Understanding Raw Materials, the Building Blocks of Rubber Compounding - 1 Day Course

Course Number: AP3237
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Houston, Texas
Cost: $800 USD
SAVE $50 by taking with "Compounding for Performance" OR "Solving Problems in Rubber Compounding and Processing".
SAVE $100 by taking with "Compounding for Performance" AND "Solving Problems in Rubber Compounding and Processing".
CEU's: 0.75
Instructor: John Dick

Course Overview

This one-day course provides a current overview of the raw material supply chain to the rubber industry. The instructor will review the present and future international economics and its effects on raw material supply chain disruptions to rubber producers, custom mixers, rubber fabricators, molders, extruders and others. The chemical connectivity of rubber compounding materials to their chemical feedstocks will be presented.  On completion of this course, the participants should be able to directly link new commercial changes in 175 commonly used chemical feedstocks to hundreds of different rubber compounding ingredients.

Take this course with "Compounding for Performance" and/or "Solving Problems in Rubber Compounding & Processing" for registration savings.

Course textbook:

Raw Materials Supply Chain for Rubber Products



Raw Materials Supply Chain for Rubber Products
By John Dick and Charles Rader

Course Outline

The course is divided into twelve sections:

  1. Introduction and Macroeconomics
  2. Strategic Raw Materials
  3. General Purpose Elastomers
  4. Specialty Elastomers
  5. Textile Reinforcing Materials and Their Adhesive Systems
  6. Thermoplastic Elastomers
  7. Polyurethane
  8. Carbon Black, Fillers, Reinforcing Agents, and Coupling Agents
  9. Process Oils, Synthetic Ester Plasticizers, and Processing Aids
  10. Curatives
  11. Antioxidants, Antiozonants, Tackifiers, Flame Retardance and Blowing Agents
  12. Intermediate Feedstocks (which includes the 30 vital intermediates, as well as, 135 other critical chemical intermediates with detailed information regarding availability disruptions that occur when they are in short supply.)

Course Registration

General Course Registration:
Download a Printable Registration Form [PDF].

Registration Information:
Registration for a class is due three weeks prior to the scheduled class date.

All registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. COURSE FEES ARE DUE PRIOR TO ATTENDING.

All registrations whether by phone, fax or mail will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policies.

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