Organisers of UTECH Europe, the world-leading polyurethanes exhibition and conference taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands on 16-18 November 2021, have welcomed the recent announcement from the Government of the Netherlands outlining that, under step 4 of its reopening plan, multi-day events taking place after 25 July 2021 will be allowed to operate at 100% visitor capacity and without the need to maintain the 1.5 metre distancing rule. Visitors will be required to demonstrate a vaccination/recovery certificate or a negative Covid test.

“We are delighted that the growing momentum of vaccinations and the releasing of restrictions applying to conference and exhibition events like UTECH Europe mean that we can plan on the basis of 100% capacity being allowed and without the need to maintain 1.5 metre social distancing,” said Debbie Hershfield, UTECH Europe Trade Show Director. “This great news allows our exhibitors, speakers, delegates and visitors to plan with confidence for a successful event in November.”

UTECH Europe organisers Crain Communications are working closely with the MECC venue to ensure all visitors enjoy a Covid-secure event. This will include following the latest guidelines from the Government of The Netherlands and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to ensure business exhibitions and conferences can take place safely.

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UTECH Europe is uniquely placed as the only truly international exhibition and conference for the polyurethanes industry. 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. The exhibition attracts major name exhibitors from across the global polyurethane industry including industry leaders such as: BASF, BorsodChem ZRT, C.O.I.M, Covestro, Huntsman, Repsol and Shell Chemicals, as well as systems houses, equipment suppliers, technical consultancies, and test laboratories.

The comprehensive three-day UTECH Europe 2021 conference programme features a keynote presentation from Marco Volpato, CEO of Cannon Group, and 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).

The winners of the UTECH Europe Awards 2021 will be announced at the event. Presentations to new Hall of Fame inductees and the Rising Star Award winner will be made at a ceremony at 1.15pm on 16 November. Innovation Awards will showcase the best polyurethane application and materials/processing developments in recent years in nine categories. Shortlisted finalists will be featured in a special gallery area on the exhibition show floor and the winners will be revealed at 1.15pm on 17November.

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