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Workshop held on functional fillers.

Intertech has finalized the agenda for its ninth international business development conference, Functional Fillers for Plastics 2001. This year's meeting will be held September 11-13 at the La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, TX.

Conference co-chairs will be Dr. Henry Ashton, director of industrial technology for J.M. Huber, and Dr. Ramesh Rengarajan, vice president of technology at A. Schulman.

On Tuesday, September 11, two optional pre-conference workshops will discuss the impact of the business cycle on the plastics markets and the latest compounding techniques.

"The impact of the business cycle on raw material prices, interest rates, equity prices and currencies and its role in business decisions in the plastics industry," will be presented by Dr. George Dagnino, president, Peter Dag & Associates. "Compounding thermoplastics with organofunctional and reinforcing fillers" will be led by Prof. Marino Xanthos, director of research, Polymer Processing Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Attendees will have numerous opportunities to meet and speak with key filler and reinforced composite suppliers, end-users and industry experts. Key executives from Kline & Co., Polar Minerals and Omni Tech International will discuss the market outlook for mineral-based fillers, natural fibers and nanoparticulate reinforcements in polymer systems.

Technical experts from Imerys, A. Schulman and the University of Missouri will address recent developments and advancements of fillers in microporous films.

The penetration of natural fiber reinforced polypropylene into the automotive market will be addressed by Owens Corning Automotive Solutions, while fillers in appliance markets for PP will be addressed by Electrolux.

The latest advances in filled thermoplastic compounding and surface treatment technology will be discussed by research managers from J.M. Huber, Degussa, Eastman, Shin-Etsu and PMT Jetmill.

This conference is said to provide a unique forum for producers, compounders and users of mineral and synthetic reinforcements for thermoplastics and thermosets to explore the latest technologies and emerging markets in this 5.5 million metric ton market.

Delegates will receive a complete briefing on global markets, new filler and reinforcement technologies, and trends in reinforced polymer end-use markets with significant near-term growth potential.

Opportunities for natural fibers, surface treatments and nanoparticulates in plastics will be discussed, along with new technical developments. Participants will obtain the latest detailed information to help maintain their competitive edge in the filler-reinforced plastic industries, according to the sponsor.

Updates will be presented on the most recent trends in new filler and reinforcement technologies for plastic composites; the role of inorganic fillers in microporous films; how supply chain initiatives and improvements contribute to economic value; developments in using mica and talc in polyolefins and engineering thermoplastics; and more.

Registration fees for this business conference range from $395 for the seminars to $1,295 for the conference. Further information is available from Intertech (207) 781-9623.
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