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Event Schedule

Monday, July 22, 2013

1:00 PM to 5:00 PMExhibitor Move-in

3:00 PM to 5:00 PMRegistration Open

5:00 PM to 8:00 PMSpeaker Meeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7:00 AM to 5:00 PMRegistration Open

8:00 AM to 6:30 PMExhibits Open (Subject to change)

9:00 AM to 9:05 AMOpening Remarks

9:05 AM to 12:05 PMTechnical Presentations (Subject to change)

9:05 AM to 9:30 AM

An Overview of the Diverse Chemistry and Applications of Nitrile Latexes

An Overview of the Diverse Chemistry and Applications of Nitrile Latexes

Nitrile latex is well-known for glove dipping applications as an alternative to natural rubber latex. However, there are many other types of applications which rely on properties of nitriles such as hydrocarbon resistance, abrasion resistance and toughness. This paper will review the chemistry, polymer properties, and other variables in the nitrile emulsion system and how these influence utility in gasket, specialty paper, and other non-traditional markets.

Author:Jeffrey A. Mathys, Ph.D.,

Jeffrey A. Mathys, Ph.D.

R & D Manager

Emerald Specialty Polymers, LLC

Jeff Mathys is R&D Manager at Emerald Specialty Polymers, LLC. He completed his education in Chemistry at the University of Akron (B.S. 1990) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D. 1995). After three years of post-doctoral work, he spent nearly a decade at Sigma Aldrich Fine Chemicals in Cleveland, Ohio, in product development and process scale-up. In 2007, he joined the R&D group at Emerald Polymer Additives and Specialty Nitriles with divisional R&D responsibilities, assuming the role of R&D Manager in 2011. Jeff's main area of focus encompasses internal process control and external project development. His team works directly with customers to develop and commercialize specialty latex products for existing and new business opportunities.

Emerald Specialty Polymers, LLC

9:30 AM to 9:55 AM

Synthetic Latex Feedstock Trends: Seeking Order out of Chaos

Synthetic Latex Feedstock Trends: Seeking Order out of Chaos

In recent years the markets for synthetic latex feedstocks have been experiencing significant transitions and volatility. Fundamental shifts in the ethylene markets are being felt well down the value chain as coproduct production decreases. None of these significant changes in the overall petrochemical markets are within the sphere of influence of the synthetic latex producer, yet they play a major factor in the success of their business. This paper will examine the macro trends facing the petrochemical industry with the intent of clarifying current and near term future trends that will certainly have a major impact on the synthetic latex market.

Author:William Hyde,

William Hyde

Senior Director, Olefins and Elastomers

IHS Chemical

Bill began his career with Union Carbide Corporation in 1990 where he had various positions including engineering, optimization, planning, and logistics. In 2000, he joined Texas Petrochemicals as a Business Analyst. Bill joined CMAI in the Olefins Consulting Practice in 2002. He assumed responsibility for CMAI's Global C4 Olefins and Elastomer Practice in 2006. In 2011, IHS acquired CMAI and he was promoted to Senior Director Olefins and Elastomers in IHS Chemicals. He has published a number of papers on the Olefins and Elastomers industries as well as presented at Olefins and Elastomers Conferences around the world.

Bill has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

IHS Chemical

9:55 AM to 10:20 AM

Raw Materials Outlook and Challenges from a Supplier's Perspective

Raw Materials Outlook and Challenges from a Supplier's Perspective

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Robert L. Culp,

Robert L. Culp

Vice President, Procurement

Emerald Performance Materials

Emerald Performance Materials

10:20 AM to 10:50 AMBreak, courtesy of RCMA Americas

10:50 AM to 11:15 AM

Introduction to the Unique Chloroprene Latex by Showa Denko

Introduction to the Unique Chloroprene Latex by Showa Denko

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:James Smith,

James Smith

Showa Denko

Showa Denko
Co-author(s):Yoichiro Takenoshita,

Yoichiro Takenoshita

Show Denko

Show Denko

11:15 AM to 11:40 AM

Changing Landscape of the Asian Market--Inroads of NBR Latex

Changing Landscape of the Asian Market--Inroads of NBR Latex

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:No Dock Moung,

No Dock Moung

Economist

International Rubber Study Group

No Dock Moung is the Economist with the Secretariat of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG). He had joined the Secretariat in 2000 and is the rubber latex specialist, speaking on the topic in Americas, Asia and Europe. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, with MSc in Development Economics. The IRSG is the leading provider of economic and statistical information on the world rubber industry.

