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5th World Elastomer Summit

Date: 7th March 2018 - 8th March 2018 Location: Europe

For its 5th edition, the World Elastomer Summit will return to Dusseldorf, Germany on the 7th & 8th March 2018.

With the volatility of butadiene prices still very much influencing the industry, amongst other factors, the elastomer market is yet to adjust to a more stable supply & demand balance.

On top of this, the elastomer production is still in high demand. It is a fact for the usual main driver – the tyre industry, or new and emerging other applications for end-products. The industry, as the chemicals and plastic ones in general, is also undertaking, important and much needed, changes and improvement in terms of sustainability & recycling.

Over the two days, key industry experts will discuss these challenges & opportunities, as well as industry drivers & future trends, over insightful case studies and interactive panel discussions.

Join us in Dusseldorf to benefit from their experiences. You will exchange it with your peers and network with actors from the entire industry.


Exclusive Site Visit:

We are pleased to say we have secured a unique opportunity to visit both Black Bear Carbon & Arlanxeo sites in The Netherlands.

There are no extra charge for spaces on site visits. They are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Please notify your interest upon registration. See below for further details.


7th March 2018
8th March 2018
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Lauriane Pardoux – Content
+44 (0)20 3141 0632
Jayme Burns – Logistics
+44 (0) 203 141 0640
Aleksandre Chrikishvili – Sponsorship
+48 (0) 61 646 9780
Rafael Krupa – Marketing, Sales & Media Partnerships
+48 61 646 7040


We will confirm the venue approximately 4-6 weeks before the event to ensure we find the most suitable space because numbers can vary dramatically. There will be a discounted accommodation rate for conference attendees.
Dusseldorf, Germany
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  • Focus on Elastomers Feedstocks
  • Butadiene’s Volatility
  • The Elastomer Market – Global & European Scale
  • Circular Economy & Sustainability in the Elastomer Industry
  • Recycling & Upcycling Elastomers
  • Low PAH Products: Challenges & Opportunities
  • Elastomers vs. Other Polymers
  • Renewable Elastomers
  • Exploring Applications & Performance
  • The Tyre Industry
  • The Impact of Electrical/Hybrid Vehicles on the Elastomers Industry
  • (Other) End-Products

For this 5th edition of the event, we have gathered some key industry players to form an advisory committee and help us build the conference agenda, on top of our research.

  • Gerard van Doremaele, Head of R&D – BL Keltan Elastomers, ARLANXEO
  • Chris Twigg, Product – R&D, Black Bear Carbon
  • Floran PRADES, Low Pressure Polyolefins – Structure Property Processing Relationship, Project Driven Organisation – Innovation and Technology, Borealis
  • Jiří Brejcha, Material development, MITAS
  • Stephen Pask, Staff Scientist, Elastomers – Global Technology 5P & Elastomers, Polymers SBU, SABIC
  • Ger Vroomen, Senior Market Manager Automotive, Teknor Apex

Tuesday 6th March 2018

On the afternoon of Tuesday 6th March, before the conference, a limited number of attendees will have the opportunity to visit both the Black Bear Carbon‘s pyrolysis plant (Nederweert, NL) and Arlanxeo‘s EPDM plant (Geleen, NL).


Sites Visit Schedule

  • 11:30 Site visit registration at conference hotel/venue
  • 12:00 Bus departs conference hotel/venue
  • 13:10 Arrival at Black Bear Carbon tyre pyrolysis plant in Nedeweert, NL
  • 13:20 Welcoming Address by Black Bear Carbon representative(s) & introduction of the plant
  • 13:40 Black Bear Carbon tyre pyrolysis plant tour
  • 14:40 Refreshments & final Q&A
  • 15:00 Bus departs Black Bear Carbon plant
  • 15:40 Arrival at Arlanxeo EPDM plant in Geleen, NL
  • 15:50 Welcoming Address by Arlanxeo representative(s) & introduction of the plant
  • 16:10 Arlanxeo EPDM plant tour
  • 17:40 Refreshments & final Q&A
  • 18:00 Bus departs Arlanxeo plant
  • 19:00 Arrival at the conference hotel/venue in Dusseldorf, Germany


Please confirm your interest in joining this exclusive double site visit when booking for the conference.

