Processors trying to make sense of raw materials trends relating to production, demand, pricing and future applications can get an earful from several presenters at the Feb. 1-4 Plastics News Executive Forum 2004. Speakers include:
* Chuck Platz, president of Basell North America's polyolefins business.
* Jeff Denton, North America polystyrene marketing director for Dow Chemical Co.
* Jeff Taylor, vice president of polyethylene for Westlake Group.
* Bert Lederer, senior vice president for thermoplastic elastomers and colorants maker Teknor Apex Co.
* John Manuck, president and chief executive officer of color concentrates manufacturer Techmer PM LLC.
* Larry Montsinger, president of MTI Thermoplastic Composites, which specializes in long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds.
* Bob Bauman, polymers vice president for consultants Nexant Inc.
Platz, Denton and Taylor will participate in a panel discussion that will assess intermaterial competition as well as market prospects for polypropylene, PS and PE.
Lederer will provide an overview of TPE trends, while Bauman will analyze factors affecting the global PE resins business. Manuck and Montsinger will explore compounding challenges and growth prospects.
Other speakers also will approach resins from a different perspective. Kara Johnson, materials director at industrial design firm IDEO, will address the integration of design and materials, while two representatives from Herman Miller Inc. - Scott Charon and Gabe Wing - will outline how environmental and life-cycle considerations affect materials choices for office furniture.
The forum, which will be at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort in Summerlin, also will cover topics such as global competitiveness, processor and mold-maker growth strategies, merger and acquisition trends and management best practices. The conference costs $1,295.
For details, visit www.plastics news.com/forum2004 online or call (888) 368-7229.