Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit Agenda

As the leading expert in the Thermoplastic Elastomers industry, Smithers Rapra was excited to produce the first US Thermoplastic Elastomers Summit in 2017. Check out last year's agenda below, and stay tuned for the 2018 agenda - coming soon!

June 27, 2017

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration

  2. Opening Remarks By Smithers Rapra

Silicone and Thermoplastic Elastomers

 A joint session for Silicone and TPE delegates

  1. Challenges and Chances for Silicone Elastomers and TPE in Future Mobility

    Sarah Sitz | Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering – Plastics Engineering of Robert Bosch GmbH

    Advancements in technology are creating the need for higher performing elastomers. The increasing demands affect both material classes of silicone elastomers and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) alike. This presentation aims at giving an overview on new challenges, requirements and chances in the field of materials and processing with a special focus on future mobility. 

    *Co-author Matthias Musialek Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering – Plastics Engineering Robert Bosch GmbH

  2. Plastics Industry Mergers & Acquisitions

    David M. Evatz, Head of Plastics Industry Practice Investment Banking Group, Stout Risius Ross Global Financial Advisory Services

    Market/Industry Outlook for both silicone and thermoplastic elastomers.

    Plastics Industry M&A activity tracked by Stout reached new heights during 2016 and positive momentum continues into 2017 with continued favorable financing markets, ample buyer equity, strong financial performance in many sectors, and historically high valuation levels.  

    David Evatz, Managing Director and Head of the Plastics Industry Practice within the Investment Banking Group at Stout, will provide an update on the plastics industry M&A landscape and the factors that are impacting buyers and sellers in 2017.  During this presentation, Mr. Evatz will also provide examples of M&A activity involving silicone, TPE and other related materials, as well as insights regarding the drivers and rationale for these types of transactions.  

  3. Making the Right Material Choice –Silicone v TPE’

    Lynn E. Momrow-Zielinski | President & Co Founder of Extreme Molding

    A comparison of Silicone and TPE. This is an opportunity for delegates from both tracks to learn a little about the other. This presentation will go over the properties of each material, their strengths and weakness, their properties. The presentation will also cover the varying performance and methods of processing as well as key applications of each material.

  4. Morning Networking Break and Coffee

Session II: TPE Market Overview and Future outlook

  1. The Global Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers – Status and Forecasts

    Patrick Ellis | Associate Consultant of Smithers Rapra

    • The global TP market continues to grow at a CAGR of 5.5%,
    • Asia/Pacific continues to dominate the market, but at a lower rate than previous years,
    • Growing emphasis on needs for higher performance TPEs; automotive industry main driver,
    • Decline in styrene-based TPEs due to higher prices a perceived performance weaknesses.
  2. Current and Future Prospects for TPE in a Shifting Market Place

    Robert Eller | President of Robert Eller Associates LLC

    This paper will examine the current status of TPEs and how various factors will affect and evolve in the TPE market place. Those factors include maturity, commodization, and globalization. The presentation will highlight where TPEs are positioned in the supply chain and also explore intra TPE competition. This presentation will also cover new product development, evolving property demands from the marketplace and pressures for new materials.

  3. Networking Lunch

Session III: High Performance TPEs

  1. Choosing the Right TPE: The 7 Essential Considerations

    Brian Mulvany | Senior Market Manager for Consumer, Electrical, and Global Key Accounts of Teknor Apex | Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Division

    New TPEs are developed on a daily basis, for many reasons: new polymer technologies, evolving consumer preferences, or the newest government regulation.  Depending on your application or end-use environment, you may already know if you need a styrenic TPE compound versus a TPV, but how do you choose the right grade?  This presentation will cover the process used in selecting the right TPE material by starting with the application requirements and translating them into material requirements.

  2. Graphene Nanoplatelets and Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Elastomer Composites

    Jennifer Zhu | Product Development Engineer of Ford Motor Company

    Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are a special class of polymers which combine the benefits of elastomers and thermoplastics. Due to their excellent processability and mechanical and thermal properties, they are becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry to replace traditional rubber and plastic materials in applications where high performance is essential. The global TPE market is expected to grow to $23.9 billion dollars, nearly a 60% increase from the market worth in 2012.

