Registration and morning refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Giuseppe Fiandaca, CEO, Polyneers GmbH
New Trend in Elastomer Industry- Ultra Low to Negative PCF TPEs
As the industry looks for ways to reduce product carbon footprint (PCF), we will talk about new Ultra-Low Carbon Footprint TPEs, developed to help customers reach net zero PCF commitments.
Gaurav Kumar | Product Manager, Avient
TPS as a solution to circular design: a recyclability assessment
Due to its thermoplastic nature, Thermoplastic Polystyrene Elastomer (TPS) based materials offer significant advantages over other elastomers in terms of recyclability, making them a viable choice for circular product design. Styrenic block copolymers, when used in their pure form, can effectively enhance the mechanical properties of recycled plastics by either compatibilizing impurities or improving impact strength1. In collaboration with a customer, Kraton conducted an assessment to evaluate the impact of TPS compounds on recycling processes. The focus of this study was to examine the compatibility of TPS compounds with the polypropylene (PP) recycling stream. Various compounds were tested in different PP resins, following the RecyClass2 protocol for PP containers. The study revealed that TPS demonstrates compatibility with the PP recycling stream, particularly for the most relevant properties associated with container applications. Our findings shed light on the positive effects of TPS in the context of PP recycling. Additionally, we will provide insights on the RecyClass protocol and its relevance to the study's outcomes
Lennaert Klerk | Regional Technical Manager - Europe, Kraton
Circular feedstock QueoTM, Bringing the advantages of bio renewable and chemically recycled feedstock to QueoTM Plastomers and Elastomers
The topic of the presentation is bringing the advantages of bio renewable and chemically recycled feedstock to QueoTM Plastomers (POP) and Elastomers (POE). The problem of non-availability of pure post-consumer POP or POE is explained and how, using renewable feedstock, this can be circumvented with prime quality renewable alternatives. Bio renewable and chemically recycled feedstock are treated, as well as the mass balance model.
Edwin M.F.J. Verdurmen | Marketing Manager Concentrates & Polymer Modifiers, Borealis Plastomers B.V.
The future of mechanical and chemical recycling of thermoplastic elastomers
One of the most important subjects under discussion today, is the recycling of raw materials. While plastics and rubbers are in general holding the world’s attention, very little attention is currently being paid to thermoplastic elastomers. This presentation will examine two markets involved with the recycling of TPEs, namely automotive and packaging.  This presentation will propose which particular processes will suit each individual TPE and what kind of growth can be expected to be achieved in the next five years. The contrast will be made between automotive’s lead over packaging and suggest which particular recycling processes will likely be used in both industries. The overall purpose of this presentation is to examine the opportunities and problems that recycling will present to TPE markets, in the next few years.
Patrick Ellis | Consultant, Smithers
Networking break
Plastics Beyond PEF: Next generation bio-based thermoplastic polyester elastomers based on FDCA
  (i) briefly introduce the renewable carbon concept as a guiding principle for future plastic production and then (ii) highlight our activities in the field of thermoplastic polyester elastomers (TPEE) based on biogenic 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). One important issue addressed in the talk is the crystallization behavior of the bioTPEEs and how they compare to petro-based TPEE grades. The crystallization studies will be complemented by mechanical properties.
Dr. Daniel Zehm | Research scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP
Driving solutions with metallocene polybutene-1 plastomers for tomorrows’ TPE applications
Metallocene polybutene-1 plastomer blends with polypropylene yields interesting mechanical, optical and low emission characteristics, aiming to replace incumbent elastomeric materials in a variety of applications.
Patrick van Beek | Marketing Manager PB-1, LyondellBasell
An investigation of the mechanical properties of thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) under dynamic mechanical loading
Substituting TPE for conventional elastomers in various applications is a typical example of leveraging their recycling capabilities. Due to their different polymer structure, TPE are limited in mechanical loaded applications. Especially under dynamic mechanical loading the material behavior differs to conventional elastomers. In order to use TPE in dynamic applications, it is necessary to understand their limitations. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to analyze material limitations of TPE under dynamic loading. Consequently, test specimen according to DIN ISO standards were manufactured with injection molding. In following cyclic tests, the dynamic stiffness was used to evaluate the materials. The development of the dynamic stiffness was observed for several TPE. Especially the possible load level of the materials was investigated.
Alexander Schlede | PhD student/ research associate, University Duisburg-Essen
Networking lunch
TPE for future electrified vehicles and sustainability
Networking refreshment break
SILASTIC™ Liquid Silicone Rubber for FR Rated Automotive Components
  • Electrification in Vehicles – contact with flame-retardant rated Thermoplastics
  • Stability of Silicone Elastomers – degradation signals via FR by-product’s from TPs
  • Solution – new Silastic™ LSR system providing stable sealing performance

