AKRON, OHIO (Aug. 31, 4:30 p.m. EDT) — How high will tight supply and strong demand drive resin prices? How will other key factors — such as overseas consumption, monomer supply, environmental pressures and the growth of hot, resin-consuming applications — affect plastics materials markets in the coming months?
Six industry experts will tackle those questions and more at Plastics News' Executive Forum 2000, to be held Oct. 13-16 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The resin-outlook talks, each allotted a full hour, will compose a primary component of this forward-looking business conference aimed at senior plastics processing executives.
Resin-related speakers and their topics include:
* PET — T.A. Smith, Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn.
* Styrenics — Alex Lidback, Chemical Market Associates Inc., Houston.
* Polyethylenes — Bob Dennett, CMAI.
* Engineering thermoplastics — Austin Peppin, Peppin & Associates Inc., Chesterfield, Mo.
* Polypropylene — Pat Duke, DeWitt & Co. Inc., Houston.
* PVC — Barry Hendrix, Oxy Vinyls LP, Dallas.
Smith, newly appointed vice president and general manager of Eastman's container plastics business, on Sept. 1 succeeded the retiring Jim Lewis in that post. Smith recently transferred to Kingsport from Coral Gables, Fla., where he had headed the firm's Latin American operations for the past five years. Eastman is North America's largest PET producer.
Lidback has been director of styrenics since 1995 at CMAI, which he joined in 1993 from his post with Industrias Resistol's U.S. marketing operations in Houston.
Dennett, CMAI's project manager for polyolefins, spent 28 years at Phillips Chemical Co. before joining the Houston consulting firm in 1994.
Peppin has 37 years of plastics industry experience, including the past 13 heading his own consultancy, which specializes in business and market development.
Duke, as DeWitt's vice president of polymers, is responsible for all client activities within the polymers area, and has more than 30 years in the petrochemical industry, including stints with Dow Chemical Co., Fina Inc. and Witco Corp.
Hendrix, formerly with Geon Co., on May 1 became VP of sales for Oxy Vinyls when that firm officially was born out of a venture between Occidental Chemical Corp. and Geon that created North America's largest PVC producer.
Deadline for the forum's reduced, early-bird registration fee is Sept. 7. For more information, contact Nancy Parks in Akron at tel. (330) 865-6134 or by e-mail at [email protected].