International Rubber Study Group

11:40 AM to 12:05 PM

Advancements in Rubber and Latex Disposal--Biodegradation and the Environment

Advancements in Rubber and Latex Disposal--Biodegradation and the Environment

The international environmental movement has not left the latex/rubber industry untouched and disposal considerations are becoming more scrutinized. Most of these products are disposed of through incineration and landfill disposal. For products disposed of in landfills, the persistence of these products is a point of concern and a means to induce biodegradation of these materials in anaerobic conditions is necessary. Discussed are recent advancements in technology that promote biodegradation to assimilate these products back into the natural cycle and compare these products to the biodegradation of natural rubber. The environmental impact of biodegrading these materials (landfill gas and residual chemicals) is reviewed as well as the impact of using these novel materials on a products shelf stability, strength and physical properties.

Author:Teresa Clark,

Teresa Clark

Vice President of Product Development

ENSO Plastics, LLC

Teresa Clark is the VP of Product Development with ENSO Plastics, LLC, where she develops sustainable solutions for the materials industry. One key focus is the development of technologies that accelerate the natural bio-remediation of materials in the waste environment. It is on this subject that Teresa created and instructed a continuing education course for the PR College of Engineers. Teresa also developed an educational program for middle school children to educate them on plastics, biodegradation and the environment which has been used in several private schools.

Teresa also is a member of ASTM and sits on several technical sub-committees including; Rubber, Bio-technology, Waste Management, Bio-Technology and Sustainability. She also is the Vice-Chair of Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability (AZBAS) where she oversees the development and implementation of sustainable strategies and educational outreach. Teresa is an avid environmentalist with experience in microbiology, chemistry, biodegradation and related environmental fields and holds a passion for sharing her knowledge with the industry. She has been a featured educational speaker at multiple conferences in the plastics, waste management and rubber industries.

ENSO Plastics, LLC

12:05 PM to 1:00 PMComplimentary Lunch, Courtesy of Centrotrade

1:30 PM to 4:05 PMTechnical Presentations (Subject to change)

1:30 PM to 1:55 PM

Biological and Mineral Waste-derived Latex Fillers

Biological and Mineral Waste-derived Latex Fillers

Latex products can be compounded with fillers which can serve either as inexpensive diluents of the more expensive polymer phase or reinforcing fillers to improve the physical properties of the product. We are investigating the performance of dipped films in which we have incorporated different loadings of macro, micro and nano fillers we have made from food and agricultural processing wastes. We find that the three different latices tested, Centex NRL, Vytex, and GNRL respond differently to different fillers, but that many formulations yield test specimens that exceed the ASTM 3577 surgical glove specifications and improve the properties of unfilled films.

Author:Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., FAAAS,

Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., FAAAS

Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials

The Ohio State University

Dr. Katrina Cornish is the Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University, and is Director of Research for the Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives, a private/public consortium. She is a leading global expert on alternate rubber production, processing and products, from hypoallergenic latex to liquid biofuels, and her inventions form the foundation of the domestic rubber industry. Katrina was, for six years, the Senior Vice President of R&D at Yulex Corporation, where she oversaw the company's ongoing research, development, crop science, production, validation and regulatory programs for the commercialization of Guayule latex applications in the manufacturing of safe medical devices and specialty consumer products, including extramural programs. Prior to Yulex, Katrina led the U.S. government's development of domestic natural rubber sources for 15 years. Katrina serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of NARA (North American Renewable Fuels Alliance), on the board of directors of Edison Agrosciences LLC., and of Believe in Ohio, and servers on several journal Editorial Boards. She has >200 publications and patents. In addition, she is CEO of four start-up companies, EnergyEne Inc., EnergyEne Australia Pty. Ltd, EnergyEne Africa, and DamSafe LLC.

The Ohio State University

1:55 PM to 2:20 PM

A Comparison of Cariflex (TM) Polyisoprene Latex to Natural Rubber Latex

A Comparison of Cariflex (TM) Polyisoprene Latex to Natural Rubber Latex

Cariflex IR0401 is a synthetic polyisoprene latex which can be used as an alternative for natural rubber latex to reduce the risk of Type-1 allergy. Also, it brings the outstanding combination of protection and comfort, together with high product consistency. Being free from natural rubber proteins, Cariflex IR0401, having polyisoprene as its main component, can be used on the same existing manufacturing equipment as natural rubber latex. There are some differences between the two materials both in detailed polymer structure and in latex composition, that influence the exact handling in dipped-good applications.
In this study we highlight that when these differences are properly taken into account Cariflex polyisoprene latex can make high-quality dipped goods and it provides an excellent pure alternative to natural rubber latex with similar performance benefits in strength, elasticity, and softness. For both Cariflex IR0401 and natural rubber latex, we will present rheological profiles, stability behavior, and vulcanization characteristics, and we will illustrate how these could affect the processing details. We will demonstrate how fine-tuning of these processing details delivers excellent Cariflex IR0401-based dipped goods.

