Cannon Group’s CEO Marco Volpato will deliver the conference keynote address at UTECH Europe 2021, the world-leading polyurethanes conference and exhibition taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands 16-18 November 2021. Registration for the event is now open at:

Volpato will present a paper entitled Polyurethane: where we came from and where we’re going. He took over the ownership and management of Cannon after his father’s death in 1974, giving him close to 50 years’ experience as a leader in the sector. He oversaw Cannon’s growth to become a premier global supplier of machinery for polyurethane foam manufacture before expanding into machinery for plastics and composites manufacture and wider industrial automation.

Marco Volpato, CEO Cannon Group

The comprehensive three-day UTECH Europe 2021 conference programme will cover all areas of the polyurethanes industry including markets, sustainability, the latest developments in polyurethane science, innovation, legislation and regulation, as well as flexible foams, PU composites, energy efficient rigid foams, 3D printing, nano materials and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers). More details of the conference programme will be announced in the coming months.

Online pre-registration for UTECH Europe ensures free entry to the exhibition and avoids paying the standard €40 exhibition entry fee.

Early registration for the UTECH Europe three-day conference secures an ‘early bird’ discount with savings of more than €200: Full 3-day conference: €979 +VAT (normally: €1,235 +VAT); 2-day rate: €670 +VAT (normally €835 +VAT); 1-day: €399 + VAT (normally €555 +VAT).

UTECH Europe is uniquely placed as the only truly international exhibition and conference for the polyurethanes industry and typically attracts visitors from over 80 countries around the world. When last held in 2018, the triennial UTECH Europe attracted over 200 exhibiting companies and a total footfall over three days of 10,113.

Unique to Europe is the sheer breadth of the applications of polyurethanes technology from automotive interiors, medical devices, textiles, furniture and footwear through to insulation, adhesives and coatings.

UTECH Europe organisers are working closely with the MECC venue to ensure that the November event is fully compliant with all prevailing social distancing and hygiene measures and that all participants enjoy a COVID-safe and secure event.

To stay up-to-date with the latest information and details for UTECH Europe 2021, please visit the event website:

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