GE Silicones has agreed to once again partner with Rubber & Plastics News to present the annual International Silicone Conference, to be held next year in Dearborn, Mich., after two years in Cleveland.
The fifth annual conference will take place April 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn.
``We want to expand the scope of the conference by providing the opportunity to hear new ideas, solve current problems, and discuss the issues, concerns and future direction of the silicone industry,'' said Bob Simmons, Crain Communications Inc. vice president and group publisher.
``With GE Silicones' continued support we can make the conference as beneficial as possible for all our delegates so that when they return to work they will be able to run their business more profitably,'' he said.
Timothy Angle, GE Silicones regional business manager for the Americas, is the 2005 conference chairman and is responsible for developing the program's content. He is reviewing papers on the latest technical advances in the manufacturing of rubber parts using silicone, including processing, engineering, new materials, equipment and tooling. Papers on silicone market trends affecting the industry also will be considered.
To submit a paper for review, e-mail Angle the working title, a preliminary abstract and a brief biography to [email protected] or phone 909-517-2561. Paper selections will be made by Feb. 28.
The conference previously split its first four years between Akron and Cleveland, but now will take place in Dearborn simultaneously with the International Rubber Molding Conference.
``The opportunities created by combining conferences of this magnitude are truly unique, not only for the information presented to the delegates in attendance but also for the numerous table-top technology providers who can increase their exposure to a larger audience,'' Simmons said.
More information on the conference is available at www.rubbernews.com.