From the PDA Europe Annual Conference 2019
Over 70 polyurea industry representatives from across Europe but also the Middle East and the USA attended the PDA Europe Annual Conference and Exhibition from 21 – 22 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
The event started on 21 November 2019 with a spray gun workshop and an introduction course to polyurea. The workshop allowed participants to manipulate, dismantle and assemble the current line of spray guns available on the European market with the objective to identify the similarities and differences that exist between guns. According to PDA Europe, this is a good approach to better understand the functionality of the various parts and components.
The introduction course to polyurea was specifically designed for applicators and contractors. During this course, participants learned about the physical properties of polyurea, application procedures, techniques and advances as well as equipment types.
The conference included presentations on chemical topics, new products and a status update on the diisocyanates regulation. A panel discussion on handling and maintenance of spray equipment and a campfire session were also on the programme, allowing the audience to contribute to discussions by asking questions and to share their own experience.
During the formal General Assembly, the 2018 association’s activities and results were presented and approved. Members approved the 2019 financial report and the 2020 budget. Keltoum Sakour, Albemarle, remains the President for another year and Gjiorgjija Tasevski was appointed President elect. Seven new members joined the Board, which now counts twelve members. The new board includes the following members:
- Keltoum Sakour, Albemarle, President
- Gjorgjija Tasevski, President elect
- Michael Henningsen, BASF, Director
- Tom Vandevenne, Graco, Director
- Patrick Grandchamp, Blastrac, Director
- Eugene Reynolds, Protec Coatings, Director
- Daniel Nan, Sika, Director
- Marko Gubanc, Raptor, Director
- Koit Helmrosin, Purest, Director
- Erkan Durgut, Covestro, Director
- Lásló Kézdi, Polinvent, Director