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
Submission Criteria

The criteria for selection of papers will include:

  • 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?
  • Originality

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.

For further information, please contact Alejandra Barrientos, Conference Coordinator, at or Clare Boldurmaz, Conference Producer, at