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09/26/2016 - 09/29/2016
Booth No.E14, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Ashland Performance Materials

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering  (SAMPE), the two leading composites and advanced materials industry organizations for nearly 60 years, are once again hosting CAMX, an event that connects and advances all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities.

Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it offers leading chemical technologies in gelcoats, and coatings. Key customers include: manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto and truck manufacturers; and boatbuilders.

For more information, please visit the convention website.

Exhibit Hours:    
Date Start End
Tuesday, September 27 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29 9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Ashland Presentations

Andrew Maher, Ph.D.

Achieve desired appearance and process times in a challenging regulatory environment with low styrene resins and gelcoats

Speaker: Andrew Maher, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 27th | 4:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.


Recent developments in the regulatory landscape continue to put pressure on boat manufacturers to reduce styrene emissions and reduce worker exposure. Ashland has taken steps to lower emissions from resins and gelcoats. Join us as we present new ways to help reduce worker exposure and meet new regulations.

Kevin Lambrych Mike Stevens

Use of Fire Retardant Resins and Gelcoats in Mass Transit, Architecture, and Building Materials

Speakers: Kevin Lambrych and Mike Stevens

Wednesday, September 28th | 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


The goal of this session is to educate the audience on the material science of fire retardant (FR) composite materials base on fiber reinforcement, thermoset resins and gelcoats. Compared to traditional metal, wood and masonry based construction materials, composites offer benefits such as improved weight savings, ease of transportation, simplified on-site assembly, good strength and durability. With these benefits in mind, fire performance is often one of the first properties considered by engineers and architects when selecting composite materials for use in mass transit and building applications.

This session will review the chemistry of fire, the types of phenolic, unsaturated polyester, modified acrylic, epoxy and epoxy vinyl ester resins used, how halogen and non-halogen based resins and gelcoats achieve good fire performance and the effect of reinforcement and filler content on flame spread and smoke development.  This session will cover the various test methods (UL 94, ASTM E162, ASTM E662, BSS7239, SMP800-C, ASTM E 84, NFPA 285 and NFPA 286) used to evaluate the FR performance of composite materials. The audience can expect to learn the basics of FR test specimen fabrication and evaluation. Participants will gain an understanding of how FR test data relates back to selection of composite materials for mass transit, architecture and construction applications. Methods used to evaluate weathering, durability and ascetics of composite materials will also be discussed.  Real world case histories will be used to highlight how FR composite materials have been used successfully for many decades in mass transit, building and architecture.

Michael Barker

Composites Light Weighting, Adhesive Properties and Initial Bond Line Read Through Measurements

Speaker: Michael Barker

Wednesday, September 28th | 10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Regulations mandating improved automotive fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions have accelerated the need for lighter weight vehicles. The resultant use of thinner gage composites for exterior body panels to achieve weight reduction has put renewed focus on the need to understand the causes and mitigation of adhesive bond line read through, BLRT. This study will review the fundamental needs for a successful adhesive bonded composite program such as heat resistance and fast cure with emphasis on reducing bond line read through. Finite element analysis is used to create a supporting role in predicting key areas to focus and assist in generating a mathematical model. A new tool will be introduced to measure bond line read through of non-painted surfaces and several key constitutive properties such as adhesive elongation, modulus, coefficient of thermal expansion and cure time will be examined through formula and process manipulation for their respective contributions to mitigate surface deformation.

Eric Powell

Thermosetting Resins for Compression Molded Articles with Reduced Styrene Odor

Speaker: Eric Powell

Wednesday, September 28th | 10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.


OEM demands, air permitting, and public perception all continue to drive demand for reduced VOC emissions in SMC and products produced in the press molding market space.  In particular, residual styrene emissions from press molded articles in automotive applications are under heavy scrutiny.  In this paper, several unsaturated polyester resin systems were designed to reduce residual styrene content in compression molded plaques.  Typical PG-maleate resin systems were mixed with low molecular weight mono- and dimethacrylate crosslinkers to reduce initial styrene content and increase reactivity.  Impact on processing parameters, such as flow and viscosity, was minimal.  Residual styrene content in compression molded plaques was measured with head space gas chromatography.  It was determined that lower initial styrene content in resin formulations had a positive impact on residual styrene in the molded article.  Residual styrene was decreased up to 75% in some cases, without the use of post-processing ovens.  Additionally, standard profiling additives were shown to maintain effectiveness in controlling linear shrink in molded plaques.

Jonathan M. McKay, Ph.D.

Monomer-Free Vinylester Resin for Prepreg Applications

Speaker:Jonathan M. McKay, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 29th | 10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.


The composites industry has continually shown interest in reins with improved mechanical properties and rapid cure times while demonstrating compatibility with a range of reinforcing fibers. These characteristics can be essential to a composites manufacturer seeking to answer the demands of prominent market trends such as lightweighting and emissions reduction.  In this report we detail the development of a styrene-free vinylester resin suitable for prepreg applications. Investigations regarding resin stability and optimal cure conditions in both continuous fiberglass and carbon fiber systems will be discussed.

