NOVI, Mich.—Rubber & Plastics News and sister publication Plastics News are combining their automotive conferences, with papers due Sept. 30 for the combined event.
The newly named Plastics & Rubber in Automotive Conference will be held in Novi with expanded networkings and professional opportunities. The event is planned for Jan. 14-15 in Novi and will be held to coincide with the North American International Auto Show.
The new format will allow for two simultaneous conference tracks—one focusing on rubber, the other plastics—at the same location. This allows attendees to network across industries and meet with more exhibitors, enhancing the value of the event.
Joe Walker, the global technology director for materials & laboratories at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, will return to serve as the rubber conference chairman.
Through Sept. 30, the conference is seeking rubber-industry focused papers, particularly those that revolve around topics of cutting-edge technology, changing market dynamics, E-mobility and advancing global competitiveness throughout the industry.
Submissions should be technical, rather than commercial, in nature.