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THE SPE DETROIT SECTION (www.speDetroit.org) has been PROUD TO ORGANIZE the Automotive TPO Conference for the past 18 years! Please select the DETROIT SECTION (S01) when joining SPE or renewing your membership.  Thanks for supporting the SPE DETROIT SECTION!

Welcome to the Internet Home of the SPE® Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference the world’s leading forum on the use of rigid and elastomeric thermoplastic polyolefins (TPOs) in automotive and ground transportation. This conference provides the latest innovative developments in transportation polyolefin's and growing range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE's) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV's).


Since 1998, volunteers from the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers have organized the event for

  • Transportation OEMs
  • Tier Suppliers / Molders
  • Resin & Reinforcement Suppliers
  • Compounders
  • Additives Suppliers
  • Media
  • Government & Commercial Laboratories
  • Consultants

The event showcases technical presentations on materials development, compounds, new applications, surface enhancements, and processing advances, in addition to keynote speakers highlighting broader industry trends. To help build community and enhance networking opportunities, the event also features networking receptions and exhibits by key members of the transportation engineered polyolefin TPO supply chain. The conference typically draws over 500 key industry decision attendees from 4 continents and 20 countries. We hope you will consider being one of those attendees this year.

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Sponsors! 

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Meet our Exhibitors

Visit 73 Exhibitors at the 2017 Conference!

2017 Technical Sessions


  • Additives & Modifiers
  • Reinforcements & Compounds
  • Adhesives & Coatings
  • Surface Enhancements
  • Interior Soft Trim: Skins, Foams, and Components
  • Bio-Based & Recycled Materials
  • Lightweighting of Parts
  • Process Developments
  • Modeling & Simulations
  • Interior Emissions


Sunday, Oct 1: Workshops at 3:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.

Future TPO Conference Dates

2018: October 7-10

2019: October 6-9

2020: October 4-7

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