Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
A collaborative approach to sustainability
Keynote: The road to a sustainable and circular value chain
- The impact of human action on the planet
- Green growth as a key value driver
- How can businesses lead the transformation the world needs?

Joint presentation with Flore Andersen, Strategic Advisory Leader, Greenfish
Stephanie Kint | Waste and Circularity Solution Manager, Greenfish
TPE market review and outlook (Presentation)
- Global demand for TPE
- Impact of conflict on upstream costs 
- Global polypropylene demand
- Global EPDM demand
Olu Shaw | Consultant, NexantECA
Networking Break
Session 1: Automotive industry: Today, tomorrow and the future
TPE opportunities towards carbon neutral vehicles
  • Renault Biobased strategy
  • Renault Recycled TPE expectation
  • TPE requirements for electrical vehicles

Pierre Furtwengler | Technical Polymer Specialist, Groupe Renault
How a new generation of polyolefin elastomers enable improvements of TPO´s in automotive applications
- Reduction of the rubber component by 10% in TPO formulations while keeping the material performance unchanged
- Improvement of cycle times in injection molding
- Enable sustainability through thin walling and metal replacement

Dr. André Hebel | TS & D Scientist, Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH
New and sustainable developments in styrene based elastomers for automotive interior
  • Asahi Kasei’s innovative hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomer “TUFTEC” and “S.O.E.”
  • Introduction of bio-based styrene-based elastomers by Asahi Kasei
  • Introduction of newly developed S.O.E.TM for injection molded automotive interior skin, with enhanced flowability

Ryohei Akatsuka | Manager TPE Sales & Marketing, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Networking Lunch
Session 2: Regulatory update and new TPE standards
Easing communication with new TPE nomenclature
Session 3: From waste to resource: TPEs from recycled materials
Taking manufacturing from recycled material to the next level
  • Manufacturing from 100 % recycled material
  • Producing fully recyclable products
  • Many formulas available
  • Many technical benefits compared to TPO made from virgine materials
  • The parts made from XyloX are paintable

Fred Babbie | Director, Strategic Partners , ReNeuvo
How to create more sustainable products using TPV – a holistic approach
  • New Santoprene® TPV ECO-R platform that features products with recycling content
  • Reduce CO2: Carbon footprint reduction potential vs EPDM rubber
  • Reduce waste: Great property retention when re-grinded or recycled inhouse
  • Ready for ECO-Design

Oliver Kloth | Strategic Marketing Manager Santoprene® TPV, Celanese
Afternoon Networking Break
Pyrolysis oil today and in the future: A high-value raw material for the TPE industry?
  • As ESG mandates push companies to focus on renewable and recycled raw materials, interest and activity in pyrolysis oils has grown.
  • By first defining the properties of pyrolysis oils derived from different materials, the technical efficacies, and challenges of incorporating pyrolysis oils into target industrial applications are explored.
  • Ergon will address ways to use these novel materials to produce polymers, process oils, or other additives dedicated to TPE applications.

Dr Cristina Bergmann | Business Development Director Process Oils, Ergon, Inc. & Process Oils, Inc
High-performance thermoplastic elastomers enabling the Circular Economy
  • SBCs are a key enabler for circular product design
  • We will show how CirKular+ additives can enable the upgrading of recycling streams
  • Kraton R-series are Styrenic Block Copolymers sourced from ISCC PLUS certified renewable feedstocks

Lennaert Klerk | Regional Technical Manager - Europe, Kraton
Session 4: Advancements in green and bio-based materials
Bio-based TPE with acrylic block copolymer and styrenic block copolymer
  • Acrylic block copolymers have good compatibility with other polar resins.
  • We created bio-based elastic compounds with acrylic block copolymers which exhibit good transparency and weather resistance. 
  • Compounds with bio-based styrenic farnesene block copolymer show enhanced grip performance.

Daisuke Koda | Technical Service & Market Development, EMEA, Kuraray
Utilising sustainable materials and technology to develop environmentally innovative products
Speaker to be confirmed
Chair's summary and end of day one
Networking drinks reception
Joint with Silicone Elastomers World Summit
Welcome refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Session 5: TPE in the medical and healthcare sector: Risk-based approach for material selection
Risk-based approach for material selection
  • Process of material selection in the medical industry
  • Translation of product requirements into material requirements
  • Technical examples

Giuseppe Fiandaca | CEO, Polyneers GmbH
Panel discussion: A spotlight on world-class innovation
Panel discussion: A spotlight on world-class innovation
  • Where do the key areas of innovation lie in the TPE industry?
  • What are some of the challenges that the industry needs to address to take developments to the next level?
  • What innovations are being undertaken to make elastomers more sustainable?
Giuseppe Fiadaca, Managing Director, Polyneers GmbH
Jose Gonzalez, President & CEO, ReNeuvo Group Inc.

Dr. Cristina Bergmann, Business Development Director, Process Oils, Ergon (tentative)
Oliver Kloth, Market Development, Celanese
Networking Break
Session 6: Innovation in materials and applications
High-throughput synthesis and reprocessing of vitrimer-thermoplastic blends
  • High-throughput reactive processing of TPVs containing dynamic covalent cross-links
  • Analysis of thermomechanical properties and high-shear rheology demonstrate excellent (re)processability
  • Temperature activated bond reshuffling maintains network integrity
  • Filament production and 3D printing are demonstrated

Liliana Joosten | Early-Stage Researcher, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Digitalisation strategies for a transition to a sustainable, circular and low carbon TPE products
  • Achieving sustainable transport targets
  • New thermo-mechanical requirements
  • TPE materials modelling
  • Digitalization strategies

Aizeti Burgoa | Researcher, Leartiker
Networking Lunch
The stress relaxation behaviour of TPE’s compared to rubber materials
  • Introduction Stress relaxation according to ISO 3384
  • Behaviour of various TPE material compared to rubber materials
  • Recent revision of Assessment guidelines BRL 2020-1 and BRL 2020-2 (TPE pipe joint seals for non-pressure wastewater and drainage) and the testing of stress relaxation

J.W. (Hans) van der Meer | Senior Rubber Consultant, Kiwa Nederland B.V
Broad-spectrum self-disinfecting polymer surfaces: Preparing for future health crises
  • Photosensitive dyes can be incorporated in TPEs for antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation 
  • Photodynamic inactivation uses visible light and atmospheric oxygen to kill a wide range of microbes 
  • Antimicrobial anionic inactivation can be achieved with negatively-charged TPEs upon hydration 
  • Microbial inactivation is achieved by a pH-jump for most bacteria, viruses and fungi in 5 minutes or less 

Dr. Richard J. Spontak | Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University, USA
Session 7: Evolution of TPE manufacturing processes
3D printing applications directly from TPE pellets with Pam technology
  • Benefits of 3D printing
  • Presentation of Pam technology: Pellet Additive Manufacturing
  • Industrial use cases with parts 3D printed in TPE and in multi materials including TPE

Thibaud Deshons | Commercial Engineer, Pollen AM
Chair’s summary and close of conference
Digital innovation with technical use cases
Speaker to be confirmed

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