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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:

Conference Sessions & Session Co-Chairs

Materials Development

o   Mike Balow - Asahi Kasei Plastics

o   Mark Jablonka – The Dow Chemical Company

o   Peter Glenister - LyondellBasell


Surface Enhancements

o   Dr. Rose Ryntz - IAC Group

o   Jeff B. Crist -Ford Motor Co.

o   Jim Keller - United Paint & Chemical Corporation


Interior Applications

o   Robert Eller - Robert Eller Associates LLC

o   Kevin Lyons - Inteva Products LLC

o   Dr. Pravin Sitaram - Haartz Corporation


Lightweighting Technologies

o   John Haubert - FCA US LLC

o   Normand Miron - Washington Penn Plastics

o   Hoa Pham - Freudenberg Performance Materials


Process Developments & Simulations

o   Kurt Anthony - Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc.

o   Dr. Suresh Shah 

o   Dr. Li Lu - Ford Motor Co.


Sustainability & Emissions

o   Susan Kozora - IAC Group

o   Dr. Alper Kiziltas - Ford Motor Co.

o   Dr. Laura Shereda - Asahi Kasei 

To contact the session chairs, please e-mail Karen Rhodes-Parker, Karen (at) spedetroit.com