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By David Reed, UT EditorLondon-The full set of commercial and technical presentations from the UTECH Europe 2003 conference are now available, free of charge, from the Urethanes Technology website: www.urethanestechnology.comMore than 60 presentations were made at this key event for the global polyurethanes industry, and the depth of information presented is extensive. All of the world’s leading companies made presentations, with topics ranging from a detailed review of the market opportunities in the global polyurethanes industry and a detailed examination of the impact of the European Union’s REACH proposals, through to a wide range of more specific technical topics, under eight main headings, as listed below.Opening SessionWelcome Presentation: Welcome presentation, Dr Reinhard Leppekes, Elastogran GmbH, President of ISSOPA, the European Isocyanate Producers Association.Opening remarks: David Reed, Organiser of the UTECH Conference, Editor Urethanes Technology magazine, Crain Communications Ltd.Plenary SessionCurrent regulations and their inadequacy Bjorn Hansen, Head of Sector Existing Chemicals, Joint Research Centre, European Commission.The emerging regulations – key points, and impact on costs and competitiveness, Dr Uta Jensen-Korte, Director Chemicals Policy/Regulatory Affairs, Cefic, Brussels.Expected impact on the Polyurethanes Industry, Dr Mike Jeffs, Secretary General, ISOPA, Brussels.Impact on a Downstream Industry, Dr Hubert Creyf, Director of Recticel and Technical Director of Europur, Brussels.The new European chemical regulationsand their potential impact on the polyurethane industry.Chaired by Dr Mike Jeffs, Secretary General of ISOPA, the European Isocyanate Producers Association.Market ReportOpportunities in the global PU industry: From pipelines and coatings to bones and gloves, Angela Austin, IAL Consultants Ltd, London.CASE SessionPolybutadiene polyols with controlled hydroxyl functionality and increased thermo-oxidation stability for PU elastomers, Jindrich Pytela, Kaucuk, AS, Czech Republic.Polyurethane-based footwear markets: Status and prospects, Steve Lee, Steve Lee Associates, UK.Novel delayed-action catalysts for shoe sole and microcellular applications, Torsten Panitzsch, Air Products GmbH, Germany.Advances in blocked isocyanates and curatives, and their use in polyurethanes, Zhenya Zhu, Crompton Corp., USA.Raman microscopy in the studies of micro-phase-separated polyurethanes, Helena Janik, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland.Automotive SessionDevelopment of low-VOC polyurethane foam formulations based on catalytically active polyols for the automotive market, J.-M. Sonney, Dow Europe GmbH, SwitzerlandChemically recycled polyols for integral skin foam automotive steering wheels, Michael Kugler, Regra Kunststofftechnik GmbH, GermanyPolyols compatible with non-fugitive amine catalysts, J. A. Rodriguez, Repsol YPF, SpainNew conveyor and mould-handling systems offer production flexibility, Gero Willmeroth,Hennecke GmbH, GermanyAn intelligent production concept for the needs of today’s PU processing industry, Jens-Jürgen Härtel, KONAL Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG, GermanyAppliance/rigid foams SessionAn innovative approach to flushing applications, Chris Flack, Dynaloy, Inc., USAAdvanced additives package for the continuous lamination technology, meeting processing and quality requirements of insulation boards, Vittorio Bonapersona, OSi Specialities, Crompton Corp, SwitzerlandCharacterisation of the rigid polyurethane foaming process, Aleksander Prociak, Krakow University of Technology, PolandRefrigerated appliances: Are blowing agents still an issue?, Kurt H. Pieper, Hennecke GmbH, GermanyWhat is the best choice for refrigeration: Cyclopentane, HFC-245fa or HFC-365mfc?, Holger Seifert, Elastogran GmbH, GermanyFlexible foams SessionOne-shot high-resilience MDI slabstock foams, Bert Klesczewski, Bayer AG, GermanyNovel low-resilience slabstock polyol, Masakazu Kageoka, Mitsui Takeda Chemicals, Inc., JapanCO2-blown flexible slabstock sets new quality standards in the foam-processing industry, Stephan Wester, Hennecke GmbH, GermanyThe replacement of tin catalyst in conventional polyether slabstock foams, Roger van Maris, Tosoh Europe BV, The NetherlandsNew silicone surfactants with widest applicability for flexible ether slabstock foam, Tammo Boinowitz, Degussa AG, GermanyTo find the paper(s) you need, simply visit www.urethanestechnology.co.uk, and help yourself! They are free of charge and, don’t forget, they represent the state of the art.”

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