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RN Live: International Elastomer Conference Wrap-Up

Monday, October 18, 2021

For the ACS Rubber Division, nothing beats meeting in person to network, share ideas and celebrate successes. After a chaotic and unexpected 2020, the Rubber Division has returned to in-person events in 2021.

During a special livestream event on Oct. 18, we’ll talk with Rubber Division Executive Director Lakisha Miller-Barclay and Rubber Division Chair Kim Dempsey-Miller about how they worked to bring the industry back together at the International Elastomer Conference, how the association is growing and what’s in store for the Rubber Division in the year ahead.

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Hose & Belt Manufacturers Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Thursday, October 14, 2021

Taking place virtually on October 13-14, 2021, at 10am EDT, the Hose & Belt Manufacturers Roundtable Virtual Discussions will allow attendees and exhibitors to connect and discuss issues pertinent to the hose and belt segment of the rubber industry. Topics will include current market conditions, sustainable manufacturing and material solutions, and will be moderated by prominent figures in the rubber industry. Registration is FREE of charge. 

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RN Live: Global Tire Report: Behind the Numbers (with TB)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Join Tire Business and Rubber News for a discussion on the health of and trends impacting the tire industry from a global perspective. Tire Business Managing Editor Dave Manley, Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis and Rubber News Managing Editor Erin Pustay Beaven will present the annual Global Tire Report that tracks changes in tire sales and import markets.

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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Localization Explained

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Localization solutions enable the accurate tracking of the location of assets, materials, and vehicles throughout your facilities. With ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, you can use tag-based localization solutions to more effectively localize your assets to improve material flow.

Discover how a UWB localization system can add greater visibility to your processes and lead you to move from just gathering data to gaining real-time knowledge to improve operations.

Primary Topics:

· Common tracking solutions used currently
· How an ultra-wideband, tag-based localization solution works
· Use cases of manufacturers using UWB technology

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Rubber News 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This livestream will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rubber & Plastics News, now named Rubber News. We have a panel of four esteemed industry veterans who will split their time evenly reminiscing about the rubber industry’s past and focusing on what the sector’s future landscape will look like.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.