Smithers Rapra’s eighth international conference for the latex and emulsion industry is coming to Kuala Lumpur in September 2013. 

From coatings to carpets to condoms, this conference will provide the essential update on the latest trends and developments in natural rubber latex, aqueous synthetic polymer latices, processing chemicals and additives, latex-based products and relevant legislation.

Natural and synthetic polymer latices are still at the heart of a wide range of applications.  Although traditionally dominated by disposable gloves for medical applications, the market has seen marked changes in recent years, driven chiefly by the emerging economies of China and India.  Recent steep rises in the cost of natural rubber latex have forced manufacturers to evaluate alternative materials and confront all of the problems associated with a major change in product properties.  Legislation governing the use of volatile solvents has further opened up the sector with water-based dispersions and latices increasingly used as substitutes for solvent-based systems such as adhesives, sealants and coatings.

There are, however, several challenges which lie ahead. The perennial quest for zero allergy elastomers will remain a key focus for the industry, as will the increasing pressure of legislation and the continuing need to identify emerging opportunities within this business sector. 

This conference provides an effective forum to discuss the latest market, technology and materials news. Topics to be addressed will include new materials, machinery and equipment developments, application methods, latex-based products, standards and regulatory requirements, materials testing, quality control and market trends.

  • Aik Hwee Eng, Module Director, Medical R&D Ansell Shah Alam Sdn BhdFind out more
  • Bert Krutzer, PhD Kraton Innovation CenterFind out more
  • David Hill, Technical Consultant David Hill & AssociatesFind out more
  • Dr Azura A .Rashid and Ms Mufidah Sidek, Associate Professor Universiti Sains MalaysiaFind out more
  • Dr. Chee Cheong Ho, Adjunct Professor Universiti Tunku Abdul RahmanFind out more
  • Dr. Devaraj Veerasamy , Program Leader for Pollution Control Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia, Malaysian Rubber BoardFind out more
  • Dr. Joachim Storsberg, Head of the Department “Functional Medical Polymers” Fraunhofer IAPFind out more
  • Dr. Khairiah Haji Badri, Associate Professor, Head of Polymer Research Center Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaFind out more
  • Dr. Siby Varghese, Deputy Director Rubber Research Institute of India Find out more
  • Dr. Sören Butz, SBU Functional Polymers Synthomer Deutschland GmbHFind out more
  • Hardi Tamm IcosagenFind out more
  • Jamshid Avloni, President/CEO Eeonyx CorporationFind out more
  • Kevin O’Hara , Global Production Irradiator Sales Manager NordionFind out more
  • M. Siti Nor Qamarina, Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia, Malaysian Rubber Board Find out more
  • Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas FRSC Mahatma Gandhi UniversityFind out more
  • Rosamma Alex, Dy. Director, Rubber Technology , Rubber Research Institute of India Rubber Research Institute of IndiaFind out more

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