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2012 SPE Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Conference


Since 1998, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPEŽ), leading global OEMs and Tier Suppliers, as well as the TPO supply chain have pooled their resources to create the SPEŽ 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 400 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 on

Conference Sessions                               Session Co-Chairs

Advances in Automotive Polyolefin        Patti Tibbenham - Ford Motor Company /Neil Fuenmayor -  LyondellBasell Industries               

Part Design,Tooling & Processing           Dave Okonski - General Motors Company/Charles Buehler - General Motors Company

Rigid Polyolefin Compounds                    Mike Balow - Asahi Kasei Plastics NA/Ermanno Ruccolo - Mitsui Plastics Inc.

Understanding TPOs                                 Hoa Pham - Washington Penn Plastics/Tom Traugott - Advanced Composites

Automotive Interior Trim & Skins             Bob Eller - Robert Eller Associates/Yvonne Bankowski - Ford MotorCompany

Lt. Weight TPO Structural Applications   Laura Soreide - Ford Motor Company/Dr. Jay Raisoni - Adell Plastics

Surface Enhancement                               Dr. Rose Ryntz - IAC/Dave Helmer - General Motors Company                                          

Large Part Thermoforming                      Ed Bearse - Advanced Plastics Consultants/Kurt Dubowski -                                                                       Mytex Polymers

Automotive TPEs                                       Bob Eller - Robert Eller Associates/Jeff Valentage - Exxonmobil

Each year, the technical program committee also organizes special sessions on new or emerging technologies that will be of interest       to attendees. Some recent special sessions (and the year in which they were featured) include:

  • 2011: TPO / TPE Interfaces and Polyolefin Foams & Advances in TPO Processes
  • 2010: Olefin Thermoforming and Olefin-Based TPEs and TPVs
  • 2009: Injection Molding & Advanced Process Control and Aluminum Tooling for Injection Molding
Admission: SPE Members Non-SPE Members Non-SPE Members (includes Membership) Lunch Only Onsite Registration Fee
3 Day Admission $445.00 $490.00 $540.00 $45.00 $20.00
1 Day Admission
(Monday or Tuesday)
$200.00 $245.00 $295.00 $45.00 $20.00
Wednesday only $100.00 $145.00 $195.00 N/A $20.00

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