AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — More than 4,600 people attended the Polyurethanes World Congress, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Amsterdam — an event billed as the largest gathering in PU industry history.
The 1997 congress was the first to be sponsored jointly by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington; Utech, the trade show arm of Crain Communications Ltd. of London; and ISOPA, the European Isocyanate Producers Association.
More than 1,350 delegates attended both the conferences and exhibition portions of the congress, said organizers, who recorded another 2,655 visitors attending just the exhibition. Another 600-700 people from 120 firms staffed the 85 booths, said organizer Tony Kenter of B.V. Industrial Promotions International in Goor, the Netherlands.
``This is the first truly `world' congress for this industry,'' said Mike Jeffs, Congress Committee chairman and international environmental affairs manager for ICI Polyurethanes of Everberg, Belgium. Jeffs called the show ``the largest-ever gathering of this industry.''
Fran Lichtenberg, executive director of SPI's New York-based Polyurethane Division, said she would like to explore teaming up with the other groups to put on future shows.
So far, ``there have been no serious discussions'' about future collaborative efforts, Lichtenberg said. ``It remains to be seen if there will be another tripartite effort,'' she added.
SPI now has separate U.S. shows planned through 1999, while Utech has two shows planned for Asia in 1998 and 1999, and a European show scheduled for 2000.