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12:00  - 12:15   Introduction to UTECH Las Americas 2022
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

12:15  - 12:45   Keynote Address: Strategic Market Overview - Global Growth and Opportunity (Virtual presentation)
Philipp Propst, Project Manager, IAL Consultants
Katie Tofts, Freelance Researcher, IAL Consultants

A global view of the PU market. Additionally, IAL will share more detailed information on North and Central America, including challenges and opportunities for each material. 

12:45 - 13:00  Refreshment Break

13:00 - 13:30   Development of a novel gelling catalyst for automotive polyurethane foams
Angie Maldonado, Scientist PU Additives, Huntsman

  • The innovative work of new products to help tackle the automotive industry demand for lower emission products
  • This product is a low emission catalyst which typically results in lower polyurethane foam emissions vs conventional types of catalyst
  • Foams made with this catalyst have a lower post-cure odor compared to conventional non-reactive gel catalysts. 

13:30 - 14:00  Sustainable developments in visco-elastic foam
Peter Groome, Chief PU Scientist/R&D Director, Jiahua Chemicals

To gain an understanding of:

  • Viscoelastic foam industry trends
  • How formulation effects final property in viscoelastic foam
  • How sustainable approaches such as CO2 polyols and natural oil polyols can be incorporated in viscoelastic formulations

14:00 - 16:00   Lunch and Time to Visit the Exhibition 

16:00 - 16:30    Novel generation of viscoelastic foams with improved comfort and performance
Netzahualcoyotl Lopez, Senior Account Manager, Carpenter Co 

  • How viscoelastic or memory foams are widely used within bedding, furniture and automotive seating with their primarily function being to provide enhanced comfort
  • The issues with viscoelastic foams; retaining heat which is problematic in areas with high temperatures
  • The development of a novel generation of viscoelastic slabstock foams designed to improve the heat dissipation while maintain the comfort and performance needed in diverse applications

16:30 - 17:00  Recent studies on the combination of methylal with HFOs, HFCs or cyclopentane  
Michel Beaujean, Senior Scientific and Technical Advisor, Lambiotte

  • Review four studies on the combination of methylal with HFOs, HFCs or cyclopentane and key points of its use in rigid foams, flexible foams and integral skin foams
  • Highlight the properties of a safe and environmentally friendly blowing agent which is the only one to be potentially bio-sourced
  • Show how to reduce the cost of formulations

17:00 - 17:30  Demolding of cold-flexible PU
Hendrik Beiersdorf, Global Manager Technical Sales, ACMOS Chemie

  • How release agents are critical to productivity and quality
  • Why, when selecting the right release agent it is important to understand several variables, including the process conditions such as mold temperature as well as the raw materials that make up the PU system.
  • How understanding these factors will allow effective release agent application
  • Mold cleaning with gentle and environmentally-friendly raw materials can now be achieved with long intervals to provide high quality parts with minimal downtime

17:30 - 18:00  MPD diol and MPD based polyols in special PUR: Flexible foam, microcellular elastomer and TPU
Kunio Mayahara, Development and Technical Service Manager, Kuraray

  • The importance of the diol MPD and of the polyols in use
  • Chemical benefits, such as high transparency, smoothness, resistance to hydrolysis, low temperatures, alkaline, high temperatures, solvents and UV rays


12:00  - 12:10  Recap and Welcome Back
Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

12:10  - 12:40  Advances in polyurethane systems for shoe sole applications
Jorge Lemus
, Technical Director, Productos Eiffel

  • Technical background of shoe sole polyurethane systems
  • Current shoe sole polyurethane systems availability and specifications needed
  • Technical advances and challenges of these polyurethane developments

12:40 - 13:00  Refreshment Break

13:00 - 13:30   On-ratio assurance foam spraying
Horacio Espinola, Account Manager, Graco

  • How to prevent, detect and monitor out-of-mix ratio conditions
  • Being confident that the polyurethane foam is applied at the stipulated mix ratio
  • The solutions proposed to ensure the correct mix ratio

13:30 - 14:00  Polyurethanes in the pultrusion process for impact applications in the automotive industry
Pablo Gutierrez, Application Development Engineer, BASF Mexicana

  • Understanding the importance of pultrusion and polyurethanes on impact applications
  • The pultrusion process and its properties
  • Example of part integration made of pultrusion overmolded with themoplastic resin

14:00 - 16:00   Lunch and Time to Visit the Exhibition 

16:00 - 16:30    Performance additives for polyurethanes
Juan Robayo, Technical Sales Manager - Latin America, Repi

  • Polyurethane is strong, stable and diverse. To complete these characteristics, there are additives that provide more properties, improving its versatility
  • With white foam stabilizing additives and UV stabilizers, whiteness, aesthetic and mechanical protection can be provided, guaranteeing  permanent whiteness
  • Aligned to comply with the standards required by certain industries such as automotive and construction, REPI participates with its important contribution in the elimination of aldehydes and flame retardancy

16:30 - 17:00 
Adoption of HFO in Latin America – Success stories in polyurethane foams
Salvador Mejía, Latin America PU/XPS Foams Application Development Manager, Honeywell PMT Fluorine Products

  • Understand the regulatory updates involving blowing agents in PUR / XPS foams
  • Success stories in transitions to HFO in Latin America
  • Trends in blowing agents: Energy consumption standards and Solstice® blends