The first UTECH Automotive Congress was held in Amsterdam in mid-October 2017. The first day’s proceedings concentrated on the size of the prize, and featured a range of presentations about polyurethane additives that were designed to reduce emissions inside the vehicle. Simon Robinson chaired the meeting
The interior air quality of passenger cars is one of the hottest topics in the polyurethane industry right now, and many companies are devoting considerable time and resources to find ways of removing the new car smell.
It is a complex battle that is being waged on several fronts by OEMs, standards bodies and raw materials suppliers.
OEMs understand the issues that affect their customers not only in terms of the smell of new cars, but also the potential health risks attached to that smell and different consumer preferences around the world.
Standards bodies are working to produce a coherent set of global standards that will account for what is possible, what is desirable, and what is achievable.
Raw material suppliers, from large polyol producers through to integrated and speciality businesses, are working hard to produce formulations and additives that will help Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers produce products that fit with the standards, and the demands of both OEMs and demands for lower volatile materials in the future.
Many of these topics were addressed on the first day of the Congress, but the meeting opened with a presentation from Justin Cox of…