Moisés Abreu
Sales Manager Slabstock
Hennecke GmbH

Mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. During my studies, I did my basic internship of 2 months at Daimler AG in Wörth, Germany and my advanced internship of 6 months at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (tkIS) in Beckum, Germany. During my internship, I signed a contract with tkIS to start working as a Sales Manager right after my internship was done.  In this position I worked in the mining industry and did that for 3 years. In May 2018 I started with Hennecke GmbH in Sankt Augustin, Germany. I was hired as a Sales Manager and I am responsible for the sales of Slabstock equipment in Latin America and Spain. 

Presentation details: 

April 10, 2019 | 17:30

Efficient production of specialty flexible foam grade

  • 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 
Carles Alonso
Release Agents Division Technician

Carles Alonso studied chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (UAB) in Catalonia (Spain), and he specialized in industrial chemistry with a masters degree at the same university.

In 2015, Carles joined Concentrol’s department of release agents as a R&D technician. From the beginning he has focused in optimizing and developing new release agent products for polyurethane foam. In that sense, that year, he got a grant to develop an industrial doctorate with collaboration with Universitat de Girona (UdG), which is still being developed. Kinetics of polyurethane polymerization is the aim of the PhD. Additionally, in 2016, he started working on die casting release agent for non-ferrous metals.

Moreover, he works in customer support and technical advice in close collaboration with the commercial managers.

Presentation details: 

April 11, 2019 | 17:30 

Optimising release agents from application through process to lower residue 

  • 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 
Joachim Bahlke
Sales Manager Molded Foam Lines
Hennecke GmbH

Joachim has more than 40 years of experience in the sector. He has held various positions such as:
Materials Testing Engineer, Bayer AG Leverkusen, Department of Engineering Applications of Thermoplastics.
Applications Engineer, Product Development, Bayer AG Leverkusen, Department of Rubber Application Engineering.
Head of the Applications Engineering Department, Sonderhoff GmbH.
Head of European Sales, Sonderhoff GmbH.
Director of Operations, Sonderhoff Ibérica S.A.U. Barcelona Spain and Head of Engineering, Polywest Kunststofftechnik, Ahaus.

Presentation details:

April 10, 2019 | 17:30

Efficient production of specialty flexible foam grade

  • 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 
Jan Buberl
Vice President – Americas
Huntsman Polyurethanes & Global PO/MTBE Business

Jan Buberl, Vice President – Americas, Huntsman Polyurethanes & Global PO/MTBE Business, has 20 years of global experience in specialty chemicals, most recently serving as the Global Vice President of Venator Materials PLC’s (formerly Huntsman Pigments) Color Pigments and Timber Treatment businesses.

Prior to joining Venator/Huntsman, Jan spent 16 years with BASF in Europe, China and the USA, where he served in various senior management roles in the Crop Protection business division; Director of the Specialty Products division; and Head of BASF’s North American Corporate Strategy.

Jan holds a master’s degree in International Marketing from the University of Ludwigshafen, Germany, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Presentation details:

April 10, 2019 | 12:15

Welcome / Keynote Address

Rodrigo Chinen
New Business Development Manager

Graduated in Industrial Chemistry from UMC University in Brazil, specializing in polymers and thermoplastic processing.

He began his career in the development laboratory of compounds and concentrates of additives and colors at Clariant.

He worked for 2.5 years as Product Manager for the line of thermoplastic compounds at Cromex.

He has been with Lubrizol for 7 years, serving as Technical Market Manager in Plastics Additives, Account Manager in Performance Coatings, Technical Manager in Engineered Polymers and currently as New Business Development Manager in Engineered Polymers.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019 | 12:30

TPU injection as an efficient alternative to cast moulding in the automotive industry

  • 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
Raul Dacomba
Senior Formulating Chemist
Foam Supplies

Raul Dacomba is a Senior Formulating Chemist at Foam Supplies based in the greater St. Louis, MO area.  He is a graduate from the Michigan State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  During his studies at MSU, he worked as an undergraduate researcher in electrochemistry and bio-based corrosion inhibitor technologies. His primary focus at FSI is on rigid foam technologies for many downstream applications including appliance, spray foam, continuous lines among many others. His duties include customer technical support to Latin America and Europe.  

