12:00  Introduction to UTECH Las Americas
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

12:15  Welcome / Keynote Address
Jan Buberl, Vice President – Americas, Huntsman Polyurethanes & Global PO/MTBE Business

12:45  Keynote Address: A review of global polyurethane feedstocks supply/demand
James Elliott, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit

  • How polyurethane feedstocks markets (MDI, TDI, propylene oxide and polyether polyols) are complex and dynamic
  • A review of the previous few years and how the outlook for the future direction of the polyurethane feedstock markets has changed 
  • A look to the future


13:15   Viscoelastic foams with enhanced performance and comfort
Netzahualcóyotl López, Senior Account Manager NAFTA Region, Carpenter Co

  • How typical Viscoelastic PU foams (memory foams) exhibit poor performance at low or high temperatures. 
  • Looking at a novel technology which produces Viscoelastic PU foams that retain their performance at a wide gradient of temperatures. 
  • Applications for these foams: the automotive, flexible foam and consumer markets

13:45  Time to visit the exhibition

16:00   Next generation surfactant for increased block yield and broad processing latitude for low emission slabstock foam
Celso Toyoshima , Technical Application Manager, Evonik

  • Introduction of the development of a new low VOC silicone surfactant optimized to increase the gas yield of conventional flexible slabstock foam.
  • Data from lab studies and machine trials that show reduced top-to-bottom density spreads and increased block heights when using this new surfactant in both discontinuous (cylinder and box) as well as continuous block foam processes.  
  • How flexible foam manufacturers will be able to improve their chemical conversion efficiencies and produce foam at a lower cost by unit volume.

16:30  EcoSlab, a new continuous line
Jonathan Rayner, General Sales Manager, Cannon Viking 

  • EcoSlab - a new compact, small footprint continuous foaming plant
  • Combining liqud laydown and fallplate trough technology on the one foaming machine with high pressure metering for optimum foam quality and variety
  • Advantages of this technology

17: 00  The advantages and disadvantages of automation in polyurethane injection processes
Luis Arturo Maciel Miranda, Maintenance Manager, Lear Corporation

  • A closer examination of process automation
  • The problem of the high cost of automation, and how to reduce it
  • The disadvantages of automation
  • Obtaining clear ideas to automate the processes of your company

17:30  Efficient production of specialty flexible foam grade
Joachim Bahlke, Sales Manager Molded Foam Lines, Hennecke GmbH
Moisés Abreu, Sales Manager Slabstock, Hennecke GmbH

  • Technical aspects leading to higher production efficiency
  • A look at the latest high-quality equipment for moulded foam applications
  • Oval conveyor lines and metering machines

12:00 Re-cap and welcome back
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International 


12:05  Hot cast polyurethane
Filiberto Hernández Vásquez, Technical Service Manager, POLYLUBEX S.A

  • What is hot cast polyurethane?
  • Advantages of hot cast polyurethane over other materials
  • Properties: load capacity, tear, abrasion, hydrolysis and oxidation resistance
  • Application to the transportation industry

12:30  TPU injection as an efficient alternative to cast moulding in the automotive industry
Rodrigo Chinen, New Business Development Manager, Lubrizol

  • Alternatives to improve the production process; manufacturing products more efficiently with less cost and higher quality
  • Promoting an environmentally friendly process; how the transformation process of TPU - in contrast with other thermofixed polymers - reduces its impact to the environment
  • The TPU injection advantages in scrap recycling and waste reduction

13:00   Polyurethane elastomers for extreme situations
Bruno Motta , Director of Sales for Urethane Systems of Lanxess, NAFTA and Central America

  • Expanding the field of application of PU elastomers in the industry
  • A look at applications where these materials are used successfully
  • Identifying the most suitable material for your extreme need

13:20  Low viscosity polyester polyols for reduced VOC 2K polyurethane coatings
Jeffrey Janos, Research Associate, Stepan Company

  • The characteristics and performance of new low viscosity polyester polyols
  • Using these polyols to formulate coatings that satisfy the growing need for very low VOC urethane products
  • Conclusions

13:40   A complete solution for the wheels industry 
Luca Fanti, Global Techno-Commercial Manager, Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri

  • A look at the various hot cast polyurethanes systems used in the manufacturing of rolls, castors and wheels. The benefits of different systems, including polyester-based; polyether-based; PCL-based; and special and novel-grade systems 
  • The machinery used to cast the wheels and various parts

14:00  Time to visit the exhibition

16:00  Guide to problems, causes and solutions in polyurethane elastomers caused by the casting process
Rodrigo Gustavo Huescas Villegas, Research and Development Manager, Nuceq

  • Improving process times and reduce downtime during the manufacture of polyurethanes by casting
  • Reducing scrap and waste of material during the manufacturing process 
  • Increasing productivity 
  • Prevent problems that result in losses during the manufacturing process of polyurethanes by casting. 

