Getting polyurea into standards and specs is one aim of industry body
By Liz White
The Polyurea Development Association – Europe (PDA-Europe) remains focussed on its original brief: to pursue the interests of the European polyurea industry, emphasised the group’s incoming president Romuald Bartczak, general manager of Belgian polyurea systems developer FlexGuard.
Bartzcak said that PDA-Europe made this decision at a board meeting in June, and issued statements to assure members that it was remaining a polyurea grouping.
That decision followed the move by the US PDA to broaden its remit and welcome into its membership “associated technologies such as as PU and hybrids, and also topcoats and primers,” as the US association’s executive director Lou Frank told the recent PDA-Europe meeting. The US group has become “PDA — The Association for high performance elastomeric technologies.”
While Frank said that the “backbone of PDA (in the US) is polyurea,” he noted that the US group is struggling with the same issues that beset the European one, such as the need to increase membership and raise funds.
PDA Europe feels no urge to follow the same route: It is “the leading organisation representing the interests of the European polyurea market,” according to Marc Broekart of Huntsman, chair of PDA-Europe’s membership committee. And, he added, “The way things are going, we might become a global one, who knows?”
Broekaert said that at…