Specialist Conference Foamed plastics and polyurethanes: FSK celebrates anniversary
Germany — The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) will celebrate its 60th anniversary at its International Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes on 13 and 14 September 2022 in Dortmund, Germany.
The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes FSK was founded 60 years ago in October 1962 in Frankfurt, Germany. Back then, the FSK was known as Industrial Association Foamed Plastics (Industrieverband Schaumkunststoffe, ISK) but changed its name four years later to Specialist Association Foamed Plastics (Fachverband Schaumkunststoffe). The FSK is one of the world’s oldest associations for the foamed plastics and polyurethane industry. In Europe, no other association comprises polyurethanes and other materials and has as many member companies as the FSK. Right from the beginning, the association was in close contact with the creator of polyurethane, Prof. Dr Otto Bayer, who — like several other pioneers in the industry — was honoured with the association’s Medal of Honour for his achievements.
The FSK has been organising conferences on foamed plastics and polyurethane applications for more than half a century. In 1987, the association hosted the first Global Polyurethane Congress in Europe. To this day, the FSK is the only association worldwide to offer a Polyurethane Innovation Award and a Foamed Plastics Innovation Award, honouring students, young professionals, and companies for their ideas for over 25 years. For the first time this year, the FSK will present an innovation award in the category “Sustainability” in recognition of the call for a rethink towards more sustainability.
“We are really looking forward to celebrating our anniversary — 60 years FSK — as a live event,” says Klaus Junginger. “Many important topics have surfaced in the industry over the past few years, which we want to present and discuss at our conference. This year, we have addressed the current topics of circular economy and sustainability, artificial intelligence, flame retardancy and the European chemicals policy for the conference. We will hear exciting presentations and experience lively discussions on these topics. The conference is renowned throughout the polyurethane industry as an important platform for knowledge exchange.”