Current Agenda
Day One: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Tim Reilly, Clariant Plastics & Coatings USA: Morning Session Moderator
9:00 am General Session
  Margaret Baumann, PINFA NA/FRX Polymers: Opening Remarks: PINFA NA
9:05 am SAMPE, SPE, SAMPE, SPE Automotive Division: Opening Remarks Co-Sponsor Organizations: SAMPE, SPE Automotive Division
9:15 am Jeffrey Helms, PhD, Celanese, Keynote #1: "Evolution of Automotive Standards for Flammability, Odor and Emissions”
10:05 am Roger Avakian, PhD, Polyone Corporation: Primer: "Fire Retardant Materials: Fire Science, FRs, FR Materials & Testing"
11:05 am Morning Break/Networking
11:30 am Adrian Beard, PhD, PINFA/Clariant Germany: Review of Global Regulatory Developments Impacting on Flame Retardants
12:00 pm Robert Crescenzo, Lancer Insurance: Fire Safety: Motor Coach Industry 
12:30 pm Lunch
  Robert Weiler, Amfine Chemical: Afternoon Session Moderator
1:30 pm Susan Mack, Delphi Automotive: Increasing Use of Electronics in Automotive
2:00 pm

Sean Crow, Tri-Iso: New Trends in Advanced Composites for Ground Transportation

2:30 pm

TBD, Adler Pelzer Group:  Acoustic Materials in Ground Transportation: Fire Safety Considerations (invited speaker)

3:00 pm Afternoon Break/Networking
3:25 pm Tom Fabian, Underwriter Laboratories (UL): Electricifcation Trends - Ground Transportation
3:55 pm Nabarun Roy, Ph.D., BASF: TPU Innovations for Future Trends in Automotive Industry
4:25 pm Richard Barone, TPR2 (Thermal Product Research): Extreme Duty Fire/Smoke Race Technologies with Surface Transportation Applications
  TBD, Huber: Panel Discussion Moderator
4:55 pm Panel Discussion: Day #1 speakers, Melissa Widener (Unifrax)  & invited subject matter experts
5:30 pm End of Conference Day One
5:45 pm Speaker & Attendee Networking Reception (Dearborn Inn)
Day Two: Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:45 pm General Session


TBD, Morning Session Moderator

8:45 am

Continental Structural Plastics, Keynote #2: Electric Vehicles and the Future of Plastics (invited speaker)

9:30 am

Jason Huczek, Southwest Research Institute: U.S. NHTSA Project Work: Motor Coach Fire Saftey Study 2015 & Rcent Efforts for Evaluating Flammability of Interior Materials

10:00 am

Ritch Koeth,  A. Schulman: Flame Retardants 101: A Guide for the Automotive Industry

10:30 am

Morning Break/Networking

10:55 am

Eric Bates, General Cable: Fire Safety Trends in Wire & Cable for Ground Transportation

11:25 am

Cindy Liu, Clariant China: Recent Developments in Chinese Automotive and Bus Market Concerning FR Materials


TBD Panel Discussion Moderator

11:55 am

Panel Discussion: Day #2 speakers & invited subject matter experts

12:25 pm

Kerry Smith, Nabaltec: Closing/Final Remarks

12:30 pm

End of Technical Program

Optional: Ford Tour

12:45 pm

Hotel Bus, carpool or walk from Dearborn Inn to Henry Ford Museum (0.7 miles distance)

1:00 pm

Lunch (on your own) at Henry Ford Museum

1:45 pm

Bus from Henry Ford Museum to  Ford Motor Company Rouge Assembly Plant - F150 Truck plant (group tour)

3:15 pm

Return to Henry Ford Museum

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Tour Henry Ford Museum (on your own)   Note: Henry Ford Museum within walking distance from Dearborn Inn)



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