Since 1998, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®), leading global OEMs and Tier Suppliers, as well as the TPO supply chain have pooled their resources to create the SPE® Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference, a dynamic, interactive, and cost-effective learning experience. The show highlights the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins (TPOs) as well as a growing range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) throughout the automobile and in other forms of ground transportation.
The event has become the world’s leading automotive polyolefins forum and typically draws over 500 key decision makers and some of the world's foremost authorities on transportation polyolefin applications, economics, and market trends. As such, it provides excellent networking opportunities with key members of the automotive TPO, TPE, & TPV supply chain, and the opportunity to learn about designing lighter, less costly automotive components using the latest technologies and applications for these versatile materials.
The conference draws participants from across the entire transportation polyolefin value chain. Historically, 30% of attendees have indicated they worked for a transportation OEM; 20% said they worked for a tier integrator / molder, and the remaining 50% said their employer was a materials or reinforcements supplier, academic institution, laboratory, or that they were a consultant or member of the press.
To help attendees better understand current and emerging trends in this field, traditional technical sessions are organized as follows:
Conference Sessions & Session Co-Chairs
17.1 Additives & Modifiers: Neil Fuenmayor, LyondellBasell Industries/ Mark Jablonka, Dow Elastomers
17.2 Reinforcements & Compounds: Mike Balow, Asahi Kasei Plastics NA/, Ermanno Ruccolo, Borealis Compounds
17.3 Interior Soft Trim: Skins, Foams & Components: Dr. Sam He Inteva Products, LLC/Robert Eller, Robert Eller Associates, LLC Kevin Lyons, Inteva Products, LLC
17.4 Surface Enhancements: Dr. Rose Ryntz, IAC/Jim Keller, United Paint & Chemicals Corp./Jeff Crist, Ford Motor Company
17.5 Bio-Based and Recycled Materials: Susan Kozora, IAC/Dr. Alper Kiziltas Ford Motor Co
17.6 Adhesives & Coatings: Hoa Pham, Freudenberg Performance Materials,LP/ Dr. Pravin Sitaram, Haartz Corp
17.7 Lightweighting of Parts: John Haubert, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/Normand Miron, Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc
17.8 Process Developments: Dr. Suresh Shah, Delphi(Retired)/ Kurt Anthony, Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc
17.9 Modeling & Simulators: Dr.Li Lu Ford Motor Company/Hanno Van Raalte, Autodesk, Inc
17.10 Interior Emissions: Dr. Laura Shereda Asahi Kasei Plastics NA
To contact the session chairs, please e-mail Karen Rhodes-Parker, Karen (at) spedetroit.com