Until TPO 2021


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.  Now in its third decade, the show is the world’s leading engineered polyolefins forum featuring 70+ technical presentations, keynote speakers, networking, receptions, & exhibits that highlight advances in rigid and flexible polyolefin materials (PPs and TPOs/TEOs), processes, and applications technologies 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 SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has become the world’s leading automotive polyolefins forum and typically draws 900 attendees from 20 countries on 4 continents who are 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 PP, 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.  Attendees are vitally interested in learning the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Fully a third of conference attendees work for a transportation OEM, and nearly 20% work for a Tier integrator.  The remaining 50% typically come from resin producers, material compounders, or reinforcement suppliers, academic institutions, laboratories, consultancies, the media and other related industries. 

To help attendees better understand current and emerging trends in this field, traditional technical sessions are organized as follows:

2020 Technical Program Sessions & Co-Chairs

Materials Development
Co-Chairs: Mark Jablonka, Dow; Peter Glenister, LBI; Laura Soreide, Ford

Surface Enhancements
Co-Chairs: Dr. Rose Ryntz, Ryntz & Assoc.; Jeff Christ, Ford; Jim Keller, Mankiewicz Coatings

Interior Applications & Laminating Adhesives
Co-Chairs: Dr. Pravin Sitaram, Haartz; Hoa Pham, Fruedenberg Performance Materials; Sarah Gatzec, Ford

Lightweighting of Polyolefin Parts
Co-Chairs: Mike Shoemaker, Borealis Compounds; Dr. Nadeem Bokhari, Sumitomo Chemical; Normand Miron, WashingtonPenn Plastics 

Process Developments & Simulations
Co-Chairs: Mike Cuneo, WashingtonPenn Plastics; Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow

Sustainability & Bio-Based Materials 
Co-Chairs: Akshay Trivedi, Lear; Drew Geda, Hyundai

Enablers for Plastics Recovery and Reuse 
Co-Chairs: Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford; Susan Kozora, IAC; Mike Balow, Auxin Consulting

Innovations in Plastics for Future Mobility 
Co-Chairs: David Helmer, GM; Robert Eller, Robert Eller Assoc.;  TBD


Two New Sessions for 2020

Enablers for Plastics Recovery and Reuse
Scope: Design for Recycling with focus on Disassembly, Separation, rejuvenation; Infrastructure Developments; Success Case Studies; and Perspectives from Recyclers

Innovations in Plastics for Future Mobility
Scope: Developments in materials for attenuation of signals with RADAR or LIDAR for Autonomous Vehicles, Specific Material Needs for Electric Vehicles, Cleanability considerations and anti-microbial interiors for Ride Sharing Vehicles

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