Industry Leaders to Speak at Free Conferences at Compounding World Expo

Influential leaders from across the plastics compounding industry will take part in four industry debates at the Compounding World Expo, which will be held May 8-9, 2019, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Admission to the tradeshow and its conference theater will be free to those who register in advance at the expo website.

The four debates will cover the future for technical compounds, masterbatch, cable compounds and PVC. They will feature senior managers from an array of leading producers in these fields.

Compounding World magazine’s editor Chris Smith will chair the discussion on the future for technical compounding, which will include Frank Roederer, senior VP, engineering composites at A. Schulman; Jean Sirois, MD of strategic planning and acquisitions/GM Canada at RTP Company; and Tom Drye, VP emerging markets and innovation at Techmer PM.

Andrew Reynolds, director of Advance Bidco, the owner of AMI, will chair a high-level discussion on the future for thermoplastics concentrates. This will feature business leaders from major masterbatch producers, including Matthew Hellstern, CEO of Americhem; Dr. Deepak Parikh, region president and CEO at Clariant Corporation USA & Canada; and Amit Puri, owner and director marketing at Alok Masterbatches.

The future for PVC compounds will be discussed by influential representatives from leading suppliers of vinyl formulations, including Darrell Hughes, CEO of Aurora Plastics; Renee Havrilla, vice president, compounds at Westlake Compounds; and Gautam Nivarthy, vice president and general manager of the compounds business group at Mexichem Specialty Compounds. The discussion will be chaired by Sylvia Tabero, senior project consultant at AMI Consulting.

Key trends in cable compounds will the subject of a separate discussion involving experts in this dynamic market including Tariq Quadir, chief technologist and senior scientist at Champlain Cable; Dave Camillo, chief engineer formulations at Southwire; and Eric Bates, principal engineer at General Cable.

Organized by AMI, the Compounding World Expo will take place alongside the Plastics Recycling World Expo and the Plastics Extrusion World Expo. By registering in advance, visitors will receive free admission to all three exhibitions, featuring more than 200 leading suppliers, plus free entry to five conference theaters hosting technical presentations, educational seminars and business debates. Attendees and exhibitors also will have the option to buy tickets for a networking party at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the evening of May 8.

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