Maastricht, the Netherlands – The UTECH Europe 2018 Conference has announced senior industry figures as conference session chairmen.
‘I am grateful to a number of high-profile industry figures who have agreed to be session chairmen at UTECH this year,’ said Simon Robinson, Conference chairman and editor of Urethanes Technology International.
‘Their presence complements the strong line up of technical papers at the event,’ he added.
The conference starts on 29 May at 10:30. The keynote from Patrick Thomas, ceo, Covestro is scheduled for 10: 50.
Lee Salamone of the Center for Polyurethane Industry of the American Chemistry Council will follow Thomas. Robert Outram of IAL consultants will give a strategic market overview of the PU industry in the last paper before coffee.
After coffee, James Elliott, principle analyst, inorganics, HIS Markit will look at the costs of MDI/TDI production. Robert Peacock of ICIS Consulting will follow him. Peacock will give his view of market and pricing developments.
Finally, Jon Penrice, VP Polyurethanes, Dow Chemical, will round off the session with a paper about creating value by marketing the innovation.
On the afternoon of 29 May, Michel Baumgartner, Secretary General, EUROPUR, the European Association of Flexible PU Foam Blocks Manufacturers will chair the Flexible Foam session. This is scheduled for the Euro Room.
At the same time Peter Groome, PU Division Technical Director, Jiahua Europe will chair the Rigid/Spray foam sessions. The Florin Room is the venue for this session and spray foam papers follow after coffee.
Groom starts off 30 May by chairing the first of the environment sessions in the Euro Room.
In the afternoon, Jorg Palmershiem, ISOPA secretary general will chair the Environment and blowing agent papers in the same room.
On the morning of 30 May, Robinson, will chair the Isopa, regulatory session in the Florin Room.
In the afternoon, Robinson chairs the CASE session in the same room. A composites session will follow after coffee.
Mark Listeman senior R&D scientist at Ele will chair the Automotive session in the morning of 31 May in the Florin Room.
In the Euro Room at the same time, Robinson will chair the Polyureas session.
The conference programme runs from 10:30 to 17:30 or 17:45 except on 31 May when it will end at 13:30.
Robinson added: ‘I’d like to thank Donna Bushell and Clare Boldurmaz for all their help and efforts in coordinating the papers and helping to put the conference together.’
Click on this UTECH Europe 2018 Conference link to find details of the papers.