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019 | 13:30    

Next generation blowing agents: The challenges ahead 

  • 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.
James Elliott
Senior Analyst
IHS Markit

James Elliott is a graduate of University College London where he obtained his Master's degree in Chemistry. He wrote his Master's thesis on the zinc and cadmium chalcogenides for third generation solar cell applications. James joined IHS Markit in 2014 as part of the Inorganics team. Initially his research and analysis was on the global soda ash market. From late-2014 to 2018, James covered the chlorine derivative markets: hydrochloric acid, bleaching chemicals and PVC. He contributed to IHS Markit’s Global Chlor-alkali, Global Bleaching Chemicals and Global Vinyls monthly publications during this period. James’s main research focus from 2014 was the global isocyanate markets during which hes has been the lead author on IHS Markit’s MDI and TDI World Analysis Services. He has extended IHS Markit’s coverage of the isocyanates: developing the MDI and TDI cash costs analysis, price forecasts and detailed supply/demand analysis. From late-2018, James has covered the Europe and Middle East polyurethane feedstocks markets as part of IHS Markit’s new Global Polyurethane Feedstocks Service, which launched in March 2019.

Presentation details:

April 10, 2019 | 12:45

Keynote Address: A review of global polyurethane feedstocks supply/demand

  • 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
Luca Fanti
Global Techno-Commercial Manager
Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri

Luca is a 1994 graduate from the School of Industrial Chemistry -- Guglielmo Marconi -- in Forlì, Italy. He has been working in the polyurethanes industry for the past 21 years, with 10 years of experience at a systems houses in Italy, supporting the footwear market. During his career, Luca has held roles in R&D, account and project management and worked as a plant manager.

In 2008, he moved to Tecnoelastomeri in the role of Techno-Commercial Manager, where he supported business development in the APAC region. Since the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri by Huntsman Polyurethanes in 2015, Luca transitioned to the role of Global Techno-Commercial Manager for Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri, supporting the business development in the three regions – APAC, Europe and the Americas. He is an expert in hot cast elastomer formulation and the hot cast elastomer process.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019 | 13:40

A complete solution for the wheels industry

  • 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

Vanessa Gallegos
Formulating Chemist
Foam Supplies

Vanessa Gallegos, has been with Foam Supplies since 2017. She started her career at FSI Quality Control in the Rigids Department, recently joining the Specialty Division as a Formulating Chemist. Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Lindenwood University. Currently she is working with elastomers, adhesives and coatings.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019 | 16:30

Hot cast urethane elastomers and end use applications

  • 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
Jeffrey Janos
Research Associate
Stepan Company

Jeff attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

Jeff joined Stepan Company in March, 2015. He has over 30 years of coatings experience at various companies including Rust-Oleum, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Ameron and BASF. He has expertise in formulating urethane, epoxy, polysiloxane, alkyd and water-based acrylic coatings for the general industrial & flooring markets.

At Stepan, he is responsible for the formulation, application, testing and development of new polyester resins for the coatings market. He has helped to setup a new coatings applications laboratory at Stepan and served as a technical liaison to support the sales force for coatings customers.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019 | 13:20 

Low viscosity polyester polyols for reduced VOC 2K polyurethane coatings

  • 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 

Courtney Knapp
Technical Service Leader
Carpenter Co.

Courtney Knapp received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She joined the Carpenter Co. Chemicals Division in 2014 and is now the group leader for polyol applications and technical service. Prior to entering the urethane industry, Courtney spent nearly 10 years working as an analytical chemist and quality assurance auditor in the pharmaceutical industry.

