CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Senior Scientific and Technical Advisor
Lambiotte

At Lambiotte he was Director of Research and Development since 1990 till his retirement in 2021. He has developed the knowledge on acetals and their uses in various fields, including aerosols, fuels, amino resins ... He received a BSc and a MSc Degree in 1977. Till 1983 he did a PhD study in the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. He worked on iminium salts chemistry, organometallic chemistry and the chemistry of free radicals. In 1984, he occupied a position at the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Department of Neurobiology and the Department of Organic Chemistry, working on the chemistry of kainic acid and of heterocyclic and organophosphorous compounds. In 1987, he was assistant Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Namur (Belgium), where he worked on selenium and beryllium chemistry. In 1989, he was researcher at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Louvain-en-Woluwe (Belgium), where he worked on penicillin’s.

Presentation: Recent studies on the combination of Methylal with HFOs, HFCs or Cyclopentane

Global Manager Technical Sales
ACMOS Chemie

Hendrik has 25 years of urethane experience. He facilitate the transfer of know-how between the international representatives and customers. In 1996, started his professional career as an industrial machine and system engineer at DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH, a machine manufacturer in the footwear industry. After 4 years at DESMA in Germany he had an opportunity to join DESMEX, the trade representative for DESMA and ACMOS products in Mexico. With 9 years field experience as a sales representative in Mexico, Hendrik came back to Germany to join ACMOS Chemie KG in Bremen in 2009. He speaks fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

Presentation: Demolding of cold-flexible PU

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Sales Manager
Graco Inc.

BS Chemical Engineering, Master in International Management. More than 28 years of experience; the last 7 years as a Mexico Area Sales Manager representing the Applied Fluid Dispense Division (AFTD) in the sub-division of High Performance Coatings and Foam (HPCF) conformed by 4 segments: Protective Coatings Equipment (PCE), Foam and Polyurea Equipment (FPE), Surface Preparation Equipment (SPE) and Mortar Spraying Equipment (MSE) from Graco Inc. a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment founded in April 1926.

Presentation: On-ratio assurance foam spraying

Chief PU Scientist
Jiahua Chemicals

Dr Groome completed his PhD and post-doctoral studies in physical chemistry and polymerisation at heriot watt university in Edinburgh Scotland. Following this he spent 3 years working on projects involving suspension polymerisation based on ICI PVC technology. Dr Groome has been part of the polyurethane industry for approximately 35 years. He has been extensively involved with ICI / Huntsman on rigid polyether polyol developments and production. He was also involved with the same companies in polyurethane systems developments and production, this has included rigid/flexible blends for various applications , elastomer blends , prepolymers ( aromatic / aliphatic ) for case applications . During this period in the polyurethane industry he has also been involved with Dow on the production of flexible polyols for conventional foam production, hotcure / coldcure processes and elastomer applications.

Presentation: Sustainable developments in visco-elastic foam

Application Development Engineer
BASF Mexicana

Mechatronics Engineer graduated from Tec de Monterrey, he collaborates as an Application Development Engineer in the company BASF in the research and development of new opportunities to change metals for engineering plastics using CAD/ CAE tools, in addition providing support for the optimization of the injection process and correction of processing problems.

Presentation: Polyurethanes on pultrusion process for impact applications on the automotive industry

Technical Director
Productos Eiffel

BS in Chemical Engineer (Universidad de Guadalajara). MS Project Management. Polyurethane systems development experience for 23 years at Productos Eiffel, currently he is in charge of the Technical Direction. Since 2015 has been part of the Technical Conference Planning Committee at Center of the Poyurethanes Industry (CPI) as a part of the American Chemistry Council and since 2013 has been poster sessions judge at CPI Conferences. Several papers presentations at UTECH Las Americas and CPI.

Presentation: Advances in polyurethane systems for shoe soles applications footwear app

Senior Account Manager for the Chemical Division
Carpenter

He is responsible for polyurethane sales in the US and Mexico. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, his technical expertise is in Flexible Slabstock foam, Molded Foam, PU Systems and Prepolymers. He initiated his career with Polioles SA in Toluca Mexico in 1985. He joined Carpenter Co. in 2011. Prior to Carpenter he had professional assignments with Flexible Products Co, Hampshire Chemical, Dow Chemical and Owens Corning. Netzahualcóyotl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca, Mexico.

Presentation: Novel generation of viscoelastic foams with improved comfort & performance

Scientist PU Additives
Huntsman

Angie is the automotive polyurethanes additives scientist in the Performance Products division’s additives group. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and is now pursuing her master’s degree in chemistry from University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.

Presentation: Development of a novel gelling catalyst for automotive polyurethane foams

Development and Technical Service Manager
Kuraray

He graduated from Shimane University with a degree in Chemistry. He started his career at Kuraray co., Ltd in Japan as an organic chemist developing aroma chemicals, pesticides intermediates, etc. with catalytic reaction technology. He has been engaged in Kuraray specialty diols and polyols as a technical service and market development manager since 2014 in Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Presentation: MPD diol and MPD based polyols in special PUR: Flexible foam, microcellular elastomer and TPU

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Latin America PU/XPS Foams Application Development Manager
Honeywell PMT Fluorine Products

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Project Manager
IAL Consultants

Philipp is a Project Manager at IAL responsible for research and client management of polyurethanes and thermal insulation market programme. He joined IAL in 2016 and has worked on various market reports, including SPF/OCF, PUDs, TPU and thermal insulation, and has also been heavily involved in our flagship reports PU EMEA, PU APAC, and PU Americas. He has also worked extensively on single-client studies focusing on polyurethanes and thermal insulation.

Philipp’s studies combined work experience with an extensive company-funded education programme in Graz, Austria, practical experience in various fields, tailored polyurethane courses and an internal education system focused on organic chemistry. Philipp spent four years at Cytec (now Allnex), working in the research and development of water-based polyurethane resins.

After moving to the UK, Philipp gained further work experience in the Prestige Fine Fragrance Department at Procter and Gamble, focusing on reformulation and odor evaluation. After 2.5 years, and some experience at a pharmaceutical company, Philipp joined certification and testing company SGS as a REACH Project Coordinator, managing the REACH program for a big retailer in the UK.

Technical Sales Manager for Latin America
Repi Group

Chemical Engineer from the University of America in Bogotá. With more than 22 years of commercial technical experience with several international companies, his specialization focuses on colors and additives of different substrates such as plastics, paints, printing inks and other special applications.

Presentation: Performance additives for polyurethanes

Editor
Urethanes Technology International

Simon Robinson is the Editor of Urethanes Technology International magazine. 

Freelance Researcher
IAL Consultants

Katie is a Senior Project Manager at BRG and is instrumental in carrying out the research and analysis for all our major polyurethane reports. As a former Managing Director of BRG’s coatings business, Katie also understands PU coatings and has an aptitude for high-level discussions with senior respondents. With an eye for detail, Katie also oversees quality control and proofreading across all projects.

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in the chemicals, plastics, paints, and coating sectors. She has expertise in planning and executing large market analysis studies, both multi-client and ad-hoc, and speaks French and Spanish.

Katie was a pivotal part of IAL’s research team for the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 CPI End-use Surveys, carrying out a range of tasks including secondary research and analytics, high-level primary research, data analysis, report writing and quality control. Katie has a BScEcon from the University of Cardiff.