Call for Papers
The UTECH Las Americas conference returns to Mexico City with a renewed focus for 2023.
With climate change dominating the world agenda, and an increasing appetite for sustainable products and technologies, polyurethane materials have a clear role to play in making the transition towards a carbon-neutral future. With their ability to extend product life through coatings, enhance thermal efficiency through insulation, and reduce energy use and emissions through vehicle lightweighting (and EV battery insulation) – polyurethanes can be at the forefront of this transition.
The polyurethane industry continues to improve its own green credentials by addressing the end-of-life phase of its products, whilst also working towards new technologies that improve upon PU’s remarkable properties: advanced PU composites, nanocomposites and bio-based or circular feedstocks.
UTECH Las Americas 2023 is an opportunity to share these significant innovations with our attendees. We would like to invite companies from the PU industry – and research organisations with production-ready technologies – to give presentations on the following topics:
- Recycling technologies (mechanical and chemical)
- Closing the loop
- Mass balance: certifying sustainability throughout the value chain
- Non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU)
- Composite PU materials
- Nano materials
- Bio-based technologies
- Flexible foam
- Rigid foam
- CASE - coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers
- Cost effective machinery
- Polyurethane dispersions
- TPU 3D printing
- Direct PU additive manufacturing
- Blowing agents
- Spray foam technologies
- Flame retardants
- How to cost a product or a project
- Contribution to industry knowledge base - is this truly a significant advance?
- Timely and relevant topic - does the presentation address current or developing concerns among polyurethane industry professionals?
- Value - will the paper highlight real progress with long-term benefits?
- Objective – does the proposed speech offer a balanced and non-commercial perspective?
Speech proposals that offer significant evidence-based developments in these respects have a far higher chance of being selected for inclusion on the programme. Speech proposals covering purely historical ground, with an overly narrow focus and those that are deemed too sales-driven in approach are likely to be rejected.