5th - 6th October 2016
Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, The Netherlands
Driving polyurethane sustainability
5th - 6th October 2016
Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, The Netherlands
Driving polyurethane sustainability
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Day One- 5th October 2016


08.30    Registrations and networking


09.15    Welcome and introduction

Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International


09.30    Keynote address: Are we getting the most out of our resources, or can we improve?

Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer, Covestro

  • By investing carbon in the right way, we can save more of it
  • By using carbon more wisely, we create as much value for society as possible from as little resource as possible
  • We believe carbon productivity is a way of ensuring we focus on sustainable growth while reducing related emissions


10.00    Manufacturing of polyols out of alternative sources

Frank Dürsen, Director of R&D Future and Sustainability, RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG

  • Conversion of PU and PET scrap back into polyols through chemical recycling (chemolysis)
  • Usage of these kind of polyols in new applications
  • Closed loop recycling
  • Construction and sale of tailor-made recycling plants
  • Usage of bio based waste streams like wood bark as new building blocks for polyol and PU manufacturing


10.30    CRESIM – an industrial process for the use of recycled carbon fibres

Dario Pigliafreddo, Product Manager Composites, CANNON SPA

  • Reuse of recycled carbon fibre through innovative technologies
  • State of the art industrial pilot plant for impregnation of recycled carbon fibre with thermoset resins
  • Production of automotive and industrial parts with aesthetic and mechanical characteristics comparable to virgin carbon fibre


11.00    Refreshment and networking


11.30    Glycerol from Biodiesel, a sustainable recycling agent for polyurethane wastes

Juan F. Rodriguez, Director/Head - ITQUIMA-Instituto de Tecnología Química y Medioambiental, University of Castilla-La Mancha

  • Split phase glycolysis allows to obtain a polyol rich phase with quality enough to be reused in high quality polyurethanes formulation
  • The use of crude glycerol from biodiesel production make the recycling of polyurethanes more sustainable and cheap
  • The employment of glycerol from biodiesel allows to obtain a rich polyol phase that can replace the fresh one and a glycerol rich phase that can be directly employed in rigid foam formulations

12.00    Recycling of end-of-life PU mattresses into polyol for rigid PU foam applications

Lyudmila Skokova, Sales and Product Manager, H & S Anlagentechnik GmbH

  • Sustainable solution for the end-of-life mattresses which are not bio degradable
  • Chemical recycling of end-of-life mattresses into high quality polyols
  • Application of such polyols in rigid PU foams
  • High percentage of original polyols substitution: industrial scale tests
  • Economic efficiency of the technology due to low manufacturing costs of the recycled polyol
  • Design and manufacturing of the recycling installations 

 Renewable Feedstocks 

12.30    Breakthrough catalyst and process technology enabling drop-in renewable polyols, isocyanates and polyurethanes - without compromising performance

Gary Diamond, Vice President, Product Development, Rennovia Inc.

  • Discuss the new processes for the production of bio-based adipic acid (ADA), 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) and hexamethylenediamine (HMD) from glucose
  • Combining bio-based adipic acid and 1,6-HDO will allow for the production of 100% bio-based aliphatic polyester polyols
  • How bio-based HMD can be converted to hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) with at least 75% bio-based carbon content, which when combined with 100% bio-based aliphatic polyester polyols will enable the production of aliphatic polyurethanes with very high bio-based content

13.00    Lunch and networking


14.00    Palm Oil based Natural Oil Polyol - the sweet spot between green and affordability

Jens Eulitz, Int. Marketing Director, PolyGreen Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

  • Consumers expect companies to implement social and sustainable programs
  • Consumers  prefer green products when available performing like traditional products
  • Consumers expect not to pay more for a green product
  • This paper addresses all angles
    • Sustainable aspects
    • Technical aspects and
    • Commercial benefits of using Palm Oil based polyols


14.30    Biosuccinium - a sustainable alternative to Adipic Acid

Lawrence Theunissen, Global Manager Application Development, Reverdia

  • As a near drop-in for adipic acid, Biosuccinium can be used to produce bio-based polyester polyols for polyurethanes
  • Biosuccinium -based polyols and polyurethanes have already been well received in the industry
  • By replacing 1 kilo of petro-based adipic acid with Biosuccinium, manufacturers can reduce their carbon footprint by over 8 kg CO2e
  • Biosuccinium has been produced reliably since 2012 and is qualified for use in the most demanding bio-polymers


15.00   Refreshments and networking


15.30    Soybean oil modified polyester polyols for flexible urethane foam

Matt Terwillegar, Account Manager, Myriant Corporation

  • Improved compression modulus and compression strength
  • Improved SAG factor
  • Higher tensile strength
  • Improved tear resistance
  • Compatible with conventional polyether polyols

 Natural Oils 

16.00    Rigid polyurethane foams from polyols based on Tall Oil and/or Rapeseed Oil in combination with PET

Ugis Cabulis, Director, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry

  • Polyols for rigid polyurethane / polyisocyanurate foams as combination of renewable (rape seed oil) and recyclable (PET) resources
  • Content of renewable / recyclable raw materials in polyol up to 50%
  • Novel synthesized polyol is completely soluble in hydrofluorocarbon blowing agents


16.30    Closing remarks and networking drinks reception



DayTwo- 6th October 2016


08.30    Registrations and networking


09.15    Welcome and introduction

Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International


09.30    Keynote Address 1 - The European Commission’s Circular Economy Proposals – What does it mean for polyurethane foam?

