World Class Speaker Line-Up Revealed for International TPE conference Business Wire LEATHERHEAD, England -- June 27, 2013 Smithers Rapra has announced the agenda for their world renowned international conference on thermoplastic elastomers. The sixteenth annual event will take place in Dusseldorf on 15-16 October during the same week as the famous K International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber and is on track to attract record numbers of delegates this year. The programme of expert speakers will cover a range of materials under the TPE umbrella including TPUs, TPVs, TPOs, EPDM and styrenic block copolymers, gathering together the industry’s leading material manufacturers, compounders, tier one and two suppliers and end users of thermoplastic elastomers. View the full agenda Keynote presenter, Dr Krishna Venkataswamy, Senior Global Technology Director at GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation will open the conference with a paper on innovations in TPE polymer chemistries, product development, design, material formulations and applications. He will be followed by seasoned industry expert Robert Eller who will give an appraisal of the regional differences in demand drivers, technical developments in the key TPE families and the effects of regulations and sustainability pressures. As one would expect there will be a heavy emphasis on TPE materials for use in automotive applications, still the largest end use market for this sector. Dr Valentina Cerato and Dr Matthew Corley of Ford Motor Company will address the material requirements of TPEs for the automotive industry, setting the scene for a session that includes papers from tier one suppliers Faurecia Interior Systems, TRW Automotive and Cooper Standard as well as presentations from industry giants Teknor Apex and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc delivering technical papers on new product lines within this fast moving sector. Attention will also be paid to increasing bio-based content in TPEs in recognition of the widespread customer demand for improved sustainability. DSM will be illustrating two innovative approaches to boosting renewable, bio-based content, and Dow Elastomers will present a range of olefin block copolymers which have enabled new opportunities for inter-material substitution of f-PVC and thermoplastic elastomers based on styrenic block copolymers (TPE-S) in a variety of applications. TPEs in healthcare, consumer electronics and industrial applications will also be covered in papers from Arkema, Dexco Polymers, Kraiburg and Lubrizol Advanced Materials Manufacturing, demonstrating the varied range of uses for this class of materials. View the website Contact: Smithers Rapra Sandra Chau +44 1372 802037 schau[at]smithers.com
World Class Speaker Line-Up Revealed for International TPE conference
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