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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 800 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:


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