Inteva Products Sponsors Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive TPO Global Conference

TROY, Mich., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inteva Products, a leading global automotive interior supplier, is sponsoring the 13th Annual Society of Plastic Engineers® (SPE®) Automotive TPO Global Conference to be held at the Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel, October 3 -5, 2011. The conference, noted as the world's leading automotive polyolefins forum, is organized by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) International. Norm Kakarala, Senior Technical Fellow, Inteva Products will serve as Technical Program Chair for the forum.

"This year's technical program features more than 40 talks from all sectors of the automotive plastics industry – from OEMs and molders to materials, additives, and reinforcement suppliers, to universities – and we've seen increased participation from our colleagues in Europe and Asia," said Kakarala. "As our industry steps up to the challenge of higher fuel efficiency and greater sustainability, plus competing in a global marketplace, there is considerable growth opportunity for polyolefins. To highlight this, we've added two new sessions this year. Polyolefin Foams will cover sheet foams and cellular plastics that increasingly are being used on vehicle interiors to reduce weight and save process steps. Automotive TPO/TPEs will examine new materials and processes for body/glazing seals, interior skins, wire and cable, airbag doors, and shifting requirements for underhood components. As always, our program emphasis is on providing practical information and highlighting emerging trends impacting this industry."

The event's preliminary technical program is at

Since 1998, the SPE Automotive TPO Global Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semistructural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins. Throughout that time, polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The show typically draws attendees from 20 countries who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) as well as thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) technologies. The event offers attendees an environment for networking and exploration into the latest developments in materials, processing, and applications for these versatile families of thermoplastic resins.

About SPE®

The mission of SPE International is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances. SPE's Detroit Section is active in educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic-based composites developments – particularly in the automotive industry.

About Inteva Products, LLC

Inteva Products, LLC is a leading global supplier offering value-based innovation and environmentally-friendly products that enhance quality and performance. Inteva serves original equipment manufacturers in six key markets: automotive, commercial vehicle, defense, marine, consumer and industrial. Focused on delivering high-value quality, on time and on budget, Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interiors Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Inteva is focused on sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and being a best place to work for employees. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan and employs over 8,000 people in 18 countries. For more information, please visit

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