Polyurea Development Association's Seventh Annual Conference an Industry Success

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Polyurea Development Association (PDA) hosted its seventh annual conference March 19-21, 2006.

Polyurea Development Association (PDA) hosted its seventh annual conference March 19-21, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, Calif. The conference theme, “Polyurea: Innovations at Work,” was put into action as the 209 attendees from 14 different countries had the opportunity to learn about the increased use of polyurea technology. The program included case studies of projects incorporating polyurea, sessions focusing on construction specifications and new technologies in addition to an international spotlight on the use of polyurea in elastic systems for dynamic retrofitting to strengthen building structures. As in past annual meetings, attendees had the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations.    This year, member companies Graco-Gusmer, VersaFlex, Adhesive Systems Technologies Corp. and ASTC Polymers were on hand with state-of-the-art equipment that allowed attendees to witness live demonstrations on joint fill and flat spraying. These presentations follow the goals of PDA to educate the industry in the proper application of polyurea materials. To that point, PDA again offered “Introduction to Polyurea” which is geared at educating new users of the technology in addition to providing more information to engineers and specifiers. A new addition to PDA’s educational line up was the “Surface Prep Course.” This six-hour course was designed to train applicators the proper methods of preparing all types of surfaces prior to the application of polyurea. Both of these courses were well attended with over 80 students.

PDA hosted its second annual Platinum Poster Development & Project Awards, an opportunity for members and college students to be recognized by PDA for exceptional applications and advances in polyurea technology. Posters were on display throughout the conference with awards given at the first annual PDA Awards Banquet.

PDA is an international trade association formed specifically to promote the awareness and education of pure polyurea technologies and their uses. Members include contractors, formulators, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and specifiers who seek to expand the use of polyurea. PDA promotes continuing education through its educational programs, guidelines and standards.

The 2007 Annual Meeting will be held in March in Atlanta. For more information on this and other PDA news, visit http://www.pda-online.org or call Chalise Gooch at (816) 221-0777.

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