UTECH papers to take close look at issues
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands-UTECH Europe 2006, the biennial conference and exhibition for the polyurethanes industry, will feature a session on European environmental and health and safety issues.
The conference also will include more than 50 technical presentations and 100 exhibitors during its March 28-30 run.
The special session is being organized by the European Isocyanate and Polyol Producers Association, which said the presentations will focus on product stewardship, recycling, flame retardants and blowing agents.
The conference, to be held at the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre, opens with a plenary session, moderated by Angela Austin of IAL Consultants, detailing prospects in three key developing regional markets.
The technical presentations are grouped in eight sessions detailing the advances in all key applications sectors-automotive, rigid and flexible foams, footwear, coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, as well as a separate section on innovation.
The event marks the 20th anniversary of UTECH Europe. The program is organized by IPI B.V. of the Netherlands and Crain Communications Ltd. of London, publisher of Urethanes Technology, a sister publication of Rubber & Plastics News.
For further details or to register, visit www.utech-2006.com, or e-mail David Reed, editor of Urethanes Technology, at [email protected]
Connecticut Rubber Group plans March 16 tech session
ANSONIA, Conn.-Presentations on urethanes, compounding and silica are set for the March 16 technical meeting of the Connecticut Rubber Group.
The program at John J. Sullivan's Restaurant in Ansonia also will include an after-dinner speech by Charles Slack, author of ``Noble Obession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to UnLock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century.''
The other speakers will be Thomas Jablonowski, TSE Industries Inc., who will discuss advances in millable urethanes; John B. Putnam, Tech Pro, talking about the effect of silica dispersion on physical properties; and Leonard H. Palys, Arkema Inc., discussing compounding and crosslinking with new SP peroxide grades.
For more information, contact Ro-bert J. Cornell, phone 203-758-0657; e-mail [email protected]
IRSG schedules annual conference in Malaysia
LONDON-The International Rubber Study Group will hold its 2006 annual general assembly April 26-28 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, preceded by a World Rubber Summit on April 24-25.
The government of Malaysia will host the event. For information about the conference, go the IRSG Web site, www.irsg.org.