Call for speakers has now closed. Please stay tuned for more conference infomation to be announced shortly. 

Call for speakers is open:

We are now developing the conference agenda for Foam Expo North America and welcome your input into our research, as well as inviting you to submit your own talk proposals. Please also feel free to submit a form if you are keen to participate in a panel discussion or have any ideas for innovative session formats.

The 2019 conference will focus on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Industry Trends

  • Industry trends such as:
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Lightweighting
    • Flammability
    • Sustainable and biobased materials
    • Recycling
  • Innovative technology/research ready for commercialization
  • Costs and industry financial issues, such as economic forecasting, lower priced production overseas
  • Regulatory impact on the industry, industry standards, and government incentives


  • Technical and novelty applications of foams in the sports & leisure, medical, and construction industries, as well as oil & gas, appliances, electronics, maritime, defense, packaging, aerospace, and automotive industries.
  • Material properties of foams, including but not limited to:
    • Noise, vibration, and harshness
    • Shock absorption
    • Lightweighting
    • Antimicrobial applications


  • Challenges and opportunities for additives, including property improvement, flammability, foam compounds, and new innovations
  • Biobased/sustainable technologies                                                       
  • Material evaluation of different rigid and flexible foam material offerings and innovations including: PE, EVA, EPS, POE, PU, EPP, Ceramic, Metallic, Spray Foam, hybrids, composites, nanomaterials, etc.
  • Strategies for eliminating hazardous materials
  • Innovations related to thermal management


  • Process improvement, cost saving, innovation, and best practice of foam molding and fabrication
  • Testing and quality analysis
  • Automation and digitalization   

How to apply to speak:

If you would like to submit an abstract you can do so using our online form below. The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 10, 2018 and we will endeavor to review all submissions within six-to-eight weeks.

Please ensure that you have read the submission guidelines.

Read the guidelines here.


View 2018 agenda

Contact us 

Nicole Heins – Conference Producer
[email protected]
Europe: +44 (0) 1273 916 264 (United Kingdom)
Toll free: +1 855 436 8683 (USA)


Venue address

Halls A, B & C, Suburban Collection Showplace,
46100 Grand River Ave,
Novi, MI 48374, USA  


Contact us

For event inquiries, email 
[email protected] or 
call +1 855 436 8683 (toll free) or +44 1273 916 301

Opening Hours

Tuesday March 26 - 9:30am -5:30pm

Wednesday March 27 - 9:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday March 28 - 9:30am - 3:00pm