08. May 2024

UTECH Europe 2024 hit over 10,000 attendance

UTECH Europe 2024 hit over 10,000 attendance

UTECH Europe exhibition and conference, recently held in Maastricht, the Netherlands has confirmed its reputation as the leading global event for the polyurethanes industry by attracting more exhibitors and visitors than ever before in its 40-year history.

 The total number of attendees over the three days of the event was a record 10,366 from 93 different countries, with over 220 exhibiting organisations taking part.

“I am delighted that UTECH Europe celebrated its fortieth anniversary by attracting more exhibitors and visitors than ever before,” said Matt Barber, Global Events Director at Crain Communications. “You could feel the energy and enthusiasm for the polyurethane industry’s premier global event everywhere across the show floor and conference theatres. We look forward to carrying UTECH Europe’s success forward to the busy schedule of UTECH events for the remainder of this year in China, the Middle East, Singapore and India.”

“Sustainability was the overriding theme of the exhibition and conference,” said Chris Taylor, Vice President and General Manager, Global Polymer Group, Crain Communications. “It was truly exhilarating to see how the whole industry is coming together to reduce CO2 emissions, increase the mechanical and chemical recycling of polyurethanes, develop bio-based polyols and innovating to develop more sustainable solutions for automotive, construction, furniture, textiles, CASE and other applications.”

Joe Tse, Vice President for Huntsman Polyurethanes in Europe, Middle East, Africa & India commented from the company’s stand: “UTECH Europe is the largest polyurethane show in Europe and most important polyurethanes industry show in the world. It is a fantastic platform for us to showcase our innovations, to meet our customers, engage with our suppliers, to advance the partnerships we have in the industry and to show the commitment that Huntsman has to the European polyurethanes market.”

“We have had some of the best traffic at our site,” he added. “We have had great attendance at the show this year and there is a lot of excitement not just for Huntsman’s offering but also for the whole of polyurethanes in Europe.”

Conference speaker Dr Martin Baumert, Director of Technical Development at BASF added “UTECH Europe is an important platform for the polyurethane industry especially here in Europe. You meet many partners many customers and you can learn a lot about what's going on in polyurethane.”

Leslie Ji, Marketing Director at first-time exhibitor from China, Shandong Longhua New Material Co Ltd, said: “We highly recommend UTECH Europe. It is a great opportunity for clients, users and all different parts of the supply chain to combine together. It is a great show.”

Mila Skokova, Sales & Product Manager and Deputy Managing Director at H&S Anlagentechnik, who presented her company’s latest solutions for industrial scale recycling of rigid polyurethane foams in the conference, commented. “UTECH Europe is a vital platform for the polyurethane industry due to its excellent opportunities for networking, showcasing the newest advancements and technologies as well as new products. It is the best show for communication, for networking opportunities, for staying updated on the latest industry trends.”

Brieuc Lits, Public Affairs and Communications Officer at ISOPA, which hosted a regulation session in the conference added: “UTECH Europe is the place to be for the polyurethane industry if you want to keep up with the new regulations, with new innovations and also in terms of sustainability.

UTECH Europe returns to the MECC in Maastricht in three years’ time from 20-22 April 2027. The next event in the global UTECH calendar of polyurethane events is PU China / UTECH Asia, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre from 17-19 July 2024.

YouTube Highlights from UTECH Europe 2024:

Keynote address by Peter Huntsman Chairman, President and CEO of Huntsman Corporation, Europe's road to sustainability is dependent on a strong chemical industry:

UTECH Europe Awards presentation:

Day 1 Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfl7tN71Hk0
Day 2 Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2nGSxpAQhA

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