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8th World Surfactant Congress

By Tom Branna, Editorial Director | February 7, 2011

More than 1,400 industry executives are expected to attend the CESIO event in Vienna, Austria, June 6-8.

Surfactant industry executives from around the world are expected to flock to Vienna, Austria for the CESIO 8th World Surfactant Congress and Business Convention to be held June 6-8, 2011.


“There were 1,400 attendees in Paris in 2008, and we expect to at least reach the same number of attendees this year,” explained Thomas Greindl, Congress chairman and vice president, regional business management home care at BASF. “We have developed a program that will appeal to producers, scientists, non-government organizations and formulators who use surfactants.”

One of the keynote speaker for the event is Futurist Matthias Horx, author of “How We Will Live: A Synthesis of Life in the Future.” Based in Vienna, Prof. Horx is considered the most influential futurist in the German-speaking world. He is the founder of Zukunftsinstitut, a well-established prognosis and consultancy firm with offices in Vienna and correspondents in London. The company has 35 employees and focuses on trend innovation and development of early warning systems.

The Congress will include three days of podium presentations centered on three main topics: regulations, research and development and market trends. Session topics will include eco-footprint and carbon-footprint, chemical mixtures and formulations, applications, safety and regulatory issues, and technical issues.

“In 2008, REACH was the big topic,” recalled Greindl. “It will be a big topic again as smaller volumes get listed. The question is, ‘What happens now?’ REACH will keep the industry very busy for the next several years.”

The exhibition hall is expected to include more than 30 industry suppliers including surfactant producers, machinery producers and consultants. In addition, the Congress will include an opening night cocktail reception on Sunday, June 5 and a gala dinner at City Hall on Tuesday, June 7, with another keynote speaker, Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the World Future Council and the so-called Right Livelihood Award.

“This is a very old industry, but a very dynamic one, too,” concluded Greindl. “The changing regulatory landscape and the changing needs of the consumer create an ongoing need for innovation, which is always a challenge.”

The deadline for early-bird registration is March 4, 2011.

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