London-The full conference programme for UTECH Europe 2006 is now available, with a wide range of presentations setting the scene for the next stage in the industry's evolution.This key event for the international polyurethanes industry, runs 28-30 March in the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre, in the Netherlands, and comprises a 100-strong exhibition of suppliers of materials and processing technologies to this innovative sector, and a major international conference. It is expected to attract more than 3000 people to the south eastern corner of the Netherlands, close to the German and Belgian borders.The conference opens with a mjor Plenary Session detailing prospects in three key developing markets. Market growth in polyurethanes in eastern Europe, at more than 6 percent per annum, will outpace that in the rest of Europe where growth will average just 2.2 percent a year over the coming few years, a recent report from IAL Consultants says. Further east, the polyurethanes business in India is set to double in size from its present 130 ktpa in the next five years, speakers at the recent PU TECH meeting there said, while the People's Republic of China - spurred by major additions of raw material capacity in the first half of 2006 - will see growth only just under 10 percent per annum, reaching 4 million tonnes before the end of this decade, making it the second largest market in the world.All of these developments, and more, will come under scrutiny by Angela Austin of IAL Consultants, opening the Plenary Session of the UTECH Europe conference. Other presentations in the session, by Martin Casey, vice president of strategy with Huntsman Polyurethanes, Zoltan Demjen, managing director of Elastogran Kemipur Ltd in Hungary, and KA Shah, whole-time director with Narmada Chematur, India's sole maker of TDI (toluene diisocyanate), will provide in-depth analysis of the prospects and potential difficulties in each of these key growth markets.In addition, ISOPA, the European Isocyanate and Polyol Producers Association is organising a major session in the UTECH Europe event, discussing the current and developing environmental, health and safety issues in the sector. Presentations in this session will highlight key concerns for the future of the industry at European and international level, with speakers on product stewardship, recycling, flame retardants and blowing agents discussing their various concerns. Other topics in the session will include the ramifications of REACH (European plans for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), the competitivity of PU-based materials, and a close look at regulatory developments in North America, with an assessment of whether they are likely to migrate to Europe.The major technical section of the UTECH Europe conference, featuring more than 50 presentations from internationally recognised experts, will provide a key opportunity for all polyurethane processors to hear of the latest improvements in polyurethanes technology, showing them how to improve their own operations to meet the various growing challenges.These technical presentations are grouped in eight sessions detailing the advances in all key applications sectors including automotive, rigid and flexible foams, Footwear and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers), as well as a separate section on Innovation.This event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the UTECH Europe concept, created and still organised by IPI BV of the Netherlands and Crain Communications Ltd of London, and involves all of Europe's major suppliers to this fast-growing segment of the plastics industry.Make your date to find out what's happening in the fastest-growing segment of the polymer industry now; And note that conference reservation before 17 Feb. saves £95 over the on-site price.For further details, including on-line registration, please visit www.utech-2006.com, or Email: [email protected]CONFERENCE OVERVIEWDay 1, Tuesday 28 March 200610:00 Opening session10:20: Plenary Session: Emerging markets, Prospects and pitfalls14:00 Room 1: Automotive session; Room 2: Rigid foams session ADay 2, Wednesday 29 March 200610:00 Room1: Environmental safety and health session; Room 2: Rigid foams session B14:00 Room 2: Rigid foams session C; Room 1: Flexible foams session ADay 3, Thursday 30 March 200610:00 Room 1: Flexible foams session B; Room 2; Footwear & CASE session A14:00 Room 1: Innovation session; Footwear & CASE session BCONFERENCE CLOSES 16:00POSTER SESSIONRuns daily 10:00 - 17:30, Days 1 and 2; 10:00 - 15:00 Day 3"