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High Performance & Fire Retardant Polyurethane Insulation Innovations Unveiled at UTECH Europe 2015

March 30, 2015
By Business Wire News

LONDON & MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands

Energy-saving thermal insulation to keep heat in buildings and maintain low temperatures in cold stores are among the many applications where polyurethanes play a vital role in construction and temperature control. The latest innovations in the formulation and manufacture of polyurethanes for increased thermal performance and enhanced fire retardance will be unveiled at the triennial UTECH Europe conference and exhibition, taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, The Netherlands from 14 to 16 April 2015.

Featuring over 90 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of 11 sessions, the UTECH Europe conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the global market. The afternoon of Day Two of the conference (15 April) features a session of 11 papers dedicated to innovations in the use and manufacture of polyurethanes in rigid foams with speakers from Dow Polyurethanes, DuPont, Bayer MaterialScience, Momentive, Air Products, ICL-IP, Foam Supplies Inc, BASF, Honeywell and Lambiotte.

Dow’s global technology leader Giuseppe Vairo will present an Overview on Latest Fire Reaction Technologies for Polyurethanes in Construction. Dow has developed in an innovative panel concept, providing produce Insulated Metal Panels (IMP) manufacturers with a step-change fire reaction performance that will allow a broader use of Polyurethane (PUR) and Polyisocyanurate (PIR) cored panels to the highest fire safety standards.

Marc Fricke of BASF will deliver a paper introducing the company’s SLENTITE – a new high performance insulation material for climate management applications. It is a novel type of organic aerogel based on polyurethane chemistry. Aerogels are highly porous materials consisting of up to 90 per cent in their volume of air-filled pores. The exceptional insulation performance is made possible by optimized pore size in the nanometre range. The new material is said to offer a 25-50 per cent slimmer insulation compared to conventional products.

David Williams, Director of Technology at Honeywell will cover Energy and Environmental Benefits in the Cold Chain Sector Through the Adoption of High Performance LGWP Blowing Agent Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. Solstice LBA is being adopted by residential and commercial appliance manufacturers worldwide, including Whirlpool, Haier and Midea, and spray foam and panel construction insulation companies like LaPolla, Kingspan, and SoflanWiz, to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations.

Insulation Innovations in the Exhibition

At the UTECH Europe exhibition more than 190 companies will be showcasing their latest offerings for the polyurethanes industry. Exhibitors specifically showing insulation innovations include:

Dow Polyurethanes will feature a halogen-free flame retardant VORATHERMTM CN 100 Series PIR technology for construction insulated metal panels that enables B-s1,d0 Top Euroclass fire reaction performance. Its PASCALTM PRO technology will also be on show and delivers a breakthrough in energy efficiency and productivity for the professional cold chain industry and cold storage panel manufacture. It will also profile its VORAFORCETM systems for composites manufactured by pultrusion or filament winding and used in construction and infrastructure applications.

ICL-IP is introducing a new reactive all phosphorus technology that incorporates fire resistance into the polymer matrix of rigid polyurethane thermal insulation materials.

INVISTA will be showcasing innovations that include both TERATE® HT polyols — a family of robust, high-performing aromatic polyester polyols for use in rigid insulation foam

Anyone wishing to book a place at the UTECH Europe 2015 conference or to register in advance for the free entry to the exhibition can now do so online at


About UTECH Europe 2015:

Held at the MECC in Maastricht, where The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet, UTECH Europe 2015 is uniquely placed as the only truly international exhibition and conference for the polyurethanes industry. Unique to Europe is the sheer breadth of the applications of polyurethanes technology. From tiny medical devices to the roof insulation of the highest skyscrapers, polyurethane-based product applications are wide and varied. In 2012 UTECH Europe attracted over 6,000 attendees from 86 countries and the sector is predicted to grow rapidly in the coming years.

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