Global market trends and the latest technical, legislative and commercial innovations in polyurethanes technology will be discussed in detail at the UTECH Europe 2012 exhibition and conference from 17-19 April 2012 in MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The UTECH Europe exhibition and conference offers materials specialists from across all these industries the perfect opportunity to see global advancements in polyurethane technology including all the latest products and machines.
Opening the UTECH Europe three-day conference will be a keynote presentation from Ding Jiansheng, Chairman of Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co Ltd, China, leading into a Plenary Session focused on celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the invention of polyurethanes chemistry. Six further presentations look back over the history of the industry and assess its prospects for the future. Experts will discuss the development of the key raw materials and processing equipment used to make these versatile materials.
In the afternoon of the first day two papers look at the development of and prospects for the global markets amid the current turmoil in the world’s leading economies, including a special report on the development of the polyurethanes industry in Indonesia. This is followed by an Innovations session, with papers detailing recent work from the world’s leading suppliers. The parallel session in the afternoon comprises papers looking at the latest advances in “Green” chemistry, raw materials based on renewable resources.
The main technical conference continues through to 19 April, in a series of half-day sessions focused on the key technical developments in the use of polyurethanes to make rigid and flexible foams, and CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers), with a separate session on the final day discussing more scientific approaches to the production of polyurethanes -based products.
In addition to the technical programme, there will be separate sessions created by ISOPA (the European Diisocyanate and Polyols Producers Association) and the Polyurea Development Association Europe. The first of these, in the afternoon of the second day of the conference, will address key safety, health and environmental issues.
In the second special session, on the morning of the final day of the conference, 19 April, the latest commercial and technical developments relating to the fast-growing polyureas market will be discussed.
Among more than 100 exhibitors are industry leaders Bayer, BASF, Huntsman, BorsodChem, Wanhua, Shell, Repsol, Baule, Dow, Silcart and Evonik as well as systems houses, technical consultancies, and test laboratories.
Last time the event was held in 2009. More than 3000 decision makers came from more than 85 different countries worldwide.
To attend the paid-for UTECH Europe conference and the exhibition register online at www.utecheurope.eu . Exhibition visitors can pre-register on the website for free entry or pay € 25,- on the day. Travel and accommodation information is also available on the website.