Michael Costello

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Michael Costello has been Stahl’s Director of Sustainability since October 2015.

Michael has a broad experience in the chemical industry in a variety of positions. In 1988, he joined Stahl USA as a process & lab chemist and later in commercial positions in the coatings segment. In 1996 he became industry specialist at Stahl Europe and also led the successful MRPII Class A implementation project for Stahl Ibérica.

After a break of six years as EMEA Sales Manager at GE Silicones (now Momentive), Michael re-joined Stahl in 2005. As Group Director, he established the Picassian Polymers SBU within Stahl (now Stahl Polymers). Stahl Polymers supplies raw materials to coatings formulators and has become a recognized player in the market.

Michael holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from The University College, Dublin, Ireland, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

You’re speaking at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016, what made you decide to get involved?

Stahl is a supplier of many different products, including polyurethanes, to the leather and coatings industries respectively. This conference falls outside our normal sphere of activity and we would like to grow our influence in new spaces. That’s why we are involved.

 

What are the main challenges ahead of the industry?

The main challenge is to reduce the environmental footprint of the supply chain while maintaining a high level of performance and technical service.

 

Over recent years, what do you see as the most significant development to have happened in the industry?

The restriction of certain substances, commonly used in the manufacturing of polyurethanes, has been a key development in the coatings industry.

 

What single development would do most to improve the future of the industry, and why?

A high-performance polyurethane made from only renewable raw materials which could be easily recyclable & bio-degradable (or compostable) when cured into a film.
This could allow us to make progress in developing circular systems for high performance coated materials.

 

Looking into the crystal ball, what big changes do you expect to see in PU and the industry by 2030?

I expect there will be more restriction on the specific substances used to manufacture polyurethanes. Expected performance levels of polyurethanes will continue to rise at the same time.

 

What are you looking forward to at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016?

Hearing about what the wider industry expects for the future of polyurethanes.

 

Can you describe your company in 10 words or less?

“If it can be imagined, it can be created.”

MICHAEL COSTELLO WILL BE SPEAKING IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE SUSPOLYURETHANE CONFERENCE 2016. HIS PRESENTATION IS ENTITLED: BIO-BASED POLYURETHANES FOR COATING APPLICATIONS IN AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR.

Matt Terwillegar

 

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Hailing from Lake Worth, Florida, Matt completed undergraduate studies in Organic Chemistry at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His first industrial experience was with Reichhold Chemical in Research Triangle Park, NC, working in the unsaturated and saturated polyester resins where he focused on adhesive and coating raw materials. For eight years, he worked for Piedmont Chemical in High Point, North Carolina as a product development specialist, focusing on UV and thermoset raw materials. In October of 2014, Matt joined Myriant Corporation as the U.S. Account Manager where he focuses on new product and business development of derivatives of bio-based succinic acid.

 

You’re speaking at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016, what made you decide to get involved?

At Myriant, we strive to create new technologies utilizing bio-renewable resources. We felt the conference would be an ideal venue to reveal some of our work
What are the main challenges ahead of the industry?

We must demonstrate that the use of bio-renewable resources does not bring performance issues to the table.
Over recent years, what do you see as the most significant development to have happened in the industry?

Significant capital investments in infrastructure to develop bio-renewable technologies prove that we are in this business to stay. However, the decline in the price of crude oil has provided significant challenges to our industry

What single development would do most to improve the future of the industry, and why?

The development of cost effective, bio-renewable isocyanates.

Looking into the crystal ball, what big changes do you expect to see in PU and the industry by 2030?

Further and further ground-breaking technologies in bio-renewable technology

What are you looking forward to at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016?
A successful opportunity to showcase Myriant products

Can you describe your company in 10 words or less?

Cost-effective, bio -renewable performance

MATT TERWILLEGAR WILL BE SPEAKING IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE SUSPOLYURETHANE CONFERENCE 2016. HIS PRESENTATION IS ENTITLED: SOYBEAN OIL MODIFIED POLYESTER POLYOLS FOR FLEXIBLE URETHANE FOAM.

