LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 1, 2011)—A paper on the issues impacting the commercial side of the rubber industry has been added to the lineup of presentations scheduled for the first combined technical symposium of the West Michigan Rubber Group and the Detroit Rubber Group.
The Sept. 7 conference at the University Club at Michigan State University/Henry Business Center in Lansing has seven papers planned.
The additional presentation is titled “Then and Now,” reflecting many of the issues that impact the commercial side of the rubber industry, such as supply and demand of feedstocks and finished goods, regulatory, logistics, etc., and will be given by Steve Willett of the Plaza Group.
The other papers will be: “Developments and Current Status of Materials from Bio-Renewable Feedstock and Design for End of Life Options,” by MSU's Ramani Narayan; “3D Rapid Prototyping Using Multi-Material Resins,” by Gary Lowell, DASI Solutions; “Improved Processing HNBR,” by Mark Jones, Zeon Chemicals L.P.; “Opportunities for Sustainable Elastomers in the Automotive Industry,” Cynthia Flanigan, Ford Motor Co.; “Weatherstripping: Using only TPV Materials, by Shawn Jyawook, Jyco Sealing Technologies; “Batteries for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” by Kai Pelz, Johnson Controls.
Christie Robinson of the ACS Rubber Division, and student chapters involved in rubber and chemicals from Michigan MSU, Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University also will give short presentations.
To obtain a room, call (517) 351-8181 and identify yourself as an attendee to receive a special rate, subject to room availability. A special rate for golfing also is available at the MSU Forest Akers West golf course on Sept. 6-9. Call (517) 355-1636, or e-mail [email protected]
The program begins at 1:30 p.m.
The registration fee includes dinner, and is $75 in advance or $90 at the door. For more information, contact Mike Morrow by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (517) 339-0812. Advance tickets are available from Pete Panaretos at [email protected] or by calling (248) 302-8663.