Influential leaders from across the plastics compounding industry will take part in four industry debates at the Compounding World Expo, which will be held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on May 8-9, 2019. Admission to the tradeshow and its conference theatre will be free-of-charge to visitors who register in advance here.

The four debates will cover the future for technical compounds, masterbatch, cable compounds and PVC. They will feature senior managers from an array of leading producers in these fields.

Compounding Worldmagazine’s editor Chris Smith will chair the discussion on the future for technical compounding, which will include: Frank Roederer, senior VP, engineering composites at A. Schulman; Jean Sirois, MD of strategic planning and acquisitions/GM Canada at RTP Company; and Tom Drye, VP emerging markets and innovation at Techmer PM.

Andrew Reynolds, director of Advance Bidco, the owner of AMI, will chair a high-level discussion on the future for thermoplastics concentrates. This will feature business leaders from major masterbatch producers including: Matthew Hellstern, CEO of Americhem; Dr. Deepak Parikh, region president and CEO at Clariant Corporation USA & Canada; and Amit Puri, owner and director marketing at Alok Masterbatches.

The future for PVC compounds will be discussed by influential representatives from leading suppliers of vinyl formulations including: Darrell Hughes, CEO of Aurora Plastics; Renee Havrilla, vice president, compounds at Westlake Compounds; and Gautam Nivarthy, vice president and general manager of the compounds business group at Mexichem Specialty Compounds. The discussion will be chaired by Sylvia Tabero, senior project consultant at AMI Consulting.

Key trends in cable compounds will be the subject of a separate discussion involving experts in this dynamic market including: Tariq Quadir, chief technologist and senior scientist at Champlain Cable; Dave Camillo, chief engineer formulations at Southwire; and Eric bates, principal engineer at General Cable.

Organised by AMI, the Compounding World Expo will take place alongside the Plastics Recycling World Expo and the Plastics Extrusion World Expo. By registering in advance, visitors will receive free admission to all three exhibitions, featuring more than 200 leading suppliers, plus free entry to five conference theatres hosting technical presentations, educational seminars and business debates. Attendees and exhibitors will also have the option to buy tickets (just $20 each) for a networking party at Cleveland’s iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the evening of May 8.

Rita Andrews, head of exhibitions at AMI said: “Our debut compounding and recycling exhibitions in Essen, Germany attracted 4,024 visitors, and we are confident that our first Cleveland shows will build on this success and be the biggest plastics industry gathering in the USA in 2019”.

The three expos, which will occupy the two largest halls at the state-of-the-art Huntington Convention Center, will feature a wide array of leading manufacturers of extrusion, compounding and recycling equipment, plus suppliers of a huge variety of polymers, additives and related services.

The exhibitor line-up already includes companies such as Clariant, Milliken, Coperion, Cabot, Leistritz, Heritage Plastics, CPM Century, Struktol, Entek, Dover Chemicals, Farrel Pomini, Ferro, Omya, Nordson, NFM, Chemours, Maag, Wacker, Lanier Color, Modern Dispersions, B&P Littleford, IMI Fabi, Zoltek, Buss, and over 160 additional leading suppliers.

The limited number of remaining booths are being filled on a daily basis. To find out more about exhibiting at any of the expos, visit ami.international/exhibitions.

To book your free ticket, which is valid for both days of the event, visit: ami.ltd/Register-AMI-Expos