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Industry leaders to share insight at Compounding World Expo’s free-to-attend US conferences


Influential leaders from across the plastics compounding industry will take part in four industry debates at the Compounding World Expo, to be held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on 8-9 May 2019. The four debates will cover the


future for technical compounds, masterbatch, cable compounds and PVC. They will feature senior managers from an array of leading producers in these fields and will be free to attend to show visitors who register in advance here. Compounding World magazine


Editor-in-Chief Chris Smith will chair the discussion on the future for technical compounding, which will include: Frank Roederer, Senior VP, Engineering Composites at A Schul- man; Jean Sirois, MD of Strategic Planning and Acquisitions and GM Canada at RTP Company; and Tom Drye, VP Emerging Markets and Innovation at Techmer PM. Andrew Reynolds, Director of AMI


owner Advance Bidco, will chair a high- level discussion on the future for thermoplastics concentrates. This will feature business leaders from major masterbatch producers including: Matthew Hellstern, CEO of Amer- ichem; Dr Deepak Parikh, Region Presi- dent and CEO at Clariant Corporation USA & Canada; and Amit Puri, owner and Director Marketing at Alok Masterbatches. The future for PVC compounds will be discussed by influential representa- tives from leading suppliers of vinyl formulations including: Darrell Hughes, CEO of Aurora Plastics; Renee Havrilla, Vice President Compounds at


Participants in the free-to-attend industry debates include (from left) A Schulman Senior VP Engineering Composites Frank Roederer, Americhem CEO Matthew Hellstern, Westlake Compounds VP Compounds Renee Havrilla, Vice President Compounds, and Southwire Chief Engineer Formulations Dave Camillo


Westlake Compounds; and Gautam Nivarthy, Vice President and General manager Compounds Business at Mexichem Specialty Compounds. The discussion will be chaired by Sylvia Tabero, Senior Project Consultant at AMI Consulting. Key trends in cable compounds will be the subject of a separate discussion involving experts in this dynamic market including: Tariq Quadir, Chief Technologist and Senior Scientist at Champlain Cable; Dave Camillo, Chief Engineer Formulations at Southwire; and Eric Bates, Principal Engineer at General Cable. Organised by AMI, the Compound-


ing World Expo takes place alongside the Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo. By registering in advance, visitors will receive free admission to all three exhibitions, featuring more than 200 leading suppliers, plus free entry to five conference theatres hosting technical presentations, educational seminars and business debates. Attendees and exhibitors also have the option to buy tickets ($20 each) for a networking party at Cleveland’s iconic Rock and Roll Hall


of Fame on the evening of 8 May. Rita Andrews, head of exhibitions at AMI said: “Our debut compounding and recycling exhibitions in Essen, Germany, attracted 4,024 visitors. We are confident that our first Cleveland shows will build on this success and be the biggest plastics industry gathering in the USA in 2019”. The three expos, which will occupy the two largest halls at the state-of-the- art Huntington Convention Center, will feature a wide array of leading manu- facturers of extrusion, compounding and recycling equipment, plus suppli- ers of a huge variety of polymers, additives and related services. The exhibitor line-up already includes companies such as Clariant, Milliken, Coperion, Cabot, Leistritz, Heritage Plastics, CPM Century, Struktol, Entek, Dover Chemicals, Farrel Pomini, Ferro, Omya, Nordson, NFM, Chemours, Maag, Wacker, Lanier Color, Modern Dispersions, B&P Littleford, IMI Fabi, Zoltek, Buss, and more than 160 additional leading suppliers. To book your free ticket, which is valid for both days of the event, visit: � ami.ltd/Register-AMI-Expos


The limited number of remaining booths are being filled on a daily basis. To find out more about exhibiting at any of the expos, visit https://www.ami.international/exhibitions. 12 COMPOUNDING WORLD | January 2019 www.compoundingworld.com


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