ADDCOM Conference 2012

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ADDCOM Conference
26-27 September 2012
Aachen, Germany


 ADDCOM (previously known as Rapra's "Addcon" conference) has been successfully running for a number of years, constantly keeping the industry up to date with freshly researched information to tackle the challenges faced by plastics additives and compounding professionals year in year out.

Having gained an enviable reputation for being the place for plastics additives suppliers, manufacturers and compounders to get together to learn and network side by side with industry visionaries, expert speakers and end users of plastics additives, ADDCOM is the conference delegates made sure not to miss.

It will feature two parallel tracks devoted to plastic additives and compounding, giving delegates the opportunity to attend the session most relevant to their business needed.

A number of significant advances will be discussed, including the new, super strong trash liner bags, created with the aid of the new polymers. These trash can liners are super strong, fire-proof, and stretch to accommodate large loads. The development of disposable plastic bags and containers for industry is a huge opportunity waiting to be tapped

Over 150 delegates from throughout the supply chain will network with one another and exchange business opportunities at this leading event. ADDCOM is the place to be to engage in a dynamic discussions about the challenges currently impacting the market, with the opportunity to share knowledge about new materials and processing technologies that will improve existing application performance and material selections.

About Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra has been providing expert information to the plastics, rubber and composite industries for over 90 years. Our products and services unlock our expertise, delivering the information you need direct to your desktop and through industry leading events.

Conferences are one of the most effective routes to win new business with excellent networking opportunities. All Smithers Rapra conferences are structured to include plenty of time to build long-standing relationships in a focused, yet relaxed environment whether over coffee, an evening drinks reception or an informal meals.

Smithers Rapra has been organising world class technical conferences for the polymer and related industries for over 30 years. Drawing authorities from industry and academia, conferences offer the ideal forum to hear original, pioneering technical papers and meet and exchange ideas with like-minded peers from across the world.

With topics spanning the latest developments in rubber and plastics technology, legislative changes and market trends, Smithers Rapra conferences continue to attract over 1,200 senior technical executives and decision makers per year.



Most, if not all aspects of the present is influenced by plastics and many depend entirely on plastics products. Across a whole host of industries from automotive, aerospace, medicine, electronics, household goods and more rely on the unique combination of characteristics offered by plastics.

An introduction to plastics additives:

Plastic products are made from essential polymers mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Plastics rely on additives in order to be safer, cleaner, tougher and more colourful. Although additives cost money, by reducing production costs and making products last longer, costs can be reduced and usage of the world's precious raw material reserves can be reduced.

An introduction to plastics compounding:

Plastic compounding consists of preparing plastic formulations by mixing and/or blending polymers and additives in a molten state. From here the blends are automatically dosed with fixed setpoints usually through feeders/hoppers. it is mostly a blend of copolymers such as ABS, SAN, SMA etc. with additives such as anti-oxidants, UV-stabilizers and other value adding agents. Occasionally a strengthening component such as glass fibre is added.


Topics to Be Discussed


  • Improving productivity and lowering costs through high performance additives
  • Additive technologies for environmentally sustainable plastics
  • Innovations in property enhancing additives
  • Key market developments and opportunities for additives in new end user applications
  • Case studies of plastics additives for use in the packaging, electrical and automotive industries
  • Current and future requirements from raw materials and processors
  • Latest developments in compounding and periphery machine technology
  • Novel simulation tools for compounding tasks
  • Process and efficiency improvements for compounding and compounded specialties
  • Innovative compounds to fulfil specific material requirements


Who Should Attend

Whether you’re an additive supplier, compounder, manufacturer or end user of polymer materials, this conference provides arguably the best forum to learn about quickly changing technical and market developments in the global plastics industry

Achieving Profit, Performance and Process Efficiency

Back for the sixteenth year and freshly researched to tackle the challenges faced by today’s plastics professionals, Europe’s must attend plastic additives and compounding conference comes to Aachen this September. Smithers Rapra and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen have combined their collective experience and expertise to produce an exciting event for 2012 where suppliers, manufacturers, compounders and end users of plastic additives can get together to hear original technical papers on cutting edge research and network with other likeminded practitioners from across the plastics industry.

This is your opportunity to keep informed about the additive and compounding industry in an uncertain market and stay one step ahead of the competition. Two parallel tracks dedicated to Additives and Compounding will give you the chance to choose the appropriate session for your business needs. From the latest acrylic additives for improving polycarbonate scratch resistance and inorganic additives for infra red absorption, reflection and spectral filtering to the vacuum conveying of powders and granules and latest compounding machinery and processes, this conference covers it all.

Hear from brand owners Danone Research about their vision for the future of plastics packaging and materials and the role of additives and masterbatches in achieving their company goals. Discover the performance requirements for polymers and compounds from further processors and end-users, such as Ford Motor Company, Electrolux, Simona and Oechsler and experience the latest developments in compounding machinery and processes. Attend AddCom 2012 and you’ll be in very good company with senior representatives from BASF, DuPont, Dow, Merck KGaA, Bayer Technology Services, Automatik Plastics Machinery, Milliken, Coperion and others confirmed to attend.

Make the most of the numerous networking breaks, site visits to the Institute of Plastics Processing and HPF - The Mineral Engineers and a relaxed evening drinks reception to start up new business relationships and take home new ideas to implement in your own company.


A partnership between Smithers Rapra - World leader in rubber, plastics and composites expertise and IKV - Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University.

Smithers Rapra and IKV are combining their vast collective experience and expertise to bring a new offering to the plastics additives and compounding community.

Smithers Rapra has been providing expert information to the plastics, rubber and composite industries for over 90 years. Our products and services unlock our expertise, delivering the information you need direct to your desktop and through industry leading events. With topics spanning the latest developments in rubber and plastics technology, legislative changes and market trends, Smithers Rapra conferences continue to attract over 1,200 senior technical executives and decision makers per year.

IKV, the Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, is Europewide the biggest research and education institute engaged in the field of plastics processing enjoying outstanding reputation. More than 300 staff are employed in finding solutions to problems connected with processing, materials technology and part design in the plastics and rubber industries. IKV’s close contacts with industry and science, together with its outstanding facilities, enable cutting edge research in plastics technology and ensure that students benefit from a comprehensive, practically oriented course of study.

Attend for FREE

All Smithers Rapra Plastic member companies get three FREE places at AddCom 2012 plus a whole host of other member benefits including the best picks from the world’s largest collection of polymer and plastics databases and publications. If plastics form a critical part of your business, this membership is your essential partner for success.

 Get in touch for more information on how Smithers Rapra membership can benefit you.

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Venue information

Pullman Quellenhof Hotel

Located right next to the Kurpark, located between the casino and the convention centre, lies the elegant Pullman Aachen Quellenhof. One of the prime addresses of the European hotel business, the Quellenhof has been the preferred residence of prominent Aachen visitors from politics, industry and culture for many years. Restored with much love and dexterity, it offers you tradition with state-of-the-art comfort and top-class service.

How to Book Your Accommodation

Speakers and delegates are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation. Please contact the hotel directly to book your room at the Pullman Quellenhof Hotel. T: +49 (0) 241 91320 • F: +49 (0) 241 9132100 • E:

How to Register

Phone: +44 1372 802006


Early bird price €849 (expires 31 July 2012)
Full delegate price €949 (1 August – 14 September) IKV
Member price €749 (available any time)

Please note: A late booking fee of €100 will apply to any registrations received after 14th September 2012.
VAT will be applied at the German rate of 19%.