Top officials from two plastics industry titans will serve as the keynote speakers at Plastics News' Executive Forum 2004 in Las Vegas early next year.
Martin Franklin, chairman and chief executive officer of fast-growing Jarden Corp., and Terry A. Sutter, president of the currently restructuring Tyco Plastics & Adhesives, will be the opening speakers on the two conference program days of Feb. 2-3, respectively.
Franklin, a 39-year-old British deal maker, has built a firm that includes assets from Alltrista, Unimark, Ball, Yorker Closures, Diamond Brands and Tilia, among others, and makes diverse products ranging from plastic cutlery and container closures to appliance parts and medical disposables. Formerly known as Alltrista Corp., Jarden today does injection molding, thermoforming and extrusion and recently reported 2003 nine-month sales of nearly $400 million.
Ernst & Young this summer named Franklin a regional winner of its entrepreneur of the year award, and Forbes magazine just recognized the Rye, N.Y.-based Jarden as one of the 200 ``best small companies in America'' in its recent annual survey. Franklin plans to share tips for growing strategically and remaining competitive in today's rough-and-tumble markets.
Terry Sutter, meanwhile, earlier this year assumed the challenge of reshaping a nearly $2 billion global business. As president of Tyco Plastics & Adhesives, he is responsible for running the plastic film, molded products, adhesives and laminates business units for the 260,000-employee conglomerate Tyco International Ltd.
Tyco Plastics, newly relocated to Princeton, N.J., does an estimated $1.1 billion in plastic film extrusion in North America, making it the region's third-largest film producer, while Tyco's Secaucus, N.J.-based A&E Products Group is a dominant global maker of injection molded hangers and plastic cutlery. A&E ranked 24th on Plastics News' annual survey of North American injection molders, with an estimated $275 million in relevant sales last year.
Sutter joined Tyco in March 2003 from Cytec Industries, where he was president of specialty chemicals. Prior to that, he headed a $1.5 billion business unit at Honeywell/Allied Signal Inc., and also spent eight years at Morton International in its Adhesives & Specialty Polymers Group, most recently as business manager of its thermoplastic polyurethanes division.
Sutter will discuss Tyco Plastics' corporate direction and share his views on the challenges facing his firm's key markets today.
Franklin and Sutter are just two of 30 speakers participating in the Feb. 1-4 Executive Forum at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort. The event's $200 early-bird discount expires Dec. 10, after which registration will cost $1,295 per person. To register, or for a full agenda and complete conference details, call (888) 368-7229 or visit www.plasticsnews.com/forum2004 online.