London -- Polyurethane industry representatives can now register to attend the UTECH Europe 2012 exhibition and also to be a delegate at the accompanying three-day conference, in Maastricht, The Netherlands, 17-19 April.
The event will celebrate 75 years of the polyurethanes sector: Prof Otto Bayer filed the initial patent marking the advent of polyurethanes chemistry in 1937.
Crain Communications Ltd, the organisers of UTECH Europe 2012, have announced the full speaker programme for the three-day conference and confirmed that the accompanying exhibition will be the biggest ever staged.
Anyone wishing to book a conference place or register for the free-to-attend exhibition can now do so online at www.utecheurope.eu
"This is set to be our most successful event ever," said Sue Rothwell, business development director at Crain Communications Ltd, organiser of the UTECH events. "Interest from exhibitors has been so strong that we have just had to extend the exhibition space to cater for increased demand and this too is selling fast," Rothwell added.
The UTECH Europe 2012 event offers materials specialists from across all these industries the perfect opportunity to see many global advances in polyurethane technology including the latest products and machines. 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.
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 eight papers detailing recent work from the world's leading suppliers. The parallel session in the afternoon comprises 10 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 PU-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.
See more on the UTECH Europe website -- www.utecheurope.eu