CONFERENCE PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

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


FLEXIBLE FOAMS

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 


Programme may be subject to change.


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

CASE

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


    FOOTWEAR and RELEASE AGENTS

    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 


    Programme may be subject to change.


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


    BLOWING AGENTS

    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.


    RIGID FOAMS

    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.


    COMPOSITES

    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. 

    Programme may be subject to change.


    KEY DATES 2021

    TUESDAY

     June 29th, 2021

    WEDNESDAY

    June 30th, 2021

    THURSDay

    July 1st, 2021

    ORGANIZED BY: