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2021 International Latex Conference

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Thursday, July 22, 2021

This International Latex Conference will showcase the innovations being made by the latex industry and the current state of the industry to serve various end markets. Virtual technical presentations will cover topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing, supply chain issues and opportunities and the impact of regulatory changes. Conference attendees will include decision makers and leaders from every aspect of the industry including manufacturers; suppliers; equipment manufacturers; supply chain professionals; engineers; chemists; scientists; R&D, technology, and production managers; operations and plant managers; company presidents and CEOs. Join us virtually for this important industry event.

RPN Livestreams / Webinars - Upcoming |

Improve processing of recycled materials without sacrificing quality

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Sustainability and circularity is a big focus nowadays. In this webinar you will learn how a high molecular weight process-aid such as VESTENAMER® trans-polyoctenamer can enable use of recycled rubber materials such as recycled carbon blacks, tire-derived polymers, and recycled rubbers (GTR) in rubber compounds.

The example presented in the webinar will focus on incorporating recycled materials in a windshield wiper blade compound. Together we will explore effects on the formulation and then drill down into more specific details with recycled carbon black (rCB). We will also review performance of trans polyoctenamer versus a high molecular fatty acid ester as a reference in this study.

Join us in this informative webinar where Alexander Paasche, Global Business Development Manager and Ankur Kant, Global Business Manager, Evonik Corporation will address an effective way to evaluate your process, increase recycle content, reduce costs, and take part in a more sustainable economy.

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Chem-Trend’s IPMC-1200: 4 Steps to clean, productive steps for your rubber molds

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Current mold cleaning methods offer several challenges in today’s manufacturing environment whether it be extended downtime, mold damaged from transit, or even potential safety hazards. Chem-Trend has developed an in-process solution with no harsh odor that helps reduce these limitations all in a matter of minutes. The IPMC-1200 cleaning compound removes buildup and residue from the mold while remaining in service, offering increased product quality and value throughout the production process.

Primary Topics:

• What causes dirty molds/mold fouling?
• Comparison of traditional mold cleaning methods and IPMC-1200
• Technical advantages
• Commercial advantages/Cost savings analysis – preventative vs reactive cleaning

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2021 Rubber in Automotive

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 - Thursday, June 03, 2021

The Rubber in Automotive Conference returns to provide information, insight, and dialogue between the customers for, and the manufacturers of, rubber products used in automobiles.  The conference will cover the current state of the industry, future drivers of the industry, and innovation.  Attendees will gain insight from industry experts on topics that include economic trends, raw material projections, industry demands, the talent pool, cost containment and waste reduction, materials, new manufacturing processes and products. Rubber in Automotive will take place virtually June 1-3, 2021.

RPN Livestreams / Webinars

Silicone 2021: An unsettled market with unlimited applications

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Join Rubber & Plastics News’ Silicone Livestream May 20, “Silicone 2021: An unsettled market with unlimited applications,” as Editor Bruce Meyer and Reporter Andrew Schunk host a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the versatile elastomer. With volatile pricing creeping up once again and new applications being discovered at a rapid rate, silicone continues to represent one of the most sought-after products in the industry today.

Save the date for the Livestream, which will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern, last about an hour and conclude with a question and answer session with our audience. The staff at RPN and our expert panel members look forward to conducting another informative discussion, one that touches on current market trends, the virtues of silicone and both established and niche applications that may not previously have been considered.

 

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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.
 

RPN Livestreams / Webinars

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.

Industry Events

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

Industry Events - ORGANIZED BY EUROPEAN RUBBER JOURNAL |

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.