12th - 13th October 2017
Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City
Polyurethanes Automotive Conference
12th - 13th October 2017
Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City
Polyurethanes Automotive Conference
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Day One - 12th October 2017

8.15       Registration and refreshments

9.00       Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction

CHAIRMAN: Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International


           Automotive Industry Outlook… where to now?

  • Global Automotive Market Roundup
  • Analysis of the near and medium term European Light Vehicle production
  • Winners and Losers

SPEAKER: Justin Cox, Director, Global Production, LMC Automotive

           The Future of the European Car Sector: Examining the disruptive influence of electric cars

  • What are the challenges and big developments in the European automotive industry?
  • Breakthrough of the electric vehicle – how the barriers to battery electric cars will be broken
  • The impact of battery electric cars on Europe’s Automotive industry
  • Examining the shift from product to services
  • The considerations for interiors and the polyurethane sector

SPEAKER: Max Erich, Senior Economist - ING Economics Department, ING


9.50     Irgastab® PUR 70 - Novel Low Emissions Anti-Scorch Package for Polyol & PU Foams used in Automotive Interior Applications

  • What are the key quality requirements for foams used across the different industries?
  • The trends evolving toward environmentally-friendly, health-conscious, and sustainable product solutions: towards the final article volatile component emission
  • How have automotive OEMs been responding: material and final article emissions requirements and vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ)
  • The key role of anti-scorch packages in preventing degradation of Polyol / PU foams: their performance attributes
  • Contribution of novel anti-scorch package Irgastab® PUR 70 to achieve high quality foams used in automotive interior applications:  How are they competing with other products?

SPEAKER: Cinzia Tartarini, CC Automotive & Head of Weathering Center Europe, BASF

10.20     Driving the Reduction of Emissions for Vehicle Interiors – SPECFLEX Polyurethane Solutions

  • Gaining an insight into different automotive market low emission specifications
  • Emissions values sensitivity to different critical parameters:  production conditions, storage, sample preparation and test methods variability
  • Key ways to improve and optimize emissions know-how in order to satisfy global automotive manufacturers and Tier customers’ needs
  • The development of SPECFLEXTM Polyurethane Solutions to control total Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), aldehydes, odour and reduce & eliminate amines emissions
  • The unique polyurethane Solutions do not require changes in existing Tiers process conditions
  • The need and achieved goal for excellent mechanical properties including potential weight savings via lower densities together with low emissions.

SPEAKERS: Stefano Grassini, Technical Support & Development Manager, Dow Automotive


11.00     Morning refreshments and networking


11.30     NAUGARD FOAMPLUS LE: Ultra low emissive antioxidant packages for slabstock polyois - The next step.

  • VIAQ Vehicle Indoor air quality. The challenges
  • NAUGARD® FOAMPLUS LE SERIES :  VDA278 compliant antioxidant packages for automotive slabstock foams
  • A competitive solution to replace current standards and bring VOC and FOG levels down to comply with stringent emission requirements
  • Tackling aldehyde emission from flexible slabstock foams
  • The examples given demonstrate how a carefully selected and optimised antioxidant package can provide new levels of performance and reduced emissions, which are compliant with the new emission standards enabling customers to upgrade their products and to enter into new application areas.

SPEAKER: Clément Barrière, Principal Chemist, Addivant 


12.00     Improving Performance of PU Foams with Reactive, Low Emission Antioxidants

  • Polymer bound, lactone-based antioxidant offering a unique reactive technology that meets the most stringent requirements from the automotive market such as VDA278 (VOC and FOG)
  • Milliguard AOX-1 is a reactive, amine-free antioxidant, used in polyol stabilization and in PU foam formulations, providing superior anti-scorch and reduced post-yellowing

SPEAKER: Sven De Vis, TS & D Engineer, Chemical European Technical Service Headquarters, Milliken


12.30      INTERIOR DESIGN: Developing the concepts, technologies and methods for new automotive design: impact on materials choice and usage

Speaker TBC

13.00     Lunch and networking



14.15     Key Regulations for the Automotive Sector and Practical Overview of some Regulatory Challenges

  • Regulations for car manufacturers, OEMs and “non OEMs” in the automotive supply chain
  • Hard-core restrictions and other forbidden practices sanctioned under EU law
  • Specific actions by which the different players within the distribution try to avoid those regulations
  • What might the future hold?