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019 | 17:00

Novel polyester polyols based on recycled PET

  • 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.
Jorge Lemus
Technical Director & New Projects
Productos Eiffel

Jorge Lemus is Technical Director & New Projects for Productos Eiffel, he has more than twenty years of experience in the Polyurethane Industry with responsibilities as Development Manager for flexible and rigid systems with experience in several flexible and rigid applications. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Guadalajara. Since 2013 he has been CPI Poster Session judge and since 2015 he is part of the CPI Technical Conference Planning Committee. In 2016 he earned a high- pressure machines Diplomat from Krauss Maffei.

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019 |16:00  

Solstice LBA in Spray Foam in Mexico

  • 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.
Netzahualcóyotl López
Senior Account Manager NAFTA Region
Carpenter Co.

Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca, Mexico. 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. 

Presentations details:

April 10, 2019 | 13:15     

Viscoelastic foams with enhanced performance and comfort

  • 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 
Luis Arturo Maciel Miranda
Maintenance Manager
Lear Corporation

Electromechanical Engineer, graduate in Mechatronics, Master in Administrative Engineering and Quality.

12 years of experience in Maintenance in the Automotive Industry, currently Manager of Maintenance of Lear Corporation Plant Silao, with 7 years of experience in the process of injection of Foam.

I have participated in the design of injection heads to increase their speed and several modifications to injection machines to increase their availability, as well as the automation of processes and development of preventive maintenance plans and condition monitoring.

Presentation details: 

April 10, 2019 | 17:00

The advantages and disadvantages of automation in polyurethane injection processes

  • 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
Salvador Mejía Gómez
Latin America PUR Foam Application Development Manager

Salvador Mejía is Latin America Polyurethane Application Development Manager for Honeywell Fluorine Products. He has more than thirteen years of experience in the Polyurethane Industry with responsibilities as Technical Service and Development in rigid and automotive foams. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Tepic, Mexico and an MBA from Universidad Iberoamericana. He joined Honeywell in 2017.

Presentation details: 


April 11, 2019 | 17:00

Reducing the weight of polyurethane shoe soles to maintain durability and comfort 

  • 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 


April 12, 2019 | 12:05

HFO blowing agent for semi-continuous panels and spray polyurethane foam applications in construction

  • 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


April 12, 2019 | 13:00

Comparative performance of Honeywell’s LBA and other alternatives in the appliance industry 

  • 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 
Bruno Motta
Director of Sales, Urethanes Systems
Lanxess, NAFTA and Central America

Bruno Motta has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of São Paulo, a specialization degree in Industrial Waste Treatment from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, a Master's Degree in Polyurethanes from the University of Sao Paulo and an Executive MBA from Fundacão Instituto de Admistracão in Brazil. He currently serves as Sales Director for Urethane Systems for the NAFTA and Central America regions.

Presentation details: 

April 11, 2019 | 13:00

Polyurethane Elastomers for Extreme Situations

  • 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
Jorge Brito Ortuño
Polyurethanes Account Manager, Technical Sales
Huntsman Polyurethanes

Jorge studied Chemical Engineering at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, graduating in 2014. In 2013, Jorge began his internship at Huntsman Polyurethanes and was hired as a Technical Service Representative, six months later.

Over the past five years, Jorge has been responsible for providing technical sales support to a variety of marketing within the polyurethanes industry, including automotive, rigid and molded foams and footwear. Additionally, he has been involved in new systems creation; plant personnel training and working on an initiative to reduce scrap during the production process.

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019 | 17:30    

Stretching the limits of composites spray moulding through novel polyurethane resin spray systems

  • 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. 
Jonathan Rayner
General Sales Manager
Cannon Viking

Jonathan has been with Cannon Viking for more than 30 years involved with the Polyurethane Foam Block Machinery Industry. 

Jonathan joined the company in 1987 initially in the Spare Parts and Service Department before progressing into the Marketing Role for the company. Over the years he has progressed within the company and is now the General Sales Manager supported by the Cannon Viking Team of Sales Managers and the worldwide global network of Cannon Viking Agents and Representatives. 

