Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summit Programme 2017

Conference Day 1

Wednesday 30 November

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

Market Overview and the TPE Industry

  1. The TPE Industry: Market Overview

    Patrick Ellis | Associate Consultant of Smithers Rapra

  2. EU Research Project: Safeslip

    Paul Shipton | Consultancy Director of Smithers Rapra

Expectations and Applications for TPEs in the Automotive Industry

  1. Future Automotive Expectations of TPE – An OEM Perspective

    Janice Tardiff | Elastomer Material Technical Expert and Elastomer Research Team Leader of Ford Motor Company

    • Review of use of TPE in automotive vehicles
    • Future performance targets for TPE materials in automotive
    • Innovations required to achieve future TPE performance in automotive
  2. Networking Refreshment Break

  3. Novel Styrenic TPE’s for ‘Critical’ Automotive Parts

    Yosuke Uehara | Technical Service Engineer of Kuraray

    • Introduction for the first time the polymeric nature of SEPTONTM V Series
    • Exploring closing the gap of high soft-elastic TPE’s such as Styrenic TPE and TPV with conventional cross linked rubbers
    • SEPTONTM V Series will receive high attention from Automobile Tier 1 and OEM companies and offers new potential for critical parts 
  4. TPEs with Enhanced Processability Resolve Common Problems in Automovtive Sealing Systems and Exterior Parts

    Jan Tom Fernhout | Senior Applications Development Specialist - TPE Division of Teknor Apex

    • Introduction of new generation TPE materials dedicated designed for high demanding exterior automotive applications
      - Material characteristics
      - Typical processing issues
      - Highlighting the development route to obtain best in class surface appearance
      - Some commercial successes being obtained


  5. Networking Lunch

Looking at Other Applications for TPEs

  1. Influence of the Viscoelastic Properties of SEBS/PP Compounds Regarding to the Application as Tubing Material in Infusion Therapy

    Christin Kiehle | Junior Manager Label Leaflet Design Medical Device of B.Braun Melsungen AG

    • Exploring properties such as flow rate behaviour and accuracy for the administered infusion
    • Discussion of viscoelastic properties with regard to application as tube material in the infusion therapy
    • Looking at characterisation using different methods; temperature dependant stress strain analysis, surveys of morphology and impact of modification of varying ratios
  2. Ethylene-Norbornene copolymer: New olefinic TPE offers a balanced property profile for demanding packaging applications

    Wilfried Hatke | Manager Marketing & Sales Europe of Topas Advanced Polymers

    • Copolymers of Ethylene and Norbornene show TPE like properties at levels of more than app. 90 mole-% ethylene
    • The incorporation of the rigid, bulky Norbornene unit results in a unique set of properties
    • The combination of high barrier properties, flexibility and transparency renders these materials an interesting alternative in demanding packaging applications
    • They are especially suitable for medical packaging applications due to their very low level of extractables
    • The presentation will review these properties and present first applications examples in packaging
  3. Anisotropic TPV materials - a challenge for simulation?

    Timo Gebauer | Chief Technical Officer of SIGMA Engineering GmbH

    • Orientation in TPV materials
    • Modeling of anisotropic properties
    • Simulation of anistropic TPV materials
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. TPE for food contact applications – how to find your material

    Meike Rubach | Project Manager New Business TPE of Actega

    • What are the relevant regulations?
    • What do you need to consider?
    • Different articles – different rules?
    • How do you find your material?
  6. PA/PP-Blends for Automotive Light-Weight Applications; two component molding of hard/soft combinations

    Jinish Doshi, Junior Product Manager and Gunter Prautzsch, Business Development Manager, AKRO-Plastic and Sven-M. Druwen, Product Manager, HEXPOL TPE

  7. Close of Day 1 of conference

Evening Networking Dinner

  1. Evening Networking Dinner

    Networking Dinner at KölnSky sponsored by Sigmasoft, Momentive and ELMET

Conference Day 2

Thursday 1 December

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

Bio-based TPEs and Green Applications for the Future

  1. Bio-based Thermoplastic Elastomers – New Opportunities for Sustainable Products

    Thomas Köppl | Manager of Central Technology and Development Center of HEXPOL TPE

    • Advantages of biobased materials
    • Overview of biobased TPEs
    • How do Dryflex Green properties compare to conventional TPEs?
    • The challenge to create soft materials with high levels of renewable content
    • Applications for biobased TPEs
  2. Wheat Gluten Based TPVs

    Lien Telen | Postdoctoral Researcher of KU Leven

    • Exploring the challenge of producing materials with a performance equal to or better than that of their petrochemical counterparts
    • Commerical bio-based thermoplastics; gluten TPV’s offer new functionality not seen before in elastomeric behaviour
    • Exploring gluten TPV’s design to be fully biodegradable; applications in agriculture and horticulture
  3. Development of Poly Urethane Elastomers (PU) and Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) Thermoplastic Elastomers For Biomedical Applciations

    Radhashyam Giri | Assistant Professor of Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology

    • Exploring incompatability between hard and soft segments of Poly Urethane (PU) and phase separation
    • Physical properties of and long term performance in biological environments
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

TPE: Behaviour, Materials and Production

  1. Comparison of TPE Processing Behaviour

    Guenter Scholz | Product Development Elastomers of BASF Polyurethanes

    • The brief introduction about thermoplastic elastomers to help to understand the differences in processing these materials
    • Flowing properties and crystalisation behaviour are the most important criteria to understand the processing issues of TPE
    • There aer some specific differences of certain TPE under the conditions in the melt, especially in case of TPU
    • The influence of moisture in these materials should not be neglected and will be discussed 
  2. Fracking, Cracking and the Mass Balance of Butadiene Precursors

    Robert Peels | Volatility Specialist of Flostock

    • Show results of dynamic model building and forecasts
    • Exploring keeping costs down on production of butadiene and other products
  3. How Kraton Styrenic Block Copolymers (SBC) Innovation Successfully Meets Customer Expectations

    Stefan Karis | Sales Manager of Kraton

    • Quest to improve SBC performance at elevated temperatures
    • Looking at new formulating opportunities to solve challenges faced by applications requiring good processing and high temperature performance
  4. Networking Lunch

  5. Assembly Injection Molding of Hard-Soft Material Composites: Processing and Adhesives Stength Testing

    Ines Kuehnert, Head of Group Primary Shaping Process and Simulation, Leibniz-Institut fuer Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

    • Interfacial effects: morphology in hard semicrystalline substrates and its relevance for the bonding development during overmolding with soft materials
    • Compatability principles: material selection, process and properties dependent factors, examples to join hard-soft plastic and metal-soft plastic composites
    • Specifics of processing: examples for the overmolding of reinforced or highly filled substrates with soft plastics, optimization strategies
    • Testing methods: new testing standard procedure, insights into the peeling area during testing, adhesive strength testing results relating to product requirements
  6. Panel Discussion: Topic TBC

  7. Chair Closing Remarks

  8. Close of conference