SPEAKER: Milan Listík, Associate, Head of Automotive Practice Group, Peterka Partners


14.45     Responding to New EHS Requirements in the Automotive Industry with PU Catalyst Innovation

  • The increasing need for car manufacturers to use non-toxic and non-volatile alternatives
  • The role of catalysts for polyurethane: incorporating non-toxic elements ie bismuth and zinc
  • Design and development which meets changing customer needs
  • The move away from toxic catalysts based on tin and from volatile products used in car interiors
  • Overcoming challenges for the use of traditional catalysts and how Umicore tries to offer a solution to these challenges.  After the presentation, the participants will have a better understanding of certain requirements for PU in the automotive industry, and ideas of how to meet these requirements

SPEAKER: Wim Cambien, Sales and Business Development Manager, Umicore Specialty Materials Brugge NV


15.15     Refreshments and networking


15.45     Expandable Graphite as Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Additive for Automotive

  • Graphite – a versatile mineral for a variety of industrial applications
  • Supply/world market and production of Expandable Graphite
  • Expandable graphite as halogen-free flame retardant additive
  • Adjusting screws and characteristics
  • Areas of applications in general
  • Benefits and applications for automotive industry

SPEAKER: Klaus Rathberger, Managing Director, Georg H. Luh GmbH



16.15     Examining Fuel Efficiency and Innovative Light Weighting Opportunities for Polyurethane

  • The impact of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE): cost penalties
  • How are advanced composite delivering 60 percent weight savings over steel
  • High strength‐to‐weight ratio engineering and design flexibility
  • Comparisons between polyurethane versus epoxy polymers for HP-RTM process
  • What are the advantages of innovative composite components over metal components
  • Practical examples and how challenges were tackled and overcome

SPEAKER: Boney A. Mathew, President & CEO, Mathson Composite Group

16.45     Chairman summary of the day

17.00     Networking drinks reception for all attendees


Day Two - 13th October 2017

8.15    Registration and refreshments

8.45    Chairman’s opening remarks 

CHAIRMAN: Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International



9.00     Dow Automotive Acoustic Solutions for Hood Liners in Power Train

  • Importance of road traffic noise and how EU legislation is being adopted globally
  • The impact of reduced CO2 targets:  Power train developments & technologies increasing fuel efficiency and affecting noise levels
  • Implications for the automotive industry and continuous challenges to address reduced vehicle noise via sound insulating materials and components
  • Current under the hood (UTH) solutions dominated by absorption parts such as hood liners made with polyurethane light density acoustic materials
  • Importance of light weight polyurethane foams in a broad density range deliver high sound absorption, thermo-formability and stiffness
  • Dow Automotive Systems SPECFLEXTM System Solutions low density to allow customers to pass TL 52685, MVSS 302 and superior flammability PV 3357
  • How SPECFLEX PU foams can meet physical, acoustical, and processing requirements using blocks production

SPEAKERS: Sabrina Fregni, Lead Research & Development, Dow Automotive

Giuliano Guidetti, Technical Support & Development Manager, Dow Automotive


9.45    Rigid PUR Foam Impact Absorption Material Obtained from Sustainable Resources Vehicle Crashboxes PU

  • What is the industry looking for and in particular the automotive sector?
  • The use of Polyols from different sustainable resources as one of raw materials for polyurethane (PUR) material production
  • How is the EUs regulatory system pushing the industry towards sustainable solutions
  • Study goals: Development of rigid PUR foam impact absorption materials that was used in electric vehicle crashboxes and crossbeam system
  • The EU FP7 Project Evolution: advanced materials which enable highly hybridized into lightweight components for easy integration and dismantling
  • Using polyols obtained from sustainable resources: like rape seed and second generation “green” raw materials
  • Crashboxes and crossbeams produced from carbon nanotube reinforced polypropylene and rigid PUR foams
  • Key findings and data: how results showed that such concept is viable option for vehicle impact absorption front subsystem and sustainable materials are suitable alternative for petrochemicals
  • Weight reduction and potential application in automotive industry