    16:30  Hot cast urethane elastomers and end use applications
    Vanessa Gallegos, Formulating Chemist, Foam Supplies

    • How hot cast urethane elastomers have been growing significantly all over the world during the past 50 years
    • The use of these products and how they are seen replacing rubber in high industrial areas to improve productivity and product life span
    • Application use is limitless
    • Reviewing end product performance needs and which specific urethane elastomers can meet these application requirements


    17:00  Reducing the weight of polyurethane shoe soles to maintain durability and comfort
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • The importance of Mexico as a production centre for the footwear industry in Latin America
    • How polyurethane foam is a key component when durability, chemical resistance and comfort are required.
    • Despite its high-end properties, polyurethane faces strong competition from lighter materials like EVA or synthetic rubber.
    • Solutions to keep competitive whilst reducing shoe sole weight, reducing environmental impact and retaining desired properties 

    17:30  Optimising release agents from application through process to lower residue 
    Carles Alonso, Release Agents Division Technician,  Concentrol

    • Release agents; one of the most important chemicals used for polyurethane molded foam manufacturers
    • The problem of misuse by customers not using or storing them properly and the resulting issues re: stability and efficiency 
    • Instructing customers to provide technical recommendations to avoid these issues
    • Key factors to handle release agents properly 

    12:00 Re-cap and welcome back
    Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International


    12:05  HFO blowing agent for semi-continuous panels and spray polyurethane foam applications in construction
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • How changes in blowing agent regulations have delivered novel materials to the market with better properties
    • A new brand of HFO blowing agents to address construction industry challenges: more efficient insulation, and better physical and structural properties in applications 
    • A comparison of blowing agent properties as well as a brief synopsis of the polyurethane foam formulations and properties that can be achieved with HFO blowing agents 

    12:30  Blowing agent blends for PUR rigid foams 
    Ercan Unveren, Business Development Manager, Solvay

    • Non-flammable liquid foam blowing agents successfully used in thermal insulation applications for more than 15 years.
    • Brominated polyether polyols providing good flame retardancy to fulfil fire classifications required for the building and construction industry. 
    • Comparison of PU formulations with non-flammable Solvay blends 

    13:00  Comparative performance of Honeywell’s LBA and other alternatives in the appliance industry
    Salvador Mejía Gómez, Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager, Honeywell

    • Blowing agents: a key raw material in the production of polyurethane rigid foam
    • How different options have been developed to meet processing and more stringent energy-consumption regulations.
    • Demonstrating superior insulation performance in commercial and domestic appliances compared with water-blown systems, hydrocarbons or hydrofluorocarbons
    • New trends in blowing agent technologies 

    13:30  Next generation blowing agents: The challenges ahead
    Raul Dacomba, Senior Formulating Chemist, Foam Supplies 

    • Ever-increasing demands for energy efficiency and regulatory compliance: how the polyurethane foam insulation industry is tasked with transitioning to a new generation of blowing agents. 
    • The next generation blowing agent options offered to the formulator 
    • How these new offerings seem to offset the trend of decreased insulation performance of foams. 
    • A look at the importance of formula optimization via a case study; delving into how raw material selection is crucial to excellent foam performance.

    14:00  Time to visit the exhibition

    16:00  Solstice LBA in spray foam in Mexico 

    Jorge Lemus, Development & Technical Service Manager, Productos Eiffel

    • How each region in the world has its own challenges for spray foam applications; from raw material availability, to processing environment and applications and their requirements.
    • The Mexico spray foam industry and its transition from HCFC technology; is distinctive needs re: environmental conditions and its different application markets
    • A look at formulating spray foam formulations with Solstice LBA to meet these challenges.

    16:30  Catalyst solutions for next generation blowing agents
    Frank Rodriguez, MBA, Regional Marketing Manager - PU Additives, Huntsman Performance Products

    • How global conditions and environmental changes have brought forward the importance of developing the next generation blowing agents for polyurethane foam applications.  
    • The influential effect of tertiary amine catalysts on the reaction speed of polyurethane applications.  
    • Formulation challenges have been observed with these new blowing agents and have created an emphasis on Research & Development throughout the industry.  
    • A demonstration of  Huntsman’s involvement in developing catalytic solutions for the next generation blowing agents.


    17:00  Novel polyester polyols based on recycled PET

    Courtney Knapp, Technical Service Leader, Carpenter Co

    • Polyester polyols made out of recycled PET (water bottles + films) used to produced rigid PU foams used in the construction industry. 
    • A review of the benefits of these foams on energy saving and reducing environmental impact of plastic waste.


    17:30  Stretching the limits of composites spray moulding through novel polyurethane resin spray systems
    Jorge Brito Ortuño, Polyurethanes Account Manager, Technical Sales, Huntsman Polyurethanes

    • Composites spray molding of glass fibre-reinforced paper honeycomb panels; how it has deserved its merits in the automotive industry. 
    • A highly productive and affordable process to manufacture very lightweight semi-structural parts for automotive interiors. 
    • The resulting strong market pull today to push the boundaries of this process further, requiring also superior material solutions. 
    • Novel characteristics of newly developed Huntsman Polyurethanes resin spray systems.