The Polyurethane Foam Association general meeting, initially set to take place in San Antonio, Texas, will transition to an online format on the same dates, Nov. 4-5, due to the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The virtual sessions will feature technical presentations and continuing education updates for the polyurethane foam industry.
PFA Executive Director Russ Batson said the change was implemented after reviewing safety concerns and travel restrictions caused by COVID-19.
"PFA members and staff will miss the networking and opportunity to visit with friends," Batson said. "We can't duplicate that online, but we do have a strong lineup of technical papers that will be presented."
In addition, attendees will get updates on regulatory developments, workplace safety rules and sales trends in key flexible polyurethane foam markets, Batson said. The online format will address employee training, "bed in a box" applications and sustainable environmental technologies.
A full lineup and registration details for the meeting will be announced at pfa.org.
"PFA has remained very active in 2020, even with the turmoil of the pandemic," said Chip Holton, PFA president and president of NCFI Polyurethanes. "We have stepped up electronic communications with our membership, and maintained our programs in regulatory monitoring, COVID best practices, and advocacy for the flexible polyurethane foam industry. While we look forward to being able to gather in person as soon as possible, our digital meeting will continue to give our members time-sensitive information vital to their businesses."