Cannon Viking has been a key part of the Polyurethane Industry since the 1958 and is a leader in the supply of equipment and technology for the production of polyurethane foam blocks with more than 750 clients located in more than 150 countries.

Presentation details: 

April 10, 2019 | 16:30

EcoSlab, a new continuous line

Frank Rodriguez, MBA
Regional Marketing Manager - PU Additives
Huntsman Performance Products

Frank Rodriguez is the Regional Marketing Manager for the PU Additives business, where he supports the PU Additives growth throughout the Americas.  He has worked for Huntsman for 12 years, holding various positions including Technician, Scientist and Sales.  He is an inventor and co-inventor of several patents and has authored and co-authored several technical papers.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Sam Houston State University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019 | 16:30

Catalyst Solutions for Next Generation Blowing Agents

  • 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.
Celso Toyoshima
Technical Application Manager

Celso Toyoshima is currently the Applied Technology Manager for polyurethane foam applications in Latin America.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidade de São Paulo, and began his career in the polyurethane industry in 1997, providing technical service for a main raw material supplier.  Celso joined Evonik in 2009 to lead the technical activities of the Comfort & Insulation laboratory in Americana Brazil to screen and develop new surfactants, catalysts and additives that improve the processing and quality of polyurethane foam.

Presentation details:

April 10 2019 | 16:00

Silicone surfactants with low levels of cyclics which optimise blow efficiency of flexible block foam 

  • 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.
Ercan Unveren
Business Development Manager

Ercan is BSc / MSc Chemical Engineer with PhD in Flourine Chemistry, Post – Doc in Physical Chemistry and MBA. Since his first degree Ercan worked in the Chemical Industry as Production and Process Development Engineer in Terracotta and Thermoplastic Injection Moulding Companies. Ercan joined Solvay in 2005 and works in different departments and roles in R&D, Technical Marketing, Marketing & Sales, Strategy Development and Business Development as Manager for various product groups, mainly responsible for fluorinated products.

Presentation details:

April 12, 2019| 12:30

Blowing agent blends for PUR rigid foams 

  • 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
Filiberto Hernández Vásquez
Technical Service Manager


  • Use and applications of rubber
  • International Support (Latin America and Central America) in PU hot-cast handling.
  • Development of formulas for various PU, micro cellular, foam, thermoplastic and hot casting.
  • Manufacture, use and applications of antioxidants and amine curatives.
  • Adhesives use and applications.
  • Use and applications of the Agglomerate.
  • Improvement of mechanical and chemical properties of materials
  • Development of mixtures of curatives, additives, silicone based release agents and agglomerates.
  • Safe handling of materials.
  • Laboratory tests.
  • Handling of equipment as: UV rays, Gas and liquid chromatograph, Mill, metal detector, formula rheometry


POLYLUBEX, S.A DE C.V (March, 2018 - Current) Technical Service Manager LA.

POLIURETANOS TECNICOS INDUSTRIALES (Sep, 2016 to March, 2018) Polyurethane Supervisor

PERSONAL PROJECT (March, 2013 to Sep, 2016) Sales and Technical Support of Curatives.

CHEMTURA, S DE R.L DE C.V (July, 2001 to March, 2013) Technical Support of Rubber, Chemical & Urethane LA.

NIL, S.A DE C.V (April, 2000 to July, 2001) Analyst Technician.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019 | 12:05

Hot cast polyurethane

  • 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
Rodrigo Gustavo Huescas Villegas
Research and Development Manager

Lecturer in 6 lines (expertise, career and studies):

Chemical Engineer by the UNAM with more than 14 years in the chemical products market.

I have worked for companies such as Comex, Cuautitlan Anticorrosive Protection. I am currently working for Hysol Indael de México Nuceq and I have more than 5 years of experience in formulation, development and use of urethane prepolymer by casting.

I have a master's degree in management competences.

Presentation details:

April 11, 2019| 16:00    

Guide to problems, causes and solutions in polyurethane elastomers caused by the casting process 

  • 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.



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