SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference

The World's Leading Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Forum

17th-Annual SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference

Date: Oct. 4-7, 2015
Location: Troy Marriott (Detroit Suburbs), Michigan. U.S.A.


For More Information, see www.auto-tpo.com

About the Conference

Since 1998, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®), leading global OEMs and Tier Suppliers, as well as the TPO supply chain have pooled their resources to create the SPE Automotive TPO Global Conference, a dynamic, interactive, and cost-effective learning experience. The show highlights the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins (TPOs) as well as a growing range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) throughout the automobile and in other forms of ground transportation. The event has become the world’s leading automotive engineered polyolefins forum and typically draws over 600 key decision makers and some of the world's foremost authorities on transportation polyolefin applications, economics, and market trends. As such, it provides excellent networking opportunities with key members of the automotive TPO, TPE, & TPV supply chain, and the opportunity to learn about designing lighter, less costly automotive components using the latest technologies and applications for these versatile materials.

A variety of sponsorship packages, including tabletop displays, advertising and publicity, tickets, and other promotional items are available. Companies interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the event should contact: Dr. Sassan Tarahomi or David Okonski, whose contact information is below.

Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Dr. Sassan Tarahomi, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group
eMail: starahomi@auto-tpo.com
David Okonski, General Motors Co.
eMail: dokonski@auto-tpo.com

Sponsorship / Exhibit Co-Chairs:
Dr. Sassan Tarahomi, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group
eMail: starahomi@auto-tpo.com
David Okonski, General Motors Co.
eMail: dokonski@auto-tpo.com

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Dr. Norm Kakarala, Inteva Products LLC
Ph: +1.248.655.8483
eMail: nkakarala@auto-tpo.com
Dr. Deborah Mielewski, Ford Motor Co.
eMail: dmielewski@auto-tpo.com

Conference Registration:
Karen Rhodes-Parker, SPE
eMail: karen@auto-tpo.com
Ph: + extension 3

Click HERE to open the 2015 Call for Papers Flier: Abstracts are due by April 17; completed papers are due July 31.
Click HERE to open the 2015 Advertising Specifications for the Auto TPO Program Guide: Ads are due by July 17.

Conference Location & Discounted Hotel Rooms

Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, Michigan 48084 USA.
Register under TPO Conference.
Phone: 1-248-280-9797 Fax: 1-248-680-9774 or
Toll Free Reservations in the U.S.: 1-877-757-7131

Like to plan ahead? Next year's Auto TPO conference will be held October 3-5, 2016 at the Marriott Detroit/Troy.


2015 Press Releases

2015 SPE Auto TPO Conference Dates, Location, Theme
2015 SPE Auto TPO Conference Keynote Speakers Announced
2015 SPE Auto TPO Conference Features Largest Technical Program in 17-Year History

2015 Keynote Speakers

Speaker, Title, & Organization


Presentation Title

Michael Whitens, Director-Vehicle & Enterprise Sciences, Ford Motor Co. Monday Morning, Oct. 5, 2015 TPO: A Customer’s Perspective
Dr. David Cole, Chair, Auto Harvest Foundation Monday Morning, Oct. 5, 2015 The Auto Future: Fast, Furious and Exciting
Brian K. Weider, President, Sumika Polymers North America, Inc. Tuesday Morning, Oct. 6, 2015 Global Outlook for the Polyolefin and Automotive Businesses
John Moyer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Tuesday Morning, Oct. 6, 2015 Oil, Shale Gas, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweighting, & Other Funny Things that Happened on the Way to the TPO Forum
Matt Carroll, Engineering Group Manager, General Motors Co. Wednesday Morning, Oct. 7, 2015 The Evolution of TPO Material Performance

