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Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland 1 St. Clair Avenue NE Cleveland , Ohio 44114
Tel: (216) 928-1600
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2017 International Elastomer Conference

5,000 245

Overview

Event Overview:

International Elastomer Conference components: International Rubber & Advanced Materials In Healthcare Expo, 192nd Technical Meeting, Educational Symposium, 4th Advanced Materials In Healthcare Conference & International Rubber Conference in Cleveland, OH

Our International Elastomer Conference is the premier place where customers, suppliers of materials, equipment, tools and services, and educators come together. This event is the one place, one time of year, where you find the best of the best of our industry all under one roof. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, regulatory reforms and emerging scientific technologies, as well as learning, networking, seeing current customers and making new ones. This conference takes place every October. It is held in Cleveland, OH on the odd numbered years and travels to different locations on the even numbered years.

Components of this year's conference include:

  • International Rubber & Advanced Materials In Healthcare Expo
  • 192nd Technical Meeting
  • Educational Symposium
  • 4th Advanced Materials In Healthcare Conference
  • International Rubber Conference
  • Expo Theater Presentations
  • Student Colloquium & Poster Session
  • Experience Elastomers Student Outreach Program
  • Career Fair
  • Rubber Division, ACS Committee Meetings
  • Special Events, including a 5K Walk/Run, 25-Year Club Reception & Luncheon and Business & Awards Meeting

Exhibitor Information:

Why Become an Exhibitor?
At the Rubber Division's International Rubber Expo, we offer a variety of booth sizes, one of which is sure to fit your company's needs. Become an exhibitor and give your company the opportunity to:

- Introduce new products, programs, technology and product lines
- Network with industry decision makers, current clients and potential clients
- Support sales efforts with direct, personal on-the-floor contact
- Obtain a multitude of qualified contacts in just days
- Reach an international audience - individuals from over 30 countries in attendance
- Reinforce your corporate image with current and potential buyers
- Meet your competition head-on
- Create a lasting impression, stand out from the rest and support your efforts by purchasing an exclusive sponsorship opportunity

This is an ideal expo for companies involved with:
Machinery and Equipment, Chemical Suppliers, Rubber Processing, Natural and Synthetic Rubber, Raw Materials Suppliers, Testing and Research, Mold Release Agents, Molding, Extrusion and Parts Production, Custom Services, Compounding and Mixing Services, Manufacturing or Distribution, Recycling, TPEs

About Rubber Division, ACS:

The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society is an international association of chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals and others in the rubber, polymer or related fields within industry, academia and government. Our mission is to enhance science, technology and
business across the evolving elastomeric community. We work to expand the elastomeric profession and individual development through educational, technical and interactive activities. Rubber Division, ACS is over 100 years old!

Agenda

Oct 9   

Advanced Materials In Healthcare Conference

Continue your professional development through this informative conference! 
Our 4th Advanced Materials In Healthcare Conference is a one-day event that is a component of our International Elastomer Conference. Judit E. Puskas, Ph. D., P.Eng., Fellow AIMBE, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Akron led a distinguished group to develop this conference. See full program below.

Registration for this one-day conference includes lunch and complimentary admission to our International Rubber & Advanced Materials in Healthcare Expo taking place October 10-12. Attendees are also invited to the International Elastomer Conference welcome reception at the close of the day’s events on Tuesday, October 10. 

Advanced Elastomers for Healthcare
Chair: Judit E. Puskas, The University of Akron, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 

8:30 a.m.  Greetings by Judit E. Puskas, Chair and Matthew Wilson, President, The University of Akron

8:45 a.m.  Plenary: Polymers in Healthcare – Gordon McLennan, Cleveland Clinic, Department of Biomedical Engineering

9:45 a.m.  Electrospun Rubbery Fiber Mats for Healthcare – Dr. Kolos Molnár, Budapest University of Technology and Economy, Department of Polymer Engineering

10:15 a.m.   Break

Advanced Elastomers for Healthcare; Elastomer Materials
Chair: Rick Ziebel, R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

10:30 a.m.  Review of Butyl Rubber in Medical Applications – Dana Adkinson, Arlanxeo

11:00 a.m.  Effects of Gamma Irradiation and Steam Sterilization on Halobutyl Compounds – Greg Davidson, Arlanxeo

11:30 a.m.  Silicones Used in Healthcare – Eric Reynolds, Dow Corning Healthcare

12:00 p.m.  MillaMed™ Millable Polyurethane Compounds for Medical Applications – Thomas Jablonowski, TSE

12:30 p.m.  Advantages of Cariflex Polyisoprene Rubber in Healthcare Applications – Aparjita Bhattacharya, Kraton Polymers

