Event Date/Time: Apr 03, 2006 End Date/Time: Apr 04, 2006
Registration Date: Mar 31, 2006
Early Registration Date: Mar 03, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 30, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Feb 01, 2006
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Description

This Congress is aimed at the latest trends in commercialization and technology in this rapidly growing field that is becoming global in nature. There will be a workshop, poster session, and an exhibit area.

Exciting new applications, novel combination of wood/plastic properties and rapid growth are fueling the WPCs market. The decking market has been the first one to be addressed in a major fashion. Other construction market applications are now coming to the fore. Railing to go with the decking has been the next for most companies. Some players have pursued window and door profiles. The fencing market, which is quite large, is seeing a major effort as several companies commercialize new systems. The $8 billion North American siding market is seeing its first prototype products now. This should be available commercially in the next couple of years. Other construction markets where products will soon emerge include shingles and roofing tiles. For WPCs, the field is wide open.

CONFERENCE TOPICS



WORKSHOP ON WOOD PLASTICS COMPOSITES: Science, Technology, Markets



Market Dynamics and Business Prospects
Economics of WPC; Competing Products; End-users Needs; New Market for WPC

Commercial Uses and Industrial Applications of WPC
Construction; Highways/Railroads; Parks/Gardens; Aquatic; Automotive

Advances in Additives Technology for Commercial Success
Colorants; Coupling agents/Compatibilizers; Processing Aids; Performance Enhancers; Fillers; Stabilizers; Additives/Woodfibers Interactions

Properties and Characterization Techniques of WPC

Advances in Processing & Manufacturing Commercial Products
Compounding; Profile Extrusion; Injection Molding

Advances in Woodfiber and Related Composites
Fiber treatment; Other fillers

Venue

480 Sutter Street
California
United States
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