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Understanding Raw Materials, the Building Blocks of Rubber Compounding

Course# Date Time Location
087-1271 11/06/2024 - 11/06/2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
087-1272 03/17/2025 - 03/17/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
087-1273 06/11/2025 - 06/11/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
087-1274 11/10/2025 - 11/10/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $800 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 0.8
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.

Course textbook (eBook PDF):

Raw Materials Supply Chain for Rubber Products



Raw Materials Supply Chain for Rubber Products (eBook PDF)
By John Dick and Charles Rader

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

John S. Dick, a senior rubber scientist with Alpha Technologies, has over thirty years of experience in the rubber industry. Mr. Dick has authored over 50 journal and magazine publications and four books on polymer technology. He received the Monsanto Master Technical Service Award in 1994, the ACS Rubber Division Best Paper Award in 1995 and a University of Akron Appreciation Award in 1998 for Teaching Polymer Compounding Courses in their Continuing Education Program. He is a Fellow of ASTM International receiving the Award of Merit in 1990. In addition, he has represented the United States as a delegate to the ISO for the last 20 years. He was appointed in 1992 to be Leader of the U.S. Delegation to ISO TC-45 on Rubber. Mr. Dick teaches rubber technology courses at both University of Akron and University of Wisconsin continuing education departments. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and an M.A. from the University of Akron in 1979.

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.)


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

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 Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, 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 Technology Services 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 policy.