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JUNE 27 – 29 2023

SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE, NOVI, MICHIGAN, USA

SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE, NOVI, MICHIGAN, USA

JUNE 27 – 29, 2023

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Blog

Lightening the Load: Balancing Weight Reduction with Structural Durability  

Lightweighting in the mobility sector is driven by the demand for environmentally conscious, cost effective and increasingly high performing products. The lighter a vehicle is the less energy it requires to get from point A to point B. Not only can lightweighting save the consumer money by reducing energy usage, but it can also help to reduce a vehicle’s carbon emissions and, consequently, its environmental impact.

 

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What are the Origins of Just-In-Time Manufacturing?  

Recent supply chain disruptions, exacerbated by the pandemic, may leave you wondering about the viability of just-in-time manufacturing. The model relies on a lean operation with limited inventory and has been the dominant manufacturing method for the past 50 years. But where does the technique come from and why has it remained so popular for so long?

 

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Speaker interview

Leslie Wolschleger, Vice President of Research & Development, Sika Corporation

In the run up to Adhesives & Bonding Expo and Foam Expo North America 2022 we caught up with Leslie Wolschleger the Vice President of Research & Development at Sika Corporation. Leslie will be speaking at the conference in June and was able to shed some light on her valuable work on structural material development for automotive applications as well her dream dinner guest. 

 

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Speaker interview

Jake Staples, Technical Manager, Wausau Chemical

In the run up to Foam Expo and Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2022 we caught up with Jake Staples the Technical Manager at Wausau Chemical. Jake will be speaking at the conference in June and was able to shed some light on his valuable work on supply chain management in the wake of COVID-19, his role within the industry and even his dream holiday destination.

 

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Speaker Interview

Tony McConnell, Advanced Development Engineer, Coastal Automotive

In the run up to Foam Expo and Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2022 we caught up with Tony McConnell, Advanced Development Engineer at Coastal Automotive. Tony will be speaking at the conference in June and was able to shed some light on his presentation topic, his role within the industry and even his favourite author.

 

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Speaker Interview

 Andres Bauer, Procurement & Logistics Manager, Masterfoam

In the run up to Foam Expo and Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2022 we caught up with Andres Bauer, the Procurement and Logistics Manager at Masterfoam. Andres will be speaking at the conference in June and was able to shed some light on his valuable work on supply chain management in the wake of COVID-19, his role within the industry, and even his dream holiday destination.

 

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Lunch & Learn

New Polyurethane Dispersions for Foam-to-Foam Bonding Applications

Tuesday April 12, 2022 // 12:00pm ET // Duration: 30 minutes

Waterborne spray applied adhesives are the most utilized technology in the foam-to-foam bonding industry. Polychloroprene rubber dispersions (CRD) are the dominant raw materials used in these applications due to their fast break properties leading to instant tack of the formulated adhesive. Find out more on this topic and how it can meet your company's needs at our upcoming Lunch & Learn.

 

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Industry article

Building Industry Resilience to Counteract Global Disruptions for the Foam and Adhesives Supply Chains

Whilst supply chain disruptions are not a new occurrence, COVID-19 appears to have exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities and even exposed new ones. With input from experts at Covestro, TTARP, Gransori SAS, Federal Eco Foam BV, 3A Composites and Masterfoam, this article will explore the challenges currently faced by the foam and adhesives supply chains and how best to foster industry resilience for the future.

 

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Post Webinar Roundup: Exploring Opportunities for the European and United States Foam and Adhesives Supply Chains in China’s Domestic Markets

On Tuesday 24 August, experts from Milcut, JSP, Erlenbach Machines, Kurtz Ersa and Zotefoams came together in a live webinar to discuss opportunities for the European and United States foam and adhesives supply chains in China’s domestic markets. Foam Expo China will launch in December 2022, and to mark the occasion we are exploring the valuable contributions made by the experts earlier this year.

 

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Webinar

Enabling Circular Economy Initiatives in North America to Match State and Federal Regulatory Compliance

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2021 // 12:00PM ET

Circular economy in North America is building momentum.

The Biden administration have set out their environmental agenda and re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement. Trudeau’s administration continues to push for more stringent adherence to climate goals. Consequently, the foam and adhesives supply chains will need to look at methods of curbing their carbon emissions.

One way to tackle this challenge is the implementation of circular economy initiatives. While this can seem challenging to the end user or material manufacturer due to the range of options available to them. Different materials, products and structures have specific requirements for end-of-life processing and its essential this is understood before progress can be made. Circular economy does not just begin at end-of-life but can also be implemented during the design phase. By taking a holistic approach to product design it is possible to pre-empt additional cost later on.