    Recent TPE research focuses on improving its processability, mechanical and thermal performance, colorability, odor, scratch resistance, and lightweighting. The addition of reinforcing fillers is an excellent way of improving material performance. With the right selection of fillers, the composite can also be made to be a more lightweight material with enhanced properties. In this study, ultra-fine cellulose (UFC) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) have both been successfully dispersed into a commercial block copolymer TPE from Dupont via conventional melt processing. Cellulose is an inherently renewable and sustainable material with good reinforcing properties, while graphene has excellent mechanical and thermal properties. The effects of loading level on the mechanical (tensile, flexural, and impact) and thermal (crystallization behavior and thermal stability) properties were investigated.

    The distribution and dispersion of the particles within the polymer matrix were also studied using scanning electron microscopies. The results indicate that both UFC and GNP have potential for improving the base TPE properties, especially in regards to Young’s modulus, flexural strength and modulus, and impact strength without compromising thermal performance. 

  3. Low VOC & Low Fogging TPE for Vehicle Interior

    Dr. Liang Xu | Technology Manager for Product Development of PolyOne Corporation

    TPEs are designed to weight reduction by providing functional alternatives to thermoset elastomers. The latest challenge to the automotive producer is to improve Vehicle Interior Air Quality. The current paper addresses TPE development providing low VOC & low Fogging TPEs that can be used for interior applications.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

Sustainability and Bio-based TPEs

  1. Sustainability at PPG Past, Present and Future

    Michael Corcoran | Environmental Manager, Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Team of PPG

    PPG was founded as Pittsburgh Plate Glass over 130 years ago.   A company does not stay around for that long without having sustainability as a driving force of its culture.  This presentation will review how sustainability is currently implemented at PPG and how it is aligned with the company’s business values and strategy.  Also, the changes being implemented to respond to the sustainability demands we see from our key stakeholders:  investors, customers, employees, government and community.

  2. Biobased Thermoplastic Elastomers – New Opportunities for Sustainable Products

    Jim Harper | TPE Product Manager of Hexpol TPE North America

    With advances in technical properties and functionality and a growing number of manufacturers, materials and applications, the bioplastics market is emerging from the side-lines. Although we are currently in a period of unpredictability in oil prices and supply, it is recognized that in the long-term industries that have traditionally relied on fossil based feedstocks will need to embrace new technologies to sustainably meet the demands of a growing global population. It is acknowledged that bioplastics will play a pivotal role in the evolution of the plastics industry.

    • 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
  3. Closing Remarks for the Day

  4. Evening Networking Reception

June 28, 2017

Opening Remarks and Breakfast

  1. Breakfast and Welcome

Session V: Innovations for TPEs

This session will cover innovations in TPEs to increase various proprieties.  

  1. High Temperature Copolyester Elastomers for Vacuum Brake Tubing (VBTs)

    Paul Moruzi | Business Development Manager of DSM engineering Plastics

    Thermoplastic Elastomers have always targeted thermoset rubber replacement. This presentation will review a novel high temperature copolyester elastomer capable of dramatically higher continuous use temperatures (40C - 50C improvement beyond the capability of current materials) and its use in VBT applications replacing high temperature thermoset rubber.

  2. Development of TPV products based on high quality EPDM products with enhanced sustainability

    Joe Qiu | Technical Manager of Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers, Business Unit

    Over the years, one of the fastest growing applications for EPDM rubber has been Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV) products. TPVs are well-known for combing rubber elasticity with plastic processing. TPVs are also known for their recyclability.

    ARLANXEO, as the leading global EPDM producer (tradename Keltan®), has been developing the most optimum EPDM grades for TPV. This paper describes the following topics:

    • TPV morphology development during the phase inversion process
    • New activated resol curing
    • What are the best EPDM polymers for TPVs?
    • Latest trend: Bio-TPVs based on Keltan® Eco EPDM
    • Keltan® Eco EPDM is a recent ARLANXEO development, produced from bio-based ethylene, supplied from Braskem S.A., which originates from sugar cane. Depending on the ethylene content of the particular grade, the bio-based content of Keltan® Eco EPDM rubber ranges between 50% and 70%. Detailed studies have shown that the polymer characteristics and the technical performance of Keltan® Eco EPDM are identical to those of the corresponding conventional products. Independent Life Cycle Assessments of Keltan® Eco EPDM grades versus their equivalent Keltan® EPDM product have shown that the CO2 emission is reduced by more than 50%, or in other words Keltan® Eco EPDM saves the emission of 4-6 barrels of oil used for production per metric ton of EPDM. Today these new bio-based EPDM grades are commercially applied in applications, such as low-weight, micro-porous automotive solid seals, flooring, window seals and recyclable TPVs.
  3. Morning Networking Break

