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12. September 2018

Silicone Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summits 2018

Over 250 professionals from across the global elastomers industry will come together in Milan, Italy, from 27 – 28 November 2018 to attend the Silicone Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summits.

Over the years there have been a number of new developments in elastomers, driven by increasing performance requirements across various sectors – from automotive and healthcare to consumer and industrial applications. According to the organisers, Smithers Rapra, with so many important developments, it’s vital for all areas of the supply chain to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the industry and get ahead of the competition. This is why so many industry experts come together to attend this yearly gathering, known widely as the ‘home’ of the elastomers industry, said Smithers Rapra.

The organisers have put together a comprehensive programme for each summit this year, covering the full scope of the global elastomers industry and providing valuable information on these developments and initiatives, as well as delivering an insightful forecast into the future. Sessions include, amongst others: material innovation, regulatory updates, use of TPE in medical devices, new trends and technologies, and updates in LSR.

New for this year, the event will bring both audiences together for a joint session dedicated to the automotive industry. As an industry experiencing a high-level of change and development, it is the perfect time to bring this discussion together and accelerate innovation, said Smithers Rapra. The session will assess the latest material trends, requirements for suppliers, the future for autonomous vehicles and the electric car revolution.

Described as an “Excellent opportunity for networking and improvement of market and technology knowledge” by OCSiAl, both summits offer delegates the opportunity to gain the knowledge to boost their business, increase profit, meet new industry contacts, build business relationships and develop an increased understanding of customers’ needs. By purchasing one ticket to their preferred event, delegates will gain full access to the other event as desired, providing double the content.

Presentations include:

  • Modern high-tech elastomers: requirements for suppliers, Marc Kreye, Materials Technology Polymers, Group Powertrain and Chassis, Deputy Lead, Volkswagen
  • Practical three-dimensional (3D) printing of LSR, Rick Ziebell, VP of Technology, R.D. Abbott Company
  • The impact of changing regulations in silicone production and use, Pierre Germain, Secretary General, CES – Silicones Europe
  • Autoshock: the car industry meets the electric revolution, Guido Fontanelli, Journalist, Panorama
  • Enhanced electromechanical properties of thermoplastic elastomer actuators, Chaoying Wan, Associate Professor, University of Warwick
  • Emerging trends and innovation needs in TPE markets, Suresh Swaminathan, Executive Vice President, Teknor Apex

Just a few of the organisations attending include:

Aptiv, Arburg, Arkema, Ashahi Kasei Corporation, BASF, Böllhoff Elasmo Systems GmbH, Decathlon, Dow Silicones, Dynasol, Elkem Silicones, Elmet, Emde, Engel, Evonik, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, Hexpol, Holland Colours, Interface Performance Materials, JMMace, Kassel University, Kraiburg, Marubeni, Merck, MOGoil, Momentive, Multibase, Nexant, Panorama, PolymerTechnik Ortrand GmbH, PolyOne, R.D Abbott Company, Rea Electronik, Rea Jet, Saint Gobain, Sigma Engineering, Silent Sensors, Teknor Apex, UNIpace, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, University of Warwick, Vibracoustic, Wacker, Wittmann Battenfeld, Xlance, and more.


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