SPE Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (AutoEPCON)

9th-Annual SPE AutoEPCON Conference

WHEN: May 6, 2014

WHERE: MSU Management Education Center (Detroit-area), Michigan, USA
(See link at http://mectroy.com/)

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Review the Final 2014 SPE AutoEPCON Technical Program Schedule HERE.


The Automotive Division and Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) International have developed a new 1-day technical conference and exhibition specifically focused on engineering plastics for the automotive industry.

First held in 2006, the Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (AutoEPCON) features technical presentations on the newest advances in materials technology, predictive engineering, process enhancements, and application developments for thermoplastic and thermoset engineering plastics for the automotive industry. Tabletop exhibits are also on display throughout the event. The registration fee includes the Conference Program Book, which contains abstracts of the presentations, as well as lunch, refreshments, and a reception, which provides further networking opportunities for all who attend. In addition, this one-day multi-session Technical Conference and Exhibition includes plenary and keynote addresses from industry leaders.


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Registration Fees

$100 USD - SPE Member
$125 USD - Non-SPE Member
$25 USD - Student (includes 1-year of complimentary membership in SPE)

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Plenary / Keynote Speakers

Speaker, Title & Organization


Tentative Title

Dr. Gary Kogowski,
SPE AutoEPCON Conference Chair,
Ravago Holdings Americas and Entec Polymers
8:15-8:30 a.m. Welcome
Kathy Minnich,
SPE AutoEPCON Conference Executive Chair
and Ford Motor Co.
8:30-8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Eric Fedewa,
Director, Global Component Forecasts and Analysis,
IHS Automotive
8:45-9:15 a.m. State of the Industry & The Opportunity of New Technology Paradigms
Sandra McClelland,
SPE AutoEPCON Conference Technical Chair, and
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
9:15-9:20 a.m. Technical Program Overview
Dr. Ashish K. Kulkarni,
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer,
Celanese Corp.
11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Innovation in Materials
Dr. Bob R. Powell,
Technical Fellow and Lab Group Manager, Battery Systems Group
General Motors Co.
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Automotive Lightweighting – Now More than Ever
Ankil Shah,
General Manager, Materials Engineering Department 1,
Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America
3:20-3:50 a.m. Polymeric Materials for Automotive Applications: Past, Present & Future

