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Technical Sessions Overview

2021 Speaker/Author Release Form – TBA

The SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference typically draws over 800 attendees from 20 countries on 4 continents who are vitally interested in learning about 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. Few conferences of any size can provide this type of networking opportunity or put you before such an engaged, global audience interested in hearing the latest olefin advances.

2021 Technical Sessions

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

Materials Development

  • Catherine Wilson, Ford Motor Company
  • Mark Jablonka, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Peter Glenister, LyondellBasell

Surface Enhancements

  • Dr. Rose Ryntz, Ryntz & Associates
  • Jim Keller, Mankiewicz Coatings
  • Jeff Crist, Ford Motor Company

Interior Applications & Laminating Adhesives

  • Dr. Pravin Sitaram, Haartz Corporation
  • Austin Wagenhals, Ford Motor Company
  • Hoa Pham, Freudenberg Performance Materials

Process Developments & Simulations

  • Mike Cuneo, Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc.
  • Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow

Lightweighting of Polyolefin Parts

  • Mike Shoemaker, Borealis Compounds
  • Dr. Nadeem Bokhari, Sumitomo Chemical
  • Normand Miron, Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc.

Applications for Bio Based & Recycled Materials

  • Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford Motor Company
  • Akshay Trivedi, Lear Corporation
  • Drew Geda, Hyundai Motor Group

Enablers for Plastics Recovery & Reuse

  • Mike Balow, Auxin Consulting
  • Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow
  • Susan Kozora, IAC Group

Innovations in Plastics for Future Mobility

  • David Helmer, General Motors Corporation
  • Andrew Sanders, Borealis Compounds
  • Frank Schumann, Trinseo, LLC


Guidelines for Speakers

Please review our one-page TPO Paper/Presentations Guidelines.

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