SPEAKER: Mikelis Kirpluks, Researcher, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry


10.30     All Carbon Black Colorants are Not Created Equal

  • Black in urethane chemistries and use of carbon black and other black pigments in automotive industries
  • Implications of different urethane applications:  the need for a unique and versatile colorant
  • Polyol carriers of colorant plus the grade and physical properties of carbon black
  • Examining the significant impact on color performance

SPEAKER: Ron van der Leeuw, Sales Manager Thermosets EMEA, Chromaflo Technologies


11.00    Morning refreshments and networking



11.30     Self-Formulating: To Do or Not To Do – An Exercise

  • Why self-formulating? Basic principles and requirements
  • Requirements for self-formulating by PU foam & parts producers: critical parameters
  • Making the right decisions for automotive applications: a SWOT analysis example

SPEAKER: Dr Joop Koster, Owner, JBK Research & Consulting


12.00     Biosuccinium - Enabling High-Performance Bio-Based Polyurethanes

  • Positive effect of bio-succinic polyol on compressive performance of the foams
  • The addition of a bio-succinic polyol increases sound absorption performance of PU foams
  • A synergistic effect with simultaneous addition of both bio-succinic polyol and carbon black, leading to increase in transmission loss

SPEAKER: Lawrence Theunissen, Global Director Application Development, Reverdia


12.30     Creating a commercial, bio-based route to the production of loz vuscosity diols: Applications to the automotive sector

  • From Sugar to trans- β-farnesene polyols polymerization
  • New "bottle-brush" polyois structure
  • Differentiated rheological behaviour - entanglements behaviour
  • Incorporation of the new diol into low viscosity PU materials.

SPEAKER: Dr. Philippe Lodefier, European R&D Manager, Total - Cray Valley Resins

13.00      Lunch and networking



14.00  Urethanes in the Automotive industry: Bio-Based Semi-Crystalline C18 Polyester Polyols: Enable New Building Block Options for Polyurethane Hot Melt Adhesives And Coatings

  • Examining a new class of specialty polyester polyols and their applications to the automotive sector
  • What are their applications: identifying specialty markets including coatings and adhesives
  • What are the basic performance characteristics of polyurethane materials made from C18 based polyester polyols compared to polyurethanes made from other specialty polyols
  • Crystalline and hydrophobic C18 soft segments
  • Low solvent, high solids PUD coatings and high green strength adhesives

SPEAKER: Rusty Pittman, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Elevance

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl Holdings


14.45     Production of Natural Oil Polyols Within Jiahua Chemicals

  • What is the current interest in use of NOPs in flexible slabstock foams?
  • The significance to the automotive sector
  • Review of the methods for the addition of hydroxyl groups
  • Full scale production of NOPs: from pilot to full scale manufacture
  • Examining the commercial applications for NOPs in the automotive market

SPEAKER: Dr. Peter Groome, R&D Director, Jiahua Chemicals Inc


15.15     Biobased polyols for high-performance polyurethanes in automotive

  • How have Polyurethanes been used in the past and how can they bring excellence, durability and flexibility in the automotive sector?
  • Building durability and extreme performance while enhancing sustainability of the car
  • Blending polyols based on C36 dimer technology from natural oils: enhancing wetting and flow on the substrate or mould
  • How does this change hydrocarbon character to impart water repellency and affinity for multiple substrates in lightweight design
  • How are bio-based novel polyols supporting the automotive sector: sealants, coatings and composites
  • Putting the focus on smart materials: How are novel polyols bringing additional performance such as self-healing?

SPEAKER: Angela Smits, Technology Development Manager, Croda

15.45     Delegate Q&A

16.00     Chairman’s summary and close of conference


*Programme may be subject to change


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