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Polyurethanes Expo 2001 International Technical Conference & Exposition, sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, will be held September 30 - October 3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH.

During the expo, industry experts will update delegates on the latest technological advances in elastomer manufacturing. The CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) technical session will spotlight a breakthrough technology that combines the reaction injection molding (RIM) process with a mechanically self-cleaning, recirculating spray system. A paper on polyurethane gel technology will also be presented.

The conference will feature 11 technical sessions and 10 issue-oriented sessions. Speakers and panelists will present the latest research on blowing agents, respiratory protection, VOC emissions, recycling, MDI/TDI emissions, upholstered furniture flammability, transportation and packaging. An education seminar on polyurethane chemistry and technology will also be offered.

Technical sessions will cover environmental; automotive low VOC emissions; testing; construction; innovative polyurethane solutions for automotive applications; fundamentals; automotive seating comfort and durability; blowing agents; innovations and new applications in CASE; furnishings; and appliances.

Industry issues sessions will address key regulatory and policy issues and market opportunities for the polyurethanes industry. Titles will include: Three ingredients for a highly productive workforce; Polyurethane production: Safe handling of chemical additives and blowing agents; Air purifying respirators - what you need to know; Current issues in furnishings flammability; Blowing agents; MDI/TDI emissions; Product quality/Six Sigma; How to write a technical paper; Where and why polyurethanes fit in the global automotive arena - perspectives of OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers; and MDI/TDI transportation guidelines - getting from here to there safely.

Poster sessions will be presented on coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers; flexible foam/automotive; fundamentals/equipment; and rigid foam.

"Understanding polyurethanes - chemistry, raw materials, process and applications" is the title of a seminar to be held September 30 and October 1 and 3. Instructors will include Robin L. Grieve and James M. O'Connor of Syn-Uthane International, and T. Roy McClellan of McClellan Consulting.

The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API) announced that 67 companies have signed up to exhibit at Polyurethanes Expo 2001, to be held October 1-3. The association anticipates that more than 80 companies will be exhibiting by the time the exposition opens.

Ten new exhibitors will include Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, American Barmag, Camfil Farr Ltd., Dow Chemical, Fecken-Kirfel America, GE Silicones, KoSa, Mathis Instruments, Mix Head Repair and Brokerage, and Tosoh USA.

API estimates that the exposition will attract more than 1,500 people from around the world.

The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, a business unit of the American Plastics Council, is composed of companies that supply polyurethane resins or chemicals used in polyurethane resins; manufacture polyurethanes; produce machinery used in the manufacture or processing of polyurethanes; or engage in the business of applying polyurethane products in end use applications.

Further information about API and Polyurethanes Expo 2001 can be obtained by contacting Josiah McClellan (212) 697-2600.
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