Expert panel discussions to be held during IEC 2023

    Akron, OH – The Rubber Division ACS has coordinated valuable panel discussions featuring some impressive panelists in the Expo Theater during IEC that are FREE for all attendees.

    Sustainability Panel
    Tue., Oct. 17; 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    This panel of industry sustainability experts will review what they see in sustainability over the next ten years. Panelists will discuss what sustainable raw material solutions are seeing the most success, what companies value in sustainability, regulatory impacts on sustainability, sustainability via operational effectiveness, and how polymers play a role in the development of new energy efficient technologies.

    Nihat Isitman – Apple Inc.
    Ron Shaffer – Bridgestone Americas
    Lance Miller – Continental ContiTech
    Steve Foster – Birch Chemicals

    Supply Chain Panel
    Wed., Oct. 18; 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This panel of industry and academic experts will explore the current supply chain climate and what to expect over the next year. Panelists will take on questions regarding logistics cost, port operations, material availability, tariffs, trade restrictions, Russia’s impact on supply, and trade relations with China.

    Mariah Carna – Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
    Andy Schunk – Rubber News
    Chris Wagner – ChemSpec

    PFAS Regulatory Environment Panel
    Wed., Oct. 18; 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    What can your company do NOW to prepare for upcoming regulations on PFAS materials? Industry and legal experts will discuss the state of the regulatory environment and the impact of proposed PFAS regulations on fluoroelastomer and fluoropolymer markets.

    Phil Mahoney – Chesterton & Fluid Sealing Association
    Tim Bremner – Advanced Sealing Technologies
    Cy Genna – Chemours
    Alexandra Rinehart – Shin Etsu
    Michael Blumenthal – McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

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