There is no extra charge to attend the site visit, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note that, due to compliance reasons, attendance is subject to approval from Black Bear Carbon & Arlanxeo.

  • Stephen Pask, Staff Scientist, Elastomers – Global Technology 5P & Elastomers, Polymers SBU, Sabic (conference chairman)
  • Stephen Bowers, Feedstock And Petrochemical Technologies, Evonik
  • Gerard van Doremaele, Head of R&D BL Keltan Elastomers, Arlanxeo
  • Dr. Floran Prades, Low Pressure Polyolefins – Structure Property Processing Relationship, Project Driven Organisation – Innovation and TechnologyBorealis
  • Chris Twigg, DirectorBlack Bear Carbon
  • Dr. Ingrid van der Meer, Manager Busienss Unit Bioscience Coordinator DRIVE4EU, Wageningen University & Research
  • Ger Vroomen, Senior Market Manager – Automotive, Teknor Apex
  • Ed Juline, Managing Director, Polymer Solutions Group
  • Jiří Brejcha, Material DevelopmentMITAS
  • Thomas Hanel, Head of Material InnovationPirelli
  • Sebastian Eyerer, Research AssistantInstitute for Energy Systems – Technical University of Munich


If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the 2018 edition with a 20-30 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

Lauriane Pardoux

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0632

Email: lpardoux@acieu.net  


The elastomer industry, like many other industries, is constantly looking for innovations in order to compete among its players and other technologies.  Innovation can come from within the major players, universities and suppliers to the industry.  Without these innovations, the industry stagnates and doors open for competitors and competitive technologies to enter.  Polymer Solutions Group is a manufacturer of formulated chemicals that improve the performance, processing and protection of polymers.  We are focused on creating and sustaining this innovation for our partners through deep customer intimacy.  Our products are used in synthetic rubber production, tire production and non-tire production.

  • ProMix – Homogenizing agents to reduce mix time and improve extrudability
  • SureMix – Silica process aids to improve processability and optimize physical properties
  • PolyCoat – Advanced slurry polymer partitioning agents for improving processability
  • TechKote – Next generation release agents


ACI has put together a range of packages to suit your requirements. These range from branding options, to full scale partner solutions and can be tailored to meet your objectives and budgets.

If you are launching a new product or service and wish to gain visibility and brand recognition within your industry, contact us today!

For commercial opportunities, please contact:

Alex Chrikishvili

Tel: +48 (0) 61 646 7027

Email: alex@acieu.net

BASF | ExxonMobil | Borealis Polymers Oy | Evonik Industries AG | Fluor | ORGKHIM | Dynasol | Braskem | Krahn Chemie GmbH | Lanxess International | Nynas | MOL GROUP | Teknor Apex |Ergon Refining | Elastopole | Varsalis | Invista | Styron Europe | Sulzer Chemtech | Trans Ocean | PIRELLI TYRE | Bridgestone | YACCO | Mitsui Chemicals Europe | Smithers Rapra | Repsol | Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC) | Solvay | LMC International | Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research | Omya | SteDaPa Consulting | Shroff S.R. Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology | RECIPNEU | VMI-Group | BlackBear Carbon | Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) | Synthos | AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals | Cooper Tire Europe | Michelin | CPE Lyon | LRCCP | MITAS | Global Bioenergies | MCCP France | Huntsman Polyurethanes | Tomra Sorting NV | Technip | Unger | Wacker Chemie | Mitas | Sulzer | Trinseo | Kimberly – Clark | Amersports Footwear | Addivant | Dynasol Elastomers | Kraton Polymers | Sumitomo Rubber Industries | IFPEN | Petrofer AG | Tyre Industry Research | GAJ | TechSci Research | Wrigley Europe | IFPEN | Sibur | INTEREP | Mitas | Arçelik  Trinseo | French Oil Mill Machinery Co | Balkrishna Industries (BKT) | Hutchinson | SIGMA Engineering | DSM Engineering Plastics | Jacobs Consultancy | Chemical Inspection And Regulation Services and many more!

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5th World Elastomer Summit - Conference Pass (inc. documentation pack) - Early Bird Discount£1,315.0017.5% Early Bird Discount valid until 30th September (regular rate - £1595)
5th World Elastomer Summit - Documentation Package Only£420.00
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