Brussels, Belgium – ISOPA celebrated its 30-year anniversary on 28 November at the Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels.
The European trade association for producers of diisocyanates and polyols was founded in 1987 in response to the Montreal Protocol. The association promotes the safe handling of isocyanates and the benefits of their use to downstream users, policy makers and consumers
Its initiatives such as Walk the Talk and One Step Ahead training have been important parts of the group’s information programmes.
ISOPA said that it has trained nearly 7000 drivers in the safe loading and unloading of isocyanates. The group has also built a passive house in Brussels to demonstrate the benefits of using polyurethane insulation in Europe and beyond.
Speaking at the evening event, the association's general secretary, Jorg Palmersheim, said: ‘ISOPA has always taken sustainability very seriously and we are proud of the great work that has been carried out over the past 30 years. We wanted to celebrate our successes, but also take this as an opportunity to reflect on the present situation and look to the future, and I thank all who joined us from near and far for this special event.’
He was joined with a number of past general secretaries, and President Mike Flowers welcomed visitors.