All Set For Utech Europe 2009

With 5 months still to go, space allocated within the exhibition almost exceeds the total space taken in 2006 and is well on target to match the record-breaking size of the 2006 exhibition. "There is a tremendous mood of enthusiasm, " says Tony Kenter, Managing Director of Industrial Promotions International BV (I.P.I.). "With over 100 companies from all over the world confirmed as exhibitors as well as a number of options, with the likelihood of that being taken up in the coming weeks, UTECH Europe 2009 is set for success."

The event – which takes place for the second time in MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2009 – is the largest dedicated polyurethane exhibition and conference in the world. Important to anyone with an interest in the international polyurethane industry. Looking at the list of exhibits it is truly all-embracing. There is a very rich diversity of exhibits covering all aspects of the polyurethanes industry, from machinery to chemicals to service companies. Tony Kenter: "We, and all our exhibitors including those from China, look forward to a highly stimulating three days as the 2009 show will share many of the features of previous events, including a stimulating and highly topical conference programme."

UTECH Europe has developed over the years into a benchmark for specialised knowledge and technology related to the polyurethanes industry. "We have reached a distinctive position that is truly unique, " the organiser continues. "And it is our intention to make sure that UTECH Europe 2009 keeps its position as the most important European show for the polyurethanes industry."

The current exhibitors list for the ninth UTECH Europe features companies, such as Huntsman, BASF/Elastogran, Bayer Material Science, Air Products, Repsol, Arkema, Cannon, Baulé, Solvay Fluor, Evonik, Invista, Tosoh, Momentive, Shell, Yantai, Dow Chemicals and many other leading players. You can find a complete list of exhibitors on

The conference programme addresses a range of issues vital to companies wishing to contribute to the development of PU. This major three-day event opens on 31 March 2009, with a Keynote presentation from Patrick Thomas, chief executive officer of Bayer MaterialScience, leading into a Plenary Session focussed on the concept of sustainability. This first morning ends with a trio of presentations looking at the situation of and prospects for key developing markets of India, eastern Europe and, of course, the People's Republic of China.

The main technical conference, opening on the afternoon of the first day, will run through to 2 April, in a series of half-day sessions focussed on the key technical developments in the use of polyurethanes to make automotive products, rigid and flexible foams, and CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers), with a separate session on the final day discussing new production techniques for automotive applications.

In addition, there will be separate sessions presented by ISOPA (the European Diisocyanate and Polyols Producers Association) and the recently formed Polyurea Development Association Europe. The first of these, in the afternoon of the second day of the conference, will address 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.

Without doubt, this combination of high-level information on technical, legislative and commercial activities in the polyurethanes sector, will make the UTECH Europe 2009 Conference an unmissable event.

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