Exploring Product End-of-Life Options to Further Enable a Functional Circular Economy
TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 2021 // 4PM CEST // 3PM BST // 10AM ET
- Understanding the different options available for material end-of-life processing
- Ensuring reliable avenues for material collection and recycling
- Finding suitable applications for non-virgin materials and improving their mechanical properties to suit them
Exploring Opportunities for the European and United States Foam and Adhesives Supply Chains in China’s Domestic Markets
TUESDAY 24 AUGUST, 2021 // 5PM CEST // 4PM BST // 11AM ET
The Chinese economy is second only to the United States and has been growing rapidly over the past 30 years. Following disruptions to both global and domestic supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, waterway blockages and natural disasters many companies are reportedly keen to look at new avenues for business expansion. One way of doing so is to look at China’s domestic markets which offer a range of opportunities in sectors such as automotive, electric and hybrid vehicles, aerospace renewable energy and apparel. However, export tariffs and transportation costs do present a potential barrier of entry to these markets.
Based on interview research conducted with the supply chain, Foam Expo and Adhesives & Bonding Expo team produced a feature article exploring opportunities for US and European based companies in China. A panel of industry experts will discuss the findings in the article and conduct anonymous polls with the audience to ascertain their perspective on opportunities in China. For companies looking to grow their international presence, this webinar will be an unmissable insight into the future of the foam and adhesives market.
Points to be discussed:
- Determining the extent to which the European and US foam and adhesives supply chains have an established presence in China’s domestic markets
- Exploring market growth opportunities for the foam and adhesives supply chains in China’s domestic markets
- Understanding the potential barriers of entry that must be considered for US and European businesses
- Curt Huettner, Director Of Sales, Milcut Inc
- Steve Sopher, Technical Director, JSP
- Vahid Salamat, Sales & Business Development Director, Erlenbach Machines
- Michael Chan Managing Director, Kurtz Ersa Asia
- James Bridges, Director of HPP Business Units, Zotefoams plc
Overcoming Crisis: Implementing Sustainable Business Continuity Strategy in the Wake of COVID-19
TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY, 2021 // 4PM CET
Points to be discussed:
What potential market growth areas and new material development could provide opportunities the foam supply chain?
- How can financial recovery be sped up and how can supply chain cooperation foster this?
- How has the pandemic changed the meaning of sustainable business practice for the foam industry?
- How could COVID-19 affect circular economy and its implementation?
Jean-Louis Dorey, CEO, Dorey Converting Systems
Bart Janssen, Vice President Engineered Foams & Energy, Armacell International S.A.
Mike Murray, CTO, The Vita Group
Meeting Material Specifications and Maximising Throughput: Increasing Manufacturing Efficiency Through Optimal Processing Techniques
TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER, 2020 // 4PM CET
For end users and foam manufacturers a reduction in production time can lead to a reduction in cost. With a wealth of new market growth areas emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the foam supply chain must adapt to meet these demands. In order to do so, understanding the latest in materials and processing is of the utmost importance. This session will explore the options for manufacturing and processing engineers in order to help them decide how best to supply the new demand.
Points to be discussed:
For the end user market, what can be done to improve manufacturability and best meet their material specifications?
- How can the foam supply chain meet the rising demand for materials in the most efficient way possible?
- What exciting new market growth areas have emerged in 2020 and how can they be met by the foam supply chain?
- What alternate materials and processes are out there and how can the foam supply chain utilise them?
Stéphane Hatterer, Team Leader - Qualification Engineering, FACC Operations GmbH
Achieving Sustainable Material Development and Communicating its Value for the Consumer
Tuesday 10th November, 2020 // 4PM CET
Material sustainability is a broad term with many exciting avenues to be explored. For the foam end user or consumer, it can be challenging to determine how best to strive for a circular economy with so many options available. This session explores how sustainable materials such as bio-based or recycled are being implemented. It also discusses how end users and consumers alike can best understand the story of their sustainable product and its value.
Points to be discussed:
- Finding out which sustainable material options are available and how they could benefit your application
- Enabling improved collaboration within the supply chain to ensure a sustainable future
- How to simplify and present sustainable materials to the consumer without resorting to jargon
Prof. Dr. Ing. Volker Altstädt, Professor, Chair of Polymer Engineering, University of Bayreuth
Özak Durmuş, Sustainability Senior Engineer, Ford Otosan
Clément Affholder, Manager Innovation Materials and Plastic Engineering, VAUDE
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Predicting Foam Performance in Impact Applications for Accident and Damage Prevention Using Foams for Impact Absorption
6th June, 2018
Foams are used in many applications that require shock and impact absorption. This can be safety related, for accident and damage prevention, as well as comfort related, such as in sports helmets, car bumpers and car seats, but also in flooring and defence applications.
Managing Impact Energy
Impact energy is managed not just through compression, but also by fracture, flex and tension, and the performance requirements depend on the type of impact the product must endure. Sometimes, the application requires multiple impact resistance versus a single impact, as is the case in different types of sports helmets, for example. The higher the density of the foam, the higher its impact absorption, but higher density means more weight, and – in many cases – weight is a key performance requirement for the end-user.
Balancing these requirements is challenging, and a key issue for product developers is predicting foam performance in different impact circumstances and selecting the right material for an application. In many cases, this is done by sampling and testing many different foams on a trial and error basis.
This webinar will examine how foams function in impact energy application and will address the following topics:
- Examining foam performance in different impact circumstances
- Balancing foam density, weight, resilience and thickness for optimum impact absorption
- Evaluating how physical foam properties affect its performance: for example, cell size, structure and distribution, durometer, resilience, and any widely used standards for describing foam attributes
- Predicting foam performance through modelling