 

 

 

Patrick Piot

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Patrick Piot is Vice President Marketing & Strategy at BioAmber Inc. Located in US and Canada, BioAmber is at the forefront of industrial biotechnologies. BioAmber pioneered the development of the first commercially viable technology package for making bio-based succinic acid from renewable feedtstock and is now operating the largest bio-succinic acid production facility, located in Sarnia, Ontario. In his role, Patrick leads marketing activities, develops and manages strategic partnerships and alliances.

Prior to becoming VP Marketing & Strategy, Patrick was 5 years VP Business Development at BioAmber. He also worked 15 years in various sales, purchasing and business development positions at Rhône-Poulenc, Bayer and Agro-industries Recherches & Dévelopments. Patrick holds a Master of Science in Agronomy from AgroParisTech and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
You’re speaking at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016, what made you decide to get involved?
BioAmber reached a tipping point in its development, with the start-up of its new bio-succinic acid facility in Canada. Hence, this is important for us to explain our value proposition to potential customers.

What are the main challenges ahead of the industry?
We all need to decrease our carbon footprint, while keeping same levels of performance. Our world doesn’t have the choice anymore!

Over recent years, what do you see as the most significant development to have happened in the industry?
Synthetic biology and other new genetic tools: they allow the industry to access bio-based building block that are novel, cost effective, more sustainable and that bring differentiated performances.

What single development would do most to improve the future of the industry, and why?
The increasing availability of low carbon footprint building blocks

Looking into the crystal ball, what big changes do you expect to see in PU and the industry by 2030?
Bio-based chemicals will have taken a significant market share from their petrochemicals equivalents, leading to significant changes in the value chain

What are you looking forward to at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016?
I look forward to exchanging on sustainable PU solutions, interacting with potential customers and industry experts!

Can you describe your company in 10 words or less?
The world leader on bio-based succinic acid production, the alternative to petro-adipic acid.

PATRICK PIOT WILL BE SPEAKING IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE SECOND DAY OF THE SUSPOLYURETHANE CONFERENCE 2016. HIS PRESENTATION IS ENTITLED: BIO-BASED SUCCINATE POLYOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE PU ADHESIVES.

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Angela Austin

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Angela Austin has over twenty years of management consultancy and industry experience in the polyurethane industry, mainly as an Associate Director with IAL Consultants of London, having been involved directly or indirectly in all their work for the global PU industry since the mid 1980’s until 2009.

She then worked as the Editor and Editor in Chief for a trade magazine in the polyurethane industry – PU Magazine International, published in Germany. She regularly has requests to present papers on the market dynamics of the polyurethanes industry and has done so at several international conferences. She has science degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Technology from Queen Elizabeth College and Imperial College, London. She is currently Director of Labyrinth Research & Markets Ltd, a market research and communications company she founded in 2010. Since May 2016,she has been a member of the UN Foams Technical Options Committee.

You’re speaking at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016, what made you decide to get involved?

Sustainability is not something that will happen but is a trend that is here and now in the chemical and polyurethane industry. It’s an important topic in which I have been interested since studying environmental technology at university.

What are the main challenges ahead of the industry?

Creating sustainably resourced chemicals that are cost competitive with petroleum based chemicals.
Over recent years, what do you see as the most significant development to have happened in the industry?

The growing use of raw materials produced using biotechnology, recycled materials and natural oil products in the production of polyurethane materials.

Looking into the crystal ball, what big changes do you expect to see in PU and the industry by 2030?
End of life solutions for the huge volumes of polyurethane materials that are produced each year will be a major challenge for the industry and its long term sustainability.

What are you looking forward to at SusPolyUrethane Conference 2016?

Meeting industry personnel who are actively involved with achieving sustainability goals for their companies and polyurethane products.

Can you describe your company in 10 words or less?
Labyrinth Research & Markets is a small market research and communications consultancy working in the polyurethane industry.

ANGELA AUSTIN WILL BE SPEAKING IN THE MORNING OF THE SECOND DAY OF THE SUSPOLYURETHANE CONFERENCE 2016. HER KEYNOTE IS ENTITLED: SUSTAINABILITY ALONG THE PU SUPPLY CHAIN – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

Polyurethane industry heralds successful UTECH North America 2016

Exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates at the recent UTECH North America polyurethanes trade show and conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, US from April 6th-7th have confirmed the outstanding success of the event. UTECH North America 2016 attracted over 120 exhibiting companies, a 20% increase from when this event was last held in 2014.

