THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Huntsman Corporation has branded its world leading spray polyurethane foam (SPF) business as Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS). HBS is a global platform within Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division.
The SPF business was formed when Huntsman acquired leading North American SPF company Icynene-Lapolla in February and combined it with Demilec, which Huntsman acquired in 2018. HBS is now one of the world’s leading SPF providers and the fifth largest insulation manufacturer. Simon Baker, previously president of Demilec, and Doug Kramer, formerly president of Icynene-Lapolla, jointly lead HBS. Baker is responsible for Canada and international business and Kramer for U.S. business.
“Integration of the two legacy companies is progressing well and the selection of the new name is an important milestone for the business," said Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division. "I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, notwithstanding the current challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. SPF is a highly attractive growth business; we have a product offering which is second to none and our products provide significant environmental benefits — not just in terms of energy savings, as they are the most effective thermal insulants in the market; but also in terms of the upcycling of PET bottles and scrap, which are used in our TEROL® polyols, a key ingredient in the production of SPF."
Hankins added that HBS will consume significant volumes of the company's lower margin polymeric MDI — the other key ingredient in SPF formulations — to produce higher margin specialized SPF systems.
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2019 revenues of approximately $7 billion. It operates more than 70 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 9,000 associates.