Hudson resident to co-chair plastics conference in Akron

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Dr. Viv Malpass will again co-chair the 11th Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Topical Conference on Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) Sept. 16-18 in the Akron Fairlawn Hilton. TPEs are a special family of plastics which combine the elasticity properties of cured rubber with those of thermoplastics. Unlike crosslinked cured rubber, they are melt processable on conventional thermoplastic equipment and are recyclable. The conference will feature the latest developments in global marketing, TPE materials, properties, applications, product design and processing. The Conference draws technical and marketing attendees from the U.S. and around the world to share in the latest TPE developments.

Malpass is a longtime resident of Hudson, where he resides with his wife, Dorothy. He is past president and distinguished member of SPE International, past president of the Akron and South East Ohio sections of SPE and the past president of the Plastics Pioneers Association. He is currently president of the Akron SPE Section.

His career in plastics spans more than 50 years starting in 1960 with Midland Silicones in Barry, S.Wales, UK and continuing in the US with Borg-Warner, Rohm and Haas, Ferro, Furon and Plasticolors. In 1996 he founded Tek-Mark International, his own plastics consulting company. Areas of expertise include plastic selection and sourcing,

formulating and compounding, problem solving and technical marketing. He has published over 35 technical papers and a number of book chapters and has given numerous technical presentations. He has also chaired a number of other SPE Conferences and has been chairman of the SPE Annual Awards Committee. In 1992 he established the Intersociety Polymer Education Task Force which lead to the Polymer Ambassador Program which teaches teachers about polymers and plastics. This program has been instrumental in reaching out to more than 4 million school children and encouraged them to follow careers in science and technology and particularly polymers and plastics.

The Akron Hilton has been the home of this conference every other year since 2001.

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