UTECH North America Trade Show

UTECH North America Trade Show

Increased visitor numbers at the event also confirmed UTECH North America’s premier position in the calendar of global polyurethane events. The total footfall over the two-day open period was more than 1,800. Exhibiting companies praised the event as the ideal platform to present their polyurethane technology and innovations to buyers and influencers from across North America and the wider world.

“UTECH North America delivered once again a high-quality event for the industry to discuss how we can develop the next generation of polyurethanes together,” said Chris Chrisafides, commercial vice president, Dow Polyurethanes. “For us, this conference provided a tremendous opportunity to meet with established and new players to discuss how polyurethane chemistry can address global challenges where the entire value chain wins.”

UTECH North America Conference

UTECH North America Conference

In his keynote speech on The Next Generation of Polyurethanes, Chrisafides stressed the importance of collaboration up and down the industry’s value chain in order to capitalize on the global polyurethanes market today worth $55bn and growing at a rate 1.7 times GDP.

Visitors and delegates have also confirmed the many benefits of attending with James Romano, Van De Mark Chemical saying: “UTECH North America is a fantastic venue to connect with your customers and suppliers. Very high return on investment in time and money.”

Holly Cash of MCPU Polymers added: “My company has come to prefer UTECH North America to other major polyurethane conferences because it offers true value. It is both economical to attend and draws strong, technically oriented attendees.”

Organiser Sue Rothwell from Crain Communications said: “We’ve built on the success of the last UTECH North America held in 2014, attracting more exhibitors, more trade show visitors and more conference delegates. The buzz from the Charlotte Convention Center was electric and we have had very positive feedback from all groups. Everyone I’ve spoken to is looking forward to the new UTECH Las Americas event in Mexico in 2017 and the return of UTECH North America and UTECH Europe in 2018.”

Among many innovations highlighted by Dow at UTECH North America was its latest ComfortScience viscoelastic polyurethane foam, for use in memory foam products. The foam is designed to wick moisture away from the body, and offers high airflow that allows heat to transfer quickly through the foam.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber launched a co-sponsored polyol sampling program designed to accelerate the speed to market for sustainable bio-based solutions.

Frimo highlighted its servo-driven orifices on high-pressure polyurethane mixing heads and its versatile floor track production system. The PURe Mix multi-component mixing head features PLC-controlled needle position to give optimized pressure control. “This versatility allows different throughputs to be run from the same mixhead,” said Brent Gawne, polyurethane business manager at Frimo.

Dow Corning showcased its extensive portfolio of silicone surfactants for polyurethane foam and launch a range of new products from its Japanese joint venture, Dow Corning Toray.

Emery Oleochemicals presented its range of renewable-based and recycled polyols designed to enhance both formulation performance and end-product sustainability.

The global polyurethane industry now turns its attention to the upcoming UTECH Asia event taking place at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre from August 2nd to 4th 2016. After that, the recently announced UTECH Las Americas event will be held held at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, from April 4th to 6th 2017. The next UTECH Europe will be held from 29th to 31st May 2018 and UTECH North America will also return in 2018, with further details to be confirmed in due course.

For more information on UTECH Asia 2016 visit www.utech-asia.com
For more information on UTECH Las Americas 2017 visit: www.utechlasamericas.com
For more information on UTECH Europe 2018 visit: www.utecheurope.eu

Polyurethane Innovations and Advances in Sustainability to be unveiled at UTECH North America

Over 120 exhibiting companies and nearly 40 conference speakers will unveil the latest developments in polyurethane technology and advances in sustainability at the UTECH North America conference and free-to-attend trade show taking place next week, April 6-7 at the Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, US.

At the UTECH North America conference Chris Chrisafides, Commercial Vice President, Dow Polyurethanes at The Dow Chemical Company will deliver the keynote on The Next Generation of Polyurethanes followed by Robert Outram of IAL Consultants on North American Polyurethane: Global Snapshot and Strategic Outlook. Two sessions on sustainability will examine alternative natural-oil-based polyols, bio-succinium- and CO2-based materials, and set out practical steps to foster the wider and faster acceptance of these new approaches.