Dr Michael Backer | Senior Research Scientist, Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH
Sealing Requirements for High Voltages in Automotive
Chair’s summary and end of day one
Networking drinks reception (joint with Silicone Elastomer World Summit)
Registration and morning refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Stephanie Waschbüesch, TPE Network Assoicate & Communication, German Rubber Manufacturers Association (wdk)
An overview of materials for single use systems in the Biopharma Industry
The Biopharmaceutical market is experiencing remarkable growth, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 11%. This surge is attributed to the increasing demand for efficient manufacturing, storage, and transportation solutions for Biopharmaceuticals. Specifically, single-use systems have gained substantial traction in addressing these requirements. Notably, the fluid transport applications within these systems heavily rely on two key materials: thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and silicones. This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse materials employed in the Biopharmaceutical industry, highlighting their specific applications. Moreover, the focus will be on introducing a groundbreaking low spallation TPE, a remarkable innovation that holds significant promise for the Biopharma sector.
Beate Ganter | Regional Marketing Manager Healthcare, Momentive Performance Materials
Biobased TPEs for a sustainable health care system

The healthcare sector is responsible of up to 5% of a country’s total carbon footprint. Plastics are widely used and provide safe and lightweight solutions, but significantly contribute to the footprint and are not recycled. Biobased plastics are an energy efficient and truly circular solution for many of the single- and multi-use medical products. This presentation provides an overview of biobased plastics and applications, the potentials in recycling and a new 100% biobased medical grade TPE.

Dr Vinzenz Nienhaus | CTO, Products and Processes, Biovox
Innovative hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomer “S.O.E.TM” for medical tubing application

Innovative Hydrogenated Styrenic Thermoplastic Elastomer "S.O.E.TM" for Medical Tubing Application This presentation will provide an introduction to Asahi Kasei's hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers "TUFTEC TM" and "S.O.E. TM" with a focus on solutions for medical tubing applications. The presentation will cover tubing that can be moulded without plasticisers, has excellent kink resistance, good feel like PVC, good transparency, adjustable hardness and low drug absorption property.

Kay Varnhorn | TPE Technical Sales Manager, Asahi Kasei Europe
Networking break
Tailoring of SuperCritical Fluid injection technology, through machine construction and thermoplastic elastomer material
Sustainable Design in TPEs through advanced Process Technology and Bio based raw materials

- Process technologies for sustainability in polymer production operations (i.e. raw materials purification, reactor design, polymer recovery, direct devolatilization, energy efficiency). 
- Optimization of production processes using data analytics and machine learning. 
- Recent advancements in technologies to obtain Bio based monomers and other raw materials (i.e. Bio-Butadiene) 

Dr. Walter Ramirez | CEO and Founder, Innventik SL
Networking lunch
Development of 3D Printing Technology: Material Formulations, Customization, and Sustainability
  • The RHEONTM Technology is based on the synergy between a highly strain-rate-sensitive TPE-based material composition and engineered 3D geometries.
  • The use of RHEON™ across impact, vibration, and tension will be briefly discussed.
  • Advancements in RHEONTM 3D Printing will be presented, both for direct and indirect cases. The focus will be on direct 3D printing of RHEON using Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering Techniques (SLS)
  • on Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) techniques.
  • Evaluate 3D-printed vs. injection-moulded parts for comprehensive insight into manufacturing method will be addressed.
  • Showcase the impact of Additive Manufacturing on product development cycles.

Dr. Sarah Karmel | Chief Scientific Officer, Rheon Labs
Adhesive bonding properties of TPU in additive manufacturing compared to two-component injection molding
A crucial product property of hard-soft composites is the adhesive bond between the components used. This presentation will focus on the comparison of the bonding properties of test specimen produced in additive manufacturing and two-component injection molding.
Marco Klute | Scientific Associate, Institute for Material & Polymer Engineering, University of Kassel
Towards the prediction and control of the shearing stresses generated during the injection molding of thermoplastic vulcanizate products
Chair's summary and close of event

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