WPCs

2006

The Changing Technology in WPCs
April 2-4, 2006
San Francisco, California

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Workshop: WOOD PLASTICS COMPOSITES: Science, Technology, Markets
Instructors: Prof. S. Al-Malaika, Aston University, and Dr. J. Golba, PolyOne

Session 1: Market Dynamics and Business Prospects
Moderator: Frank Maine, PSA Composites, Canada

Session 2: Commercial Uses and Industrial Applications of WPC
Moderator: Michael Burgoyne, Burgoyne Associates, Canada

Session 3: Advances in Additives Technology for Commercial Success
Moderator: Michael Burgoyne, Burgoyne Associates, Canada

Session 4: Properties and Characterization Techniques of WPC
Moderator: Frank Maine, PSA Composites, Canada

Session 5: Advances in Processing & Manufacturing Commercial Products
Moderator: Darren Bolding, Scion, New Zealand

Session 6: Advances in Woodfiber and Related Composites
Moderator: William Newson, PSA Composites, USA

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Pre-Conference Workshop: WOOD PLASTICS COMPOSITES: Science, Technology, Markets
Instructors: Dr. Frank Maine and Mr. Michael Burgoyne

The workshop will cover the materials, processing and markets for woodfibre/plastic composites (WPC's). Included in the discussion of materials are the plastics used, the fillers, and the additives. The processing discussion covers single-screw and twin-screw extrusion, and injection molding. The market discussion includes the construction industry with examples of decking, fencing and siding.

Outline of workshop by topics:
  • Introduction and concepts
  • wood fiber - type, size, drying, other cellulosic fibres
  • plastic - PE, PVC, PP, future
  • markets - construction
    • decking
    • fencing
    • siding
    • other
  • processing - extrusion
    • twin-screw
    • single-screw
    • concentrate
    • profile
  • processing - injection molding
  • additives
    • compatibilizers
    • UV stabilizers
    • Fungicides
    • Foaming agents
    • Lubricants
    • Thermal stabilizers
  • testing
  • building code approval - U.S. and Canada
  • future markets
  • future materials - 2nd generation WPC's
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Session 1: Market Dynamics and Business Prospects
Moderator: Frank Maine, PSA Composites, Canada
"The Customers' Wants and Needs" Eric Kent, Alcoa Home Exteriors
"Technical Wants and Needs" Shane O'Neill, University of Maine
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Session 2: Commercial Uses and Industrial Applications of WPC
Moderator: Michael Burgoyne, Burgoyne Associates, Canada
"Acceptance of Plastic/Wood Composites in the Building Industry" Mat Taylor, Washington State University
"Landscape Architecture with WPC" Maurice Nelischer, University of Guelph
"Materials and Design: plastic, wood and everything in between" Kara Johnson, IDEO
"A Look at the Bridge Market" Andrew Burgess, Burgess Engineering Inc.
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Session 3: Advances in Additives Technology for Commercial Success
Moderator: Michael Burgoyne, Burgoyne Associates, Canada
"Novel Coupling Agents for High-Performance WPC" David Dean, DuPont
"New Processing Aid Package for WPCS" James Nelson, 3M
"Heat and UV Stabilization in Polypropylene-based WPCS" Joseph Fay, Ciba
"PVC/Natural Fiber Composites. Old idea? Think Again." Edward Schut, Creafill Fibers
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Session 4: Properties and Characterization Techniques of WPC
Moderator: Frank Maine, PSA Composites, Canada
"Quantitative Analysis of Wood Fiber in WPCs" Manny Farag, Specialty Minerals
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Session 5: Advances in Processing & Manufacturing Commercial Products
Moderator: Darren Bolding, Scion, New Zealand
"The Technology for Non-Fading WPCs" Roland Baker, Dyad Fibafast
"Advances in Alternative Fiber Processing for Fiber Composites" Ralph Cutillo, Coperion
"WF Made by the MDF Process for Extrusion and Injection Molding" Jeremy Warnes, Scion
"Processing of WPCs with a Co-Rotating Twin-Screw Extruder and a Gear Pump" Mark Mulone, Entek
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Session 6: Advances in Woodfiber and Related Composites
Moderator: William Newson, PSA Composites, USA
"New Melamine Resins for Advanced WPCs" Ulf Panzer, Agrolinz Melamine Int'l
"Calcium Carbonate as a Filler in WPCs" Tom Dombrowski, Specialty Minerals
"Talc as a Filler in WPCs" Tom Dombrowski, Specialty Minerals
"Mica as a Filler in WPCs" Tom Dombrowski, Specialty Minerals
"Portland Cement as a Filler in WPCs" Leonardo Simon, University of Waterloo
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