LOS ANGELES (Jan. 18, 3:25 p.m. EST) — Attendees of the conference accompanying Plastics News' upcoming trade show in Los Angeles will encounter a different kind of business-oriented program that addresses some of California's hottest managerial and legislative topics.
Plastics Encounter Los Angeles, to be held April 10-12 at the L.A. Convention Center, will include panels debating California's energy crisis, merger and acquisition trends, Internet-leveraged collaborative design and supply-chain management issues, and key resin market prospects.
Other topics will examine likely recycling legislation, machinery safety and ergonomics regulations, an assessment of the regional plastics economy, and advances in controls and processing technologies such as plastic/wood-flour composite extrusion.
Paul Santina, vice president of business development and global plastics for Flextronics International Ltd., will deliver the keynote luncheon speech April 10 on the impact of contract manufacturing on the global plastics industry.
"Our mission is to provide a forum that will attract senior managers from across the plastics industry spectrum by addressing timely, topical issues that affect both their day-to-day and longer-term strategic planning," said Robert Grace, Plastics News editor and associate publisher.
Grace also is conference director of Crain Communications Inc.'s recently acquired Plastics Encounters events. Plastics Encounter Los Angeles formerly was known as the Western Plastics Expo, under previous owner Advanstar Communications.
Confirmed speakers and their topics include:
* Jim Swartwout, chairman, president and chief financial officer of Torrance, Calif.-based injection molder and extruder Summa Industries; mergers and acquisitions panel.
* John E. Mack III, CEO of U.S. Business Exchange, a Santa Monica, Calif., online listing service and consultancy for the purchase and sale of small and medium-size businesses; M&A panel.
* Mike Noggle, the former SPM Inc. president who now heads his own Anaheim, Calif., consulting firm, Engineered Services; the value of strategic planning.
* Milko Guergov, vice president of technology for the IntelliMold Systems unit of Textron Automotive Co. in Troy, Mich.; Textron's new IntelliMold closed-loop process control system.
* Fred Humbert, vice president of sales and marketing for American MSI Corp. of Moorpark, Calif.; Cell-Net Internet-based, remote press-control technology.
* Ron Sparer, manager of controls and automation development for Batavia, Ohio-based Milacron Inc.; Xtreem controls, which bring the Internet to each shop-floor press operator.
* Bob Alvarez, vice president of technology for United Plastics Group Inc. of Westmont, Ill.; MuCell microcellular molding.
* Lori Anderson, director of economic and international trade affairs for the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.; the impact of plastics on California's and the western region's economies.
* Tom Podesta, vice president of Waltham, Mass.-based Conferos Inc.; online collaborative design and knowledge management.
* A senior official from Newport Beach, Calif.-based energy consultants Utility Management Resource Group; energy-crisis panel.
A frequently updated agenda, including any new speakers, can be accessed by clicking the "Conference Agenda" link in the L.A. section of the www.plasticsencounter.com Web site. Conference registration costs $195 per day, or $395 for all three days, and includes access to the show.
Separately, all-day injection molding and extrusion training seminars will be offered April 11-12. Cost of the seminars also is $395, and includes access to the show and to the April 10 Encounter conference program at no extra cost.
* Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester, Conn., will use its process-simulation software in a hands-on course on advanced injection molding setup and troubleshooting. Instructor Torsten Kruse, Paulson vice president and general manager, estimates that every hour of simulator time equals more than five hours of actual molding practice.
* Compuplast International of Mississauga, Ontario, will offer two full days of instruction about extrusion analysis, design and troubleshooting, also using its simulation software. Compuplast Vice President John Perdikoulias will teach the course, which is applicable to film, sheet and profile extruders. Participants will qualify for a special trial version of Compuplast's new software.