5th Thermoplastics Elastomer 2008 will Address Directions for China and Asia's TPE, TPV, TPU and PEBA Markets

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5th Thermoplastics Elastomers/ TPEs 2008, to be held on the 19 and 20 November in Shanghai, is a showcase of the latest trends and shifts occurring in the TPE value chain. It brings together on a single platform, the best expertise to present objective insights on the commercial application of TPE, latest advances in plastics processing as well as an overview on the market outlook for the industry.

Known for its rubber elasticity, 'soft-touch' appeal, and plastics processing breakthroughs whereby new materials have surpassed plastics performances, thermoplastics elastomer (TPE) now offers moulders yet another alternative in their choice of material.

But does this mean TPE related production will be spared from increasing overheads? Apparently no and that is the salient message that Mr. Roger Young, the Asia Pacific Vice President of Robert Eller Associate, will put forth in his presentation on "Global TPE market outlook" which will also disclose successful strategies for competing in China market.

Mr Young, together with many other key industry players, will convene in Shanghai on the 19-20 November 2008 to share their views at the`5th Specialty Elastomers/ TPEs 2008' conference organized by Centre for Management Technology.

The two-day event will feature a key presentation from world leading thermoplastics polyurethane (TPUs) producer, Merquinsa, the innovator of the world's first TPU derived from biological/agricultural sources rather than fossil hydrocarbons. In his paper on "Bio-based TPU development and commercialization" Mr. Davis Pascual, the Global Application Development Manager & Asia Pacific Area Manager for Merquinsa, will reveal how this vegetable oil and fatty acid-based TPU performance is on par with, and in some cases, even surpassed conventional TPU properties. To add on to new innovation related topics is Mr. Clint Raine, the Head Business Unit TPU Asia Pacific from Bayer MaterialScience, who will address Bayer's latest innovations in TPU and their market prospects.

Speaking on behalf of yet another TPE producer that is going green by incorporating bio-based feedstock is Mr. Jerome Allanic, Asia Pacific Market Development Manager from Arkema, who will unveil their latest innovations that led to the launch of their first commercial "Bio-based Engineering TPE", PEBAX TPE that boast excellent engineering properties.

In addition to gaining insights on production trends, sessions to discuss end-use applications will be spearheaded by French TPE compounder, that has developed TPV-S elastomer, based on Kraton's SEBS material and polypropylene. Mr. Gilbert Saillard, Sales & Marketing Director of CTS Cousin-Tessier, will contribute a case study analysis on how automotive producer, Peugeot, implemented TPV-S seals in place of EPDM seals in their latest Peugeot 308 thus exploring material selection issues and the emerging trends in high performance automotive seals. More on automotive seals will be presented by, Mr. Federico Rosa, Sales Manager from Dimontonate Floccati, when he addresses the evolution in technology with TPE in automotive seals applications, while Mr. Zhang Kun, Global Procurement and Supply Executive from Daimler Chrysler, will look into TPE application in the Automotive Industry and Dow Chemical will discuss elastomer technologies in the compounding industry.

Other confirmed panelists at 5th Specialty Elastomers/ TPEs 2008 include key executives from Team Design Shanghai, Ticona Engineering Polymers, Motorola Technology, Kuraray, GLS-PolyOne Company, and Kraiburg TPE.

Those hoping to network with these invited high-flyers should visit http://www.cmtevents.com/newevents.aspx?ev=081181& for further details.

A global organizer HQ in Singapore, CMT is dedicated to the provision of latest business and technology information through high profile conferences for varied industries. CMT forums encircle the globe from Asia Pacific to Middle East to New Europe/Russia and the Americas. In 25 years of operation, CMT has hosted leading conferences on Bioplastics, Elastomers, Rubber, Plastics, Petrochemicals, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and many more. Visit http://www.cmtevents.com today!

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