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2015 Hose Manufacturers Conference

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY!  Register now and save $100.  The Conference, which is jointly organized by Rubber & Plastics News and Continental ContiTech, will be held Nov. 11-12 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn in Akron, Ohio, USA.  This conference is ideal for senior managers, manufacturing engineers, managers and supervisors of plants, R&D compounders, quality assurance supervisors and those who are involved in the manufacturing of rubber hoses.  Get details on all the programs and speakers on the website, then plan to attend!


2016 International Silicone Conference

Save the Date!  Planning is underway for the 2016 International Silicone Conference, which will be held Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18.  Please check back for more information.

Thank you to the sponsors, exhibitors and speakers who made the 2014 International Silicone Conference such a big success.  


2015 ITEC In Focus: Testing Innovations


ITEC In Focus:  Testing Innovations is over!  Under the guidance of conference Chairman Harold Herzlich, the inaugural program was excellent, covering the vital area of testing of materials, design and processes in the tire manufacturing industry.  Attendees reported that they were returning to their facilities with greater knowledge and fresh ideas.  We hope you will join us for the next ITEC In Focus in 2017, and save the dates for the full 2016 International Tire Exhibition & conference, September 13, 14 & 15 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH.

2015 International Latex Conference

The 2015 International Latex Conference is over!  Conference Chairman Jim Finn, President of Akron Dispersions, put together a diverse program full of cutting-edge presentations, as well as a great new interactive special program.  This Rubber & Plastics News event was organized jointly with Akron Dispersions.  Please join us at the next International Latex Conference in 2017.  We will look forward to seeing you there!

2014 International Tire Exhibition & Conference--Tire Manufacturing

Save the Dates for 2016 ITEC Tire Manufacturing!  Plan to join attendees from around the world September 13, 14 & 15 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio!

The 2014 ITEC Tire Manufacturing Show Surpassed High Expecations!

The return of ITEC Tire Manufacturing to Akron, Ohio was highly anticipated.  The show floor sold out, was expanded, and sold out again.  Exhibitors and speakers alike came from throughout the world to participate.  Registration continued to climb, then surge, and onsite registrations continuing through the last day of the conference.  

ITEC highlights included the presentation of proclamations naming September 9-11 ITEC Days in the City of Akron and Summit County, the keynote addresses by Michael Hochschwender, President and CEO of The Smithers Group, presented jointly with The Tire Society, and the keynote given by James Hawk, President and General Manager of Toyo Tire North American Manufacturing.  In addition, the Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Award was presented to Professor Dr. Bernhard Blümich at a banquet in his honor.  The 50+ presentations included special programs, including the Forensic Tire Peer Review program. The Bio-Elastomer Challenge and the Recycling Workshop.  Finally, the Networking Cocktail Reception on Tuesday evening gave everyone a chance to get to know each other better at either the full bar or over an Ohio craft-brewed beer.

We hope that you were able to join us for this important industry event.  Planning is already underway for the 2016 show.  We welcome your insights and suggestions; to provide your comments please contact event manager Sarah Arnold at  

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 ITEC Tire Manufacturing Show.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2016.  Watch for information on ITEC, as well as the International Hose Conference, and the International Latex Conference in the coming months.