This webinar will explore how best to approach circular economy and what to expect on a regulatory level.

Points to be discussed:

  • Understanding the implications of using recycled and recyclable materials in product design and development

  • Outlining the requirements of the end user for recycled goods and making sure products can be traced back to source

  • Learning how best to logistically organize recycled product as well as determining the value of non-virgin materials

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Discussion Leader: Jason Robinson, CEO, Evoco Ltd.

  • Emily Williams, Innovation & Sustainability Partnerships Leader, Transcontinental Packaging

  • Prapti S. Muhuri, Manager, Plastics Sustainability, American Chemistry Council

  • Jan Henke, Director, ISCC


By registering to attend this webinar you are consenting to your details being shared with our event sponsor/s and agreeing to our terms and conditions.

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Webinar

Increasing System Efficiency Through Lightweighting and Composite Material Development

TUESDAY 30 MARCH 2021 // 12:00PM EDT

Lightweighting presents an ongoing effort across numerous industry verticals to optimize product performance. For example, a reduction in weight for automotive and aerospace applications can boost the fuel consumption efficiency and capacity of their products whilst simultaneously saving on cost. An increasingly popular method of lightweighting is the development of composite materials which can outperform solid components however when reducing weight, it is essential to ensure the structural integrity of the materials used. What follows is a tradeoff between weight reduction and the mechanical properties of the composite. This session will explore cutting-edge requirements for the development of composite materials as well as outlining how to stay ahead of the competition and make sure these needs are met.

Points to be discussed:

  • Determining how best to cut weight from integral components in line with design requirements

  • Learn to strike the balance between lightweight and structurally sound materials

  • Exploring how to improve the damage tolerance and reliability of composite materials

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Discussion Leader: Dr Alexander Fergusson, Founder and CEO, FAC Technology

  • Xiaoxi Wang, Board Director, SPE TPM&F and PI, BCA Product Development, Boeing

  • Munir Zanial, Senior Composites Engineer, KittyHawk

  • Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Perez, CEO, Cellmat Technologies S.L.


By registering to attend this webinar you are consenting to your details being shared with our event sponsor/s and agreeing to our terms and conditions.

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Webinar

Flammability and Toxicity Testing Best Practice for Foams in Transportation to Ensure Industry Compliance and Passenger Safety

The aerospace, mass transit and automotive industries all have stringent flammability and toxicity testing requirements to ensure passenger safety and prevent loss of life. However, there are a variety of different analysis and technologies available, and the material used (open cell versus closed cell, rigid versus flexible, chemistry), the application and the forming process all impact the results.  There is a lot of variability within a specific test that can determine the outcome such as: foam thickness, flame retardants and test configuration and equipment.

This webinar will examine how these factors impact the testing process and what to take into consideration when selecting the right thermal test for your application to ensure accurate results. The following issues will be examined:

  • Application variability on test results

  • Material selection

  • Manufacturing variability

  • Sample preparation

  • Controlling the testing environment

  • Test configuration selection

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Webinar

Benchmarking Foam Material Requirements - Reviewing and Transferring Automotive Standards and Best Practices

The automotive industry has taken a leading role in the adoption of foam materials for a broad variety of foam applications such as vehicle safety, interior and acoustical solutions.  The lightweight, noise-reducing and shock-absorbing properties of foam materials make them an ideal choice for a variety of automotive uses. Where other industries might be reluctant to adopt foam materials due to lack of performance data and material classification, automotive OEMs are leaders in benchmarking the characteristics of foam materials as they set strict specifications for their properties and operational performance.

This webinar will provide an in-depth overview of automotive foam requirements. With insights from potential end users and those within the manufacturing supply chain, including processors and material suppliers, it will offer vital perspectives on:

  • Understanding the foam-material specifications process - key insights for suppliers wishing to tap into the automotive sector

  • Outlining testing best practices and lessons learned in automotive to transfer to other industry segments including aerospace, packaging and sports and leisure

  • Examining the pending specifications under development by automotive OEMs and how these impact existing foam suppliers in relation to:

  • Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) and reducing noise in vehicles

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

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Lunch and learn

Reducing Odors from Flame Retardants in Flexible Foam, Introducing the Next Generation of Aromatic Polyether Polyols

Thursday May 20, 2021 // 12:00pm ET // Duration: 30 minutes

Polyurethane flexible foams include some amount of fire retardant chemistry to meet or exceed reaction to fire standards. For the consumer, the enhanced reaction to fire can mean increased egress time from a burning room. However, many fire retardants, particularly halogen containing fire retardants are either under review or have been banned. Along with public and media attention, according to the Department of Energy (DfE), the State of California and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are planning to establish updated flame retardancy standards. Hexion has developed a line of aromatic polyether polyols which, due to their high aromaticity, may be a of use to the polyurethane foam formulator as an additive in either reducing or finding alternatives to halogenated flame retardants. Several polyols will be reviewed with a focus on the newest polyol, Resonance™ PL92-450. The aromatic polyether polyol will be described during this discussion as an additive to a flexible foam system.

