Archived Events


Healthcare Elastomers Virtual Edition

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - Thursday, May 06, 2021

Within the dynamic healthcare industry, elastomers serve as critical components that aid in the function of medical devices, pharmaceutical closures, specimen collection handling, drug eluding technologies, prosthetics, orthopedics, and more. These applications come under review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) and Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Healthcare elastomers also have a unique set of properties that separate them from thermoplastics and rigid plastics, in general. At the Healthcare Elastomer Conference, learn about new technologies, trends, and ideas in elastomer design and function from engineers within the medical community.

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RPN Live: One year later: How COVID-19 changed the auto industry

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

One year made all the difference. The auto industry faced one of its most challenging years ever in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the game in both the short and long term, forcing shutdowns and slowdowns and altering the course for the years ahead. Today, the industry is moving forward, changed, but in many ways for the better. At 2 p.m. EST March 23, Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News editor, and Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven will moderate a panel discussion that focuses on where the auto industry has been, where it’s going and how it has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors that made 2020 such an unusual year. Panelists include Matt Portu, president of Freudenberg NOK’s North American operations; Patrick Clark, vice president and chief global manufacturing officer for Cooper Standard Automotive Inc.; Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research; and Mike Jackson, executive director of strategy and research at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.

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RPN Live: Diversity in the Rubber Industry

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Diversity is more than a buzzword. In the last year, companies and organizations throughout the tire and rubber industries have made commitments to their employees and communities, pledging to engage in thoughtful discussions about diversity, social justice and inclusion, while adopting practices that not only encourage diversity within their organizations but do so in a way that fosters empathy. Following up on a special report that examines these efforts, Bruce Meyer, Editor of Rubber & Plastics News, and Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven will extend the conversation about diversity and inclusion. As part of the livestream discussion planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Meyer and Pustay Beaven will share insights from sources and lead a discussion that includes professionals and experts who can offer perspectives, thoughts and ideas about how the rubber and tire industry’s commitments to diversity best can be achieved.

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Digitalization in R&D - How to Help Scientists Develop New Materials Faster with Better Data

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Sponsored by Uncountable

Scientists are the literal lifeblood of new product development and innovation, but they often spend much of their time simply pulling together data to conduct analysis in hopes of key learnings. The biggest lever that R&D leaders have today is to implement tools that make this learning process faster and easier, through better data tools. This Webinar will focus on the benefits of implementing a true data infrastructure, and the challenges that organizations will face along this journey.

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The International Elastomer Conference: A Recap and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Join Bruce Meyer, editor of Rubber & Plastics News, and RPN Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven,  as they review the highlights of the IEC with Lakisha Miller-Barclay, Executive Director & CEO of the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division, and Brian Barkes, Business Development Manager, GFL Americas, and Rubber Division chair this year.  This wide-ranging discussion will include how the IEC did as a virtual event for the first time, what feedback the division heard back from participants and   what were some of the highlights of the show.  Don’t miss this recap of one of the year’s most important events for the rubber industry.  

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Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and Fatigue Testing Webinar

Friday, November 13, 2020

Sponsored by ARDL

This webinar will be an overview of dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and fatigue testing methods and will give examples of non-tire applications (including silicone applications) where these test methods are relevant. The DMA overview will discuss strain, temperature, and frequency sweeps performed in tension, compression, or shear. It will also review the data generated by those sweeps including storage modulus, loss modulus, tan delta, Payne effect and Mullins effect. Fatigue testing methods that will be discussed will include Demattia crack growth, Monsanto fatigue-to-failure, Ross flex crack growth and Goodrich flexometer (heat buildup and blow out).

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2020 International Silicone Conference

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Thursday, November 12, 2020

The International Silicone Conference, a biennial event, attracts leaders in the silicone industry from throughout the world.Plan now to attend this unparalleled technical program which will be offered virtually November 10-12

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RPN Live: Global Tire Report

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Will Bridgestone retain its title as the world’s No. 1 tire maker in terms of overall sales? Or will this be the year that Michelin vaults to the top spot? How much did tariffs and other duties affect sales globally? How has the tire market been impacted by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic? What was the latest from the virtual International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC)?


Join Rubber & Plastics News Editor Bruce Meyer, Tire Business Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis and Editor Don Detore, and as they dissect results of the comprehensive annual Global Tire Report. See how the tire makers ended 2019 --- just months before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world as we know it.

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39th Annual Conference on Tire Science and Technology

Monday, September 28, 2020 - Friday, October 02, 2020

Conference Theme: Intelligent Transportation


This year, the Tire Society's 39th Annual Tire Science and Technology Meeting and Conference will be held online, which brings many unique opportunities, including no travel expense or constraints, the ability to participate over a more flexible schedule and dramatically reduced registration fees.


The conference will include:

• A keynote address by Chris Helsel, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
• A plenary lecture by Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, Professor at The Ohio State University and Ford Motor Company Chair in Electromechanical Systems
• Panel discussions
• Technical paper presentations
• Networking opportunities


Journey to Automation Awards 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

European Rubber Journal launched the Journey to Automation (J2A) Awards initiative in 2020 to recognize leading-edge projects in the field of automation and digital transformation of the tire industry.


The winners will be announced via a virtual ceremony on Sept. 16, 2020 at 9am ET. 


The live ceremony will also be streamed during the ITEC 2020 Virtual Edition.

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ITEC 2020 Virtual Edition

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - Friday, September 18, 2020

Rubber & Plastics News will transition its International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) to a new virtual format and will now take place Sept. 8-18, 2020. The virtual event will feature keynote and technical presentations, "Ask the Expert" sessions, a panel discussion, and the 2020 Harold Herzlich Award winner will be announced. A unique matchmaking service will also be available creating networking opportunities for all attendees. 

Register by July 31, 2020, for FREE access to the entire virtual event.

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RPN Live: Update on the Latex Industry

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Join Rubber & Plastics News editor, Bruce Meyer, and reporter Jim Johnson, and a panel of industry leaders as they discuss the latex market. Participating in the discussion will be Jim Finn, President of Akron Dispersions; Colleen McMahan, Ph.D., Research Chemist with the USDA; Tom Marsh, Global Head – Technical Services, Product Development, Laboratory Services for Corrie MacColl Limited; and Dr. Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., FNAI FAAAS Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University.


Topics covered:
•    Sustainability
•    Natural rubber trade
•    Alternative forms of natural rubber
•    The impact of Covid-19

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RPN Live: Silicone Market 20/20: Putting Turbulent Times in Focus

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Sponsored by HEXPOL Compounding. In this Livestream, Rubber & Plastics News will put a spotlight on activities in the silicone market and how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up an already turbulent market.

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ERJ Livestream with Rockwell Automation

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Organised by European Rubber Journal - Sister publication of Rubber & Plastics News


Driving Automation in Tire Manufacture: Preparing for a "new normal" in tire production (9am EDT / 2pm BST / 3pm CEST) 

In the first of the ERJ livestream series, Patrick Raleigh (Editor of ERJ) and Dominique Scheider (Automotive & Tire Industry Manager at Rockwell Automation) will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing tire manufacturers and tire-machine builders engaged in the adoption of automation technologies today.