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Winners will be announced at UTECH Europe 23-25 April 2024

Finalists in the UTECH Europe Awards 2024, which recognise and celebrate the achievements and innovations of the European polyurethane industry were announced today. The seven award winners will be revealed in a lunchtime ceremony on 23 April, at the MECC Maastricht, the Netherlands, the first day of the UTECH Europe exhibition and conference which runs from 23-25 April.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists across the seven categories,” said Matt Barber, Global Events Director of UTECH Europe organiser Crain Communications. “These innovations and achievements are a testament to the industry's commitment to drive the use of polyurethane materials into more product niches, to meet the demands of the industry's downstream clients and to meet the global challenges of increasing sustainability to protect the environment.”

The Machinery Innovation Award recognises advancements and outstanding innovation in machinery by any organisation that hires, sells or supplies equipment to the polyurethane industry. The three finalists in this category are:

  • Bäumer
  • Covestro Elastomers
  • MattressTek

The Material Innovation (not flexible foam) Award recognises innovation and forward-looking vision for the delivery of services, processes or products to the market. The seven finalists in this category are:

  • Dow for SPECFLEX Circular
  • Checkerspot for WING™ Platform
  • Kimpur
  • Mevaldi for its bio-based platform chemicals for PUR
  • SIMALFA for SIMALFA® 381
  • Thermal Insulation Solutions for TIS Ecotif
  • The Vita Group

The four finalists in the Material Innovation, Flexible Foam Award are:

  • Arneplant for its high performance renewable flexible polyurethane foam
  • Econic Technologies for its viscoelastic foams prepared with CO2-based polyols
  • Evonik Operations for TEGO® RISE
  • The Vita Group for its Orbis™ Range

The Polyurethane Processor Award is open to polyurethane processors that can demonstrate their overall excellence. This year’s three finalists are:

  • Sixinch
  • Spanset Secutex
  • Vulkoprin

The Rising Star Award recognises emerging leaders within the polyurethane industry in Europe. The three nominations are:

  • Sam Hill, The Vita Group
  • Herbert Kaboggoza, Pluskim
  • Manon Manaranche, Covestro

Nine finalists have won through in the Sustainability Initiative. Sponsored by Evonik, this category recognises companies and initiatives making the sector more sustainable.

  • Covestro Elastomers for its roadmap to climate neutrality
  • Dow for SPECFLEX Circular
  • Econic Technologies
  • essenscia Polymatters for its PU insulation board collection system
  • Kimpur’s Eco-Friendly Slipper Raw Material Production from PET Bottle
  • PLIXXENT for PUre³ Solutions
  • Polylabs for its Bio Polyol UPT product range
  • SIMALFA’s Debonding Adhesive
  • The Vita Group for its Orbis™ Range

The seven award winners will receive a sleek UTECH Europe Awards ‘Column of Victory’ trophy designed by Better Future Factory. The distinctive trophy’s UTECH ‘U’ logo is 3D printed in thermoplastic polyurethane and its column is 3D printed using recycled PET plastic. All finalists will be celebrated at UTECH Europe, which runs from 23-25 April.

The winner of the Polyurethane Ambassador award will also be inducted into the UTECH Europe Hall of Fame, which recognises leaders who have made a significant contribution to the polyurethane industry.

The distinguished panel of judges for the UTECH Europe Awards 2024 is chaired by James Snodgrass, editor of Urethanes Technology International and comprises Michel Baumgartner, Secretary General, Europur; Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary General, Isopa & Alipa; Grazyna Mitchener, Director and Principal Consultant, PolyChemTech; Per Henning Vaagen, General Manager & CEO, Laader Berg and Simon Robinson, former editor of Urethanes Technology International.

UTECH Europe is uniquely placed as the foremost international exhibition and conference for the global polyurethanes industry and typically attracts visitors from over 80 countries around the world. Unique to Europe is the growing breadth of the applications of polyurethanes technology from automotive interiors, medical devices, textiles, furniture and footwear through to insulation, adhesives, paints and coatings. In 2024 UTECH Europe will for the first time be co-located with Sleep Expo Europe, the show for the mattress and bedding industry.

For more information see https://www.utecheurope.eu/awards

Upcoming UTECH Events Calendar

UTECH Europe 2024, MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 23-25 April 2024 https://www.utecheurope.eu

PU China, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, 17-19 July 2024 https://www.puchina.eu

UTECH Middle East Foam & Polyurethane Expo, DWTC, Dubai, 10-12 September 2024 www.mefpu.com

UTECH Southeast Asia, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 13-14 November 2024 www.utechseasia.com

UTECH Indian Foam and Polyurethane Expo, NESCO, Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India 4-6 December 2024 https://ifpuexpo.com/

UTECH Las Americas, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City, Mexico, 3-5 June 2025 www.utechlasamericas.com

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