Expert speaker:

Steve Crain, PMP; Business Development Leader, Bakelite Synthetics

Sponsored by:

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Lunch and Learn

Premier Graphite Additives for Fire Retardant Foams with Improved Electrical and Thermal Conductivity

Thursday March 4, 2021 // 12:00pm EST // Duration: 30 minutes

GrafGuard® expandable graphite is a premier intumescent additive that has begun to revolutionize the fire retardant foam industry. The industry has been transforming away from hazardous halogen-containing fire retardants to a more environmentally friendly alternative without losing performance. GrafGuard expandable graphite can be incorporated into nearly any polymeric foam matrix and the fire retardant performance can be upgraded.

This presentation will describe the hows and whys to incorporate this non-hazardous, environmentally friendly, non-halogenated fire retardant additive into your foam formulation.


NeoGraf Solutions has a 140-year history in making graphite-based products in Lakewood, Ohio. With ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications, you can expect a reliable environmentally friendly product with world-wide distribution.


The foam products produced with GrafGuard expandable graphite have a proven record of performance under very stringent UL and NFPA fire tests. There is a push also for additives to do more in the systems, therefore, we are introducing Graf+® graphite powders to be used in conjunction with GrafGuard expandable graphite flakes to make optimized systems for fire retardance and thermal conductivity. The Graf+ graphite powders may also be used independently to increase the desired properties of thermal and electrical conductivity with lower loading levels than traditional additives. This can be utilized for anti-static applications, conductive adhesives, conductive thermoplastics, and anywhere a lower resistance value can be exploited.

Expert speaker:

David Stuart, Research Scientist & Application Engineer, NeoGraf Solutions

Sponsored by:

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Speaker interview

Lee Polance, Vice President of Global Technology, Engineering Adhesives at H.B. Fuller 

June 2021

Leading up to her participation in the plenary panel discussion at the Adhesives & Bonding Expo and Foam Expo conference we caught up with Lee Polance the Vice President of Global Technology, Engineering Adhesives at H.B. Fuller.

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Speaker interview

Fouad Mohammad, Principal Engineer – CFD & FEA at Bergstrom Inc. 

May 2021

In the build up to Foam Expo North America and Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2021, we spoke with Fouad Mohammed who is Principal Engineer – CFD & FEA at Bergstrom Inc.

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Speaker interview

Garrett Getter, Product Manager - Saddles, Grips and Tapes, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc.

April 2021

In the build up to the Foam Expo North America and Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2021 we spoke with Garrett Getter who is Leader of Body Geometry and saddles, grips and tapes at Specialized Bicycle Components. Garrett is passionate about the user experience for cyclists and works to continually improve the materials and manufacturing techniques used for their products. Find out more about Garretts work below.

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Blog post

Aligning Material Development Goals with the 2030 Emission Reduction Target

April 2021

Manufacturing in the United States is soon to face an adjustment to the greenhouse gas emissions targets as set by the Biden administration. Ahead of the climate summit of 40 of the world’s leaders, Biden has pledged to halve US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. In our latest blog, discover what this means for the foam and adhesives supply chains and the impact the new regulations will have on the future of material development.

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Exploring Opportunities for the Foam and Adhesives Supply Chains in China’s Domestic Markets

Following disruptions to both global and domestic supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, waterway blockages and natural disasters many companies are reportedly keen to look at new avenues for expansion. One way of doing so is to look at the world’s second largest economy, China.

Based on interview research conducted with a cross section of companies from the foam and adhesives supply chains (15 companies of varying size and function based in Europe and the US) this article will examine how businesses are already investing in China if at all, whether they see it developing in the future and identifying any barriers of entry.

Read the unique report to:

  • Find out what members of the supply chain think of China’s potential
  • Discover new opportunities for business expansion in China’s domestic markets
  • Learn about the potential barriers of entry for business with China’s domestic markets
  • Remain up to date on the growth of China’s economy and the market sectors to keep an eye on
  • Understand China’s improving quality standards and world leading regulatory requirements

Don’t miss the follow-on webinar taking place August 24th, hear from the experts directly and ask them your questions. Sign up for your free place here.

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