Improving Processing and Product Performance with Specialty Additives

May 27, 2021 |

Specialty additives have been developed that increase extrusion line speed, reduce die drool build up, improve flow properties, improve coefficient of friction, and more.

These materials have a broad range of benefits, to improve processing and product performance. This webinar is a “must see” for product manufacturers, extruders, and injection molders looking to improve processing while attaining superior product performance.


  • Additives for line speed and die drool improvement
  • High-flow SAN carrier resins, chain extenders and compatibilizers
  • Additives to improve coefficient of friction
  • Anti-scratch and mar additives
  • Impact modifiers, coupling agents and flame-retardant masterbatches

Presenter 1:

Mike McCormack

Business Unit Manager

As a business unit manager, Mike and his team are responsible for sourcing and distributing high-value additives for the plastics industry. These include compatibilizers, surface modifiers, chain extenders, flame retardants, impact modifiers, coupling agents and scratch-and-mar resistance additives. Mike has spent most of his career in the chemical and plastics industry with roles in marketing, sales, and corporate development in the automotive, wire and cable, and polymer distribution markets. Mike has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Auburn University and received a management development certificate from Case Western.

Mike McCormack

Presenter 2:

Cosimo Cargagna

Global Business Development Manager

Cosimo Carfagna joined SACO AEI Polymers in 2013 as global business development manager in the additives area. The main focus of his position is on business development with functional additives, flame retardants, masterbatches and customized specialty solutions to compounders and converters. He previously worked for global polymer and additive manufacturers in various assignments in Italy, the Netherlands and the United States. Cosimo studied chemical engineering and graduated from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy. Later, he held post-doctorate assignments at the University of Naples, University of Salerno and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH before joining the polymer industry.

Cosimo Cargagna

Presenter 3:

Emily Vrbensky

Application Development Leader

Emily graduated from Case Western University in 2016 with a B.S. in polymer science and engineering. She has worked in the wire and cable industry since graduation, starting out as a materials engineer at a wire and cable manufacturer. She joined the SACO AEI team in 2019 as an application development leader, bringing with her a unique view of customer needs and processing issues common to wire and cable extrusion.

Emily Vrbensky

Presenter 4:

Dale Zevotek

Application Development Leader

With over 25 years of experience in plastics processing—including wire and cable, extrusion, injection molding, compounding and blow molding—Dale Zevotek brings an experienced and determined approach to any processing challenge. Dale started in fiber optics operations and engineering and worked his way through copper data, compounding, power cable production and molding—there is an encyclopedia of applications and processes Dale can draw from in his background. Mr. Zevotek received his degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and furthered his education with an MBA from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC.

Presenter 5:

Danielle Sherman

Commercial and Product Manager - Custom Solutions

Danielle has been working in the additives space at SACO AEI Polymers since graduating from Winona State University in 2015. Her first several years were spent developing several new impact modifiers and coupling agents for the SACO product families. She has a collaborative approach when working with customers to identify their needs and solve their problems.