Plastics Technology’s Extrusion 2016 Conference will be held Dec. 6-8 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Extrusion professionals know there are a few premier events that will help them keep up on technology trends in their field. If you plan to attend the K 2016 show in Dusseldorf this October, you’ll have time to get over the time change by Dec. 6-8 for The Extrusion 2016 Conference, Plastics Technology’s second annual technical event devoted to all things extrusion. It will be held at The Sheraton Le-Meridien Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.

Last year’s conference—held in November in Charlotte—drew nearly 400 people over a two-day period. Owing to the overwhelming success of that event, we’ve added a half-day to this year’s program and moved it to a hotel with larger meeting rooms. We also pushed it up a month, owing to the fact that many of you likely will be travelling to Germany between Oct. 19 and 26 to attend K 2016.

We’re anticipating a full house again for the Extrusion 2016 Conference, so it’s not too early to block those days off on your calendar. Over the weeks and months ahead, we will begin putting the program together. You might want to bookmark our website and check for periodic program updates, pricing, and the like. We’ll also be blogging regularly as the event takes shape, so be on the lookout.

Our 2016 program will be set up similarly to last year’s. We’ll have half-day sessions—beginning on the afternoon of Dec. 6 and then in the mornings of Dec. 7-8—on general extrusion topics that you might find interesting regardless of what comes out of your die. These will include presentations on resins, additives, blending, drying, conveying, foaming, reclaim, controls, training, simulation, screw design and the like.

Then, on the afternoons of Dec. 7-8, we’ll have concurrent breakout sessions that will give you the opportunity to hone in on your particular process. We have four of these concurrent sessions planned: Cast/Blown Film, Sheet, Pipe/Profile/Tubing, and Compounding.

All told, the program will consist of about 70 presentations. The focus of each will be on new developments, best practices, troubleshooting, and processing tips and techniques—modeled after what we present every month in print and online—because we know you don’t want to travel to Charlotte to hear sales pitches from vendors.

We recognize that you’re probably more pressed for time these days than ever. We also know you have a lot of outside events competing for that time. And again, we know this is a K Show year. But the Charlotte event will be organized so that it’ll be the only extrusion technical conference you’ll need to attend this year—and beyond—if your business involves pumping hot polymer through a die to form a film, sheet, pipe, profile or pellet. If you want to be updated on the latest technological developments in extrusion, this is the place to be.

I hope you can make it. In the meantime, please feel free to direct any questions you might have to me at jcallari@ptonline.com.