Michel Baumgartner, Secretary-General, Europur
Shpresa Kotaji, Chair - Environment Committee, PU Europe

  • Focus on discussing the likely impact of the current initiatives taken at EU level on PU foam (flexible and rigid), as well as on foam-containing products
  • New legislative proposals and a roadmap for future action which are currently being discussed in the European Parliament
  • PU foam industry to think about the lifecycle and sustainability of its products


 Regulatory Update 

10.00    Keynote address 2 - Sustainability along the PU Supply Chain – past, present and future

Angela Austin, Director, LRM and Associate, OmniTech Intl.

  • Throw light on various aspects of sustainability affecting the PU industry such as; phase out of various blowing agents, evolution of renewable raw materials including NOPs, biotech products such as succinic acids, PDO and BDO and CO2 polyols.
  • Examples of their use in polyurethanes will be provided along with a discussion of the drivers that will promote their future use, including pressure from customers (B2B) to be more sustainable and the need for regulations to encourage manufacturers to meet agreed levels of renewability


 Product Innovation 

10.30    Bio-based polyurethanes for coating applications in automotive interior

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl Holdings

  • Much of the current high performance coatings used for automotive interior leather and flexible plastics applications is based on aqueous polyurethane dispersions, made with raw materials derived from petroleum-based sources
  • The growing need for higher performing, cost competitive and renewable alternatives
  • This presentation outlines the main building blocks used in the manufacture of polyurethanes and introduces the concept of bio-based polyurethanes based on renewable raw materials which can provide equal or better performance vs petrochemical based alternatives


11.00    Refreshements and networking



11.30    Sustainable FRs for polyurethanes

Munjal Patel, Manager Global Market Support Polyurethanes, ICL-IP

  • Developing  new products  in order to save lives and to ensure public safety through fire safety, bringing state of the art Research and Development for the polyurethane application market
  • This presentation documents a series of evaluations using laboratory bench scale and full scale tests to show improvements in flame retardant and emission properties with these new product-offerings for flexible polyurethanes in automotive and furniture applications, as well as rigid polyurethanes in building and construction applications


12.00    Novel polyester diol obtained from PET waste and its application in the synthesis of polyurethane and carbon nanotube-based composites

Gity Mir Mohamad Sadeghi, Associate Professor-Polymer Engineering & Colour Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology

  • Depolymerizing soft-drink bottles composed of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) via glycolysis using 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol (MPD) to obtain oligomeric dioles (diol)
  • Preparing Novel value-added polyurethanes (cross-linked and non-cross-linked) and carbon nanotube-based polyurethane composites with different molar ratios of diisocyanate to diol (NCO/OH), using hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI), polyester diol, and carbon nanotubes
  • The polyurethane samples, obtained from PET waste, could be used in various applications, such as industrial parts, membranes and O-rings


12.30    Bio-based Succinate Polyols for Sustainable PU Adhesives

Wladimir Moraes, Marketing Director Europe, BioAmber Inc.

  • Throw light on the largest bio-succinic acid production facility, located in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Produced by fermentation of renewable feedstocks, bio-based succinic acid offers much more favorable carbon footprint than petro-derived adipic acid
  • When reacted with conventional glycols, succinates polyols lead to interesting technical features, which can be very useful for PU adhesives


13.00    Lunch and networking


14.00    Panel Discussion - The myth and reality of sustainable raw materials - testing, specifications and performance

Chair: Simon Robinson, Editor, Urethanes Technology International

Peter Shepard, Chief Business Officer, Novomer, Inc.

Lawrence Theunissen, Global Manager Application Development, Reverdia

Wladimir Moraes, Marketing Director EuropeBioAmber Inc.


15.00    Refreshments and networking


 Bio Polyols from CO2 

15.30    Dream production – CO¬2-polyols: new sustainable raw materials for polyurethanes

Dr. Kai Laemmerhold, Team Manager, Covestro

  • A technology that allows us to use CO2 as a raw material in the production of polyols
  • Throw light on the construction of a start-up 5.000 t/a plant at Germany supporting this technology
  • It will be the first commercial utilizing CO2 for PUR raw materials in Europe
  • Target markets include flexible foam as well as CASE applications and TPU


16.00    Future of CO2-based polyols

Simon Waddington, Market Development Manager, Novomer Inc.

  • CO2-based polyols are a new generation of material s utilising up to 50% of CO2 as a material
  • The process does not require an excess of energy and therefore gives a significantly lower carbon footprint that existing polyols.
  • The resulting polyols also demonstrate improved performance in  many applications  as a result of the different backbone structure



16.30    Chair summary of the conference and close


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