World Class Speaker Line-Up Revealed for International TPE conference

  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.

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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.

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