With more than 2,200 in attendance, the May 4-7 RadTech 2008 Conference in Chicago highlighted the energy and environmental benefits of using "electron beam" (EB) and "ultraviolet energy" (UV) industrial technologies. According to Petra L'Abbe of PPG and president of RadTech, the event saw a "terrific turnout, despite growing economic concerns."

With more than 2,200 in attendance, the May 4-7 RadTech 2008 Conference in Chicago highlighted the energy and environmental benefits of using "electron beam" (EB) and "ultraviolet energy" (UV) industrial technologies.

"UV and EB are fast emerging manufacturing methods that offer companies well established, cutting-edge tools to save energy and drastically reduce environmental footprints," said Petra L'Abbe of PPG and president of RadTech. "The terrific turnout for our event, despite growing economic concerns, is recognition of the fact that UV and EB are not only potential key technologies in company sustainability efforts, but can also help manufacturers make better products and increase their competitiveness."

UV and EB curing is a fast, efficient, environmentally friendly technology that has just been recognized by the FDA for use in direct food contact. This groundbreaking new application was featured at the event, along with sessions on sustainable packaging, aerospace and defense, wood finishing, metal, and plastics. Event technical sessions included green chemistry, renewable resources, the impact of REACH, nanomaterials, electronics chemistry, graphic arts, wood coatings, and high performance coatings.

For more information, visit www.radtech.org.