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10/04/2016 - 10/06/2016
Booth 940, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
Ashland Performance Materials

IBEX is the world’s leading technical boat-building showcase delivering a unique forum where the marine industry can do business, share ideas, and accelerate new product development.

Ashland is exhibiting. Come see us at booth 940.

Visit ashland.com/marine to learn more.

For more information about IBEX 2016, please visit http://www.ibexshow.com.

Exhibit Hours:

Tuesday, October 5 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 7 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Join us at  IBEX as we present new marine resin and gelcoat technology that will help reduce worker exposure and meet new regulations:

Andrew Maher, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Ashland, Inc.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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10/30/2016 - 11/02/2016
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
Ashland Specialty Ingredients

At the 2016 IFSCC Congress in Orlando, visit Ashland booth #606 to learn more about our solutions for the personal care industry and diverse portfolio of specialty ingredients to enhance the performance of hair, skin, sun and oral care formulations.  

Ashland experts will also be at the show to present a total of eight scientific sessions and seven technical posters all with topics relevant for today’s industry. This includes: beauty without borders, emerging market trends, sensory appeal, sustainability, sun protection, delivery systems and cosmetic vehicles, and the science of fragrances.

Here’s a look at the Ashland presentation schedule: 


Monday, October 31
11:20 a.m.

IFSCC Topic: Delivery Systems and Cosmetic Vehicles

An in vivo Confocal Raman Spectroscopic Investigation of Salicylic Acid Penetration - Variation with Formulation Parameters

Mark Davies

2:50 p.m.

IFSCC Topic: Sun Protection & Beyond

Sunscreen Film Integrity On Skin: The Dimensionality of Polymer Aggregates Released When Exposed to Water Stress

Germain Puccetti

4:50 p.m.

IFSCC Topic: Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

Modulation of UBIAD1, a key enzyme in CoQ10 synthesis, impacts keratinocyte response to oxidative stress

Nouha Domloge

Tuesday, November 1

IFSCC Topic: Sustainability: Cosmetics for a Greener Future

Achieving Superior Sustainability and Multifunctionality with Zeta Fraction Technology

Olga Koganov

2:50 p.m.

IFSCC Topic: Creating Loyal Scents: The Science of Fragrances and Marketing to the Senses: Product Creation Based on Sensory Appeal

Review of Innovations to Improve Fragrance Bloom, Release and Retention on Skin from Surfactant Rich Cosmetics

Martin Vethamuthu

8:20 a.m. - noon

IFSCC Topic: Hair Care Technology

Session moderated by Ashland expert

Roger McMullen, Ph.D.


Beauty Has No Borders

Ethnicity and Tissue Engineering: In Vitro Solutions to Understand Skin and Hair Ethnic Differences

Christophe Capallere, Marianne Arcioni, Yolene Ferreira, Armelle Perrin, Laura Restellini, Valere Busuttil, Isabelle Imbert, Joel Mantelin, Jean Marie Botto, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.

70 Shades of Gray: A Ride Over Pigmentation and Skin Ethnicity. Combined Bioinformatic and Skin Engineering Approaches

Valerie Busuttil, Christophe Capallere, Jean Marie Botto, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.

Emerging Marketing Trends & Insights

Impact of Innovative Botanical Extract Derived from Jasmine on the Dermal Papillae and Skin Regeneration: In Vivo Study

Yolene Ferreira, Gilles Oberto, Corrine Coquet-Morel, Elodie Oger, Noelle Garcia, Isabelle Imbert, Karine Cucumel, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.
Carine Nizard, M. Dumas, S, Schnebert, Bruno Bavouzet - LVMH Recherche

Effect on an Innovative Extract on Skin Elasticity: In Vitro and Vivo ApproachesYolene Ferreira, Gilles Oberto, Audrey

Yolene Ferreira, Gilles Oberto, Audrey Lemestr, Valerie Lequoy, Christelle Plaza, Rachel Chabert, Frederique Portolan, Noelle Garcia, Isabelle Imbert, Karine Cucumel, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.
Carine Nizard, Christophe Capallere, M. Dumas, S. Schnebert, Bruno Bavouzet - LVMH Recherche

Dermal Stem Cells: The Latest Treatment to Fight Skin Aging

Christophe Capallere, Jean Marie Botto, Noelle Garcia, Isabelle Imbert, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.
Carine Nizard, M. Dumas, S. Schnebert, Bruno Bavouzet - LVMH Recherche

Development of an In Vitro and Clinical Evaluation Platform to Study the Impact of Urban Pollution on Skin Aging and to Evaluate Future Skin Protective Strategies

Valere Busuttil, Isabelle Imbert, Christophe Capallere, Laurine Bergeron, Catherine Serre, Christelle Plaza, Gilles Oberto, Yolene Ferreira, Karine Cucumel, Jean Marie Botto, Nouha Domloge - Ashland Inc.

Marketing to the Senses - Product Creation Based on Sensory Appeal

Sensory Correlation of Foaming Liquid Pump/Paste Facial Cleansers with Laos and Colloidal Properties

Martin S. Vethamuthu, Germain Puccetti, Seher Ozkan, Roger L. McMullen - Ashland Inc.