1:00 p.m.   Lunch

International Regulatory Issues
Chair: Katrina Cornish, The Ohio State University, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering 

2:00 p.m.  Regulatory Considerations Impacting Elastomer Selection – Uma Kale, The Dow Chemical Company

2:30 p.m.  Regulatory Affairs for Elastomers for Medical Applications – Amir Hashim Md Yatim, Malaysian Rubber 

3:00 p.m.  Changes in the USP Standard – Cheryl Stults, C&M Technical Consulting

3:30 p.m.  Break

Education for Advanced Elastomers for Healthcare
Chair: Carin Helfer, The University of Akron, Department of Biomedical Engineering

3:45 p.m.  Bringing Advanced Materials into the Classroom; Shape Memory Polymers – John Fellenstein, The University of Akron, Akron Global Polymer Academy

4:15 p.m.  Natural Rubber - Education is Essential to Utility and Application – Katrina Cornish, The Ohio State University, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering 

4:45 p.m.  BEST Mentoring Program – Carin Helfer, The University of Akron, Department of Biomedical Engineering

5:15 p.m.   The Confucius Institute and Educational Collaboration Henan-Akron – Dr. Xiuhua Liu, Henan University

Interested in more advanced materials in healthcare training?
A course titled Material Considerations for Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Products, under the instruction of Cheryl Stults of C&M Technical Consulting, LLC, will be featured during the Educational Symposium of our International Elastomer Conference. 

Oct 10   

October 10-12, 2017 – Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

192nd Technical Meeting Symposia:

Mixing & Processing Technology
Tire Testing and Tire Performance Predictions
Thermoplastic Elastomers
Advances in Materials and Processes for Car and Truck Tires
Industrial Rubber Goods: Hose, Belts, Wire & Cable, Auto Parts
Contributed Session
Characterization Tools for Elastomers
4 R’s of Rubber – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew
Elastomers for Extreme Environments
Foams and Adhesives
Functionalized Elastomers and Additives
Rubber Pavement Interactions – Characterization of the Pavement Surface
New Commercial Developments

Keynote Address - 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 10
Paul Boulier, Vice President, Industry and Innovation with TeamNEO is the Keynote Speaker. The title of his keynote address is Opportunities and Challenges in Sustaining our Competitive EDGE in Elastomers (a mature market in hyper-changing world). Paul will speak about demand drivers in major end-use markets for elastomer products (not tires), highlight some innovations that will be impacting growth and potential opportunities, as well as discuss some key issues/uncertainties facing the elastomer industry. Examples include automation impacts, new processes (Additive Manufacturing), and shale gas and derivatives. He will also discuss some initiatives where industry, government and economic development professionals are working to strengthening our industry and regional capabilities to drive global competitiveness.

Paul is responsible for developing and executing direct-to-company business attraction for Northeast Ohio's core industries, including metal fabrication and machinery; polymers, chemicals and coatings; energy, oil & gas; as well as packaging and transportation. Previously, Paul held senior management roles at A. Schulman, a global thermoplastics compounder serving the packaging, transportation, consumer products, industrial and agricultural markets; Core Molding Technologies, designer/molder of reinforced composite products for the transportation, electronics, industrial, automotive aftermarket and alternative energy markets; Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of high-performance adhesives and consumer products; and Nova Chemicals, a global manufacturer of Styrenics polymers, polyethylene and petrochemicals. Paul earned a master’s degree in Plastics Engineering from UMASS Lowell and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also completed advanced studies in Global Marketing and Business Strategy at the Katz Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh. Paul actively volunteers and mentors entrepreneurs in business strategy/planning at Mercy Corps International, as well as contributing to venture groups through the Akron (OH) ARCHAngels, WPI Business School (MA), and Fusion Pointe, a Naples (FL) West Coast Venture Group.

Oct 10   

International Rubber Conference

The Rubber Division, ACS, is honored to welcome the International Rubber Conference Organization (IRCO) Delegates and international attendees to the International Rubber Conference (IRC 2017 CLEVELAND). It has been a short ten years since the United States last hosted the conference. Rubber Division, ACS is proud to be able to host this again, in conjunction with our International Elastomer Conference. Cleveland, seems the perfect location to host this event because, the Midwestern region has been the heart of the rubber industry for decades, evolving over the years into new dimensions and partnerships. Rubber Division, ACS has also evolved and expanded technology exchange and educational opportunities into the many facets of the industry today.

