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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Content, Processing Innovations, New Products, R&D Breakthroughs Top the Bill at 2007 Global Polyurethanes Conference

Published on 2007-05-15. Author : SpecialChem

ARLINGTON, VA -- Green technologies, major new products, regulatory trends, cost-efficient processing innovations and dozens of significant polyurethane chemistry developments will be discussed, debated and disclosed by more than 1,200 scientists, engineers, manufacturers and business leaders from around the world at the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference - "Step Into The Future" - September 24-26 at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Sponsored by Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, formerly Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, this year's Conference is being staged in partnership with the UTECH North America Exhibition to create an impressive global event with 100 technical papers, more than 90 exhibitors, educational seminars and two panel discussions on transportation issues and crisis preparedness.

"The combination of the CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference with the more downstream-industry-oriented UTECH Exposition will undoubtedly bring new life and style to the growing polyurethane industry in the NAFTA region," says Neeva-Gayle Candelori of CPI. "Our annual Conference is the premier forum for the global polyurethanes industry to discuss common issues and share significant R&D developments. The joint Technical Conference and Exposition will create an outstanding opportunity this year for exhibitors and visitors alike to renew friendships, make new contacts and keep abreast of important trends and developments."

Green technologies are paramount this year, with two sessions devoted to Renewable Content Polyols - the use of natural oil polyols in a growing number of polyurethane application markets, ranging from furniture and transportation to construction and coatings. There also are two sessions devoted to Energy Critical Foams used in the appliance, construction, automotive and other end-use markets, as well as a technical session on recycling of polyurethane. The Environment, Health & Safety session includes overviews of U.S. transportation regulations, the new European REACH legislation and the United Nations sponsored Globally Harmonized System for classification and labeling.

Equally telling, perhaps, is the large number of environmentally-focused presentations scheduled for nearly every technology-based technical session, including: Spray Elastomers; TPU/Cast Elastomers; Rigid Spray Foams; Flexible Foams and two sessions for Processing Innovations. Significant advances in product performance, processing efficiencies, raw material utilization and other technologies that yield cost reductions also will be reported in these sessions, as well as several industry-specific technical sessions, including: Automotive; Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers (CASE); Footwear and Construction.

The Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, in partnership with UTECH North America Exhibition, will feature 19 technical and two issue-oriented sessions in all, with many additional poster presentations on breakthrough technologies, developing markets and product innovations. A panel discussion led by experts in various specialty disciplines will focus on Chemical Transportation and Transportation Logistics. Back by popular demand are several polyurethane educational training programs, including: Introduction to Polyurethane Technology; Introduction to Polyurethane Chemistry; Overview of Markets and Applications; Raw Materials Testing Specifications & Performance; Building and Energy Codes Introduction; Physical Testing of Polyurethane; and Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Related to Isocyanates.

CPI anticipates that the Conference will attract more than 1,200 people from 40 countries.

Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethane industry, consistent with the principles of Responsible Care®, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or are manufacturers of polyurethane products.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $635 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

I.P.I., based in Goor, the Netherlands, was established in 1983. Its expertise is in arranging high quality and successful events for both the construction and polymer industries with meticulous attention to detail combined with total support for exhibitors. I.P.I. organizes exhibitions in Europe, the Far East, China, North and South America.

Crain Communications, joint organizer with I.P.I. of the UTECH events, was established in 1916 and is now the largest privately owned publishing group in North America. The company created Urethanes Technology magazine in 1984 and this has since become the key communications medium for the global polyurethanes industry. Crain Communications also publishes more than 30 other titles including Plastics News, Rubber and Plastics News, European Rubber Journal, Automotive News, Advertising Age and Business Insurance.

Source: The American Chemistry Council (ACC)

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