CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Only one week remains before the start of the International Silicone Conference, planned for April 10-11 at the Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls.
The conference, presented by Rubber & Plastics News in conjunction with the Wacker and Shin-Etsu, features nearly 20 presentations with topics ranging from industry forecasts to innovation insights. The program also features two keynote presentations from industry experts—Joe Walker of Freudenberg-NOK, and Rick Valeriote of Poly-Nova Technologies L.P.
Walker, who serves as, global director of advanced materials development at Freudenberg-NOK, will discuss the impact that millennials will have on the industry as they become a greater part of the work force. His presentation will explore the characteristics that define the next generation of industry leaders, as well as what can be done to help shape business practices to best meet their needs and employees and customers.
Valeriote, who was chosen as the Rubber & Plastics News Executive of Year in 2017, will share personal stories of his 50-year career in the industry, offering insights into the successes and challeges he's faced along the way. In addition to looking at where the industry has been, Valeriote will look at where silicones are going, providing his thoughts on what will shape the the coming years.
Silicone conference attendees will have access to each of the scheduled presentations and will receive a 1-year subscription to Rubber & Plastics News.
Throughout the conference, networking opportunities will be offered. Regular refreshment breaks gives guests the chance to meet with industry representatives attending the show and manning table-top exhibits. A complementary lunch will be provided on the first day, and a networking reception, courtesy by Wacker, will be held in the evening on April 10.
Same-day registration also will be available beginning at 8 a.m. April 10 and 7:30 a.m. April 11.