

Zoltek expanding CF capacity in Europe

April 17, 2015 10:12 am ET

Leading carbon fiber group Zoltek Corp. has signed a strategic agreement with the Hungarian government to expand its operation in northern Hungary,...    More

Image

Hanwha Azdel adds capacity in Lynchburg

April 16, 2015 2:01 pm ET

Composite maker Hanwha Azdel Inc. will add space and a new production line at its Lynchburg, Va., production facility, the company announced April 16.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events