ISOPA Celebrates 30 Years of Engagement

BRUSSELS, 12 December 2017 – ISOPA, the European trade association for producers of diisocyanates and polyols, celebrated its 30th anniversary of successfully engaging with key policymakers and communicating the benefits of polyurethanes to society. The celebration took place on November 28, 2017 in the Cercle de Lorraine, Brussels. The evening consisted of speeches from ISOPA President, Mike Fowles, and ISOPA Secretary General, Jörg Palmersheim, as well as a light-hearted panel discussion with former Secretary Generals – moderated by Kristine Dewaele – and live music.

Since its inception in 1987 in response to the first Montreal Protocol, ISOPA has been proactive in promoting safe handling of isocyanates and benefits of isocyanates. In doing so, ISOPA has reached out to downstream users, policy makers and consumers. Successful initiatives such as the “Walk the Talk”, and the “One Step Ahead” training have been key to ISOPA’s information programmes. With nearly 7000 drivers trained in the safe loading and unloading of isocyanates, ISOPA’s driver training programme is the longest running and most successful initiative to date. These initiatives alongside the Polyurethane campaign and the building of the Passive House in Brussels have demonstrated ISOPA’s long standing commitment to the promotion of industrial responsibility both in Europe and beyond.

On the evening, ISOPA not only celebrated its past and current successes but also discussed looking to the future and tackling challenges head on. Secretary General Jörg Palmersheim expressed his gratitude to all who attended the event to celebrate ISOPA’s commitment to a sustainable future. In a recent statement he said:  ‘ISOPA has always taken sustainability very seriously and we are proud of the great work that has been carried out over the past 30 years. We wanted to celebrate our successes, but also take this as an opportunity to reflect on the present situation and look to the future, and I thank all who joined us from near and far for this special event.’

For any enquiries about the event, please contact Kristine Dewaele (