  4. Choosing the Right Thermoplastic Elastomer for Overmolding Applications

    J. Eric Ingram | Research and Development Engineer of A. Schulman Inc.

    Customer specific end-use application demands for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) overmolded to rigid substrates continue to increase.  An ever widening range of molded industrial and consumer goods employ composites that combine the structural strength of rigid plastics with the aesthetics, warm feel, sure grip and abuse resistance of a melt processible elastomer (MPE).  These overmolded designs are valuable in applications ranging from encapsulates for shock-sensitive electronics to handles and grips on vehicles, tools, appliances and athletic equipment.

    This presentation overviews thermoplastic elastomers, principles of adhering soft thermoplastic elastomers to rigid substrates as well as highlights specific end-use applications.

Session VI: Processing/Molding

This session will feature talks on the various methods of processing thermoplastic elastomers and the machinery used

  1. The Importance of Weld Strength and Consistency on Overall System Integrity in Single Use Applications

    Alex Kakad | Product Marketing Manager of NewAge Industries, Inc.

    This presentation will focus on the importance of having a weld-able TPE material that has a sufficiently strong bond after it is welded for applications in single use bioprocessing. Application areas for TPE tubing in this market segment will be discussed. We will also analyze the process risks of not having an adequate weld for specific process conditions.

  2. Custom Silicone Elastomer Manufacturing Capabilities by SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company

    Randy Schneider, Sr. Business Development Mgr, Milliken | SiVance

  3. Networking Lunch | Sponsored by Milliken

  4. Anisotropic behavior of TPE and TPV; materials processes effects and supporting models.

    Gabriel Geyne | Application Engineer of SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding

    Many polymers have directionally dependent (anisotropic) material properties. These dependencies usually originate from materials filled with different components; in particular, fibers or elastomers inside thermoplastics will exhibit these tendencies. For fiber filled thermoplastics it’s mainly driven by the fiber orientation which is directly related to the filling pattern. For elastomer-like fillers, these tendencies also originate from flow behavior; mainly shear rate driven stretching related to filling speed and wall thickness. There are other factors such as solidification time which determines how much recovery to the original particle shape can occur before solidification can take place. So both mold and initial polymer temperature can play a role too. This presentation describes some of the work done and results from this investigation.

  5. Twin Screw Compounding in the Production Chain for TPE from Raw Material to Final Product

    Dr. Paul Andersen | Director Process Technology of Coperion Corporation

    The term thermoplastic elastomer covers a broad array of product formulations.  Mechanical blends of polyolefin and rubber (TPO), cross-linked oil extended rubber dispersed in a polyolefin matrix (TP-V), and block co-polymers such as SEBS and TPU among others are all thermoplastic elastomers. One commonality among each of these TPE’s is that they can and are commercially produced via a continuous compounding, reactive compounding, or polymerization compounding process using a co-rotating twin-screw extruder. However, the design requirements for each of the twin-screw compounders can be very different. Among the several TPE species mentioned above, there are a wide range of unit operations as well as process parameters that are required in order successfully manufacture each product. All these variables have to be optimized in a particular sequenced combination in order to process a wide range of products.

    However, different geometry twin screw extruders have various limitations in throughput and product quality which can reduce their economic efficiency. These limitations depend on different unit operations of the continuous process such as feeding, plastification, mixing, degassing and discharge. Feeding can be volume limited for powdered feedstock and thus has to overcome fluidization problems. Plastification is typically a high energy consuming operation and thus can be torque limited and sensitive to feed rate and product recipe. Distribution and homogenization processes require a distributive mixing screw geometry design. A reaction process requires long residence times as well as a distributive mixing screw geometry design. Degassing is limited by the cross-section area of screws and vent ports. Obtaining minimum material discharge temperature depends on pumping efficiency of screw elements at the end of the extruder.

  6. Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Conference

    Thermoplastic Elastomers Advisory Board