The end-use markets for UV/EB curing have grown dramatically in the two years since RadTech Europe held its last conference. The RTE Conference and Exhibition 2017 will be a large and lively event taking place, as in 2015, at the well-received Clarion Hotel, Prague, October 17-19.
Its headline topic is ‘UV/EB: best in class!’ and there will be an in-depth formal agenda complemented by an extensive on-site supplier exhibition and strong networking opportunities.
Today, radiation curing is used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from industrial coatings and packaging to electronics, automotive components and 3D printing/additive manufacturing. The event’s agenda has been structured to provide a detailed update on innovations and developments for major materials and equipment suppliers at all levels, as well as for the end users whose needs they serve.
Over the three days, conference chairman Dawn Skinner, process development manager for Heraeus Noblelight, has assembled more than 60 speakers, who will cover wide-ranging topics of current interest and relevance, centred around new UV/EB and UV-LED technology developments and applications. The programme will broadly feature developments in photochemistry, photoinitiators, formulations, coatings, equipment, and printing, innovations in materials and applications including 3D printing and legislative issues.
The inclusion of parallel conference sessions in the programme enables participants to choose their own special-interest topics and to gain particular value from the in-depth coverage of particular subject areas. With each session chaired by an industry expert, this truly international event will host a range of speakers from academics and suppliers across the value chain, to end users from around the European continent.
The single-floor integration of conference and breakout rooms is a popular feature of the hotel, both for event participants and organisers, and offers a special opportunity to optimise networking, both around the exhibition stands and in the relaxed setting of the ‘coffee bar’. Following a sell-out of exhibition space in 2015, this year’s bookings already feature more than 20 companies.
The exhibition will include a Business Information Market, featuring product and equipment introductions by RadTech Europe members, and offering a presentation platform for students.
The event will also host a lively social programme in the evenings: There will be an onsite ‘after-work party’ with live music in the hotel, and a special dinner in the Knights’ Hall restaurant at Prague’s ancient U Fleků brewery.