Organisers of UTECH Europe, the world-leading polyurethanes exhibition and conference that returns to the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 23 to 25 April 2024, are calling for papers for the three-day strategic conference.

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 environmental and sustainability 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.

Companies from the polyurethane industry and research organisations with production-ready technologies are invited 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 projects

Organisations wishing to present a paper at the UTECH Europe 2024 conference should send name, job title, company name, contact details, paper title, and a brief synopsis to conference producer Clare Boldurmaz, or complete the online submission form at: Submissions must be received by 31 July 2023.

Factors determining which papers are selected for presentation at the conference will include the overall advancement of and contribution to polyurethane industry knowledge, a sound evidence base, timeliness and relevance, value to the industry, objectivity and originality.

Companies already confirmed as exhibiting at UTECH Europe 2024 include industry leaders BASF, Covestro, Evonik, Honeywell, Huntsman, Repsol, Shell Chemicals Europe and Wanhua Borsodchem as well as machinery suppliers, systems houses, technical consultancies, and test laboratories.

Held at the MECC in Maastricht, where The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet, UTECH Europe 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 automotive interiors, tiny medical devices, textiles and footwear through to insulation, adhesives and coatings.

To stay up-to-date with the latest information and details for UTECH Europe 2024, please visit the event website: