UTECH Las Americas 2017 :: THE CONFERENCE
4th - 6th April 2017
Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
UTECH Las Americas 2017 :: THE CONFERENCE
4th - 6th April 2017
Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
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Opportunities for the Future in Polyurethanes Conference

4th – 6th April 2017, Centro Banamex, Mexico City


Tuesday 4th April

Session one 12-2pm


12:00     Introduction to UTECH Las Americas

Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

12:10 Welcome / keynote address

Rachel Uctas, sEnior COnsultant Polyurethanes, Tecnon Orbichem


12:30  New Developments in the North American Polyurethane Industry - Product stewardship, historic market data, and industry promotion efforts.

Lee Salamone, Senior Director, American Chemistry Council Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

The North American Polyurethane Industry – an overview.

Work to promote the growth of the North American polyurethanes industry through advocacy, promotion of product benefits, and creation of robust safety education and product stewardship programs.

What further efforts can be made to create and promote programmes and activities to strengthen the entire North American polyurethane market?



13:00 Low Emission Solutions for the Automotive Industry: Combining low VOC and fog emissions with formaldehyde reduction.

Frank Rodriguez, Senior Scientist, Huntsman Performance Products, Huntsman Polyurethanes.

VOC and fog emissions – a look at the new car smell

How government officials and OEMs have requested polyurethane foam manufacturers to reduce the VOC and fog emissions in polyurethane foam for automotive applications.

Recent requests by OEMs to polyurethane foam manufacturers to reduce the aldehyde content in the final polyurethane foam product.

Solutions to help reduce the VOC, fog and aldehyde emissions in polyurethane foam.


13.30 Novel Polyurethane technologies for temperature and humidity management through flexible foams and gels developed to achieve optimum comfort.

Luis Garcia Correa, Engineer of Development and Technical Service in Polyurethanes, Dow

A look at the challenges that mattress and pillow makers face when offering products with an enhanced level of temperature control and superior comfort.

New technologies in polyurethane, viscoelastic foam with unsurpassed air permeability and a line of gel products designed to cover a broad spectrum of applications.

How the new viscoelastic foam’s superior air flow properties give better performance in use with better diffusion of humidity and heat from the body.

A look at different gel alternatives which provide excellent mechanical properties and the possibility of temperature and humidity control.


Session two 4-6pm

16.00  Recent Advances in the Stabilisation of PU Flexible Foam

Thomas Hopfmann, Business Development Manager, Addivant

Why reduction of emissions of PU products is currently a major challenge; growing environmental and legislative pressures on flexible slabstock polyurethane foams used in high-end automotive applications.

The industry urgently needs to find alternative solutions that meet new stringent emission requirements.

Innovative high performance, ultra-low emission anti-scorch liquid to protect slabstock polyols and can produce foam which meets stringent VDA278 requirements.


16.30 Mould release agents for polyurethane foam, regulations and aspects of their use and application

Angel Rodriguez, Chemical Engineer, Concentrol  

The importance of mould release agents in polyurethane moulding processes.

Important factors when choosing a release agent:

o   Quantity of the release agents VOC & FOG;

o   Flammability and flash point; ATEX regulations in the workplace and aspects related to transport and storage;

o   Toxicity of the products used to formulate release agents and implications for the workplace, with reference to tin compounds and solvents;

o   TLV & DNEL;

o   Environmental impacts.





17.00 On-line Premix Technology

Steven Hoong, General Manager, Rim Polymers

A look at industrial eco-regulations and how Rim Polymers patented premix and foaming equipment exceeds these. 

Cost-savings for clients, as HFCs are phased out around the world. 


17.30 PURe Mix Technologies with Servo Controlled Orifices

Brent Gawne, Polyurethane Business Manager, Frimo

A look at new high pressure mix head technologies to enhance the processing of flexible and rigid polyurethane foam systems.

Improvements on both our straight and L shaped foam heads:

o   better dimensioning and tolerances;

o   enhanced surface treatments and coatings;

o   easier access for simplified foam-head maintenance;

o   a redesigned cleanout piston with less friction from reacted foam.

Designs of Orifice and needles from manual to fully automatic with closed loop pressure control.


Wednesday 5th April

Session one 12-2pm


12:00     Re-cap and Welcome Back

Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International



12:05 Foam and Polyurea application equipment

Horacio Espinola Castanon, Account Manager, Maxima Dimension / Graco Inc.

Understanding the portfolio for the polyurethanes market.

A look at which machines are used for polyurethane foam and which are used for polyurea.

The Insite system.

Advantages of using the Insite system.


12:30 Polyurethane as a solution for industry      

Daniel Haro Garcia, Technical Sales Engineer, Chemtura Corporation Mexico, First Quality Chemicals

Replacing products currently manufactured in rubber with polyurethane; achieving the same hardness while taking into consideration:

o   Contact with chemicals, and their concentration;

o   Contact with water;

o   Work temperature;

o   The load to be supported;

o   Resistance to cutting, tearing, abrasion;

o   Elongation; and,

o   Rebound.

-       Taking all factors into account to meet the needs of the user.


13.00 Technological advances for MDI-based hot-cast elastomer systems and machines for processing hot cast polyurethane elastomers.

Bernadine F. DiPietrantonio, Hot Cast Elastomers Business Manager, Americas, Huntsman Performance Products, Huntsman Polyurethanes

Growing opportunities and new technologies for hot cast elastomer producers.

Available technologies for hot cast elastomer applications.

Understanding the different MDI technology platforms – from conventional to very high-performance tailor-made grades for specific application needs.

Understanding different hot-cast elastomer markets and applications.


13:30  Hot Cast Elastomer in Las Americas (Trends & Advantages)

Hector Sanchez Rivera, General Director, Polylubex           

Increase the product portfolio to get new businesses 

Advantages vs others elastomers, plastic and metals

Potential growth in Latin America

Achieve the best selection regarding the application or market 

Strengths of tools to optimize the use of these materials


Session two 4-6pm


16:00 Opteon 1100: Polyurethane Foam Application Developments and Commercialisation

Miguel Escamilla, Technical Service Consultant, Opteon™ Blowing Agents, The Chemours Company

Opteon 1100 (HFO-1336mzz-Z): a zero ODP, low GWP, non-VOC, non-flammable blowing agent.

How the blowing agent is environmentally sustainable, has low conversion cost, and can provide excellent thermal performance in rigid polyurethane and related applications.

Recent research efforts and customer development activities for Opteon 1100 optimization and incorporation in spray foam applications.

The impact of such blends on important criteria such as flashpoint behaviour, thermal performance, and foam properties.


16.30 Methylal, a fast growing environmentally-friendly blowing agent in the Mexican market

Michel Beaujean, R&D Manager, Lambiotte

Methylal; an easy-to-handle economically attractive blowing agent with excellent toxicological and eco-toxicological profiles, as well as a benign atmospheric behaviour.

How and why Methylal is used in all types of foams: rigid, flexible, integral and shoe soles.

Methylal used as sole blowing agent, or in mixtures with HFCs or pentanes for various reasons. How it is also a candidate as a co-blowing agent with HFOs.


17.00 Blowing Agents in Molded Flexible Foam and Integral Skin

Lucia Zamudio, Foam Sales Manager for Latin America, Honeywell

Mary Bogdan, Principal Scientist R&D, Honeywell

HCFC’s including 141b being phased out across Article 5 countries; how other products can be used to replace phased out blowing agents.

How in the US, the EPA has phased out the use of HFC’s including 245fa and 365mfc in integral skin and flexible foam applications – a look at alternatives for these applications.

Making  the same part with less raw material while also reducing part weight by 10-20% and keeping comfort and durability properties


17.30 Comparison of solutions with low global warming potential in domestic refrigeration applications, insulating foams

Alvaro Ballesteros, Application Development and Technical Service, Dow

Important aspects to consider when choosing foaming technology

Comparisons of the thermal conductivity of the different blowing agents.

Formulations with HFO as viable alternatives. A look at technological trends.


Thursday 6th April

Session one 12-2pm


12:00     Re-cap and Welcome Back

Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International



12.05 HFC and HFO Blowing Agents In Rigid Applications

Lucia Zamudio, Foam Sales Manager for Latin America, Honeywell

Mary Bogdan, Principal Scientist R&D, Honeywell

Developing new blowing agents to meet the environmental and regulatory challenges as the Latin American rigid polyurethane industry transitions from the use of HCFC-141b

A look at the  use of both HFC and HFO technology in appliance, spray foam, panel and pipe/tank applications.

Formulations and polyurethane foam properties that can be achieved with both HFC and HFO blowing agents supplied by Honeywell.


12:35 Elastomeric Coating for High Chemical Resistance

Mauricio Torres Hidalgo, Desarrollo de Aplicaciones y Servicio Técnico depara el negocio de Poliuretanos, Dow

Focus on corrosion mitigation with next generation corrosion resistant coatings

Demonstrating the role of hydrophobicity in the barrier properties of coatings by comparing the chemical resistance of the fast cure hydrophobic elastomeric coating against epoxy coatings that are typically used in chemical resistance applications.

How results show that increased hydrophobicity reduces the mass absorption of corrosion-inducing chemicals (such as acids and bases) and therefore improves corrosion prevention properties.

How these coatings are able to withstand chemicals, including organic chemicals like gasoline and ethanol, at elevated temperatures. 


13.00 Investigation of the substitution of R 141b blowing agent with zero ODP and low GWP blowing agents for Mexico

Brian Fogg, Brian Fogg Polyurethanes Consulting

The Montreal Protocol requires the substitution of R 141b as a blowing agent in Polyurethane foams in Mexico

Blowing agents with Zero ODP/ low GWP alternatives were studied in rigid polyurethane spray foam systems.

Safety factors associated with the manufacture and transportation of the polyol blend and application processability issues are addressed.

Thermal performance, foam density and physical properties are compared.

A brief overview of the resulting relative economic aspects is presented.


13.30 Blowing Agents for Your Applications: From HCFC’s to HFO’s

Lucia Zamudio, Foam Sales Manager for Latin America, Honeywell

Mary Bogdan, Principal Scientist R&D, Honeywell

The use of fluorocarbon blowing agents and the properties they impart to the foam and end use applications.

A look the use of how HFCs and, more recently, HFOs have been used to address GWP concerns.

Honeywell’s involvement in this transition.


Session two 4-6pm


16.00 Evaluation of Cast PVC Processing Conditions for Improved Adhesion to Polyurethane Foam

Robert C. Bondar, Leader Polyurethane Systems Development, BASF

How Cast PVC cover skin is often used for higher quality automotive interior trim and other applications.

Frequently polyurethane (PU) foam is used in conjunction with cast PVC skins in the production of interior components such as door panels and instrument panels.

The importance of adhesion of the PVC skin to the PU foam for good part service-life and performance.

Experimentation with PVC casting conditions and PU foam moulding, to examine conditions for improved adhesion and results achieved.


16:30 Moulded Foam

Michael Heuchemer, Sales Manager Moulded Foam lines, Hennecke GmbH

Mixing and metering without compromising quality = high pressure metering.

High-class systems technology for polyurethane processing = multicomponent mixing heads.

Automated moulded foam production.

Technical Equipment, tailor made to the requirements of the production.

Innovative systems and technologies with high economic benefits.


17.00 Dry-side advancements in polyurethane moulding for automotive applications

Alberto Marquez, Area Sales Manager Business Unit Foam, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

New designs and innovations in the field of the dry part of the automotive parts production.

Improvements in the production equipment for instrument panels, steering wheels, rotating headrest tablet mounts and oval lines for seats.


17.30 Advances in the Improvement of the Resistance to Hydrolysis for Microcellular Systems of Polyurethane Polyester for Footwear Soles

Jorge Lemus Acero, Manager Development and Technical Service Flexible Systems and Specialties, Eiffel

Showing advances in improving resistance to hydrolysis in soles made with microcellular systems polyester

Innovations in the Mexican and Latin American market

Solving a growing market need in Latin American – the importance of the application


Program may be subject to change








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