Ahead of her presentation at the 2018 Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit, we sat down with Dr. Sharon Wu to discuss the importance of improving material capabilities, addressing industry challenges, and creating collaborative solutions that benefit the entire elastomers industry.
Smithers Rapra: Why would you encourage your colleagues to attend this event?
Wu: With high levels of innovation in thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), this event provides a critical space for the industry to discuss new and exciting opportunities that are enabled by material innovation in silicone elastomer and olefin-based TPEs.
Smithers Rapra: As someone who is actively involved in elastomer research, why have you decided to support this event in 2018?
Wu: This event aligns with our capabilities at Dow as both a silicone and an olefin-based solution provider. The agenda covers a broad range of critical topics concerning the industry and the speakers are leaders representing significant industry stakeholders.
Smithers Rapra: Why is this meeting important to the Thermoplastic Elastomer Industry?
Wu: Innovation is critical for growth and improvement. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss material capabilities, identify industry challenges, and cultivate collaboration to solve those challenges through innovation.
Smithers Rapra: What value does the co-location of the Silicone Elastomers US Summit with the Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit offer to delegates?
Wu: Often we see that companies think about only silicones or only olefins, but they are limiting the potential to develop innovative solutions. Co-locating these two meetings opens up our minds to think about the possibilities for growth and to truly innovate to solve industry challenges.
Smithers Rapra: What are some of the industry challenges that you would like to see addressed at this year's conference?
Wu: This meeting needs to address the following industry challenges: heat resistance, with resistance to polar fluids (e.g. organic acids), at a lower overall system cost, importance of high quality raw material supply for TPV, and further improving the sustainability profile of TPEs.
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