Organizers of UTECH Europe 2009, a major international conference aimed at the polyurethanes sector, have issued a final call for papers for the March 31-April 2, 2009 event. Specifically, organizers are seeking “presentations detailing the latest advances in the production, processing and application of polyurethanes and PU-based products.” Deadline is March 20, 2008.

Patrick Thomas, CEO of leading raw materials supplier Bayer MaterialScience AG, is set to give the keynote at a conference that will partly focus on “the sustainability of the PU sector and its products.” The event, which will run alongside a show for “raw materials, processing equipment and other services to the PU sector,” is expected to draw more than 3,500 specialists.

The three-day show is scheduled for the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre in the Netherlands. For more information, write to UTECH 2009 Conference, Crain Communications Ltd, 21 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9EU; call +44 (0)20 7457 1400; fax +44 (0)20 7457 1440; e-mail or visit