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  • SPE AutoEPCON The Automotive Division and Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) International have developed a new 1-day technical conference and exhibition specifically focused on engineering plastics for the automotive industry.

First held in 2006, the Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference(AutoEPCON) features technical presentations on the newest advances in materials technology, predictive engineering, process enhancements, and application developments for thermoplastic and thermoset engineering plastics for the automotive industry. Tabletop exhibits are also on display throughout the event. The registration fee includes the Conference Program Book, which contains abstracts of the presentations, as well as lunch, refreshments, and a reception, which provides further networking opportunities for all who attend. In addition, this one-day multi-session Technical Conference and Exhibition includes plenary and keynote addresses from industry leaders.

Troy Marriott

May 2, 2017

Conference Agenda

May 2, 2017
7:00 am – 8:15 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am – 8:15 am Opening Remarks
Gary Kogowski, Conference Chair, Ravago Holdings Americas
8:15 am – 8:30 am Conference Executive Chair
Ankil Shah, General Manager, Materials Engineering Department, Toyota Motors North America
8:30 am – 8:35 am Technical Program
Sandra McClelland, Conference Technical Co-Chair, Solvay Specialty Polymers
8:35 am – 9:05 am KEYNOTE: North America Powertrain Outlook: What’s Under the Hood as We Drive toward an Autonomous Future?
Kevin Riddell, Manager, NA Powertrain, LMC Automotive
9:20 am – 11:45 am I. Materials II. Injection Molding III. 3D Printing
9:20 am – 9:45 am Durethan® Polyamide 6 Solutions for Oil Circuit Applications
Dan Knapp, Application Development Engineer, Lanxess
A Fatigue Life Prediction Tool for Unfilled Polymers 
Patrick Granowicz, DuPont Performance Materials
Big Area Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Rapid Prototyping
Zeke Sudbury, Process Development Engineer and Sales Engineer, Cincinnati Incorporated
9:45 am – 10:10 am Increasing Performance of Impact-Modified Polyamides for Automotive Under-The-Hood Applications
Ashok Adur, Global Commercial Development Director, Plastics, Vertellus
Introduction to Thermally Conductive Compounds Requiring Heat Dissipation 
Paula Kruger, Application Development Engineer, DSM Engineering Plastics
HP 3D Printing Technology for Prototype and Production Applications
David Tucker, Vertical Market Development, HP
10:10 am – 10:35 am Recycled Carbon Fiber Reinforced Recycled PA Composites for Automotive Applications 
Omar Faruk, University of Toronto
Advances in Electrically Neutral Products
Ryan Hersarling, Global Marketing Manager, Ascend Performance Materials
Current and Future Uses of Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Automotive Applications
Stephen Hanna, Vice President: Global Materials Sales & Marketing, 3D Systems
10:35 am – 10:55 am Break
10:55 am – 11:20 am Toughened Polyphthalamide Using Statistical Experimental Design 
Ying Shi, R&D Engineer, A. Schulman Inc
Experimental Verification on MOLDEX 3D Fiber Orientation Prediction in Injection Molded Tensile Bar and Ribbed Plates  
Srikar Vallury, Moldex 3D North America
New High Performance Materials for 3D Printing with Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 
Greg Costantino, Business Development Manager, DSM Engineering Plastics – Americas
11:20 am – 11:45 am High Performance Polyamide 9T and Applications for Automotive Parts and Electronics
Ron Rose, Kuraray America
Reducing Rotational Friction Torque and Improving Fuel Efficiency 
Bill Burnham, Business Development Manager, Powertrain, DSM Engineering Plastics
BASF Drives Additive Manufacturing Solutions to Enable Functional Parts and Production 
Kara Noack, Senior Business Development Manager – 3D Printing, BASF
11:55 am – 12:40 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm KEYNOTE: GHG Standards for Light-duty Vehicles: Review of EPA’s Technical Assessment and the Role of Engineering Plastics for Mass Reduction
Kevin Bolon, Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division
1:20 pm – 4:50 pm IV. Materials V. Injection Molding VI. 3D Printing
1:20 pm – 1:45 pm Duracon: A Grease-Less POM Solution
Takanori Ueda, Polyplastics, Inc
Enabling Lightweighting: Bonding Dissimilar Materials with Plasma Surface Conditioning 
Andy Stecher, President/CEO, Plasmatreat
Benefits of Using Stereolithography (SLA) for 3D Printing Automotive Applications
Kelly Hawkinson, BU Marketing & Communications Director, DSM Functional Materials
1:45 pm – 2:10 pm High Performance Long Glass Fiber Polymers: Introducing a new Light-Weighting Technology Enabler  
Eric Martin, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Pressure Loss: Is Simulation More Accurate Than Shop Floor Data
Jason Travitz, Senior Injection Molding Process Instructor, AIM Institute
Current and Future Uses of Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Automotive Applications 
Stephen Hanna, Vice President: Global Materials Sales & Marketing, 3D Systems
2:10 pm – 2:35 pm Future Trends in High Performance Materials for Thermal Management Modules 
Volker Plehn, Director Business Development, Toray Resin Company
Development of an Inline Plasma Treatment during the Injection Molding Process for High Adhesive Strengths 
Timo Nordmeyer, University of Paderborn
Manufacturing of High Temperature Composite Tooling with Big Area Additive Manufacturing 
Zeke Sudbury, Process Development Engineer and Sales Engineer, Cincinnati Incorporated
2:35 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm KEYNOTE: The Successful Path to Implementing Lightweight Composites on Future Automotive Platforms
Mark Voss, Engineering Group Manager: Body Structures Advanced Composites, General Motors
3:35 pm – 4:00 pm Near Net Molding of Ultra-Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites
Sean Reymond, Chief Technology Officer, Impact Composites
Back Injection of Metal Surfaces 
William Asmann, North American Account Manager, Nolax, Inc
Thermal Black Filled Thermoplastics for Automotive Applications
Mihaela Mihai, National Research Council of Canada
4:00 pm – 4:25 pm A New Generation of Composite Thermoplastics for Light Weight Automotive Applications
John Fialka, P.E. Manager – Business Development Automotive, INEOS Styrolution America, LLC
Reducing the Cost of Injection-Molding Recycled 
George Staniulis, AGS Technology Inc.
Chemical Stress Resistance of Amorphous Polymers
Tom Pickett, General Motors
4:25 pm – 4:50 pm New ASA alloys for high gloss deep color exterior applications with enhanced weathering performance
Samar Teli, Lotte Advanced Materials USA, INC
High Temperature Copolyester Elastomers for Vacuum Brake Tubing (VBTs) 
Paul Moruzi, Business Development Manager, DSM Engineering Plastics
4:50 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception: Sponsored By SPE Detroit Section, Automotive Division & Injection Molding Division
Conference Location, Exhibits and Area Hotel Information

Detroit Marriott Troy
200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, Michigan 48084
Phone: +1 248.680.9698+1 248.680.9698; Fax: +1 248.524.0532

Marriott Hotel is offering your special group rate:
Detroit Marriott Troy for $149.00 USD per night

Contact Information

Mr. Ed Luibrand, Phone: +1 248.512.0641