Technical Program

Author, Title, Organization

Presentation Title

Session & Time

Kent Miller,Ph.D.,
Product Developer,
Celanese Corp.
High Temperature Flexible PPS Products for Harsh Environments Track 1 - Materials:
9:25-9:55 a.m.
Vikram Gopal,
Global Technical and Marketing Director
INVISTA Engineering Polymers
Advances in Automotive Powertrain Development and its Impact on Polymeric Material Selection Track 1 - Materials:
9:55-10:25 a.m.
Mike Greer,
Product Development Rep.,
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
PPS Keeps Taking the Heat Track 1 - Materials:
10:55-11:25 a.m.
Russell Bloomfield,
Sr. Application Development Engineer,
DSM Engineering Plastics
Assessing Thermoplastic Performance Using the ARO (Absolute Real Operating) Principle Track 1 - Materials:
11:25-11:55 a.m.
Bruce Mulholland,
Global Color Technology Manager,
Celanese Corp.
Advances in Lasermarkable Engineering Resins Track 2 - Lighting and Laser Marking:
9:25-9:55 a.m.
Christopher Kimmet,
Transportation Industry Specialist,
PolyOne Specialty Engineered Materials North America
Metal Replacement with Specialty Thermoplastic Solutions in Heat Sensitive Automotive Applications Track 2 - Lighting and Laser Marking:
9:55-10:25 a.m.
Jim Keeler,
Business Development Manager,
Albis Plastics Corp.
Innovative Material Solutions for LED Lighting Applications in Automotive Track 2 - Lighting and Laser Marking:
10:55-11:25 a.m.
Bing Lu,
Senior Scientist,
Celanese Corp.
Newly Improved PCT Compound for LED Reflector Resin Track 2 - Lighting and Laser Marking:
11:25-11:55 a.m.
Matthew Marks,
American Chemistry Council, Plastics Division, Automotive Group
Plastics and Polymer Composites Technology Roadmap for Automotive Markets Track 3 - Automotive Roadmap and Material Advances:
9:25-9:55 a.m.
Hubert Lobo,
DatapointLabs and Matereality
Software for Creating and Managing Material Specifications Track 3 - Automotive Roadmap and Material Advances:
9:55-10:25 a.m.
Owen McGarel,
Application Development Engineer,
Styrolution America
Lightweighting of Styrenic Materials for Automotive Applications Track 3 - Automotive Roadmap and Material Advances:
10:55-11:25 a.m.
Bruce Mulholland,
Global Color Technology Manager,
Celanese Corp.
Advances in Colorability & Weathering Resistance of COPE (Copolymer elastomers) Track 3 - Automotive Roadmap and Material Advances:
11:25-11:55 a.m.
Lowell Larson,
Product Developer,
Celanese Corp.
Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyoxymethylene with Improved Mechanical Properties Track 4 - Materials:
1:50-2:20 p.m.
Dr. Ashok M. Adur,
Commercial Development Director, Plastics
Vertellus Specialites, Inc.
Benefits of using ZeMac® Copolymers in Nylon and Engineering Plastics for Automotive Applications Track 4 - Materials:
2:20-2:50 p.m.
Dr. Ke Feng,
Celanese Corp.
New Polyphenylene Sulfide Compounds Track 4 - Materials:
3:50-4:20 p.m.
Bryan Fox,
Business Development,
Radici Plastics USA, Inc.
Nylon Based Materials that Compete with Higher Heat Resins Track 4 - Materials:
4:20-4:50 p.m.
Mike Scarpati,
e-mobility Industry Manager,
BASF Corp.
Material Innovations for eMobility Applications Track 5 - Advanced Material Applications:
1:50-2:20 p.m.
Peter Schmieg,
Sr. Application Development Engineer,
DSM Engineering Plastics
Lightweight Stanyl® PA46 Stator Concept for the Transmission Torque Converter Track 5 - Advanced Material Applicationsg:
2:20-2:50 p.m.
Paul Wheeler,
Plastics Technology Leader,
Ascend Performance Materials
Evolution of Heat Exchangers and Their Use of Plastics in Automotive Track 5 - Advanced Material Applications:
3:50-4:20 p.m.
Rick Bell,
Development Manager,
DuPont Performance Polymers
High Performance BioBased Engineering Polymers in Automotive Track 6 - BioBased and Recycled Resins:
1:50-2:20 p.m.
Mihaela Mihai,
Automotive & Surface Transportation,
National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
Bioplastics and Biocomposites for Automotive Track 6 - BioBased and Recycled Resins:
2:20-2:50 p.m.
Kevin Pan,
Strategic Marketing Manager,
Celanese Corp.
The Resurgence of Cellulose Acetate as a Bioplastic Track 6 - BioBased and Recycled Resins:
3:50-4:20 p.m.
Deen Chundury,
Vice President, R&D
Wellman Engineering Resins
EcoLoy™ from Wellman Engineering Resins: Introducing A New Family of Lightweight Polymer Alloys Track 6 - BioBased and Recycled Resins:
4:20-4:50 p.m.

2014 SPE AutoEPCON Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors.

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Celanese Corp.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor DSM Engineering Plastics
Premier Sponsor DuPont Automotive
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor INVISTA Engineering Polymers
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Albis Plastic Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Ascend Performance Materials
Associate Sponsor BASF SE
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor M. Holland Co.
Associate Sponsor Ravago Manufacturing Americas
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Radici Group
Associate, Coffee Break Sponsor & Exhibitor Entec Polymers
Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
Exhibitor A. Schulman
Exhibitor DataColor AG
Exhibitor Instron
Exhibitor & Advertising Sponsor Nexeo Solutions
Exhibitor PolyOne
Exhibitor Progressive Components International Group
Exhibitor Solvay
Exhibitor Victrex plc
Exhibitor Wellman Engineering Resins
Exhibitor Zeus, Inc.
Advertising Sponsor DME Co. LLC
Advertising Sponsor Inhance Technologies
Advertising Sponsor NYLENE
Advertising Sponsor Styrolution Group GmbH
Advertising Sponsor Styron LLC
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