North America’s leading exhibition and conference

March 6 – 8, 2018
Novi, Michigan, USA

about the conference

Conference @ Foam Expo is North America's first free-to-attend conference on the design and manufacturing of flexible and rigid foams for technical applications.

The conference is especially designed for engineers and decision makers from OEMs, Tier 1, Foam Fabricators and Converters, Foam Manufacturers and Material Suppliers and Equipment Suppliers to learn about application design, manufacturing processes and current trends in the technical foam supply chain.

confirmed speakers include:

conference at-a-glance

Tuesday February 28: Plenary - Industry Standards

  • Examining The Benefits of Foam as an Alternative Design Material
  • Characterizing Foam Materials to Meet Industry Standards 
  • Eliminating Hazardous Materials in Flame Retardant Foam Production
  • Harmonizing Industry Standards for the Reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Foams

Wednesday March 1

Track 1 - Foam Applications:                                                      

  • Reviewing Shock Absorbing Properties of Foam Materials for Protective Applications 
  • Evaluating Thermal Properties of Foam for Improved Insulation or Conductivity
  • Utilising Foam to Reduce Weight and Increase Payload and Fuel Efficiency 
  • Optimizing Noise Reduction and Sound Absorption with Foam Materials  

Track 2 - Manufacturing Trends and Best Practices:

  • Examining Processes and Technologies for Bonding and Welding of Foam with Different Materials         
  • Outlining Core Methods for Foam Quality Optimization                              
  • Automating Assembly Lines to Optimize Production Capacity                     
  • Reducing Manufacturing Costs                          

Thursday March 2           

Track 1 - Sustainability

  • Meeting EPA's January 2017 Deadline for Phasing Out Hydrofluorocarbons in Foam Blowing Agents
  • Adopting Sustainable Materials: The implementation of soy bean oil in the automotive industry
  • Evaluating Sustainable Materials for Use in Foam

Track 2 - Recycling

  • Examining End of Life Requirements to Drive Post-Consumer and Post-Industrial Recycling:
    • Overview of government and end user driven requirements for PCR of expanded polystyrene
    • Implementing Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management Frameworks to Optimize Packaging
    • Realities of Recycling Packaging Foam
    • Reviewing End of Product Life Issues with Products Using Flexible Polyurethane Foam
    • Closed-Loop Recycling of Post-industrial & Post-Consumer PET for Flexible Foams
    • Examining Alternative Solutions for Improving Foam End-of-Life: Biodegradable foam

* Disclaimer: Please be aware that the Agenda at-a-Glance is subject to change


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conference inquiries:

Fleur Jonker – Conference Producer

[email protected]

+1 855 436 8683 (toll free) or +44 1273 916 313

why attend?

  • Learn about application design, manufacturing processes and current trends in the technical foam supply chain –for free
  • Learn about the wide variety of foam materials available for lightweight, sound / shock absorbing, and Thermal applications in technical industries.
  • Get an overview of foam design and manufacturing processes highlighting: -identifying customer requirements
    • material selection
    • managing cost and performance
    • successful prototyping
    • material characterization through simulation and testing
    • manufacturability issues
    • the latest advances in manufacturing technologies.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the technical foam supply chain and network with the industry’s leading experts for free.