2015 Sponsors

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

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
Platinum Sponsor & Exhibitor Advanced Composites, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor & Exhibitor KraussMaffei Group
Platinum Sponsor & Exhibitor Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor & Exhibitor Trinseo LLC
Platinum Sponsor & Exhibitor Wellman Advanced Materials
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Benecke-Kaliko AG
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Borealis AG
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Braskem
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor CIMBAR Performance Minerals
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor The Dow Chemical Co.
Gold Sponsor ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Gold Sponsor Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.
Gold Sponsor H.B. Fuller
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Imerys Talc
Gold Sponsor Inteva Products LLC
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Kiefel Technologies, A Member of Brückner Group
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor LyondellBasell Industries
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsui Plastics, Inc.
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Multibase, a Dow Corning Company
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Mytex Polymers US Corp.
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor NYCO®, a Brand of the S&B Group
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor PolyOne
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Robert Eller Associates
Gold Sponsor SABIC
Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor Washington Penn Plastics Co., Inc.
Exhibitor 3M Advanced Materials
Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
Exhibitor Adell Plastics Inc.
Exhibitor Albis Plastic Corp.
Exhibitor Americhem, Inc.
Exhibitor Arctic Minerals, LLC
Exhibitor A. Schulman
Exhibitor Branson Ultrasonics Corp., a Business of Emerson Electric Co.
Exhibitor Canuck Compounders Inc.
Exhibitor CGT
Exhibitor Chemroy Canada Inc.
Exhibitor Chem-Trend L.P.
Exhibitor Clariant Corp.
Exhibitor Cray Valley, a Brand of Total
Exhibitor & Lanyards Sponsor Croda International Plc
Exhibitor Elastron Kimya San. Tic. A.S.
Exhibitor Entec Polymers
Exhibitor FLEXcon
Exhibitor Geo-Tech Polymers
Exhibitor Haartz Corp.
Exhibitor Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc.
Exhibitor IMI Fabi LLC
Exhibitor Inhance Technologies
Exhibitor Jowat AG
Exhibitor JSR Corp.
Exhibitor JYTech Polymers LLC
Exhibitor Kal-Trading Inc.
Exhibitor Lotte Chemical Alabama Corp.
Exhibitor Maroon Group LLC
Exhibitor Milliken & Co.
Exhibitor Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers
Exhibitor Modern Dispersions, Inc.
Exhibitor Monark Equipment Technologies Co.
Exhibitor MRC Polymers
Exhibitor Neutrex, Inc.
Exhibitor Nexeo Solutions
Exhibitor Noble Polymers
Exhibitor NWP, Inc.
Exhibitor Plasmatreat US LP
Exhibitor PolyAd Services
Exhibitor Ravago Manufacturing Americas
Exhibitor Reliable Analysis, Inc.
Exhibitor RheTech, Inc.
Exhibitor REXtac® LLC
Exhibitor RTP Company
Exhibitor Sika Automotive
Exhibitor Specialty Minerals
Exhibitor Struktol Company of America
Exhibitor Techmer PM
Exhibitor United Paint & Chemical Corp.
Reception Sponsor - Sunday Night Trinseo LLC
Reception Sponsor - Monday Night Advanced Composites, Inc.
Reception Sponsor - Tuesday Night Wellman Advanced Materials
Lunch Sponsor - Monday Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor - Tuesday KraussMaffei Group
Box Lunch Sponsor - Wednesday Trinseo LLC
Break Sponsor - Monday Morning International Automotive Components (IAC Group)
Break Sponsor - Monday Afternoon CIMBAR Performance Minerals
Break Sponsor - Tuesday Morning Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.
Break Sponsor - Tuesday Afternoon A. Schulman, Inc.
Break Sponsor - Wednesday Morning Braskem
Advertising Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Media / Association Automotive Design & Production Magazine
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal International
Media / Association Modern Plastics India Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Engineering Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Technology Magazine
Media / Association Plastics: The Global Application Medium
Media / Association SPE® Plastics Environmental Division
Media / Association The Molding Blog
Media / Association TPE Magazine
Media / Association WardsAuto.com