Plastics Industry's Most Innovative Conference Features New Composite Technologies, Engineering Solutions and Global Composites Industry Forecast in Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson Conference major draw for design engineers and composites industry professionals. Event to feature materials fast replacing metal, ceramics and engineered thermoplastics and will offer a limited amount of complimentary admissions to Tucson based manufacturers.

Thermosetting Composites Take the Heat

This niche conference represents the most contemporary advancements in material, machine and application technologies available.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)'s Thermosetting Composites Division is holding the industry's most innovative conference in Tucson, Arizona February 24-26, 2014 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and it is building major momentum. The Division announced today a limited number of free passes available for Tucson based manufacturers. The SPE Thermoset Division is the fastest growing division within the SPE today. The Tucson conference will be represented and attended by professionals in thermoset composite manufacturing (SMC, BMC, phenolic epoxy, rubber, melamine, etc.), raw material additives (resins, glass, fillers, pigments, etc.), mold design and production, and part design and production. The conference kicks off on Monday, Feb. 24th with a golf outing and an 'Introduction to Thermoset Materials and Processing Techniques' class. The conference sessions and exhibits will take place Feb. 25--26. A networking reception will be held among the exhibits on Tuesday, Feb. 26th.

Market segments represented will be appliance, food contact (house ware, serving and commercial ware), electrical, sound, kitchen and bath, sporting goods, mining, wind energy, weapons / military, fuel cell, automotive and robotics.

Among the speakers who will present at this spirited conference will be John Gaither, Chairman, President & CEO of Reichhold, Inc., who will deliver the Keynote Address on Feb. 26th. His presentation will address UPR composites, both present and future, and look at trends, growth opportunities and innovations in partnering. Reichhold is one of the world's largest suppliers of unsaturated polyester resins for composites and a leading supplier of coating resins for a wide variety of markets and applications. Also on the roster of speakers is Owens Corning's Matt Lieser, Key Account and Specification Manager, who will discuss how Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Materials lower corrosion costs. Owens Corning has led virtually every major technological advance in glass fiber technology since its inception in 1938. Both companies are major sponsors of the event.

Joseph Rakow, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer from Exponent Failure Analysis Associates will discuss 'Failure Analysis, A Tool for Managing Risk and Liability of Composite Products’. Also among the list of speakers will be Scott Sims, Chief Metallurgist, Rosemont Copper Mine, and Charles Jarvis, Vice President of Engineering and Business Development at Cambro Manufacturing. Cambro Manufacturing is the world's largest supplier of food service products. Bruce Hodes, Head Coach and Author, will deliver an interactive professional development workshop on building high performance leadership teams and performance oriented company cultures.

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About SPE Thermoset Division & TOPCON
The SPE Thermoset Composites Division is dedicated to educating both industry and academia regarding the advantages and innovations associated with thermosetting material technologies and processing techniques. Thermoset materials are highly engineered molding materials which are often used to replace metals and ceramics. Industries served by thermosets include: infrastructure, automotive, electrical, corrosion, communications, oil and gas, mining, medical, appliance, kitchen and bath, food service and fuel cell.

The Thermoset Division’s annual conference unites industry suppliers, material manufacturers, mold and part designers and processors and OEMs in a technical forum which highlights the most contemporary advancements in material, machine and application technologies. For further information on the SPE Thermoset Division, visit

About GV marketing & experiences
GV marketing and experiences (GVME) plans both domestic and international high end corporate events including; Board of Director Meetings, Sales Meetings, Incentive and Rewards Trips, and Team Building Events, Trade Shows and Conferences. GVME specializes in the marketing of thermoset and composite materials and processing techniques, with a deep base in BMC and SMC materials.

The company’s marketing services include brand development, market studies, sales of BMC and SMC materials, web design, advertising design, internal and external sales presentations and technical copywriting. Since GVME took over the planning of the SPE Thermoset Division Conference in 2006, the conference’s revenue has grown at a rate > 500%.

SPE Thermoset Composites Division Press Contact:
Shelane Nunnery
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