Society of Plastic Engineers Announces Speakers for the 2019 SPE International Polyolefins Conference

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The 2019 SPE International Polyolefins Conference on Feb 24-27 in Houston is the largest polymer conference in the world dedicated to Polyolefins. There will be 80 presentations about important technical and business subjects. The program for the conference is now available.

2019 SPE International Polyolefins Conference

The place to meet customers,suppliers, and colleagues and to hear about new technology-- Bill Diecks

SPE has published the program and is announcing keynote speakers for the 2019 SPE International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. The keynote speakers will be:

Steven Russell, American Chem Council, “Can we End Plastic Waste?”
Mukund Parthasarathy, DOW Chemical, “Dow’s Sustainability Journey”
Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical, “Developing Sustainable Solutions”
Jorge Buhler-Vidal, Polyolefins Consulting, “Latin American Sustainability and Trade”
Chul B Park, University of Toronto, “Sustainable Nano-Fibril Technology for Polyolefins”

The SPE International Polyolefins Conference is the largest Polymer Conference in the world dedicated to Polyolefins (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and copolymers). It is the place to meet customers, suppliers and colleagues as well as hearing about the latest Developments and Technology. There will be over 700 people attending the conference which will have 70 technical papers, 5 Keynote Plenary talks, a Sunday afternoon Polyolefins Tutorial, 64 exhibitor booths, two evening networking socials, and a student poster competition. Technical sessions featured at the conference will be:

  •     Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments
  •     Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts and Process
  •     Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization
  •     Modifiers for Polyolefins
  •     Polymer Testing and Characterization
  •     Films and Packaging
  •     Polyolefins in Automotive
  •     Advances in Polyolefin Processing
  •     Pipe and Long Term Use
  •     Sustainability and Recycling in Packaging
  •     Foams and Light Weighting
  •     Geotechnical Applications
  •     Non Destructive Testing

There will also be a very informative Sunday afternoon Terry Vermass Tutorial

Rajen Patel and Ayush Bafna, Dow Chemical, Fundamentals and Applications of Metallocene PE
Teesa Karjala and Sylvia Vernoort, DOW Chemical, Rheology with Applications to Polyolefins
Chul Park, Univ. of Toronto, PE and PP Foams
Todd Hogan, DOW Chemical, PE and PP Foams

See http://www.4spe.org/polyolefins2019 for more information and to register.

The SPE International Polyolefins Conference has been in existence for over 40 years and has been organized by the South Texas SPE Section in Houston, Texas. Over 70% of the South Texas Section profits from the Conference go to support students and polymer programs at 9 selected Universities that have polymer programs and SPE student chapters. The South Texas Section (http://www.spe-stx.org/) is part of the International Society of Plastics Engineers (http://www.4spe.org) whose charter it to promote knowledge, technology, and the use of plastics. The Society of Plastics Engineers is home to nearly 20,000 plastics professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. SPE is the “go to” resource for plastics technical information.

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