What is IRCO?
The International Rubber Conference Organization (IRCO) is an association of rubber societies around the world which plan the calendar for the main international rubber conferences. By careful selection of conference proposals and monitoring of events, the IRCO ensures that all conferences run by its member societies meet the very demanding requirements dictated by the IRCO and thus provide delegates with first-class conferences. The Rubber Division represents the United States as a member of the IRCO.  Both organizations maintain the same overriding goal for the conference: to provide a venue for global sharing of technology and research as well as business networking opportunities.

International Rubber Dinner – open to all attendees; $100 per person, reservations required

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (time may change); There will be a special dinner held to welcome the IRCO Delegates, as well as all international and national International Elastomer Conference attendees. The IRCO Medal will be presented to John Long, JM Long Rubber Consultants, LLC & Rubber Division, ACS Councilor, during the dinner. The IRCO Medal is awarded for outstanding services to the cause of International Rubber Conferences worldwide. The recipient is a personality of exceptional merit in the rubber community and with a recognized record in one or more fields of activity related to the rubber industry, research or education. The recipient has made distinguished contributions to IRCO conferences as an organizer, as chairman of conferences or symposia or as a presenter.

IRC Meeting
– Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (open to IRCO delegates only)
IRC Luncheon
– Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (open to IRCO delegates only)

IRCO National Organizations and the countries they represent are listed here:
Australia: Australasian Plastics & Rubber Institute Inc
Brazil: ABTB (Assoiacao Brasileira de Technologia da Borracha)
China: The Beijing Research & Design Institute of Rubber Industry
Czech Republic: Rubber Division, Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry
Finland: Finnish Society of Rubber Technology
France: Association Francaise des Ingenieurs du Caoutchouc et des Plastiques (AFICEP)
Germany: Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft e.v.
India: Indian Rubber Institute
Japan: The Society of Rubber Science and Technology, Japan
Korea: The Rubber Society of Korea
Malaysia: Plastics and Rubber Institute Malaysia (PRIM)
Netherlands: Vereniging Van Kunstoff en Rubbertechnologen (VKRT)
Norway: The Norwegian Institution of Rubber Technology
Russia: Scientific Research Institute of Elastomeric Materials and Articles
Slovak Republic: Slovak Rubber Association
Sweden: The Swedish Institution of Rubber Technology (SGF)
Thailand: The Polymer Society of Thailand
Turkey: Kaucuk Derneigi
United Kingdom: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
United States: Rubber Division, American Chemical Society
www.internationalrubberconference.org

Oct 10   

International Rubber & Advanced Materials In Healthcare Expo

October 10-12, 2017 – Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Our expo is the premier place where our industry’s customers and suppliers come together. Over 200 companies/organizations will exhibit. The expo features a wide variety of companies, such as equipment manufacturers, injection molders, extruders, custom mixers, processing equipment, hydraulic presses, vacuum molding, testing labs, distributors, suppliers, and many more in the industry.

*You may register for Expo only. If you register for the Technical Meeting, it includes entry to the expo.

Expo Hours:

Tuesday, 10/10 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/11 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10/12 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Boulier

Vice President, Industry and Innovation

TeamNEO

Paul Boulier, Vice President, Industry and Innovation with TeamNEO is the Keynote Speaker. The title of his keynote address is Opportunities and Challenges in Sustaining our Competitive EDGE in Elastomers (a mature market in hyper-changing world). Paul will speak about demand drivers in major end-use markets for elastomer products (not tires), highlight some innovations that will be impacting growth and potential opportunities, as well as discuss some key issues/uncertainties facing the elastomer industry. Examples include automation impacts, new processes (Additive Manufacturing), and shale gas and derivatives. He will also discuss some initiatives where industry, government and economic development professionals are working to strengthening our industry and regional capabilities to drive global competitiveness.

Paul is responsible for developing and executing direct-to-company business attraction for Northeast Ohio's core industries, including metal fabrication and machinery; polymers, chemicals and coatings; energy, oil & gas; as well as packaging and transportation. Previously, Paul held senior management roles at A. Schulman, a global thermoplastics compounder serving the packaging, transportation, consumer products, industrial and agricultural markets; Core Molding Technologies, designer/molder of reinforced composite products for the transportation, electronics, industrial, automotive aftermarket and alternative energy markets; Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of high-performance adhesives and consumer products; and Nova Chemicals, a global manufacturer of Styrenics polymers, polyethylene and petrochemicals. Paul earned a master’s degree in Plastics Engineering from UMASS Lowell and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also completed advanced studies in Global Marketing and Business Strategy at the Katz Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh. Paul actively volunteers and mentors entrepreneurs in business strategy/planning at Mercy Corps International, as well as contributing to venture groups through the Akron (OH) ARCHAngels, WPI Business School (MA), and Fusion Pointe, a Naples (FL) West Coast Venture Group.

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