2019 Agenda

Take a look at the 2019 agenda, which brought experts to the front of the industry with thought-provoking and beneficial presentations!

Tuesday 26 November

Tuesday 26 November 2019

  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks


  1. Keynote speech - Current and Future Thermoplastics Market – 2019 to 2025

    Patrick Ellis | Consultant of Smithers

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  2. Polypropylene and EPDM market outlook: impact of feedstock development

    Xuesong Peng | Senior Consultant of Nexant Energy & Chemicals Advisory

  3. Replacing PVC with TPE in medical devices – there are some challenges!

    Jan Utas | Senior Scientific Advisor, Business Development of Wellspect Healthcare

  4. Networking break

  5. Understanding the latest developments for TPE applications in medical device applications

    Paul Shipton | Consultancy Director of Smithers

    TPE’s are becoming increasingly attractive for use in medical devices
    This review will examine the main medical device applications for flexible polymers and explore where TPEs best fit
    A view will be given of future development opportunities for TPEs in medical devices


  1. Case study TPE in cable application – a methodical approach for analysing failure modes by material characterisation

    Dr Stefan Roth | Professor of Product Development/Design & Head of Material Innovation of University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

  2. Intrinsically self-healing PU elastomers

    Wouter Vogel | Applications Scientist of Croda

  3. Introduction of newly developed grades of next generation hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomer

    Hiroyuki Ichino | R&D Team Leader of Asahi Kasei Corporation

  4. Networking lunch

  5. Soft dielectric elastomers

    Felicia Bokel | Product Development Specialist of BASF Polyurethanes GmbH

  6. The achievements of continuous innovative TPEs

    Nobuhiro Miwa | Technical Service Manager of Kuraray

  7. Networking break

  8. Solving EV challenges: Novel strategies to design thermoplastic elastomer blends with upgraded thermal, mechanical and structural vibration damping properties

    Aizeti Burgoa Beitia | Researcher of Leartiker

  9. Santoprene™ TPV E400: New high-resilience grade

    Anas Surname Mujtaba I Technology - Application Development of ExxonMobil Chemical

    Developed a family of step-out TPV products for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, automotive weather-seal glass run channels (GRC).
    The new TPV grade will be shown to have significantly higher elasticity and high resilience than commercial TPVs of similar hardness.
    Significantly enhanced balance of mechanical properties and processability.


  1. Keynote: Setting up specifications for TPV in air ducts applications for the automotive industry

    Dr. Pierre Furtwengler | Materials and fluids engineer of Groupe Renault, France

    TPV and air ducts
    Setting up material specifications
    TPV vs. rubbers

  2. Chair’s closing remarks

  3. Networking drinks reception

Wednesday 27 November

Wednesday 27 November 2019

  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks


  1. Why, how, what - considerations when running a sustainability project

    Klas Dannäs | Global R&D Manager of HEXPOL TPE AB

  2. Innovative green plasticizers for TPE applications with low VOC/FOG

    Dr. Cristina Bergmann | Global Product Manager Mineral Oil and Bio-based Products of Hansen & Rosenthal KG

  3. Q&A session

  4. Networking break


  1. The latest on processing of different types of TPEs

    Dietmar Becker | Head of Process Engineering Twin-Screw Extruder of KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH

  2. Compounding of TPEs on co-rotating twinscrew Extruder (ZSK) - improving efficiency and exceeding limits

    Markus Fiedler | Senior Process Engineer of Coperion

  3. Q&A session

  4. Lunch break


  1. Keynote: Challenges for plastics in the field of E-mobility

    Dr.-Ing. Martin Giersbeck | Vice President Plastics Engineering, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering of Robert Bosch GmbH

  2. The future of TPEs and Silicone Elastomers in EVs

    Patrick Ellis | Consultant of Smithers

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  1. User manuals of the future – understandable for everyone

    Wolfgang Leitner | Film Maker of iVersteh e.U.

  2. Chair’s closing remarks

  3. End of conference