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Keynote Speaker Lineup - 2016

2016 Keynote Speaker Lineup - Industry Leaders Share their Vision for the Future

The SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference features keynote addresses from five leaders in the TPO industry - representing General Motors Co., A. Schulman, Magna, Advanced Composites, and Harbour Results, Inc.

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Monday, October 3

Conference Kickoff: A perspective on how TPO is helping the automotive industry meet today’s challenges

Betsy Jackson -  Director, Exterior trim, GMNA and the Global Technical Leader for Wipers, Glass, Sunroofs, and Trim

"The global Automotive Industry continues to evolve rapidly.  The industry itself is experiencing remarkable alterations in future customer usage and requirements.  In the future, OEMs need TPO innovation from all sectors of our plastics industry – material suppliers, parts suppliers, painters, texture houses, etc. I will touch on GM’s perspective of the immediate challenges we are facing and then discuss some of the successful processes we developed for incorporating innovative TPO ideas in our current product offerings." 




A Compounder’s Perspective: Market Growth, Customer Satisfaction, New Applications/Technology and the Dreaded Raw Material Issues    

Rob Morgan -  Senior Vice President of Advanced Composites North America

Having spent 27 years in the plastic automotive industry, with the last 21 years at Advanced Composites NA, Rob Morgan appreciates how change impacts the industry. “There is a constant balancing act to provide customers with the right product for their needs, especially with the rapid changes in technology,” 





Tuesday, October 4

TPO – Past, Present and Future:  Focus on expanding the use of these materials, considering “Car of the Future and globalization megatrends.”

Tom Pilette - Global Vice President of Product and Process Development, Magna Exteriors

“Today, more than ever, consumers are aware of the rapid innovations in automotive technologies. It is important to keep up with these changes, and continuously look for new TPO applications.”    





Wednesday, October 5

Laurie Harbour - President and CEO of Harbour Results Inc

Laurie Harbour will share an in-depth look at the current and future state of the automotive manufacturing industry, including key market trends that are driving complexity into the entire supply chain. Additionally, she will share research findings and insights on plastics industry best practices.  Harbour notes that, “the manufacturing industry is changing at a rapid pace, and it is important to view these changes comprehensively, understanding how each piece of the puzzle fits together, to better prepare for the future.”