The refreshed format brought together more than 350 professionals from 31 countries, including users of the technology, formulators, suppliers as well as academia representatives, at the Westin Grand hotel in Munich.
The 2019 event was the first edition in the new format, with a 2-day instead of 3-day program featuring a selection of almost 70 presentations and a compact line-up of 23 premium exhibitors in the tabletop area directly connected to the main conference area.
The organization registered more visitors than at the previous edition in Prague in 2017 and welcomed a record number of more than 50 end-users to this year’s event.
Presentations featured the latest trends and developments in areas like photopolymerization, coatings and adhesives, raw materials, health and safety, sustainability, regulatory affairs, UV-LED, metal coating and 3D printing. Special features included the food packaging seminar (one of the key focus areas of the association in recent years) especially aimed at end-users, as well as an introductory course for students and newcomers to the profession of UV/EB curing technology.
“It is always a challenge to change a proven concept, but we felt that it was time to make the transition to a more contemporary format," said Dawn Skinner of Heraeus, who served as this year's program committee chair. "This year’s turnout has confirmed that our biennial conference remains an important part of our industry in that it combines solid content with the aspect of connecting expertise and peer networking.”