Top executives from two leading processors will offer insights Feb. 2 into the prospects and challenges for both the building products and automotive industries at Plastics News' Executive Forum 2004 in Las Vegas.
Darwin Brown, vice chairman and chief executive officer of profile extruder Dayton Technologies LLC in Dayton, Ohio, will be joined by his firm's president, Michael Hutfless, to outline trends in the construction sector, particularly windows and doors.
But Dayton, now a unit of Belgium's Deceuninck Plastics Industries, also is jumping into the fast-growing plastic/wood composite business for decking and rails, via a recent joint venture with former parent company Alcoa Inc. Brown and Hutfless also will assess the global landscape, including the rise of China as a contender in the building profile sector.
Separately, Clifford Croley, CEO and president of Salem, Ohio-based Blackhawk Automotive Plastics Inc., will share his views on what's hot and what's not in the automotive parts sector.
Blackhawk, known as Worthington Custom Plastics Inc. before its May 1999 buyout by Croley and other managers, today is a $225 million injection molder. With three plants, 135 injection molding presses and 1,780 employees, the company supplies interior and exterior components to automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers.
Those officials will join more than two dozen other presenters at the Feb. 1-4 Executive Forum, taking place at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort.
The conference also will address such topics as global competitiveness, processor and mold-maker growth strategies, merger and acquisition trends, resin supply and pricing prospects, management best practices, and key product-design issues.
The event Web site, at www. plasticsnews.com/forum2004, provides full program details. Early-bird registration, which offers a $200 discount off the $1,295 conference fee, expires Dec. 10.