London-The European Union's role in setting the sustainability agenda will be a key focus of the upcoming UTECH Europe 2009 Conference.
A presentation on 'Sustainable Production and Consumption: Challenges and Opportunities,' by Timo Mäkelä, Director - Sustainable Development and Integration - in the DG Environment of the European Commission, will open the Plenary Session of this key event for the polyurethanes sector.
His presentation will be complemented by others on the sustainability issue including one already agreed from the UK's Building Research Establishment, addressing the responses needed from the construction sector, according to Crain Communications Ltd, organisers of the 31 March-2 April 2009 event in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Crain also announced that the Polyurea Development Association Europe will be running a half-day session on the morning of the final day of the conference, 2 April, detailing the latest commercial and technical developments relating to this fast-growing market.
This is in addition to the half-day session being organised by ISOPA (the European Diisocyanate and Polyols Producers Association) on the second day of the conference, 1 April, addressing key safety, health and environmental issues including an overview of the latest status of the European Union's REACH legislation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), which is now well into implementation.
<b>Technical conference oversubscribed</b>
Meanwhile, more than 60 technical presentations from leading players in the sector have been offered for the main technical sessions of the UTECH Europe 2009 Conference, added Crain in a 14 April press announcement.
Final selection of the papers for the technical sessions will take place in May, but key topics emerging from the submissions include recent moves in the development of raw materials based on sustainable crops, new advances in meeting the exacting requirements of the automotive, flexible and rigid foam sectors, as well as the development of novel ancillary materials such as flame retardants, blowing agents, curatives and surfactants.
The conference, the first major polyurethanes event in Europe since 2006, runs alongside a major exhibition featuring more than 100 companies supplying raw materials, processing equipment and other services to the PU sector.
As previously announced, the conference will open with a keynote presentation from Patrick Thomas, chief executive officer of Bayer MaterialScience AG-the world's leading supplier of raw materials for the polyurethanes sector.
The whole event is expected to attract more than 3500 specialists, with more than 500 attending the conference.
Full conference details and booking information can be obtained from UTECH 2009 Conference, Crain Communications Ltd, 21 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9EU; Tel: +44 (0)20 7457 1400; Fax: +44 (0)20 7457 1440; E-mail: [email protected] or via the UTECH link on the Website:
PIC: Opening speaker Timo Mäkelä, Director - Sustainable Development and Integration - in the DG Environment of the European Commission