Author:Bert Krutzer, Ph.D.,

Bert Krutzer, Ph.D.

Kraton Innovation Center, Amsterdam

Kraton Innovation Center, Amsterdam

2:20 PM to 2:45 PM

Update on Rheological Techniques for Latex-Modified Asphalt and Asphalt Emulsions

Update on Rheological Techniques for Latex-Modified Asphalt and Asphalt Emulsions

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Arlis A. Kadrmas,

Arlis A. Kadrmas

Technical Development Leader - Asphalt

BASF

Arlis is the Technical Development Leader Asphalt for BASF Corporation since June 2009. Arlis is currently a member of the International Technical Committee for AEMA and also a member of ISSA, NAPA, ASTM, AIChE and the Asphalt Institute. Prior to BASF Corporation, Arlis worked in the asphalt industry for Koch Materials, Sem Materials, and Road Science for 22 years. His experience includes formulating asphalt, modified asphalt, and asphalt emulsion products. He also has worked developing products and specifications for systems utilizing asphalt and asphalt emulsions for a wide range of field applications. He is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of North Dakota and resides in Wichita, KS with his wife, Crystal.

BASF

2:45 PM to 3:15 PMBreak, Courtesy of RCMA Americas

3:15 PM to 3:40 PM

The Global Disposable Glove Industry--An Overview of Trends, Markets, Polymers and Manufacturing Geographies

The Global Disposable Glove Industry--An Overview of Trends, Markets, Polymers and Manufacturing Geographies

The abstract for this presentation is not yet available. Please check back in the near future.

Author:Ravi Venkat,

Ravi Venkat

Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Medisafe Technologies

Ravi Venkat serves as Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Medisafe Technologies, a leading disposable glove company since 1989. Ravi brings over 18 years of industry experience ranging from upstream commodity latex raw materials to downstream dipped products, as well as deep market insights across both production and end use geographies. He holds a BS in Chemical engineering, a Master's in International Business, and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.

Medisafe Technologies

3:40 PM to 4:05 PM

No Longer a By-Product: The Nascent Shift from Traditional to Intentional Feedstocks

No Longer a By-Product: The Nascent Shift from Traditional to Intentional Feedstocks

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Lori Saviers,

Lori Saviers

Omnova Solutions

Omnova Solutions

4:05 PM to 5:00 PMSynthetic Latex Roundtable Panel (Subject to change)

5:00 PM to 6:30 PMNetworking Cocktail Reception, Courtesy of Tiarco Chemical

8:00 PM to 11:00 PMAkron Dispersions Casino Night

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

7:00 AM to 12:00 PMRegistration Open

7:30 AM to 8:00 AMSpeaker Meeting (if necessary)

8:00 AM to 1:00 PMExhibits Open (Subject to change)

8:30 AM to 12:10 PMTechnical Presentations (Subject to change)

8:30 AM to 8:55 AM

The Fall and Resurgence of Natural Rubber Dip Molded Goods for the Medical Marketplace: How NR Latex Survived the Latex Allergy Crisis of the '90's

The Fall and Resurgence of Natural Rubber Dip Molded Goods for the Medical Marketplace: How NR Latex Survived the Latex Allergy Crisis of the '90's

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Lori Saviers,

Lori Saviers

Omnova Solutions

Omnova Solutions

8:55 AM to 9:20 AM

European R.E.A.C.H. Overview and World Regulatory Trends

European R.E.A.C.H. Overview and World Regulatory Trends

The abstract for this presentation is not yet available. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Bonnie Stuck,

Bonnie Stuck

Senior Technical Advisor

Akron Rubber Development Board

Bonnie Stuck is a Senior Technical Advisor at Akron Rubber Development Laboratory. Previously she was Vice President of Technology for Chem Technologies, a chemical dispersion company located in Middlefield, Ohio. She is a graduate of Capital University with over 27 years' experience in the rubber and dispersion industries. She has published papers in Tire Technology International, Rubber Technology International, ITEC Select, ACS Rubber Division Education Seminars and wrote a chapter in the book Rubber Technology. She is the holder of 2 US patents, one European and one World patent.

Akron Rubber Development Board

9:20 AM to 10:05 AM

Application of a Polymeric Surfactant From Renewable Resource in Natural Rubber Latex

Application of a Polymeric Surfactant From Renewable Resource in Natural Rubber Latex

The abstract for this presentation is currently unavailable. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Manroshan Singh Jaswan Singh, Dr.,

Manroshan Singh Jaswan Singh, Dr.

Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM), Malaysian Rubber Board

Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM), Malaysian Rubber Board

10:05 AM to 10:25 AMBreak, courtesy of RCMA Americas

10:25 AM to 10:55 AM

Multivariate Analysis of Type I and Type IV Circumallergenic Natural Rubber Latex Films

Multivariate Analysis of Type I and Type IV Circumallergenic Natural Rubber Latex Films

Natural rubber latex from the Brazilian rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, is commonly used for thin film barrier applications in products such as condoms, medical gloves, and dental dams. Type I and Type IV latex allergy sensitization and subsequent allergic reactions from Hevea natural rubber latex products have created an industry demand for thin film barriers that are circumallergenic (circumvent the allergic response). Also, both Hevea and synthetic thin film products are prone to causing Type IV contact dermatitis allergies, attributed to residual thiazoles, thiurams, and carbamates accelerators.

We have developed circumallergenic natural rubber thin films, which circumvent both Type I and Type IV latex allergies, utilizing natural rubber latex from the plant species Parthenium argentatum, commonly referred to as guayule. Guayule latex is circumallergenic to Type I allergy, because its proteins do not cross-react with Hevea associated allergic proteins. The guayule latex films were cured with the accelerators diisopropyl xanthogen polysulphide (DIXP) and alkyldithiocarbamate (ZDNC) (Robinson Brothers Ltd., West Bromwich, UK). DIXP is consumed during the vulcanization process, and skin tests have shown that ZDNC does not cause dermal reactions or delayed contact hypersensitivity, thus eliminating Type IV allergy sensitization. In addition, DIXP contains no nitrogen, phosphorous and metallic elements, and so is unable to form the volatile and carcinogenic N-nitrosamine compounds during vulcanization, reducing occupational hazards for latex industry workers.
Formulations exceed the ASTM 3577 surgical glove specifications. Multivariate stochastic regression technique is used to demonstrate the individual effect of DIXP, ZDNC, as well as film thickness on tensile properties of aforementioned films.

Author:J. Lauren Slutzky,

J. Lauren Slutzky

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

10:55 AM to 11:20 AM

Review of the Biomass Research & Development Initiative with Yulex, Cooper Tire, USDA Supporting the Commercial Adaptation of Guayule for the Tire Industry

Review of the Biomass Research & Development Initiative with Yulex, Cooper Tire, USDA Supporting the Commercial Adaptation of Guayule for the Tire Industry

The abstract for this presentation is not yet available. Please check back at a later date.

Author:Leif Christoffersen,

Leif Christoffersen

Director Business Development

Yulex Corporation

Yulex Corporation

11:20 AM to 11:45 AM

Deproteinized Natural Rubber Latex (DPNRL) Enables Greater Versatility in End Product Applications and Adds an Ultra-Low Ammonia Offering

Deproteinized Natural Rubber Latex (DPNRL) Enables Greater Versatility in End Product Applications and Adds an Ultra-Low Ammonia Offering

Natural Rubber Latex (NRL) is a constant and preferred raw material for latex end product manufacturers around the globe with its ready availability, ease of processing, and the excellent performance of latex end products in critical environments. However, the presence of non-rubbers, especially certain allergenic proteins, has inhibited its continued use in several existing products and entry into new applications. The development of a surface-treated aluminum hydroxide in a dispersion composition, which targets the surface and bound proteins of both the extractable (EP) and rubber antigenic bound (AP) proteins in NRL, has been successful with a variety of latex product end users. The superior performance attributes of these deproteinized natural rubber latex (DPNRL) materials are characterized in this paper. These improvements extend beyond the ultra-low allergenicity of the DPNRL and include improved color, absence of rubber odor, and improved physicochemical attributes. Improved air and helium retention results are also reported. The availability of several new DPNRL product grades and the potential to expand applications into non-conventional areas other than latex end products is discussed.

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Author:Bill Doyle,

Bill Doyle

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vystar Corporation

Vystar Corporation

11:45 AM to 12:10 PM

Some Advances in Natural Rubber Latex Foam Manufacturing

Some Advances in Natural Rubber Latex Foam Manufacturing

The abstract for this presentation is not available at this time. Please check back in the near future.

Author:Gunther Lottmann,

Gunther Lottmann

General Manager Industrial Unit

Grupo Agroindustrial Occidente

Grupo Agroindustrial Occidente

12:10 PM to 1:00 PMNatural Latex Roundtable Panel (Subject to change)

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