Other conference sessions will look at polyurethane technology in automotive applications; coatings, adhesives and sealants; flexible foams; rigid foams; the latest processing equipment; blowing agent innovations and polyurethane science. Conference places are currently still available. Delegate rates are highly competitive and offer outstanding value to all those with a professional interest in polyurethanes.

Major international companies exhibiting at the accompanying free-to-attend UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC and Honeywell. Exhibitor highlights include:

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber will launch a co-sponsored polyol sampling program designed to accelerate the speed to market for sustainable bio-based solutions.

Dow Chemical will be promoting its latest products for high-performance polyurethane coatings, home products and insulation including: DurableScience: high performance materials that protect, adhere, seal and last; ComfortScience: flexible foam technology for healthy, happy living and InsulationScience: rigid foam technology for energy and cost-efficient buildings and appliances.

Dow Corning will showcase its extensive portfolio of silicone surfactants for polyurethane foam and launch a range of new products from its Japanese joint venture, Dow Corning Toray.

Emery Oleochemicals will present its range of renewable-based and recycled polyols designed to enhance both formulation performance and end-product sustainability.

Chromaflo Technologies will feature its range of black colorant dispersions for urethanes and its Plasticolors® DTP colorants containing organic and inorganic pigments suspended in DOTP, a non-phthalate plasticizer.

Croda will showcase its next generation of bio-based Priplast™ polyols offering a combination of hydrolytic, thermo-oxidative and UV stability making them ideal for use in demanding applications such as sealants, sports equipment and automotive.

REPI colored Polyurethane among the latest innovations on show at UTECH North America

REPI colored Polyurethane among the latest innovations on show at UTECH North America

REPI is to present its latest range of VOC/FOG‐free black and colors for automotive applications. Foams manufactured using REPITAN high intensity black and other applications colored with latest fashionable shades will also be on display.

Milliken will show its award-winning Milliguard® AOX-1 antioxidant said to contribute negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and outgassing condensation (FOG), making it ideal for polyol and foam manufacturers to use in the production of interior vehicle components.

Acmos Chemie present its latest developments of water based release agents for various polyurethane applications.

Urespec will be introducing its range of UreCAT polyurethane catalysts

INVISTA will showcase its Terate® and TERRIN™ polyols

To book a place at the conference or to register for free attendance at the trade show visit: www.utech-north-america.com

Pre-registration via the website remains open until Friday April 1st. After that date, trade show attendees and conference delegates can register onsite at the venue during the show.

Dow’s Chrisafides to Keynote on Next Generation of Polyurethanes at UTECH North America Conference

Chris Chrisafides, Commercial Vice President, Dow Polyurethanes at The Dow Chemical Company will deliver the keynote on The Next Generation of Polyurethanes at the upcoming UTECH North America conference and trade show, taking place April 6th and 7th 2016 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.

Chris Chrisafides of Dow PolyurethanesGlobal polyurethane consumption shows no sign of slowing down, yet in an uncertain world the challenge remains to find new opportunities for growth. Setting the tone for the 2016 UTECH North America conference, Chris Chrisafides will ask where to look and how to work in order to harness all the possibilities available from the next generation of polyurethanes.

Featuring nearly 40 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the North American polyurethanes market. Following Chrisafides in the conference’s plenary session, Robert Outram of IAL Consultants will present North American Polyurethane: Global Snapshot and Strategic Outlook. Paul Bertram, Director Environment and Sustainability/Government Affairs at Kingspan Insulated Panels rounds off the session with a paper entitled How the 2°C Paris COP21 Agreement Drives Low Carbon Building Energy Efficiency, heralding the first of the conference’s two sessions focusing on sustainability issues.

Other dedicated sessions from two parallel conference streams include those looking at polyurethanes technology in automotive applications, flexible foams, rigid foams, CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) and the latest advances in processing equipment. The final session looks at blowing agent innovations and two science papers.

Conference delegate rates are highly competitive compared to other events in the industry and offer outstanding value to all those with a professional interest in polyurethanes.

Major international companies among more than 120 exhibiting at the accompanying free-to-attend UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC, Honeywell, Chromaflo Technologies and Tosoh. The event is supported by the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA), the industry organization dedicated to advancing cast polyurethane technology.

For more information, to book a place as a conference delegate or to register for free attendance at the trade show visit: www.utech-north-america.com

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