New polyurethane technologies for automotive applications

Paul Boughton

Increasing sustainability, reducing emissions, lightweighting and enhancing flame retardance are among the innovative new developments in polyurethane technology for automotive applications due to be unveiled at the UTECH Europe conference and exhibition, taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, The Netherlands form 14 to 16 April 2015.

An entire session of the UTECH Europe conference is dedicated to automotive developments with no less than nine papers out of the conference’s total of over 90. Conference delegates and exhibition visitors can also discover the latest products and solutions for manufacturing polyurethane-based automotive components in the UTECH Europe exhibition.

Polyurethane-based products are ideally suited for a wide range of automotive applications such as car seat cushioning, headrests, steering wheels, noise-suppressing carpets and air filters.

The Automotive market showcase session of the UTECH Europe conference is to be chaired by Mike Jeffs, a consultant for global bodies such as The World Bank who has worked at ICI and Huntsman Polyurethanes and was formerly director general of ISOPA. Scheduled for the second day of the event, 15 April, the session will include the following papers:

* An Innovative Solution for the Production of PUR-based Carbon-reinforced Composite Parts for the Latest Hybrid Vehicles, delivered by a representative of Cannon Group;

* Sustainable Flame Retardant Developments for Low Emissions in the Flexible Polyurethane Foam Market, by Munjal Patel, Manager Global Market Support Polyurethanes, ICL-IP;

* Eco-friendly Catalyst System for Flexible Polyurethane Foams with Reduced Amine Emission and Foam Odour, by Takao Suzuki, Manager, Tosoh Corporation;

* And everything fits – New approaches to Seat Cushion Manufacturing, by Armin Daniel, Technical Director PU machines, FRIMO Group Evolution in Polyurethane Composites, by Alberto Fangareggi, Senior R&D Director, Dow;

* Innovative stabilisers for Polyurethanes in automotive applications, by Cinzia Tartarini, Project Manager, BASF.

More than 80 companies will be showcasing their latest offerings for the polyurethanes industry in the accompanying exhibition.

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