AKRON, OHIO — 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 man - agement issues, and key resin market prospects.
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.
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, chief executive officer of U.S. Business Exchange, a Santa Monica, Calif., online listing service and consultancy for the purchase and sale of small and medium-sized 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 Troy, Mich.-based Textron Automotive Co. Inc.; 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.
A senior official from Newport Beach, Calif.-based energy consultants Utility Management Resource Group; energy-crisis panel.
Tom Podesta, vice president of Waltham, Mass.-based Conferos Inc.; online collaborative design.
Conference registration is $195 a 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.
Compuplast International of Mississauga, Ontario, will offer two full days of instruction about extrusion analysis, design and troubleshooting, also using its simulation software.