The 15th-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered-polyolefins forum, will feature five keynote speakers, interspersed throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference, who will highlight important trends facing the automotive-plastics market, including mass and cost reduction, increased functionality, and consumer appeal. Organized by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®), this year’s event will be held at Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 6-9, 2013. Speakers from LMC Automotive, Chrysler Group LLC, International Automotive Components, Advanced Composites, Inc., and Borealis AG will help audience members better understand how thermoplastic polyolefins (TPOs), thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are Driving Value, Light Weight, & Innovative Automotive Solutions — this year’s conference theme.
On Day 2 of the conference, long-time conference committee member and session organizer, Dr. Rose Ryntz, senior director – Advanced Engineering / Material Development, International Automotive Components Group (IAC) will lead off with a talk entitled Olefinic Material Opportunities in Interior Automotive Applications. According to Ryntz, “Due to their low specific gravity and balance of impact and strength, demand for olefinic materials is continuing to increase for automotive-interior applications. Using these materials, designers can balance aesthetics, processability, craftsmanship, and weight for a broad range of applications — ranging from door panels to instrument panels and now specifically for acoustic mats.” The author notes that her talk will cover use of novel materials, such as in-mold, grained coverstocks and fillers that boost stiffness without increasing the overall carbon footprint, plus will highlight the ways that olefin polymers can aid designers in reaching the best value / performance proposition for their application.
Ryntz holds a Ph.D. in Polymer / Organic Chemistry and an MBA. During her career she has worked at Dow Chemical, DuPont Automotive, Ford Motor Co., Akzo Nobel N.V., and Visteon Corp. before assuming her current role at IAC Group North America. She is a prolific invited speaker, has published extensively (with over 100 publications, 25 patents, and four books), and is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including International Biographical Center Who’s Who in the World, Best Paper and Best Speaker awards through the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) as well as SPE, the FSCT Women in Coatings Management Achievement Award, George B. Heckel Award & Matiello Award, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Roy Tess Award, the Women Automotive Association International Professional Achievement Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), the Elias Singer Best Paper Award sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi, the Gold Award sponsored by the ESD, a Roon Award sponsored by the FSCT, and the Henry Ford Technology award presented by the Ford Motor Co. for outstanding technical contributions to the company. She also has served as president of FSCT, is a fellow in SPE, serves on the board of directors of the Detroit Section of SPE, and is one of the founding members of the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins conference.
About the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference
Since 1998, the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semi-structural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins and bumper fascia. Engineered polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry for more than a decade owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The show typically draws over 500 attendees from 20 countries on four continents who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Fully a third of conference attendees say they work for a transportation OEM, and roughly 20% work for a tier integrator / molder, with the balance from materials or reinforcement suppliers, equipment OEMs, industry consultants, and members of academia. This year’s conference returns to the Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for companies interested in showcasing their products and / or services.
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