Italy - a hotspot for polyurea application
On October 6, 2011 a first polyurea conference took place exclusively dealing with the Italian polyurea market. This conference was jointly organized by Consorzio PROCOAT, Politecnico di Torino sede di Alessandria and PDA Europe and took place in Alessandria. Some 50 participants, mostly applicators joined the meeting and discussed the various aspects of polyurea. The opening remarks by the Director General of PROCOAT where followed by an overview of PDA Europe, its history, structure and objectives. Then 9 presentations followed mostly provided by PDAE member companies. They span from several contributions dealing with raw materials and ready-to-apply systems all the way to the role of the spray equipment given by equipment manufacturers. The majority of the presentations introduced case studies of polyurea applications from all over Italy. By this it became evident that Italy today is a leading market for polyurea among the European countries. What was most surprising was the wide variety and creativity in polyurea applications shown by means of numerous examples. Beyond the well-known coating of parking areas or workshop floors there were many examples for roof and facade coating. A specific highlight was the use of polyurea to coat wooden roofs of high-class homes in Northern Italy specifically designed by architects. The combination of wooden roof panels with polyurea on top provides excellent energy efficiency and perfect weather resistance in a sometimes rough climate. The seamless polyurea coat on the roofs guarantees waterproofing at its best. The versatility of polyurea in architectural design was also demonstrated with individually sized and decoratively coated panels attached to the facade of a condominium giving it an elegantly individualized look. The inspiring presentations resulted in animated discussions during the late lunch with the last participants leaving only in the late afternoon. The organizers were fully satisfied with the resonance of the event and will consider repeating it in 2 or 3 years.
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