Pudong, China -- Visitors from the Chinese and global polyurethanes industry attended the UTECH Asia/PU China 2011 exhibition, which opened in Pudong on the edge of Shanghai 6 Sept, in high numbers.
Organisers Crain Communications Ltd, publisher of Urethanes Technology International, and China Minmetals Corp., have not yet revealed the official number of attendees for the crowded and busy first day, but said they were "very pleased" with the level of visitors.
Exhibitors Urethanes Technology International spoke to were also happy with the number and quality of visitors to their stands. First time exhibitor Invista, maker of polyols for the rigid foam sector, was typical of the exhibitors UTI spoke to on the opening day. The company had a good first day with "a lot of interest from potential customers," said Bill Trowell, global business director for the Terate polyols business.
At Polish polyols producer Rokita SA, Charles Ritchie, manager of the polyols business, said many Chinese companies with an interest in the company's products had visited the stand -- with the only drawback sometimes the need for an interpreter because of the language difference.
Chinese companies visiting the booth of ISOPA, the European Diisocyanates and Polyols Association, were taking away the organisation's poster on safe handling and showing a genuine interest in putting the safe practices described into operation, commented Wolfram Frank, secretary general of the Brussels-based association. China's polyurethane sector seems to be ready to exploit ISOPA's revamped 'Walk the Talk' programme for handling materials safely and protecting workers from hazards, as was the Indian PU business, when ISOPA presented the programme there earlier this year, Frank observed.