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Polyurea and Dispersion Technology for Improved Strength Properties will be featured at Polyurethanes Gathering

Published on 2005-06-07. Author : SpecialChem

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An overview of recent polyurea developments, and a discussion about new dispersion technology that improves color and temperature stability will be explored in detail during the first ever "Coatings End-User Track" at the Polyurethanes 2005 Technical Conference & Trade Fair, October 17-19 in Houston, Texas. Sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API), the conference also will offer several related educational training programs, including a course on coatings applications for polyurethanes and an introduction to polyurethane chemistry and technology.

"The versatility of polyurethane coatings is making them increasingly important in a wide range of applications, including construction, transportation, tanks and pipes, electronics, machinery, furniture, textiles and fibers, marine applications and appliances," said Dick Mericle, executive director of API. "The new Coatings End-User Track shows what is being done today to impact the performance and use of polyurethane coatings worldwide."

The Coatings End-User Track will span the length of the conference, highlighting the most relevant issues for polyurethanes used in coatings applications.

The preliminary schedule for coatings-related presentations includes speakers from Japan, France and the United States. Representatives of the U.S.-based Hanson Group will discuss how to achieve better substrate adhesion, abrasion resistance and strength properties in polyurea technology, focusing on seven specific performance areas. A team from Dow France S.A.S. will present the merits of its recent controlled reactivity prepolymer technology for enhancing a formulation's curing behavior over a wide range of humidities and temperatures. Scientists from Albermarle will discuss improvements to polyurea products, including pre-cure flow and leveling, as well as adhesion to substrates. While polyurea coatings are popular for their fast-cure attributes, new formulations are being developed to customize cure rates in coatings and caulks.

Experts from BASF Corporation also will discuss a new carbodiimide-modified isocyanate formulation designed to provide improvements in low temperature stability, shelf life, color and general consistency of polyurethane-based coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.

This year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference & Trade Fair offers more than 80 technical papers on a wide variety of topics, including appliance applications; automotive interior trim and structural RIM applications; blowing agents; coatings, sealants and adhesives; combustibility issues; construction; elastomers and TPU; environmental, health and safety issues; footwear; furnishings; fundamentals; processing innovations; recycling; and regulatory updates.

API promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethane industry, in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care®, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its 64 members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or are manufacturers of polyurethane products.

API is a business unit of The American Plastics Council (APC). APC advocates unlimited opportunities for plastics and promotes their economic, environmental and societal benefits. Plastics: A World of Unlimited Opportunities. Plastics Make It Possible®

Source: Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API)

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