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Speakers at PU 2011 Technical Conference to Focus on Insights of Polyurethanes Industry

Published on 2011-08-29. Author : SpecialChem

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As businesses innovate and adjust to meet the evolving needs of the marketplace, speakers at the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will offer their expert insights into the state of the economy and the polyurethanes industry. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), this year's conference will take place September 26-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

"We are very pleased to have a strong roster of speakers at this year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference to help us understand where the industry has been, where it is going and how dynamic companies are innovating and responding to the times," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "Attendees will gain valuable insight throughout the conference into how the industry is rising to meet the future demands of the marketplace, as well as see how it has changed during the last few years during a presentation on the findings of CPI's biennial end-use market survey."

As part of the conference's opening session, trends and innovation expert Jim Carroll will deliver this year's keynote address. A leading international futurist, Carroll is widely recognized as a thought leader and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation during economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast-paced innovation. He is an author, columnist, media commentator and consultant with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has previously spoken at events for the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among others.

On the final day of the conference, the closing session will feature Kevin Swift, ACC's chief staff economist, who will focus on the future of the polyurethanes industry and the broader U.S. and global economies. Swift will explain how larger macroeconomic trends could impact the polyurethanes industry, with a focus on specific end-use markets for polyurethanes. The business of polyurethanes directly generates nearly $22 billion in output and is a key element of the U.S. economy. Employing nearly 220,000 people and operating in more than 650 locations in the country, the industry helps create nearly four indirect jobs for each direct job in the polyurethanes industry. Each year, the industry directly pays approximately $2 billion in wages to U.S. workers.

This year's closing session will unveil the findings from CPI's biennial end-use market survey. The 2010 End-Use Survey presents historic trends by market segment and identifies new applications and uses. In addition, the survey presents data on product use, opinions on market drivers regulatory and other issues that affect the industry on both a domestic and global scale. IAL Consultants, which collects the data and prepares the report, will present the survey's findings.

Featuring more than 60 technical presentations, the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will provide industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. Throughout the conference, attendees will learn more about the current state of the industry, from regulatory and environmental issues to advances in technology and chemistry. Registration for the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference is now open.

About American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the ACC promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Our members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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