UTECH Europe 2009: Focus on sustainability, as the world's biggest polyurethane technology forum takes shape
London-More than 20 technical presentations for the upcoming UTECH Europe 2009 Conference have already been received, following the Call for Papers issued in September, and compilation of the full programme is planned to be completed early in the New Year 2008, according to the organisers, Crain Communications Ltd.
"Although the initial response to the Call for Papers has been extremely gratifying, there is still time for companies and individuals to offer presentations for the event, since the 23 February 2009 deadline for submission of paper offers is several weeks away," said Paul Mitchell, managing director of Crain Communications.
In parallel with this open opportunity for companies active in the polyurethanes sector to contribute technical presentations to the event, Crain is approaching a number of key speakers and organisations capable of providing high-level presentations addressing the sustainability issues surrounding the polyurethanes industry.
Sustainability-defined as the ability to make and supply products and components without long-term disruption of the environment and depletion of resources-is now high on the agenda, with major automotive, furniture and building concerns around the world making environmental issues a key element in their future business plans. Governments and international regulatory bodies are also formulating policies which will make sustainable development an essential component of future requirements and legislation.
"While more than 50 technical presentations will form the core of this major three-day conference, we are keen to focus attention on the sustainability situation, which could impact the continued existence of the PU industry," Mitchell explained. "This focus will be assisted by input from ISOPA (the European Isocyanate and Polyols Producers Association)," he said.
"I am also pleased to announce that compilation of the programme will be in the capable hands of David Reed, consultant editor of Urethanes Technology International magazine, who has been involved in creating the high-level UTECH conferences around the world since they first started, back in 1986," Mitchell concluded.
The UTECH Europe 2009 event is the latest triennial showcase dedicated to the polyurethanes industry. With a major exhibition involving over 100 companies active in the sector running alongside the conference, the meeting will provide a valuable window on the issues and opportunities facing the industry.
To be staged 31 March - 2 April 2009 at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC, pictured) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, UTECH Europe has already contracted more than two thirds of its exhibition space. Over 50 companies have booked space in the exhibition, including the major suppliers of raw materials and processing equipment to the sector as well as others representing all segments of the polyurethane business. [NOTE TO EDITORS: A full current list of exhibitors is attached, and a regularly updated version is presented at www.utecheurope.nl.]
UTECH Europe has developed a wide following over the course of the last 21 years, and its regular visitors-typically more than 3000 people-comprise commercial and technical specialists from virtually every section of industry. The industries involved include automotive, aerospace, electrical and electronics, building and construction, and furnishings, as well as the sports, medical and other specialist fields that have harnessed the versatility of polyurethanes technology.
UTECH Europe 2009 is the latest in the series of major international PU industry events organised by Industrial Promotions International, the Netherlands-one of the leading organisers of international niche exhibitions-in partnership with Crain Communications Ltd, London branch of America's largest privately held publishing company. Since the first UTECH event, held in The Hague, The Netherlands, in March 1986, this partnership has launched and organised exhibitions for the polyurethane industries in China, Singapore, Brazil, and The Netherlands, as well as most recently in the US in 2007.
For the latest information about the UTECH Europe 2009 exhibition, visit the Website: www.utecheurope.nl
To receive a pre-registration form, please contact Marleen Jerusalem or Gerdi Hondebrink on Tel: +31 547 27 15 66; Fax: +31 547 26 12 38; E-mail:.
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;or via the UTECH link on the Website: www.urethanes-technology-international.com.