Registration Opens for Extrusion 2018 Conference

Industry-leading—and first-of-its-kind—annual conference devoted to all things extrusion is coming to Cleveland in September.

Polybagged along with the July issue is the full conference brochure for Plastics Technology’s Extrusion 2018 Conference, to be held Sept. 18-20 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. If you extrude film, sheet, pipe/profile/tubing, or compounded pellets, I strongly encourage you to take a close look at the technical program and list of exhibitors. Once you do, I’m confident you’ll want to register to attend Plastics Technology’s fourth event devoted to all things extrusion.

Our first three extrusion conferences were held in Charlotte, N.C., with attendance growing each time to roughly 500 last year. But Cleveland and the surrounding area is an extremely strong market for extrusion and is within a day’s drive from many other cities strong in extrusion, such as Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York and Toronto.

Our annual Extrusion Conference—the first of its kind—is distinctive in that it brings together the entire extrusion community under one roof. The program is set up so that no matter what you are extruding—film, sheet, tubing, profiles, pellets, etc.—there will be plenty there for you to learn. Over the past three years, attendees have told us time and again that they came away from the event with information and tips they can put in place immediately to make their operations more productive. And the networking opportunities—with roughly 70 of the world’s top minds in extrusion as speakers and an anticipated exhibit area of 80 companies—are unprecedented.

The program will kick off on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 18 with a session on what we’ve been calling General Extrusion. Those technical presentations will focus on topics relative to all types of extrusion processors—resins, additives, blending, drying, conveying, foaming, reclaim, controls, filtration, training, simulation, screw design, and so on. We will have additional General Extrusion sessions on the mornings of Wednesday, Sept. 19; and Thursday, Sept. 20; followed by concurrent breakout sessions after lunch on those two days, packed with presentations to give you the opportunity to hone in on your specific process.

We have four of these concurrent sessions:

  • Cast/Blown Film
  • Sheet
  • Pipe/Profile/Tubing
  • Compounding

The focus of each presentation will be on new developments, best practices, troubleshooting, processing tips and techniques—practical, hands-on material patterned after what we present every month in print and online.

Attendees have told us that they came away from the Extrusion Conference with information and tips they can put in place immediately to make their operations more productive.

There will be ample opportunity for you to network with the sharpest minds in the extrusion business during scheduled breaks, receptions, and luncheons in the tabletop exhibit area packed with suppliers of the goods and services you rely on every day to run your business.

Begin the registration process by logging on to extrusionconference.com. And don’t forget to book your hotel, as rooms fill up fast. The official conference hotel is Marriott Downtown at Key Center.

Your time and money are precious. But if you are involved in extrusion of any type, the Extrusion 2018 Conference 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.

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