Unlocking The World Of Polyurethane: Vitafoam’s Seminar Delivers Insights Into Science And Business Applications

<strong>L R<strong> Mr Ola Ogunfeyitimi Supply Chain Director Vitafoam Mr Sola Owoade Group Managing Director Vitafoam Nigeria Plc Mr Taiwo Adeniyi Commercial Director Vitafoam and Mr Dahiru Gambo

For students of the University of Lagos hungry for practical knowledge about polyurethane,
the Tayo Aderinokun Hall of the institution was the place to be on Monday, December 18, 2023.
The hall was the venue of the Vitafoam Polyurethane Seminar organised by the foam
manufacturer for the benefit of students, lecturers and other subject experts.

Students of the Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, and
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering populated the event.
In his welcome address, Vitafoam’s CEO, Taiwo Adeniyi, said the seminar’s objective is to
continually stimulate robust conversations about innovations in polyurethane applications
towards industrial advancements.

Cross section of students and invited guests at the Vitafoam Polyurethane Seminar held at the University of Lagos

He noted that, as an industry leader, Vitafoam will continue to drive initiatives geared towards
pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in polyurethane and other areas of

“It is my firm belief that fresh ideas from the conference will enrich the students’ knowledge
base in polyurethane formulation and applications towards sustainable industrial
development of our country and also serve as a catalyst for strengthening research

“For our students who represent the future of this nation and the hope for the new world
order, the seminar presents a good platform to situate classroom learning experience in the
context of actual development,” he added.

Vitafoam chairperson, Professor Rosemary Egonmwan, further hailed the seminar as a
demonstration of the company’s commitment towards supporting education and other
initiatives that expand the frontier of learning.

She hoped the seminar would provide a platform for exchanging knowledge and insight into
the practical application of polyurethane in business.

Unilag’s vice-chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, who was ably represented by
Professor Bola Oboh, the institution’s deputy vice chancellor for academics and research,
declared the event open.

In her speech, she said Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has been a veritable partner and supported the
institution in many aspects over the years.

She said, “For some of us not in the chemistry field, we acknowledge and know chemistry is
one of the bases of life. We’ll be seeing today that polyurethane is involved in every
household product used today, and I’m sure our minds will be blown off and we’ll be able to
see other innovations and ideas of the young and upcoming generation.”

Gerson Silva is the guest of the show
The seminar’s main guest speaker was Gerson Parreira Silva, a Brazilian chemist who’s the
CEO of Purcom, a polyurethane solutions platform, and also a member of the Vitafoam board
of directors.

In his comprehensive presentation, the scientist took the seminar attendees on a journey
about the discovery of polyurethane in 1937 and its subsequent historical progression. He
also delved into the polyurethane application grid as well as the integral skin polyurethane

Silva maintained it’s important for chemists, like the students and other relevant stakeholders
in the room, to have perspective on the best future applications of polyurethane.
“You have to be prepared for the next industrial revolution. It will be challenging for all of us,”
he said.

Seminar attendees were also exposed to SME opportunities in polyurethane, as well as
practical demonstrations to drive home the lessons of the day.

Iyanuoluwa, a 400-level student of the Department of Chemistry, told Pulse Nigeria the ideas
explored during the seminar are useful for his understanding of polyurethane.

“It’s not just about science, but also about making money,” he said, referring to the theme of
the day – Polyurethane in Practice: The Science and the Business.

As Vitafoam Nigeria Plc. continues to lead the charge in educational empowerment and
industry innovation, their commitment to fostering knowledge, innovation, and practical
application remains unwavering.


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