AKRON—Marketing opportunities for the latex industry in pavement preservation will be among the presentations given at the July 26-27 International Latex Conference.
Other presentations will include papers on living/controlled radical polymerization, and aluminum hydroxide-treated natural rubber latex.
The event—at the Hilton Inn in the Akron suburb of Fairlawn—is organized jointly by Rubber & Plastics News and Akron Dispersions.
Laurand Lewandowski of PRI Asphalt Technologies Inc. will discuss how as government funding levels are decreasing, pavement preservation is gaining widespread acceptance as an alternative to the conventional methods of pavement management.
He will tell how companies are developing new technology in this area, meaning more opportunities for using latex.
In his paper, William L. Howe of DipTech Systems Inc. will review how the manufacture of products such as disposable gloves and other latex dipped goods in the last 15 years migrated heavily to Southeast Asia and China. However, Howe said costs in Asia continue to rise, as well as the expense of natural rubber latex, and the economics associated with manufacturing these products has changed.
He'll talk about current and future trends involving latex goods manufacturing.
For more information on the program visit www.rubbernews.com/conferences/2011/latex, and click on the technical program link.